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• Steve Phelps has been named Nascar President, effective Oct. 1, replacing Brent Dewar, who has “elected to step down and will remain with the company through the end of the 2018 racing season, transitioning to a senior consulting and advisory role in 2019.”  Phelps joined Nascar in 2005.

• On Location Experiences,  the official hospitality partner of the NFL has signed Hall of Famers Emmitt Smith as Brand Ambassador for Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta this February. Joining Emmitt Smith will be 16 NFL Legends who will all attend one of the three, exclusive pre-game tailgates hosted by On Location.

• The College Sports Information Directors of America, Associated Press and the Fiesta Bowl Organization said they would recognize college football players who have overcome adversity with a new honor, the Mayo Clinic Comeback Player of the Year Award.  During the 2018 college football season, 30 student-athletes from all levels of college football who have overcome injury, illness or other challenges will be recognized as Mayo Clinic Comeback Player of the Year Nominees. At the end of the season, three student-athletes will be chosen as Mayo Clinic Comeback Player of the Year Award winners.

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Top 10 Universities Ranked by Total Football Revenue (per Forbes)

1. Texas A&M: $148M
2. Texas: $133M
3. Michigan: $127M

3. Alabama: $127M
5. Ohio State: $120M

6. Oklahoma: $118M

7. Notre Dame: $112M

7. Auburn: $112M
7. LSU: $112M 

10. Florida: $111M

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1 The Predator $24M
2. The Nun $18.2M
3. A Simple Favor $16.1M
4. White Boy Rick $8.8M
5. Crazy Rich Asians $8.7M
6. Peppermint $6.1M
7. The Meg $3.8M
8. Searching $3.2M
9. Unbroken $2.4M 
10. Mission Impossible – Fallout $2.3M

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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/j/johnfkenn121400.html#JZxA5jXY4rCwemgZ.99
Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Feb262018

Draymond Green Works Out Deal To Bring 'Affordable' Blink Fitness To Michigan, Illinois

By Barry Janoff

February 26, 2018: Draymond Green is known for his aggressive, solid, clutch play on the court, which has helped the Golden State Warriors win two NBA titles.

The All-Star forward is now taking his style into a business venture.

Green has partnered with Blink Fitness to open in Michigan and Illinois at least 20 fitness and workout gyms under the Blink Fitness mantra, “affordable, inclusive, high-quality fitness concept,” with the tag, “Every. Body. Happy.”

Blink, which opened its first locations in 2011, now has nearly 70 company-owned locations serving more than 370,000 members throughout New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and California.

The company said it also has more than 40 other gyms, both corporate and franchisee-owned, under contract in various U.S. markets.

Blink said the deal with Green would be its first venture into the Great Lakes region.

Financial terms of the alliance between Green and Blink Fitness were not disclosed.

According to Green, “This is not an endorsement deal for me. I'm going to invest my money and my time to partner with Blink to bring an amazing gym experience to these communities."

While no locations have been formally announced, Green said that he and his partner in the Blink Fitness deal, Tom Shumaker, have been "actively evaluating Detroit and its surrounding suburbs, Lansing, Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids and parts of the Chicagoland region."

"I'm really excited about bringing Blink gyms to Michigan and Chicago,” Green, a native of Saginaw, Mich., who played four years of basketball at Michigan State University, said in a statement. “I think about where I grew up and the people I grew up with. We didn't have anything like Blink.

”Everyone wants a cool place to get fit and workout. But lots of communities don't have any options. The places are either terrible or too expensive. We're going to change that,” said Green.

Although no marketing details were unveiled, a humorous intro video shows Green taking over for Todd Magazine as president for Blink Fitness in the company’s New York headquarters.

Walking around the office, he fines people for having a messy desk or not recycling, has dance music piped in and advices a woman having trouble with a copy machine not to get physical with it because “it’s not worth the technical — believe me, I know."

His last request as president is to open 20 locations in Michigan and Illinois, to which Magazine agrees.

"I'm going to invest my money and my time to partner with Blink to bring an amazing gym experience to these communities."

Magazine said that Blink would have approximately 90 locations open and operating by the end of the year and expects to surpass the 300-unit mark over the next five years.

"Draymond and Tom are the perfect franchisees for Blink because of their complementary skill sets, shared passion for fitness, and deep knowledge of the Midwest market," Magazine said in a statement. "This deal is extremely significant to Blink's national expansion because it represents a stronghold in the Midwest, adding to our East and West Coast footprint."

Blink said that it offers a “truly unique experience to its members based on a company philosophy of Mood Above Muscle, which celebrates the positive feelings you get from exercise rather than just the physical benefits (and) comes to life in each gym through a commitment to providing contemporary and colorful design, elevated customer service, relentless focus on cleanliness, energizing music and confidence-boosting training programs.”

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