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The NBA reached an agreement with sports data providers Genius Sports and Sportsradar that will let real-time, official NBA stats be used to create in-game betting odds that will be distributed to licensed U.S. sportsbooks, ESPN reports.

Why it matters: This is the first deal of its kind for a major sports league in the United States.

The NBA previously struck a deal with MGM Resorts International, allowing it to use official NBA data on its own betting platform as well as the league's likenesses such as teams and NBA logos.

  • Although MGM is the league's exclusive gambling partner for marketing purposes, the data it shares with the company is not exclusive.

Details: Like the NBA's deal with MGM, the data it shares with Sportsradar and Genius Sports is not exclusive. This could be the first of many deals the NBA makes with sports data providers.

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Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

  1. Health: WHO: AstraZeneca vaccine must be evaluated on "more than a press release."
  2. Politics: McConnell temporarily halts in-person lunches for GOP caucus.
  3. Economy: Safety nets to disappear in DecemberAmazon hires 1,400 workers a day throughout pandemic.
  4. Education: U.S. public school enrollment drops as pandemic persists.
  5. Cities: Surge in cases forces San Francisco to impose curfew — Los Angeles County issues stay-at-home order, limits gatherings.
  6. Sports: NFL bans in-person team activities Monday, Tuesday due to COVID-19 surge — NBA announces new coronavirus protocols.
  7. World: London police arrest more than 150 during anti-lockdown protests — Thailand, Philippines sign deal with AstraZeneca for vaccine.

Tony Hsieh, longtime Zappos CEO, dies at 46

Tony Hsieh. Photo: FilmMagic/FilmMagic

Tony Hsieh, the longtime ex-chief executive of Zappos, died on Friday after being injured in a house fire, his lawyer told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. He was 46.

The big picture: Hsieh was known for his unique approach to management, and following the 2008 recession his ongoing investment and efforts to revitalize the downtown Las Vegas area.

Dan Primack, author of Pro Rata
13 hours ago - Economy & Business

The unicorn stampede is coming

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

Airbnb and DoorDash plan to go public in the next few weeks, capping off a very busy year for IPOs.

What's next: You ain't seen nothing yet.

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