Oct 9, 2019

Rihanna confirms she turned down the Super Bowl to support Kaepernick

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It's official: Pop icon Rihanna confirmed she turned down the NFL's request to perform at the 2019 Super Bowl halftime show, to demonstrate support for Colin Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback who took a knee during the national anthem to protest racial injustice.

What she's saying: Rihanna tells Vogue: "I couldn't dare do that. For what? Who gains from that? Not my people. I just couldn't be a sellout."

Why it matters: The Super Bowl was once a coveted event for performers. Rihanna was one of the first to turn the NFL away.

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The Patriots and the 49ers' roads to 16-0

Data: FiveThirtyEight; Table: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

We're eight weeks into the NFL season and only two undefeated teams remain: The New England Patriots (8-0), who won the Super Bowl last year, and the San Francisco 49ers (7-0), who finished 4-12.

The road to 16-0: The Patriots are favored to win all of their remaining games with the biggest test coming on Sunday night in Baltimore (57% win probability), while the 49ers are favored to win 7 of 9.

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Jaguars CB Jalen Ramsey gets his wish with a trade to the Rams

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A month after his trade request, Jaguars CB Jalen Ramsey got his wish and was sent to the Rams yesterday in exchange for two 1st-round picks (and a 4th-rounder).

Why it matters: In addition to shaking up the current NFL season, this trade may have also "ushered in a new era of how NFL superstars view and wield their power," writes WashPost's Adam Kilgore.

Go deeperArrowOct 16, 2019

Peloton deal doubles as trade war protection

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Peloton on Tuesday disclosed that it paid nearly $50 million to purchase Tonic Fitness, one of its two bike manufacturing partners in Taiwan.

Why it matters: The deal is officially about helping Peloton better control its supply chain, but CEO John Foley tells Axios it also could help the company protect itself in case of future trade tensions.

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