Sep 30, 2019

Axios PM

By Mike Allen
Mike Allen

Good afternoon: Today's PM — edited by Justin Green — is 521 words, a 2 minute read.

Situational awareness: President Trump says he's trying to find out the identity of the whistleblower, which isn't legal, and today he tweeted that House Intel Chair Adam Schiff should be arrested for treason.

  • Rudy Giuliani was also subpoenaed in the impeachment inquiry.
1 big thing: Big crack in NCAA monopoly

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

It's not exactly universities being forced to pay players, but the NCAA just lost a major battle that threatens their control over the monetization of college sports.

  • California governor Gavin Newsom signed a law today that permits players to accept endorsement money.

Why it matters: This breaks apart one of the core pillars of the NCAA’s business model — the ability to prohibit college athletes from collecting endorsement money, Axios Sports writer Kendall Baker emails.

The big picture: The NCAA has threatened to ban California schools from competing due to fears they'd have an unfair recruiting advantage.

  • The new law was strongly supported by many pro athletes, who argue forcing top-tier players into the amateur system is a form of wage theft and involuntary servitude.
  • NBA star Draymond Green tweeted today: Thank you to California Governor @GavinNewsom for his leadership signing the bill protecting college athletes and bringing more equality to the multi billion dollar industry."

What's next: Bills are already in their infancy in other states — including Washington state and Colorado — so this could be just the first of many dominoes to fall.

Go deeper: Sign up for Axios Sports for an in-depth look tomorrow morning.

Bonus: Pic du jour
Photo: Chesnot/Getty Images

French President Emmanuel Macron stands in front of the flag-draped coffin of late President Jacques Chirac during a national tribute ceremony in Paris.

  • Chirac famously opposed the Iraq War in 2003.
2. What you missed
  1. WeWork will formally pull its IPO filing after a tumultuous series of weeks. Go deeper.
  2. The Russian government said the White House must ask for consent to publish transcripts of phone calls between Trump and Vladimir Putin. Go deeper.
  3. Uber is testing a feature that will let uncomfortable riders audio record their trips and send it to the company. Go deeper.
  4. BP CEO Bob Dudley is reportedly preparing to leave the oil-and-gas giant within roughly a year. Go deeper.
  5. Rep. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.) is resigning ahead of a hearing tomorrow in which he is expected to change his "not guilty" plea in a criminal insider trading case.
  6. John Bolton made clear just how deeply he disagrees with Trump's North Korea policy. Go deeper.
3. 100 years ago today

Today marks the 100th anniversary of one of the worst racial massacres in U.S. history, one of many acts of anti-black violence in the aftermath of World War I.

On September 30, 1919, in the town of Elaine, Arkansas, per Dr. Nan Elizabeth Woodruff in the N.Y. Times:

  • After black guards returned fire on white men who shot into a church where families were gathered, the county sheriff sent white veterans to the area, and called up soldiers from the state capitol.
  • The "troops, assisted by vigilantes, hunted black people over a 200-mile radius. They scorched and burned homes with families inside, slaughtered and tortured others."

The bottom line: "A jury convicted 12 black men in the murders of three white men ... The 'confessions' of the black men had been secured through torture."

  • "Black people were thus blamed, sentenced and jailed for their own massacre."

Worthy of your time.

Mike Allen