👋 Good morning! Let's sports.
Today's word count: 1,589 words (6 minutes)
Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios
As part of MLB's desire to overhaul the minor league system and streamline player development, it wants to sever its parent-club relationship with 42 minor league teams, entirely eliminating some and reorganizing others into a lower-quality "Dream League."
The 42 teams, listed alphabetically:
Why it matters: Major league clubs currently provide and pay for the farm club's players and staff, leaving the minor league organization to cover things like fields, equipment and travel.
This is why presidential candidates like Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, as well as other politicians, have come out against MLB's proposal.
The other side: MLB contends that its plan is necessary to improve working conditions, and that eliminating hundreds of low-level players from the system will allow the league to increase minor league salaries across the board — an issue that was recently contended in the California Supreme Court.
What to watch: MLB's current agreement with the minor league teams expires at the end of this upcoming campaign, which could "cast a certain pall over the 2020 season, as teams aim to, perhaps, play their way off the proverbial bubble."
Over the past decade, the NFL, NBA and NHL salary caps (i.e. limits on how much money teams can spend on players) have all increased, but at fairly different rates.
By the numbers: The NFL salary cap has jumped from $120 million to $188.2 million this decade, a 57% increase. The NBA's has jumped from $58 million to $109.1 million (+88%) and the NHL's has jumped from $59.4 million to $81.5 million (+37%).
Go deeper: Baseball's luxury tax has become a salary cap (Axios)
NEW YORK — Last season's national runner-up Texas Tech took down No. 1 Louisville, 70-57, in the Jimmy V Classic at MSG. The college basketball season is just six weeks old and we're already headed for a fifth No. 1 team.
SALZBURG, AUSTRIA — Mo Salah and Liverpool beat Red Bull Salzburg 2-0 to advance to the knockout stage of the Champions League.
WINNIPEG, CANADA — Blake Wheeler, Andrew Copp and Patrik Laine (above) scored in a two-minute span in the second period, as the Winnipeg Jets dealt the Detroit Red Wings their 12th straight loss, 5-1.
Illustration: Sarah Grillo
The big picture: Viagogo operates in 70 countries and is strongest in Europe, while StubHub operates in 44 countries and is strongest in the U.S. "When you put the two together, you're giving fans access to almost any ticket anywhere, in any language and in any currency," Baker told NYT.
P.S. ... Speaking of Stubhub, the company just released its best-selling events of 2019:
Vince Young scoring the winning TD during the iconic 2006 Rose Bowl. Photo: Scott Clarke/WireImage
The 2019 College Football Hall of Fame class was officially inducted at the 62nd National Football Federation Annual Awards Dinner in Manhattan last night.
Offensive players (7):
Defensive players (6):
🏀 18 years old
Paige Bueckers of Hopkins High School (Minnetonka, Minn.) is the best girls' high school basketball player in America and UConn's next big thing. Get to know her.
🏈 21 black coaches
From 2008 to 2018, there were 152 Power Five head coaches. Only 21 identified as African American, per FiveThirtyEight, highlighting how few chances college football gives to black coaches.
🎾 48 straight points
Artem Bahmen, a "tennis player" from Ukraine, is being branded as an impostor after video emerged of him losing 48 straight points in a 6-0, 6-0 loss on the ITF World Tennis Tour — "a match where it was unclear if Bahmen had ever picked up a racket before." Hahaha what?!
81 years ago today, the New York Giants beat the Green Bay Packers, 23-17, in the 1938 NFL Championship Game at the Polo Grounds in New York City.
Meet Mel: Giants center (then a position on both offense and defense) Mel Hein was named the NFL's MVP in 1938 and went on to have a Hall of Fame career in New York — a place he may never have ended up if it hadn't been for a friendly postmaster.
"In 1931, Mr. Hein wrote to several NFL teams, including the Giants and the Providence Steamrollers, offering his services. When the Providence team was the first to respond, offering him a $125-a-game contract, Mr. Hein signed it and mailed it back."
"The next day a Giants contract, offering $150 a game, arrived, and Mr. Hein sent a wire begging the postmaster in Providence to intercept the other contract and return it. The official obliged, and the rest is Giants history."— From Hein's 1992 obituary
By the numbers: 1.6 million pounds of snow will be created using liquid nitrogen, compressed air and winter, and there will be an elevator to take the athletes to the top of the 15-story jump consisting of 29,000 unique steel pieces.
Gerrit Cole's contract is just the fifth $300 million deal in MLB history.
Answer at the bottom.
Kendall "LeBron is so good" Baker
Trivia answer: Mike Trout ($426.5M), Bryce Harper ($330M), Giancarlo Stanton ($325m) and Manny Machado ($300M)