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Situational awareness: ESPN+, ESPN's digital channel, has secured the rights to German Soccer League Bundesliga in the United States, beginning in 2020.
Breaking: The Verge has obtained leaked audio of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg rallying against his critics, competitors and the government.
Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios
Major sports leagues are experimenting with airing single games on multiple TV, digital and social channels at the same time, giving rise to sports "multicasts" or different ways for the consumers to experience the same game.
Why it matters: In a traditional TV world, almost all sports coverage was delivered through one live, linear feed, with one set of announcers and analysts.
Driving the news: In a new interview with Front Office Sports, NFL EVP of media Brian Rolapp said the league is considering expanding the multicast approach further from Thursday nights, because splitting the rights is leading to higher overall viewership.
Other notable examples:
What's next: Betting has also created an opportunity for leagues and networks to multicast the same game. NBC Sports Washington, for example, experimented with some alternate broadcasts focused on live in-game betting this year.
Be smart: The price tags of the digital rights at this point are still much cheaper than traditional TV, because traditional TV is still the leagues' best bet for a reliable live audience.
Yes, but: A slew of upcoming TV rights expiration deals will pressure big leagues to think about making big changes to their TV contracts sooner rather than later.
Go deeper: Axios Sports editor Kendall Baker predicts that consumers will soon be able to customize everything from screen overlay to commentators to camera angles during most major sports broadcasts.
Dotdash has acquired Liquor.com, a digital media company that focuses on cocktails, spirits and entertaining, executives tell Axios.
Why it matters: It's Dotdash's fourth acquisition of this nature this year.
By the numbers: Deal terms were not disclosed, but according to Dotdash CEO Neil Vogel, the company paid roughly the same amount for the property as it did for Brides, the wedding-focused outlet previously owned by Condé Nast, earlier this year.
Between the lines: For Vogel, the acquisition is part of a "portfolio deal," where the company invests in several smaller site acquisitions to reduce risk over multiple deals.
Illustration: Lazaro Gamio/Axios
The Dotdash playbook of acquiring smaller, evergreen content sites with expertise in certain areas is becoming more attractive to media companies that are no longer simply focused on scale.
Driving the news: Food52, a food and home goods site, said it sold a majority stake to TCG Capital Management for $83 million over the weekend.
Last week's mega-deal between Vox Media and New York Media also underscores this trend.
News media companies make up 12 of the 15 most polarizing brands in America today, according to a new Morning Consult poll provided to Axios.
Be smart: The gap is being driven by substantial decreases in net favorability among Republicans across most media brands other than Fox News.
Between the lines: Even outlets that are generally considered non-partisan, like ABC News and CNBC, rank among the most polarizing brands in America.
Illustration: Lazaro Gamio/Axios
As the House's impeachment inquiry kicks off, stoking partisan tempers online, Facebook and Twitter are scrambling to deal with the fallout, Axios' Scott Rosenberg writes.
Driving the news: The president used his position and his Twitter soapbox to threaten political opponents, his critics argued. They cranked up their longstanding call for Twitter to suspend his @realDonaldTrump account.
Facebook is also struggling to assemble a coherent political-speech strategy.
Of all the major TV blackouts happening this year, many of the biggest conflicts are occurring between the two big satellite companies and TV networks.
Why it matters: The Pay-TV business is in terminal decline, and in some ways, satellite operators are feeing the losses more than their cable counterparts, who are able to lean more heavily on broadband sales to recoup the losses.
Diving the news: NBC Sports Chicago went dark for Dish TV and Sling TV subscribers last night. The network warned it could go dark for AT&T customers, but it seems as though the two entities are in negotiation.
Go deeper: 2019 sees record number of TV blackouts
Atom Finance, a new media and financial technology company, has raised $10.6 million in a Series A round, executives tell Axios. The company had previously raised $1.9 million in an unreported seed round in February.
The big picture: The news and analysis market for high-end individual investors has been difficult to corner. While there are pricey solutions for big enterprise companies, like the Bloomberg Terminal, and free solutions for casual investors, like Google Finance, Atom execs argue that there isn't one company that truly owns the middle.
Details: The round, led by General Catalyst, brings the company's total funding to $12.5 million. General Catalyst’s Peter Boyce will take a seat on the company's board.
By the numbers: The company has had over 80,000 sign ups since its public beta launch in June.
Yes, but: The competitive landscape for financial services media continues to grow.
Illustration: Rebecca Zisser/Axios
The biggest smartphone apps are all launching "dark modes" for users to be able to use their phones at night without hurting their eyes.
Why it matters: Dark modes reduce glare at night and saves battery life.
The big picture: A bunch of apps have rolled out dark modes over the past three years, including Reddit, Slack, weather apps and Waze.