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• The Professional Baseball Agreement between MLB and minor league teams expires at the end of the 2020 season. But if a new MLB proposal were to become reality, more than three dozen cities with affiliated minor league teams will lose those teams a year from now and thousands of minor league players will be out of work as well. Full story here.

• "We said there's no chance that's happening. There’s no chance we’ll even discipline him." — NBA commissioner Adam Silver regarding China’s request that the league fire Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey

• "The losses have already been substantial. Our games are not back on the air in China as we speak, and we'll see what happens next. I don't know where we go from here. The financial consequences have been and may continue to be fairly dramatic." — NBA commissioner Adam Silver at the Time 100 Summit on Thursday regarding the league’s on-going situation with China.

• Showtime Sports will launch on Oct. 21 a weekly podcast, All The Smoke with Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson, in which the two NBA veterans (now retired) and NBA champs (Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs, respectively), will “deliver an authentic, unfiltered perspective on the most polarizing topics in and around the game of basketball.”  It will air Thursdays on the Showtime Basketball YouTube Channel.  

• Bluberi Gaming has signed a deal with WWE to develop a series of licensed slot games featuring WWE Superstars and Legends. Among those to be featured include John Cena, Triple H, Becky Lynch, Roman Reigns and Ronda Rousey. The first WWE series of slot games is scheduled to hit casinos October 2020.

• HarperCollins Publishers said it has acquired world rights to Back, the first memoir authored by Tiger Woods. According to Woods, “This book is my definitive story. It’s in my words and expresses my thoughts.” A publication date was not given.

• Halloween this year is Oct. 31, and retailers, marketers and consumers are ready for another season of trick-or-treat. Total spend on Halloween 2019 is expected to reach $8.8 billion according to the National Retail Federation, Washington, DC. Full story here. 

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1. LeBron James Los Angeles Lakers
2. Stephen Curry Golden State Warriors
3. Kyrie Irving Brooklyn Nets
4. Giannis Antetokounmpo Milwaukee Bucks
5. Kevin Durant Brooklyn Nets
6. Dwyane Wade Miami Heat (retired)
7. Kawhi Leonard Los Angeles Clippers
8. Zion Williamson New Orleans Pelicans
9. Carmelo Anthony (most recently with Houston Rockets)
10. Russell Westbrook Houston Rockets

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1. LeBron James Los Angeles Lakers
2. Stephen Curry Golden State Warriors
3. Kevin Durant Brooklyn Nets
4. Kyrie Irving Brooklyn Nets
5. Giannis Antetokounmpo Milwaukee Bucks
6. Paul George Los Angeles Clippers
7. James Harden Houston Rockets
8. Dwyane Wade Miami Heat (retired)
9. Kawhi Leonard Los Angeles Clippers
10. Russell Westbrook Houston Rockets
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1. Joker $55M
2. Addams Family $30.3M
3. Gemini Man $20.5M
4. Abominable $6.2M
5. Downton Abbey $4.9M
6. Hustlers $3.9M
7. Judy $3.3M
8. It 2 $3.2M
9. Jexi $3.1M
10. Ad Astra $1.9M
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• Oct. 27  Cincinnati Bengals v Los Angeles Rams Wembley Stadium
• Nov. 3 Houston Texans v Jacksonville Jaguars Wembley Stadium

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• Nov. 18 Kansas City  Chiefs v Los Angeles Chargers Mexico City Estadio Azteca (ESPN Monday Night Football)

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• Oct. 22 New Orleans Pelicans vs. Toronto Raptors TNT 8 PM (ET)
• Oct. 22 Los Angeles Lakers vs. Los Angeles Clippers TNT 10:30 PM (ET)

• Oct. 23 Boston Celtics vs. Philadelphia 76ers ESPN 8 PM (ET)
• Oct. 23 Denver Nuggets vs. Portland Trail Blazers ESPN 10 PM (ET)

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UPDATE: ASPCA Dogs Vick; Bow-Wow Powwow Didn't Include QB, Laurie

August 25, 2009: Team representatives from the Philadelphia Eagles met with members of numerous groups from the area that fight and raise public awareness about cruelty to animals in an effort to advance the situation regarding Michael Vick. The meeting on Aug. 24 at the team's practice facility, did not include Vick himself, who recently signed a deal with the Eagles after serving 18 months in prison for his role more than two years ago in a dog-fighting operation, or team owner Jeffrey Laurie.

The meeting between executives of the Philadelphia Eagles and representatives of animal rights groups regarding the Michael Vick situation drew mixed responses, according to reports out of Philadelphia. Eagles president Joe Banner and svp-public affairs Pamela Browner-Crawley represented the team at the meeting. Animal rights attendees included Wayne Pacelle, CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, with whom Vick is already working; Tom Hickey Sr., chairman and founder of DogPAC and a member of the Pennsylvania Dog Law Advisory Board; Bill Smith of Main Line Rescue and representatives of both the Pennsylvania and Philadelphia SPCA. Philadelphia District Attorney Lynne M. Abraham also participated.

The Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society said they would not work with Vick.

"Bringing Michael Vick to Philadelphia has put the Philadelphia Eagles in a position of learning a lot about what goes on with dog fighting," Browner-Crawley told reporters after the meeting, who were not invited in. "We absolutely intend to partner with organizations here in Philadelphia."

The meeting came as Vick prepares for the 2009, including the possibility that he might play in the Eagles' pre-season game against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Aug. 27 in Philadelphia. It also coincides with a statement from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, one of the most influential in the U.S. regarding the matter, blasting Vick not only for the situation that sent him to prison, but for what they see as a legitimate lack of remorse and compassion regarding his actions.

The ASPCA specifically focused on Vick's segment during CBS's 60 Minutes on Aug. 16, where he was questioned by James Brown. "60 Minutes provided a convicted criminal a national platform to selfishly focus on his own recovery when, in fact, the animals, the victims who cannot speak for themselves, should have received the attention," Ed Sayres, president and CEO of the ASPCA," said in a statement. "CBS did a grave disservice to the animal welfare community by failing to show the ugly truth of Mr. Vick's actions and the horrors of dog fighting and animal cruelty in this country. The continued attention paid to Mr. Vick is only reinforcing that criminal behavior does not destroy fame and fortune."

Vick has done some work with the Humane Society of the United States since his release, making public appearances in Chicago and Atlanta, with upcoming events with Vick being scheduled for Virginia and Washington, D.C. "Michael Vick admits that what he did to dogs was cruel and barbaric, but now that he has served his time, he wants to be part of the solution rather than part of the problem," Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States, said in a statement last week. "He has pledged to make a long-term commitment to participate in our community-based outreach programs to steer inner-city youth away from dog fighting. At events with Michael in Atlanta and Chicago, we've seen him deliver a powerful message against animal cruelty."

However, the ASPCA said it was the "first animal welfare organization given the opportunity to work with Mr. Vick" but turned him down. "[The ASPCA] simply not convinced that Mr. Vick has demonstrated compassion toward animals as living beings or the necessary remorse for his criminal actions against them," Sayres said in his statement. "Although Mr. Vick has served his time and is now entitled to employment, the ASPCA was strongly against him being able to immediately re-join the NFL, to play alongside highly paid elite athletes who are looked upon as our heroes and role models. Today, it is difficult to see him in the uniform of a Philadelphia Eagle because of the startling lack of judgment and moral character he has demonstrated over the past several years. It is questionable whether he will have any credibility as an educator on the dog fighting issue."

Sayres said that the ASPCA welcomes a national conversation on animal cruelty and especially dog fighting, but "questions Mr. Vick's ability to lead it . . . A true national discussion would focus not on one man and his crimes, but on a nation that allows dog fighting to happen every day without a national outcry. This is where the ASPCA will focus its energies in the coming months." Neither the Eagles or Vick have responded to the ASPCA's statement.

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