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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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• MC5
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Most Popular NBA Player Jerseys (based on eBay sales October 2018-October 2019)
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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NFL UK 2019
• 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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RIP: Teams, Athletes, Others Unite To Support Manchester, Remember Victims

By Barry Janoff

May 23, 2017: Sports teams and athletes have responded in force to the tragic events that occurred just outside Manchester Arena (England) on Monday night (May 22) following a concert by Ariana Grande, including Manchester United, Manchester City, Manchester Rugby Club and two-time FIFA Women’s Player of the Year Carli Lloyd, who currently plays for Manchester City’s women’s team.

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected, including our supporters, club staff and members of our community such as the children from our Manchester United Foundation partner schools who were attending the concert at the Arena," the club said in a statement.

Like so many others, ManU offered personal and facilities to aid those in need. "Club staff are ready to help the police and other emergency services in any way that may be required at this challenging time for our city."

According to local police, the death toll was 22 kids and adults with some 60 injured, with the numbers subject to change.

The club shared urgent information, offering that Greater Manchester Police have provided an emergency number for those who are concerned about loved ones or anyone who may have been in the area. (The number they provided: 0161 856 9400.) It also reminded people that anyone who wished to help by donating blood could do so at several medical centers in Manchester.

ManU’s Old Trafford's Megastore, Museum, Red Cafe and Stadium Tour were closed to the public today.

Also, according to Manchester United, "The police are asking people to be alert and to report any suspicious activity on the Anti-Terrorist Hotline 0800 789321. Anyone who may have images or footage from last night that could aid the investigation should upload them to Ukpoliceimageappeal.co.uk or Ukpoliceimageappeal.com.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho released his own statement regarding the situation.

"We are all very sad about the tragic events last night; we cannot take out of our minds and our hearts the victims and their families.

"We have a job to do and we will fly to Sweden to do that job (regarding ManU’s next game in the Europa League final). It is a pity we cannot fly with the happiness that we always have before a big game.

"I know, even during my short time here, that the people of Manchester will pull together as one."

In its own statement, Manchester City offered, "The thoughts and prayers of our ownership, Board and everyone at Manchester City are with the people of Manchester and all those affected following the horrifying events of last night's Manchester Arena attack.

"We have offered our full support throughout the night and this morning to the leaders of the City of Manchester itself and to the Emergency Services who are doing so much to support our city in these most challenging of circumstances.”
 
ManCity said that its Etihad Stadium is "being used as a support center following the tragic events and Greater Manchester Police have advised that anyone needing assistance relating to the attack can access that help at the Etihad Stadium via Gate 11."

Carli Lloyd, two time FIFA Women’s Player of the Year, currently with Manchester City women’s team, wrote on her Twitter page, "Sickened by what has happened in Manchester. Thoughts go out to everyone. This is literally right around the corner from me. I am safe. 2 my friends n family back home who have been worried about me thankfully I am ok. #Prayers4Manchester."

Manchester Arena reps sent out a message via their Twitter account:

"Last night our community suffered a senseless tragedy. Our entire team’s thoughts and focus are not on supporting the people affected and their families.

"We are assisting the police in any way we can. We cannot praise the emergency services enough for their  response and have been inspired by the way the people of this great city of Manchester rallies around last night and have continued to respond today. It shows the very best of this city.

"Again, our thought and deepest condolences are with all of those affected by last night’s tragedy."

Manchester Arena is among the busiest venues in the world, selling almost 851,800 tickets in 2016, according to Pollstar.

On its Twitter page, the Manchester Rugby Club wrote, "Our thoughts are with those affected by last night's shameful atrocity in Manchester. We're proud to be #Manchester but very sad this morning

Liam Gallagher, who with brother Noel founded the Manchester-based iconic group Oasis, wrote on his Twitter page, "In total shock and absolutely devastated about what’s gone down in Manchester. Sending Love and Light to all the family’s involved."

Unfortunately, this madness has happened in other venues and in other cities. The support was not limited to Manchester clubs and locals.

Orlando City FC of MLS, which last June felt the impact of a major shooting in Orlando’s Pulse club, offered, "The thoughts of everybody at Orlando City are with Manchester after last night's tragic event."

Orlando City held a dedication in January for 49 rainbow-colored seats in the club's new stadium to permanently honor the victims and families affected by the Pulse nightclub shooting last June.

According to the BBC, "After the attack hundreds of people in Manchester took to social media to offer spare beds and rooms for those stranded in the city."

Ariana Grande wrote on her Twitter page, "Broken. From the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don't have words."

(Editor's note: Condolances to the victims, family, friends and others.)

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