Jan 18, 2018

NFL's top spokesman stepping down

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Joe Lockhart will step down as NFL spokesman after the Super Bowl, a source close to Lockhart tells Axios. Lockhart was a press secretary for former President Bill Clinton. He was brought into the NFL 2 years ago. The Washington Post first reported Lockhart leaving.

Why it matters: The NFL has been battered this year by political protests by players and attacks from President Trump.

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Scoop: Amazon's local podcast play

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Amazon is looking to invest in localized podcast content, like news and sports, sources tell Axios. Sports content is top of mind as the company plans to buy up more TV rights and have adjacent audio content for users.

Why it matters: Amazon sees a strategic advantage in podcasts by leveraging Alexa voice tech to help users discover personalized content.

The oil stakes of Trump vs. Biden

Reproduced from Rapidan Energy Group; Chart: Axios Visuals

U.S. oil production is in a steep decline, but one question is how much November's elections will affect how much it does — or doesn't — bounce back.

Why it matters: The powerful price and demand headwinds from the coronavirus pandemic are creating a financial crisis in the oil patch.

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