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• Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Miami Open (March 23) due to knee issues.

• Picking up the mantle of National Women’s Month, and anticipating what next year will be its 70th anniversary, the LPGA has unveiled “Drive On,” a multi-platform refined brand position. According to the LPGA, “Drive On is clearly rooted in golf, but it's a bigger idea. It captures the power and potential in each of us and celebrates the hard work, focus and tenacity that it takes to achieve our goals.” Full story here.

• The NBA said that the Chinese and Croatian National Teams would join all 30 NBA teams to compete at MGM Resorts NBA Summer League 2019 in Las Vegas, marking the first time that the league will feature two international teams, with 83 games over 11 days (July 5-15).

• The 2019 Alliance of American Football Championship, originalluy scheduled for April 27 in Las Vegas, will be played in Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas., which is owned and operated by Jerry Jones and the Dallas Cowboys.

• MLB and the MLB Players’ Assn. have unveiled numerous changes to the game to be installed over the next two seasons that will impact game length, marketing broadcast partners, the All-Star Game and the Home Run Derby. Full story here.

POLL POSITION

Top Ten Most In-Demand MLB Tickets (based on total ticket sales on StubHub thru March 14):
1. New York Yankees
2. Boston Red Sox
3. San Francisco Giants
4. Chicago Cubs
5. St. Louis Cardinals
6. Los Angeles Dodgers
7. Philadelphia Phillies
8. Texas Rangers
9. New York Mets
10. Houston Astros

SOURCE: STUBHUB

KEEPING SCORE

The Most-In-Demand MLB Home Openers
(based on total ticket sales on StubHub thru March 14, all on March 28):

• Arizona Diamondbacks at the Dodgers (average ticket price $229.
• Baltimore Orioles at New York Yankees (average ticket price $202)
• Atlanta Braves at Philadelphia Phillies (average ticket price $84)
• Chicago Cubs at Texas Rangers (average ticket price $254)
• Pittsburgh Pirates at Cincinnati Reds (average ticket price $122)

BUY SELL

Weekend Box Office March 15-17
1. Captain Marvel $69.3M
2. Wonder Park $16M
3. Five Feet Apart $13.2M
4. How To Train Your Dragon: Hidden World $9.4M
5. Madea Family Funeral $8M
6. No Manches Frida 2 $3.9M
7. Captive State $3.2M
8. Lego Movie 2 $2.1M
9. Alita: Battle Angel $1.9M
10. Green Book $1.3M
Source: Box Office Mojo

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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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