Rob Manfred estimates $4 billion loss for MLB team owners if no baseball in 2020

first_imgTo that end, Manfred outlined a protocol of extensive testing for COVID-19 and its symptoms and contact tracing once someone tests positive. Notably, he said a Utah laboratory that has been used in the past to screen drug tests of minor league players will be used to screen coronavirus tests and produce results within 24 hours.Anyone who tests positive will be quarantined until they test negative twice over a 24-hour period, Manfred said.This article has been updated with the AP’s report on the players association’s request for documents. “All of our players would be tested multiple times a week” for coronavirus, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred says on the efforts to bring baseball back. “That testing would be supplemented less frequently by antibody testing as well.”#CNNTownHall— Anderson Cooper 360° (@AC360) May 15, 2020″If we don’t play a season, the losses for the [club] owners could approach $4 billion,” MLB commissioner Rob Manfred says about the economic impact of coronavirus on the sport.#CNNTownHall— Anderson Cooper 360° (@AC360) May 15, 2020Manfred said teams are willing to stage games behind closed doors at the start of the season and not take in revenue from fans. MLB is estimated to be a $10 billion industry.SN’s QUARANTINE QUESTIONNAIRE: Part 1 | Part 2 “Playing in empty stadiums is not a great deal for us economically,” he said. “Our owners are committed to doing that because they feel it’s important that game be back on the field and that the game be a sign of a beginning to return to normalcy to American life the way we’ve always enjoyed it.”Gupta tried to press Manfred on reports owners are trying to get the players to accept a revenue-sharing plan rather than honor a March agreement that calls for players to be paid based on the number of games played in the season. Players believe revenue sharing would consititute a pay cut and resisting the idea. Gupta then transitioned to a question about players feeling that the risk of playing under that plan is too great and the optics of the negotiations. Manfred responded that he has “great confidence” that MLB will reach an agreement with the players association. He also said he’s “hopeful” there will be baseball this summer. The Associated Press reported early Friday that lawyers for the players association asked the owners for financial documents related to baseball’s finances.Rays left-hander Blake Snell said Wednesday that he would not risk playing if the revenue-share plan goes into effect. Manfred told CNN that MLB would not demand players take the field if they have doubts of any kind.  “We hope that we will able to convince the vast majority of our players that it’s safe to return to work,” he said. “If there’s players with either health conditions or just their own personal doubts, we would never force them or try to force them to come back to work. They can wait until they feel they’re ready to come.” MLB commissioner Rob Manfred tried to put a dollar figure on baseball not being played at all this season because of the coronavirus pandemic.Manfred told CNN’s Anderson Cooper and Dr. Sanjay Gupta on Thursday that the 30 clubs could lose about $4 billion combined if there are no games. Cooper did not follow up on how Manfred arrived at that estimate.last_img read more

Mourinho slams managers turned pundits over United criticism

first_imgThe United manager remains firmly impressed by the striker, however, and Lukaku revealed earlier in the week that he considers himself a “sergeant” for his manager on the field.– ‘Lukaku trust’ –“I had a laugh with him, that’s fine, he’s an important guy for me, one of the guys that I trust, I love the character,” said Mourinho.“Against Crystal Palace there was nothing that happened after our third goal but I told him ‘central defender’. So he was playing central defender in a back five with (Chris) Smalling and (Victor) Lindelof because I couldn’t make any more changes.“So when I say to the striker go there and job for me he is a sergeant. I always thought and told you many times for me it’s not just about the goals he scored but what he brings to the team and it’s that spirit.”Mourinho tried to downplay the importance of the Liverpool meeting, ahead of a vital week for his team in which they also face Sevilla in a Champions League knock-out tie and have an FA Cup quarter-final with Brighton.But he believes the atmosphere of a packed Old Trafford could be a big factor in the game.“It helps,” he said of playing at home. “At Crystal Palace, I can imagine if we are losing 2-0 and our away fans, how many? 2000? We could feel disapproval, criticism or support.“Yet 2-0 down and we only felt support and at 2-1 we felt more belief and at 2-2 we felt they want us to go for it. They can help. Old Trafford is a huge majority of Man United fans, so they can help.”Mourinho confirmed Ivory Coast Eric Bailly is fully fit and in contention to start against Liverpool, while Marouane Fellaini is back in United’s matchday squad after recovering from a knee injury.Share on: WhatsApp Manchester, United Kingdom | AFP | Jose Mourinho has hit out again at media pundits — including Gary Neville — for their criticism of Manchester United and star players such as Paul Pogba and Alexis Sanchez.And the United manager suggested that their own failures in management make them unqualified to offer such views.Neville has been a repeated critic of his former club’s manager and, during United’s dramatic victory at Crystal Palace on Monday, in which they trailed 2-0 before recovering to win 3-2, did not hold back in his comments.“I’ve never seen a Jose Mourinho team as inefficient as this,” said Sky Sports television analyst Neville.“They are always efficient teams, they always do things really calmly, they are usually solid in defence.”But Mourinho responded with criticism of his own, especially in the case of Neville who had a brief, unhappy spell in charge of Spanish side Valencia.“Some of the guys with an opinion couldn’t resolve their own problems when they were managers,” Mourinho told reporters on Friday. “So they are giving opinions like they have solutions for everything but is not like that.”The former Chelsea manager added: “But they are in a position where they can give opinions about everything, sometimes I read and listen, sometimes I don’t.“This week I was more focused on enjoying Champions League and Europa League and preparing my match than focusing on opinions,” the Portuguese boss insisted.Mourinho was speaking ahead of the Premier League meeting with bitter rivals Liverpool at Old Trafford on Saturday in which he will be looking for star striker Romelu Lukaku to improve on a goalscoring record which has seen him score just one of his 23 goals against a team currently in the top 10 of the division.last_img read more

Fair Haven Transportation Plan Crosses the Finish Line

first_imgBy Jay Cook |FAIR HAVEN – Walking and biking have long been prized in Fair Haven’s small, riverside community. And now active outdoor enthusiasts are expressing satisfaction that a years-long initiative aimed toward widespread roadway safety is complete.For years, Fair Haven has been pushing for safer streets, said Mayor Benjamin Lucarelli. On any given school day during the warmer months, up to 700 students commute via bicycle to the local school and back home. Lucarelli and fellow Two River mayors zealously pushed for the inclusion of bike lanes along Ridge Road and eventually accomplished that in 2015.It was a goal that became urgent for the borough after two tragic deaths on its roadways from biking accidents. Shrewsbury firefighter Cole Porter died from his injuries after his bike collided with a referee in the 2013 Tour de Fair Haven bicycle race, and borough councilman Jerome Koch died a day after his bike collided with a vehicle on River Road in 2014. Since 2011, the Dept. of Transportation says there have been six other bike and pedestrian accidents in the 2.1 square-mile town.This week, the borough Planning Board formally approved the Fair Haven Active Transportation Plan. The detailed, layered plan lays the groundwork for roadway and safety improvements to further protect Fair Haven’s biking, walking and jogging community.“Talk to the folks that grew up in this town,” Lucarelli said this week. “It’s exactly what they did back then, there were just a lot less cars. It’s not something that’s new to our lifestyle. I think it’s integral to the lifestyle that attracts people to Fair Haven.”The project and report were funded by the state Department of Transportation and assisted by Rutgers University and WSP USA, a civil engineering firm. Lucarelli asked residents and stakeholders to take part in the process to provide insight.One of those residents was Gail O’Reilly, a Fair Haven resident of 27 years and a former professional city planner. For those who use the Route 35 Cooper’s Bridge to and from Red Bank, she is the advocate who ensured the bridge had bike lanes when it was replaced and rebuilt years ago.“There is a longstanding level of support and a high level of expectation for this topic here in town,” O’Reilly said this week when talking about the plan.As noted in the introduction to the transportation plan, Fair Haven residents were surveyed in 2016 about their thoughts on the borough’s existing roadway amenities. The report found that 75 percent of all students in town go to school via bike or by foot, and two-thirds of respondents said they would walk or bike more in town if pedestrian and biking facilities were improved.In this map of Fair Haven, areas for new sidewalks designated “higher-priority” are shown with a solid blue line, and “lower priority” new sidewalks are shown with a solid orange line.A widespread plan for improving all of those options was addressed in the study. Among the proposed improvements are installing sidewalks, mostly in residential neighborhoods where some don’t exist, and enhancing pedestrian crossings with new features like additional signage, with lighting and striping crosswalks at all intersections. The plan also highlights constructing sidewalk bump-outs and installing speed humps and other traffic calming initiatives. More noticeable and identifiable bike lanes throughout the community were also highlighted, considering the high usage of the existing ones.The plan will help map out what improvements can be made to different roadways over the next decade and beyond.“To not only be able to travel safe within the borders of our community, but to make connections beyond those borders, that would be a very lovely outcome,” O’Reilly said.Input from the community was invaluable, Lucarelli noted. In addition to a few open houses to present updates and information, an online “wikimap” tool was launched for residents to mark up the locations in town which concerned them. Ninety-one users left 25 comments on the map, with River Road coming up as the most discussed portion.Both O’Reilly and Lucarelli agreed River Road poses the most challenges from a safety standpoint. Known as County Road 10, it was noted as having a Level 3 and Level 4 bicycle stress level, the two highest possible in the report.Six pages in the final Fair Haven Active Transportation Plan list the cost estimates and different traffic calming or roadway improvements that could be implemented in Fair Haven.For Lucarelli, establishing safer roads is paramount.“Everybody’s primary concern is the health and welfare of our children,” he said. “This serves to reinforce what their rights and obligations are, just as it is to serve the motorist.”This article was first published in the March 15-22, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

Braves rains on Thanksgiving feast for Nelson, edge Leafs 5-3

first_imgNick Farmer scored three times to power the Spokane Braves to a 5-3 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League victory over the Nelson Leafs Sunday afternoon in the Lilac City.The win allowed the Braves, one of the youngest teams in the KIJHL, to keep pace with the Murdoch Division leading Leafs.It was also the first time this season Spokane has defeated the Leafs.Nelson, trailing 2-0 after the first period, rallied back to tie the game on a pair of goal by Colton Mamlsten — the second coming on the power play.But Uriah Machuga scored with 43 seconds remaining in the middle frame to put Spokane in the lead for good.Farmer scored his second of the game seven minutes into the third period to increase the lead to 4-2.Patrick Martens answered Farmer with a goal six minutes remaining in the game.With Leaf goalie Patrick Defoe on the bench for an extra attacker, Farmer scores his third of the game into an empty net.Nelson, 8-3-0-1, out shot the Braves 43-34 in the game. The Leafs remain three points in front of idle Beaver Valley, but have played three more games.Nelson remains on the road for a pair of games Friday in Summerland and Saturday in Penticton.Next home game is Wednesday, October 19th against Beaver [email protected]last_img read more

Griffin heading to Florida come October

first_imgFERNDALE >> Chris Griffin started his horse race announcing career in 2015 at the Humboldt County Fair.Now the former public address announcer and play-by-play voice for the famed Harlem Globetrotters will be calling horse races from coast-to-coast with a resume that has literally taken off out of the starting gate.Griffin, who will return for his second season at the 120th Humboldt County Fair race meet (Aug. 19-20-21 and 26-27-28), has been named the announcer for the Gulfstream Park West …last_img

Your Favorite Mobile Apps: Facebook, Tweetie, Google Maps, Foursquare, and More

first_imgrichard macmanus Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Related Posts Last week we surveyed you, the ReadWriteWeb community, about your favorite mobile applications. We asked for your top five mobile apps and ended up with nearly 200 different mobile apps in the post and comments! Today we reveal the full results, including the most popular mobile apps of our tech-savvy readers. Earlier today our resident Mobile Web expert Sarah Perez listed ReadWriteWeb’s top 10 Mobile Web products of 2009. As for your choices, we discovered that you like social networking on the go (Facebook, Foursquare), Twitter clients (Tweetie, Twitterrific), Google (Google Maps, Google Mobile), and innovative mobile-focused apps (Evernote, Shazam). The top 16 is listed below, with commentary. Also at the bottom of the post you’ll find a spreadsheet of the entire list.Top Mobile Apps of RWW ReadersMany of our readers use iPhones, so the above list features more iPhone apps than apps from Android, Blackberry, Nokia, or other phones.Facebook was the most popular mobile app listed by you all. Facebook has been improving their iPhone app all year and this survey shows that our readers are liking those iterations. As Sarah Perez noted earlier today, “if any application deserves an “app of the year” award, it’s Facebook 3.0 for iPhone.”Not far behind Facebook was Tweetie, a popular mobile Twitter client, which released a major new version of their app in September. Tweetie 2 introduced features like video tweets, offline mode, geolocation and more. Other mobile Twitter apps mentioned multiple times include Echofon, TweetDeck and Twitterific.Google has always been popular in our Mobile apps surveys, since we began doing them in 2007. They’re listed three times in the above list, including at number three with Google Maps.Several mobile-centric apps (i.e. apps developed specifically for mobile, rather than the desktop computer) made our top 16 list. Foursquare is a trendy new mobile social network; Evernote is a great note-taking tool; Shazam is a head-scratchingly good app for identifying songs — to name just a few.Click here to see a Google spreadsheet featuring the entire list of nearly 200 mobile apps listed by our readers.SEE ALSO: Top 10 Mobile Web Products of 2009center_img Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Tags:#mobile#Trends#web What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …last_img read more

There are people who consider me a jerk: Salman

first_imgSalman Khan has made Rs 170 crore from Dabangg – he is still counting – Rs 24 crore from Bigg Boss 4, and Rs 15 crore from the three endorsement deals he signed earlier this year. He is the hottest mainstream star in Bollywood at the moment.Salman insists he is more professional in his approach todayClick here to Enlarge And if some people, by his own admission, consider him “a total jerk” he is fine with it, because he knows there are others who “love me to death”. Decoding Salman would, of course, be more complex than just that.He chose to play it vague when asked to define the real Salman. “It depends on the person in front of me. When I have to react, I do so depending on the magnitude of what has happened. I don’t hold a grudge, except maybe for a second. Otherwise, I’m very good in my space,” he says in an interview to India Today.Gen-Now’s Bad Boy superstar insists he is more professional in his approach today. “Earlier, I would do films even when I knew they were bad because of many reasons – I needed to buy a house; some of those movies were being made by friends; or even to atone for a previous film having done badly. Now, I’ve learnt what to do and what not to,” he says.He would also have you believe that he has left his wild days behind and learnt from his mistakes. “A mistake, according to the definition of the word, is something that is not done deliberately. If you learn a lesson, it means you’re still growing. My mistakes have made me stronger and taught me the value of life and relationships,” he says.advertisementSalman says he is a director’s actor. “I obey what the director tells me to do and give it my 150 per cent.” If the focus right now is on the small screen clash – it’s his Bigg Boss 4 versus Amitabh Bachchan’s Kaun Banega Crorepati 4 – Salman takes such comparisons in his stride. “When we launch movies, we space them out because ticket prices are steep. But on TV, you can watch us for free and enjoy all the shows simultaneously. So, where’s the competition? Mr Bachchan has a unique style, which he brought in last year, and now I have mine,” he says.The blockbuster Dabangg is special, but he is pragmatic about its success. “The movie could have gone either way. If it hadn’t worked, people would have said the seventies’ genre doesn’t click anymore,” he says, referring to the retro treatment director Abhinav Kashyap gave to the film.Salman says he doesn’t have a solid plan for the life after movies. “I could paint, farm or raise kids,” he says.So does that mean he is finally mulling marriage? “I’m not ready. Nevertheless, whenever I’ve been in a relationship, I have always wanted to get married. But I would get cold feet. I would panic if I started thinking about it too much,” he admits.Tongue firmly in cheek, he says he has been in a relationship with “all the people you know about”, and adds: “What’s the point in naming them? Everyone is happy, everyone is married.” Everyone? “Well, not Somy (Ali),” he admits. And what about Katrina Kaif? “She is still too young to get married,” he declares boyishly.You sense a bit of Salman will perhaps never grow up. We ask him about all those reports about him being scared of his father, writer Salim Khan. “It’s respect, actually. Even now when he calls on the phone, I stand up. I can’t form two straight sentences in front of him. I still stutter and stammer, I still forget (in front of him). But he’s a chilled-out person. We party and drink together when we are having fun,” he signs off.last_img read more

10 months agoMan Utd boss Solskjaer on beating Huddersfield: It’s a mindset change

first_imgMan Utd boss Solskjaer on beating Huddersfield: It’s a mindset changeby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he’s been able to change the “mindset” of his players after victory over Huddersfield.Paul Pogba scored twice for the 3-1 win.Solskjaer said, “You don’t change anything in one week, but you change the mindset. I want my team to play in a certain way and I give them little pointers here and there. It’s a work in progress, that’s what it is. It’s going to take time as the players go from one manager and the details he wanted and I have a little bit of a tweak. It will improve as time goes on.”On Pogba, he added: “It was great to see him score two goals and he has created the goals last week at Cardiff, and now he scores them himself, so he will be even better for getting two lots of 90 minutes now and he will be fitter and fitter and improving with the team. We looked tired towards the end and now it is important over the next two or three days that we recover and get ready for Bournemouth.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

John Clayton To Perform At Hollywood Helps Flint Event

first_imgA number of professionals in the entertainment industry have joined together to do a benefit for their hometown of Flint, Michigan in response to the city’s devastating water crisis.Hollywood Helps FlintThe event, created by publicist Howard Bragman, manager Tulani Bridgewater and director Alex Grossman will be held Sunday, February 21 from 4-6:30 p.m. at Spaghettini (184 N. Canon Dr.) in Beverly Hills.The fundraiser will feature performances by Flint native and triple Grammy winner Dee Dee Bridgewater, Tamir Hendlemen and John Clayton. Guests will be treated to Angelo’s Coney Island hot dogs—a Flint staple, and Vernor’s ginger ale.“We have left Flint, but Flint never left us,” explains Grossman. “We have families and friends there who have been ravaged and we can’t stand idly by.”The host committee consists of a number of Flint natives and Michiganders who have banded together to send a message of love and support to their hometown. It includes Alex Grossman, Howard Bragman, Tulani Bridgewater, Dave Koz, Cary Hardwick, Sandra Bernhard, Sam Gottlieb, Carter Oosterhouse and Amy Smart, attorney Adam Kaller, agent Rhonda Price, television personality Bob Eubanks, designer Steven Rachwal, Jill Rosenbaum, director Wendey Stanzler, filmmaker Laurie White, actor Ben Cain, writer Gordon Young, talent booker Krystyn Price, super agent Sam Gores, attorney Adam Kaller and author Ben Hamper.The venue is being donated by jazz legend Dave Koz and Spaghettini owner Cary Hardwick. There will be a cash bar and tickets are $100 at Indiegogo.All monies raised will go to, a local charity that addresses the health needs of children affected by the situation.last_img read more