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Situational awareness: Attorneys general from Texas and Nevada said Monday that they are no longer looking to block the $26 billion merger between Sprint and T-Mobile.
Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios
The corruption indictments issued for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last week include charges that he sought to manipulate the media to secure more favorable coverage, Axios' David Lawler and I write.
Why it matters: Such interventions have become more prevalent around the world, including in democracies. As we've seen in places like Russia and Turkey, one of the surest signs democracy is being eroded is a crackdown on independent media.
Driving the news: Netanyahu was indicted for an arrangement he allegedly brokered with a telecom magnate, in which the prime minister offered favorable business regulations in return for positive coverage of him and his wife Sara.
Be smart: Such attempts to delegitimize negative coverage and control the press are increasing across democracies globally.
The big picture: Internet freedom is in decline around the world, according to an annual Freedom House report.
Go deeper: More examples
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Efforts to crack down on nefarious content have forced pro-Trump communities online to migrate to newly-created sites and private groups, according to a new report from social intelligence firm Storyful provided to Axios.
Driving the news: Moderators of the r/The_Donald subreddit have urged users to move from Reddit, where their original subreddit page had been quarantined in June, to a newly created site called thedonald.win.
Between the lines: Operators of thedonald.win say increased “thought-censorship” on Reddit motivated them to create the site.
The big picture: This isn't the first time pro-Trump groups have created their own social media site, after facing pressure from mainstream sites to adhere to content policies around hate speech.
Complex Networks is building a sneaker marketplace and editorial app under the name of its current sneaker site, Sole Collector, sources tell Axios.
Why it matters: Sneaker content has become one of Complex Networks’’ strongest franchises, and the company wants to grow its commerce business. Sources say that roughly 15% of the company's reported yearly revenue of $200 million now comes from commerce.
Details: The company is in talks with all of the major sneaker marketplaces for new and resale sneakers, per sources. The 3 biggest sneaker marketplaces in America are StockX, GOAT and Stadium Goods.
Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios
The sports media landscape has shifted significantly over the past few months, with flagship sports brands falling victim to layoffs, shutdowns and consolidation, while newer players report strong growth.
Driving the news: Minute Media, a holding group that owns other digital websites — including sports sites like 90min and The Big Lead — announced last Thursday that it had acquired Derek Jeter’s Players Tribune. Deal terms were not disclosed.
The big picture: Upstarts like The Athletic and DAZN continue to grow, and ESPN's streaming service has added over 1 million subscribers since August.
Fox Sports has sold all of its advertising inventory for Super Bowl LIV, the company has confirmed to Axios. It's sold a total of 77 spots, with the most expensive 30-second spot costing $5.6 million.
Why it matters: The Super Bowl is one of the most visible advertising opportunities in America, next to the Olympics. As more television viewing moves to on-demand streaming, there are fewer big opportunities for advertisers to reach consumers live.
Be smart: Super Bowl ads have generally gotten more expensive over the past few years, despite the fact that Super Bowl viewership on traditional television has waned. Streaming options and social media are likely to have impacted live TV viewership.
By the numbers: The average rate for a 30-second Super Bowl in-game ad has increased by nearly 100% over the past decade.
The big picture: This year marks the first time in half a decade "that the network showing the big game hasn’t had to go down to the wire to dispense with its high-priced ad slots," per Steinberg.
The campaigns of the three billionaires running for president next year have collectively spent around two-thirds of all ad dollars for the 2020 election so far, according to data from political advertising firm Advertising Analytics.
Yes, but: Although Donald Trump is a billionaire, his campaign this time around isn't self-funded, and his campaign has seen a lot of small-dollar donations too.
Netflix confirmed Monday that it would reopen the historic Paris Theater in Manhattan through an extended leasing deal.
Why it matters: The move guarantees Netflix will have a place in New York City to air its Oscar-contending movies. In order to qualify for The Oscars, a film must debut in a physical theater in Los Angeles county or New York City for seven days.
The big picture: Reports earlier this year suggested that Amazon was in the running to buy the Landmark movie theater chain, which owns dozens of theaters.
Go deeper: The Justice Department is currently looking to relax rules that bar a traditional movie studio from buying a theater.
Cheddar is launching a political show called Cheddar Capital early next year, executives tell Axios.
Why it matters: Cherukuri is a political publishing veteran, having spent years managing political and policy partnerships at places like POLITICO, HuffPost, Roll Call, and National Journal.