The Daily Outkick: Christmas Eve, 2019

Kirk Cousins Is Still Searching For His Signature Win In Minnesota (Yahoo! Sports) Green Bay clinched the NFC North by harassing Cousins into an underwhelming performance in a 23-10 victory in Minnesota.

Saturday Shopping Sets U.S. One-Day Sales Record, Analyst Says (Bloomberg) Job growth and fatter wallets, along with stronger household finances, have put consumers in a buying mood this season.

Seattle Seahawks Sign Marshawn Lynch (The Big Lead) After losing all three of their running backs in the span of the last month, the Seattle Seahawks have gone out and acquired some reinforcements in the shape of an old friend.

Stocks Are Climbing Faster Than Profits, But Investors Aren’t Worried (Wall Street Journal) The S&P 500’s 29% rise for the year is on track for the best showing since 2013.

The Complete Story Of Those Absurd, Beautiful ‘Monday Night Football’ Graphics (The Ringer) The hidden genius among us today is David “Sparky” Sparrgrove, the creative director and the lead animator for Monday Night Football’s custom animations.

Pentagon Tells Military Personnel Not To Use At-home DNA Kits (CNBC) “Tests that provide health information have varying levels of validity, and many are not reviewed by the Food and Drug Administration before they are offered,” the memo said.

DraftKings Going Public Via Reverse Merger (Axios) The combined company is expected to have an initial market cap of around $3.3 billion.

The 2010s Were Supposed To Bring The Ebook Revolution. It Never Quite Came. (Vox) Publishing spent the 2010s fighting tooth and nail against ebooks. There were unintended consequences.

In Fighting Over The Minors, What Might Baseball Lose? (New York Times) M.L.B. says it needs to take a broad look at the structure of the sport, but its proposal to trim the minor leagues risks undercutting part of what makes it special.

Sling TV Hikes Price For Orange, Blue Packages By $5 (Hollywood Reporter) Sling Orange and Sling Blue are now each priced at $30 per month, up from $25, and a subscription for the joint Sling Orange and Sling Blue package is now $45 per month.

Rates For In-game NFL Ads Up 15 Percent From A Year Ago, Thanks To Higher Ratings (Awful Announcing) Being in the NFL business is very good business for TV networks.