Jan 22, 2019

New app gives sports agents the "Rate My Professor" treatment

Calgary Flames prospect Josh Healey created TheSportsAux app. Photo: Bob Frid/Icon SMI/Corbis via Getty Images

Thanks to one minor league hockey player's entrepreneurial itch, athletes could soon be rating their agents like they rate their drivers or college professors.

What's happening: Calgary Flames prospect Josh Healey spent the summer building TheSportsAux, an app where athletes can rate and review agents/ advisers. It's been submitted to the App Store for review and should be available for download next week.

How it works: Think Rate My Professors — but for agents. Players fill out 10-question surveys, rating them from 1 to 5 on questions like, "Does your agent follow through on verbal agreements?"

Why it matters: For many young players, finding and dealing with an agent can be a struggle. Healey's app gives them the information they need to make smarter decisions.

  • "To find an agent ... it's all word of mouth," Healey told The Athletic (subscription). "Someone knows some guy, who has an agent and he sets you up with them. If you like them, you go with them and if not, you keep looking."
  • By helping players dig deeper, TheSportsAux aims to bring increased transparency and accountability to one of the places that needs it most — hockey's massive minor league system.

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Cuomo says New York is "literally going day-to-day with our supplies"

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a press conference on Sunday that New York is struggling to maintain medical supplies while combatting the novel coronavirus — operating "literally" on a "day-to-day" basis.

Why it matters: New York City has become an epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, and is facing mass quarantines and stay-at-home orders. Cuomo said Saturday that New York reported 630 new deaths in 24 hours — an "all-time increase" that beat the previous day's record of 562 deaths.

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 11 a.m. ET: 1,225,360 — Total deaths: 66,542 — Total recoveries: 252,615Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 11 a.m. ET: 312,249 — Total deaths: 8,503 — Total recoveries: 15,021Map.
  3. Public health latest: CDC launches national trackers and recommends face coverings in public. Federal government will cover costs of COVID-19 treatment for uninsured. Surgeon general says this week will be "our Pearl Harbor, our 9/11 moment."
  4. 2020 latest: "We have no contingency plan," Trump said on the 2020 Republican National Convention. "We're having the convention at the end of August." Biden says DNC may have to hold virtual convention.
  5. States updates: The Louisiana governor warned that his state is set to run out of ventilators in four days. Illinois governor claims Trump doesn't understand the word "federal."
  6. Oil latest: Monday meeting among oil-producing countries to discuss supply curbs is reportedly being delayed amid tensions between Saudi Arabia and Russia.
  7. Work update: Employees still going to work are often facing temperature checks, distanced work stations, protective devices and mass absences.
  8. What should I do? Pets, moving and personal health. Answers about the virus from Axios expertsWhat to know about social distancingQ&A: Minimizing your coronavirus risk.
  9. Other resources: CDC on how to avoid the virus, what to do if you get it.

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Illinois governor: "The president does not understand the word 'federal'"

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker said on CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday that President Trump's comments about the federal government's stockpile of medical equipment suggest he "does not understand the word 'federal.'"

Why it matters: White House adviser Jared Kushner argued at a press briefing last week that the "notion of the federal stockpile was it’s supposed to be our stockpile; it’s not supposed to be state stockpiles that they then use."