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Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

Impending legislation will allow student-athletes to monetize their name, image and likeness (NIL) through sponsored social media posts and other means.

Why it matters: If athletes had full control of their NIL rights, the top women's basketball players in this year's Elite Eight would have greater earning power than the top men.

By the numbers: Among the men's and women's Elite Eight teams, eight of the 10 most-followed players โ€” and 10 of the top 20 โ€” are women.

  • Listed below are the combined Twitter and Instagram follower counts for the 20 most-followed players, plus their estimated annual earnings, provided to Axios by athlete marketing platform Opendorse.
  • Opendorse's estimates weigh multiple factors, including engagement rate, market size (e.g. UCLA > Gonzaga) and overall sponsorship and athletic department revenue by school (e.g. Louisville > UConn).

Top 20:

  1. ๐Ÿšบ Paige Bueckers, UConn: ~730k ($382k)
  2. ๐Ÿšบ Hailey Van Lith, Louisville: 696k ($965k)
  3. ๐Ÿšน Jalen Suggs, Gonzaga: 325k ($495k)
  4. ๐Ÿšบ Jaden Owens, Baylor: 295k ($310k)
  5. ๐Ÿšบ Zia Cooke, South Carolina: 206k ($178k)
  6. ๐Ÿšบ Cameron Brink, Stanford: 91k ($47k)
  7. ๐Ÿšน Adrian Nunez, Michigan: 83k ($70k)
  8. ๐Ÿšบ Anna Wilson, Stanford: 80k ($41k)
  9. ๐Ÿšบ Olivia Nelson-Ododa, UConn: 77k ($30k)
  10. ๐Ÿšบ Brea Beal, South Carolina: 74k ($69k)
  11. ๐Ÿšน Quentin Grimes, Houston: 66k ($67k)
  12. ๐Ÿšบ Destanni Henderson, South Carolina: 65k ($81k)
  13. ๐Ÿšน Evan Mobley, USC: 62k ($46k)
  14. ๐Ÿšน Johnny Juzang, UCLA: 55k ($53k)
  15. ๐Ÿšน Tyger Campbell, UCLA: 54k ($59k)
  16. ๐Ÿšน Moses Moody, Arkansas: 50k ($72k)
  17. ๐Ÿšน Drew Timme, Gonzaga: 49k ($40k)
  18. ๐Ÿšน Hunter Dickinson, Michigan: 49k ($33k)
  19. ๐Ÿšน Jaylen Clark, UCLA: 49k ($38k)
  20. ๐Ÿšบ Caitlin Clark, Iowa: 42k ($11k)

The bottom line: The story of this year's March Madness has been the inequities between the two tournaments. Perhaps the story of the future will be the equal marketing opportunities for men's and women's stars.

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As Republicans fight among themselves, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is showing the myriad ways she deals with the GOP herself.

Between the lines: We've seen Pelosi cut opponents off at the knees, like she did with President Trump, or pretend to forget their names, as she did to Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.). Now she's feeding oppo research against her House counterpart, Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), so others can use the same harsh rhetoric to frame the Republicans as the party of dysfunction.

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Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner speaks during a private funeral for George Floyd. Photo: Godofredo A. Vรกsquez/Pool/Getty Images

The mayor of the city where George Floyd was raised is taking over a group that represents 500 Black mayors in the U.S. amid national pressure to revamp police departments.

Why it matters: Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner will become the new president of the African American Mayors Association as municipalities across the country examine police reforms and deal with the economic fallout from the pandemic.

Delivery industry sees biggest monthly job losses in more than 20 years

Data: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics; Chart: Axios Visuals

The pandemic's biggest job winner is losing steam.

Driving the news: People who deliver packages to businesses and homes โ€” classified as "couriers and messengers" by the Labor Department โ€” saw the industry's biggest monthly job losses in more than 20 years in April.