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With television revenue rolling in, Power 5 schools are engaged in a new kind of arms race, paying significantly more money than ever before to coaches in so-called non-revenue sports.
Driving the news: USA Today examined how much money each Power 5 public school paid its head coaches in 23 sports other than football and men's and women's basketball in 2013 and 2018.
Why it matters: "[T]he fact that compensation for coaches in lower-profile, money-losing sports has been growing at a similar rate to football raises red flags for some athletics directors worried about budget crunches," per USA Today.
The big picture: In 2005, D-I schools spent more on scholarships than on coaches and administrative pay. But since then, the latter two have pulled ahead.
The battle to become the next big sports streamer is underway, but unlike the entertainment streaming wars, there isn't a single dominant incumbent that's captured U.S. market share, Axios' Sara Fischer and I write.
Why it matters: Sports could be more consequential than entertainment to the future of live television.
The big picture: Until more exclusive rights are freed up from linear TV contracts, streamers are focusing on a mixture of live events and niche sports content, as well as other types of sports commentary and on-demand programming.
Gleyber Torres after hitting yet another bomb against the O's. Photo: Mike Stobe/Getty Images
The Yankees have played the Orioles 17 times this season, and infielder Gleyber Torres has 13 HR in those games — the most ever hit against a single opponent in the divisional era (since 1969).
Alvin Kamara. Photo: Sean Gardner/Getty Images
This week, we're unveiling our 2019 Fantasy Football rankings. Click here to see Monday's QB Rankings.
Simone Biles. Photo: Jamie Squire/Getty Images
🥇 The Unlimited Greatness of Simone Biles (The New Yorker)
"Serena Williams does not win every tournament; Michael Phelps sometimes lost a race. Biles has not lost an all-around title in six years. In that time, she has won twenty-five medals at the Olympics and at world championships. She has been competing against only herself for a long time."
⚾️ Who's Afraid Of Gerrit Cole? Every Batter He Faces (The Ringer)
"Imagine you've come to the plate opposite Cole. … You're a major league hitter and you've done your homework: You know to expect his four-seam fastball around 50% of the time; you know he throws lots of strikes and works ahead in the count. Still, there is a 36.8% chance you'll be disposed of without so much as testing the defense."
🏈 Tom Brady And Drew Brees Have Blown Up the QB Aging Curve. What Comes Next? (FiveThirtyEight)
"If the history of old NFL quarterbacks still has meaning, the end for Brees and Brady could come gently — but more likely, it will come without warning."
71 years ago today, Satchel Paige threw his first complete game in the major leagues roughly one month after making his debut at age 42.
The backdrop: Paige dominated the Negro Leagues from 1926 to 1948 before reaching the long-overdue milestone of playing in the majors 15 months after Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier.
"It was me that ought to have been first. … I'd been the guy who'd started all that big talk about letting us in the big time. I'd been the one who everybody'd said should be in the majors."— An excerpt from Paige's memoir
The big picture: That season, Paige became the first Negro Leaguer to pitch in the World Series. And in 1971, he became the first former Negro League player to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Go deeper: 4-minute doc (YouTube)
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After winning multiple national cycling events as a teenager, Justin Williams was tapped to be an elite American talent. But his rise to the top ultimately stalled.
Fast forward: Williams, now age 30, is trying to reinvent not only himself but the entire sport of cycling with Legion — his L.A.-based, social media savvy team that competes in road races throughout the U.S.
The big picture: Williams believes audiences could be attracted to criteriums or "crits" — high-intensity, multi-lapped events that "resemble Nascar on bikes, and can be held in a compact downtown course, even at night," writes Gay.
See you tomorrow,
Kendall "Football needs to start back up ASAP" Baker
Trivia answer: Pacers coach Nate McMillan (Look at these stats!)