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    New Jersey Top Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Michael Rieber the First to Perform Mako Robotic Total Knee Replacement and Offer iovera Treatment for Pain Mana

    Today, top New Jersey Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Michael Rieber of Orthopaedics Unlimited (www.gamedaydoc.com) is thrilled to share that he is leading the waybold with new state-of- the-art technologies to reduce knee pain and minimize the use of prescription pain medications with the introduction of the Mako Robotic Total Knee Replacement surgery and iovera treatment.

    The first surgeon in the state of New Jersey to perform the Mako Robotic Total Knee Replacement (www.stryker.com) out of Saint Barnabas Medical Center, the advanced robotic technology called MAKOplasty takes a great procedure and makes it better by taking the guesswork out of orthopedic surgery by using computed tomography (CT) scanning to generate a custom 3-d virtual model of each patient's unique anatomy that allows Dr. Rieber to prepare a preoperative plan.

    Approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), during the surgery,...
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    PlaySight Announces Investment from Verizon Ventures and Greg Norman

    PlaySight (www.playsight.com) - the innovative sports technology company behind the SmartCourt - announced today a strategic investment from Verizon Ventures and legendary golfer Greg Norman to assist in its global SmartCourt expansion and roll-out of its cutting-edge technology into new sports verticals.

    Selected in 2017 by Fast Company as one of the "10 Most Innovative Companies in Sport," PlaySight leverages both multi-angle video and proprietary analytics to improve on-field performance and connect the next generation of athletes. The company has already achieved a dominant position in the tennis marketplace with its technology powering the leading federations, academies, clubs and over 40 NCAA tennis programs, as well as the USTA’s new National Campus and high performance facility in Lake Nona, Florida. PlaySight is also working with top teams across several other sports including the 2015 NBA Champion...
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    KanXuk Blue Maya Resort announces opening of the first luxury resort on mexico s yucatan peninsula

    FEBRUARY 28, 2017, QUINTANA ROO, MEXICO – Today, KanXuk (pronounced kän shu̇k) Blue Maya Resort (www.bluemayaresort.com) is announcing the opening of its luxury resort located in the Sian Ka’an biosphere coastline in Quintana Roo, Mexico.  A new vision of an authentic luxury travel experience, KanXuk Blue Maya Resort is the first eco-conscious luxury property in the Sian Ka’an biosphere, a UNESCO World Heritage site, on the Caribbean coast of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula.

    Located 35 kilometers south of the thriving beach town of Tulum, the KanXuk Blue Maya Resort is tucked away from trodden tourist attractions.  The resort combines privacy and exclusivity against a paradisiacal backdrop with uninterrupted views of the crystal waters and pristine white sands of the Caribbean Sea and is bordered by the famous San Juan Lagoon. 

    The KanXuk Blue Maya Resort offers...

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    15-Year- Old Mo's Bows Founder Hustles His Way Into NBA Partnership

    While many of basketball's brightest young stars will help the NBA make millions with their speculator athletic performances during the playoffs, the league is betting that someone even younger might be just as lucrative when it comes to off-the-court potential.

    The league has entered a licensing partnership with the 15-year-old entrepreneur Moziah "Mo" Bridges and his Memphis based company, Mo's Bows, which manufactures handmade bow and neckties. The agreement, which was initiated by the league, grants Mo's the rights to manufacture his products with the logos of NBA clubs, for distribution through the company's online store as well as retail outlets.

    "Moziah's creativity and entrepreneurial spirit are an inspiration, and we are thrilled about the launch of the Mo's Bows NBA Collection," said Lisa Piken Koper, NBA Vice President, Global Partnerships. "We are always looking for...

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    Fast Company names PlaySight one of the 2017 most innovative companies in sports

    FEBRUARY 13, 2017, TENAFLY, NEW JERSEY – PlaySight (www.playsight.com), the company behind the cutting-edge SmartCourt, is pleased to announce that they have been named one of the Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Sports by Fast Company (www.fastcompany.com/most-innovative-companies/2017/sectors/sports).

    Hitting newsstands in the March 2017 issue on February 21, Most Innovative Companies is one of Fast Company’s most anticipated issues of the year. To produce the 2017 list, Fast Company reporters surveyed thousands of enterprises across the globe to identify the most notable innovations of the year and trace the impact of those innovations on business, industry and sports culture. In this issue, PlaySight joins a prestigious list of leading innovative companies in sports this year including Twitter, ESPN, Wasserman and The Players’ Tribune.

    “Innovation has always been at the core of our company, and...

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    tail activewear introduces spring 2017 collections copacabana and modern oasis ahead of new golf season

    JANUARY 10, 2017, MIAMI – Just in time for the New Year and new golf season swinging underway this month, Tail Activewear (http://www.tailactivewear.com/) is introducing the first Collections from their Spring 2017 golf line called Copacabana and Modern Oasis.

    Inspired by one of the most famous beaches in the world – Copacabana in Rio de Janeiro – the Copacabana Collection features a bright orange hue called “Rio” and is set off by their unique Intrigue palm print. Signature items from the Copacabana Collection include the Fannie Top with an Intrigue palm print that stands out on the course, the Cornelia Top toping featuring a stylish animal print pullover with a pop of Rio, and the popular Milano Skort from their essential items updated in a bright Rio color for a fashionable statement.

    “The Copacabana collection...

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    wta grand slam singles champion and former world #1 ana ivanovic joins playsight team

    JANUARY 9 2017, TENAFLY, NEW JERSEY – Today, PlaySight (www.playsight.com), the company behind the cutting-edge tennis SmartCourt, is announcing that recently retired WTA Grand Slam Singles Champion and former world #1 singles player Ana Ivanovic has joined the company as a partner and ambassador.

    One of tennis’ most beloved stars, Ivanovic made her professional debut on the WTA Tour in 2003 and quickly rose through the rankings to secure the world #1 singles position in 2008 after capturing the French Open Grand Slam Singles title. Prior to this, she was a finalist at the 2007 French Open and 2008 Australian Open Grand Slam Championship, and finished her career with 15 career singles titles. Last month, Ivanovic announced her retirement from professional tennis making the PlaySight partnership her first post-retirement endeavor.

    “I honestly feel that technology is...

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    chromadex opens new state-of-the-art research and development center

    JANUARY 5, 2017, IRVINE, CALIFORNIA – Today, ChromaDex Corporation (https://www.chromadex.com/)  (NASDAQ: CDXC), an innovator of proprietary health, wellness and nutritional ingredients that creates science-based solutions for dietary supplement, food and beverage, skin care, sports nutrition, and pharmaceutical products, is announcing the grand opening of its new 10,000-square-foot research and development center in Longmont, Colorado.

    With nearly $1 million invested to renovate the space into a state-of-the-art facility, it now includes multiple laboratories which will support the discovery and development of novel molecules and compounds to add to ChromaDex’s proprietary ingredient portfolio, while also allowing for the expansion of ChromaDex’s analytical service offerings at its Boulder, Colorado, location.

    The grand opening ceremony will be held today, Thursday, January 5th, with Longmont Mayor, Dennis L. Coombs, as well as members from the Longmont Economic Development Partnership and...

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    global sports nutrition leader xendurance announces clinical study results

    NOVEMBER 2, 2016, CAREFREE, ARIZONA – Xendurance (https://www.xendurance.com/), a leading global sports nutrition company on the forefront of using science to aid the success of athletes in every sport, is announcing today the results from a recently completed clinical study on Extreme Endurance (a revolutionary athletic performance product that reduces muscle soreness and trauma) resulting in a 26% reduction in lactic acid, a 39% reduction post exercise oxidative stress, and a six times reduction of Creatine Kinase levels in just 10 days.

    Conducted at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette by Dr. David Bellar, Director of the School of Kinesiology, The Effects of 10 Days of Extreme Endurance on Performance, Buffering Capacity During Exercise and Post Exercise Muscle Damage, Oxidative Stress and Inflammation was a double-blind, placebo controlled, crossover study with 16 active males that...

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    npm | pr announces joining the PR Council and america’s leading firms advancing the business of communication firms

    OCTOBER 19, 2016, BOCA RATON, FLORIDA – npm | pr (www.npmpr.com) is thrilled to announce today that they have been accepted to join the PR Council (www.prcouncil.net) which boasts more than 100 of America’s leading communications firms as members of the Council that represent the premier global, mid-size, regional and specialty agencies across every discipline and practice area in public relations.

    A trade association designed to connect the present and next generation of PR professionals, industry innovators and business leaders through education, events and industry resources, the PR Council advocates for and advances the business of communications firms by building the market and the value of firms as strategic business partners.

    “I am incredibly honored that npm | pr has been accepted to join the PR Council,” said npm | pr Founder, Natalie P....

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    former atp world #2 singles player tommy haas joins the playsight team

    OCTOBER 12, TENAFLY, NEW JERSEY – Today, PlaySight (www.playsight.com), the company behind the cutting-edge tennis SmartCourt, is announcing that former ATP World Tour #2 Singles Player and BNP Paribas Open Tournament Director Tommy Haas has joined the company as an investor and partner in their marketing and media campaign.

    During his illustrious career, Haas has reached a career high #2 singles ranking in 2002 and has won 15 ATP World Tour titles, including his most recent title in 2013 in Munich.  He has also advanced to multiple Grand Slam semifinals including the Australian Open and Wimbledon, was a three-time quarterfinalist at the US Open, and made a run to the quarterfinals of Roland Garros. In 2000, Haas earned a silver medal at the Sydney Olympics.

    "I am very excited to join such a fast-growing and exciting...

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    playsight introduces playfair challenge system to reduce bad line calls in tennis

    OCTOBER 5, 2016, TENAFLY, NEW JERSEY – Can cheating be eliminated from the sport of tennis? With the introduction of a new PlayFair Challenge system this month, PlaySight (www.playsight.com)  – the company behind the cutting-edge SmartCourt – is setting out to reduce the amount of bad line calls made and minimize cheating in tennis at all levels of the game.

    Giving players the ability to challenge line calls instantly with the PlayFair Challenge system, PlaySight’s SmartCourt technology is now arming players of all ages and abilities with immediate access to multi-angle videos on the court for review purposes. In addition to minimizing cheating in tennis, PlaySight’s PlayFair Challenge system is allowing players to make more confident line calls and play in competitive matches and tournaments with the very best video and analytics technology available in...

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    top us open american tennis stars serve-up fan challenges on vdrop to benefit first break

    AUGUST 30, 2016, NEW YORK – With the 2016 US Open Tennis Championships hitting the courts this week in Flushing, new mobile application platform VDROP (http://vdrop.com/) has teamed-up with the First Break Academy (First Break) (http://www.first1break.com/) and top American US Open tennis stars to put on an entertaining crowdfunding campaign that will benefit the award-winning grassroots outreach program headquartered in Los Angeles.

    Participating in the series of high-profile video challenges taking place on VDROP are Greatest Doubles Team of All-Time Bob and Mike Bryan, #1 American ATP World Tour Singles Player Stevie Johnson and top American WTA stars Christina McHale and Nicole Gibbs. Through VDROP’s new mobile application platform, tennis fans can engage with the entertaining video content between the players and then crowdfund each challenge they want to see completed in order to...

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    chrissie by tail garnet red collection hits the courts ahead of the 2016 us open

    AUGUST 22, 2016, MIAMI – Today, legendary tennis star Chris Evert and Chrissie by Tail  (http://www.chrissiebytail.com/) are announcing the release of the Garnet Red Collection from their Fall 2016 line of women's tennis and active apparel. Just in time for the 2016 US Open Tennis Championships swinging underway on August 29th, the Garnet Red Collection boasts a striking red gemstone hue color with superior quality fabrics and trims selected to create a truly distinctive sporty and athletic look.

    Featuring the latest trending colors, advanced fabrications, and contemporary design details, the Garnet Red Collection has figure flattering seamlines, athletic layered mesh textures and is paired with a glamorous metallic stripe print for an extra bling.  The Garnet Red Collection is the second collection release from the Fall 2016 line of Chrissie by Tail this season following...

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    prsa tactics: PReparing for rio 2016 in an olympic year of sports PR

    JULY 5, 2016 - We are about one month away from the world coming together in Rio de Janeiro for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. We will not only witness some of the most exhilarating and historic athletic feats, but we will also see some incredible brand campaigns play out in their PR initiatives and on social media.

    I spoke with Drew Johnson, director of strategic communications for Octagon Olympic and Action Sports. The company represents some of the most decorated U.S. Olympians, including Michael Phelps, Natalie Coughlin, Aly Raisman, Nathan Adrian and Allison Schmitt. Johnson provided insights into what PR professionals are experiencing leading up to Rio 2016, as well as the unique opportunities an Olympic year has to offer:

    https://www.prsa.org/Intelligence/Tactics/Articles/view/11565/1128/Preparing_for_Rio_The_Unique_Opportunities_and_Cha#.V8x27U1THIU

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    chrissie by tail releases fall 2016 imperial purple collection

    JUNE 30, 2016, MIAMI – Today, legendary tennis star Chris Evert and Chrissie by Tail (http://www.chrissiebytail.com/) are releasing the Imperial Purple Collection from their Fall 2016 line of women's tennis and active apparel. Boasting beautiful, superior quality fabrics and trims selected to create a truly distinctive sporty and athletic look with trending colors, advanced fabrications, and contemporary design details, the Imperial Purple Collection is the first collection release from the Fall 2016 line of Chrissie by Tail this season.

    “I have always been interested in fashion and looking good on the court and I am excited about the release of my new fall line for Chrissie by Tail,” said Chris Evert, 18-time Grand Slam Champion. “The Imperial Purple collection is contemporary and sporty, yet elegant and classy, for a fashion forward look that also offers...

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    world-renowned tennis coaches paul annacone and darren cahill join playsight

    JUNE 23, TENAFLY, NEW JERSEY – Today, PlaySight (www.playsight.com), the company behind the cutting-edge tennis SmartCourt, is announcing that world-renowned tennis coaches Darren Cahill and Paul Annacone have joined on as the new Heads of the Coaching and Player Development team for PlaySight.

    As the Heads of the PlaySight Coaching and Player Development team, Annacone and Cahill will assist with the creation of instructional content for PlaySight users and tennis players. Along with this, they will oversee the building of a PlaySight coaching curriculum, using SmartCourt video and analytics technology to work with tennis players of all ages and abilities around the world. Annacone and Cahill will also advise PlaySight in the roll-out of SmartCourts across key collegiate, club, federation, and tournament locations.

    “The thing that I’m so excited about with PlaySight is that it answers...

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    game plan and wells fargo introduce new financial education program for student-athletes

    JUNE 20, 2016, GREENVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA – Today, Game Plan (http://www.wearegameplan.com), the comprehensive student-athlete development platform unifying the student-athlete experience at over 50 college and university athletic departments, and Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) (https://www.wellsfargo.com/) announced a new on-line education program that will help student-athletes gain valuable skills in financial planning and money management.

    Game Plan and Wells Fargo created eLearning modules using Wells Fargo’s Hands On Banking® program curriculum. The Hands On Banking program is a free, non-commercial program that teaches people in all stages of life about the basics of responsible money management.

    The eLearning module series will include more than 20 on-demand topics addressing the various categories of financial education appropriate for student-athletes such as how to create a budget, save and invest, borrow responsibly, buy a home and establish...

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    student-athlete development platform announces rebranding as Game Plan

    MAY 24, 2016, GREENVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA – Today, the comprehensive student-athlete development platform formerly known as Game Theory Group and employed by over 29,000 student-athletes and 400 advisors at more than 40 leading college athletic departments, has announced their rebranding as Game Plan including a new brand identity and website (http://www.wearegameplan.com).

    Signaling a step forward in their mission to help student-athletes become the people they aspire to be, the startup today revealed a new brand centered on their platform, including a re-designed logo, a clarification of their mission, a fully-responsive website, a student-athlete development blog and social properties. In addition to this, website visitors will also find a growing dedication to thought leadership content including industry reports, blog posts, and case studies aimed at arming college athletic departments with best practices are student-athlete development.

    "The...

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    PlaySight announces partnership with USTA national campus to bring cutting edge smart court technology to american tennis

    MAY 2, 2016, TENAFLY, NEW JERSEY – Today, PlaySight (www.playsight.com), the company behind the Smart Court and the most cutting-edge video and analytics technology in tennis, is announcing their alliance with the United States Tennis Association to equip all 102 tennis courts at the USTA National Campus, the new home of American tennis in Orlando, Florida.

    The PlaySight Smart Court installation at the USTA National Campus will provide USTA Player Development, its coaches, and the players they coach with the most cutting-edge technology and tools available to the sport.  With all 102 courts at the USTA National Campus featuring PlaySight’s Live Court high-definition live streaming technology, including 32 Smart Courts with analytics and multi-angle video analysis, the USTA’s new National Campus will now offer the most advanced analytics and video technology in the world.

    “The USTA...

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    US talent agent deal with cuban entrepreneur marks change in business climate

    By Alan Gomez, USA Today

    MIAMI — A U.S. talent agency signed a contract in Havana on Monday to work with a Cuban entrepreneur, a seemingly simple deal that marks a big change in the relationship between the two countries.

    Jonathan Blue, chairman and managing director of the Louisville-based investment firm Blue Equity, made a deal with Pedro Rodriguez, an entrepreneur licensed by the Cuban government to work in the entertainment field. Rodriguez will scout talent in Cuba for Blue's talent company, Blue Entertainment Sports Television, or BEST, which represents broadcasters, models and celebrities.

    The deal is not the first time a U.S. company has hired one of Cuba's entrepreneurs, a new segment of the population that works outside of the state-run economy. What's different is both parties' willingness to operate openly in public.

    San Francisco-based Airbnb began working...

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    local sports business professionals to host south florida sports business networking night

    April 12, 2016, MIAMI – This week, the South Florida Sports Business Networking Group will be hosting their third annual sports business networking event on Thursday, April 14th, at American Social Brickell from 6:00-9:00 p.m.  A networking event open to everyone in the local community who works in the sports business industry or is looking to break-in, this year’s networking event is being put on by sports publicist and Chair of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Entertainment and Sports Section, Natalie P. Mikolich, and Front Office Sports (www.frontofficesports.org) – an industry leading educational resource for sports business students and professionals.

    “The response to last year’s sports business networking event was overwhelming and I am thrilled to once again be hosting this year’s event,” said Natalie P. Mikolich, host of the South Florida Sports...

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    collegeInsider.com announces 8th annual postseason tournament and the first john mclendon classic

    MARCH 1, 2016, BOSTON – Today, CollegeInsider.com is announcing their eighth annual CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT) starting March 14th that will broadcast on the CBS Sports Network for the fourth straight season.  This year, the CIT will also host the inaugural John McLendon Classic which will be the first classic held in a post-season tournament in NCAA Division I history and will honor one of the best coaches in the history of college basketball.

    The John McLendon Classic, will be held on March 14th as a first round game in the CIT and will air on the CBS Sports Network. The game will feature a representative of either Coach McLendon’s former team at Tennessee State University, the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) or the Mideastern Athletic Conference (MEAC).  This guarantees the Classic will have at least one...

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    sun-sentinel career spotlight: founder of npm | pr, natalie p. mikolich

    December 29, 2015

    By: Cindy Kent, Sun-Sentinel

    Who

    Natalie P. Mikolich is founder of npm | pr in Boca Raton and a publicist specializing in sports, fitness, health, luxury lifestyle, events and athletes. She was named the 2016 chair of the Public Relations Society of America's Entertainment and Sports Section.

    Resume

    Experience: Founder of npm | pr; Manhattan Sports Business Academy communications manager (2013-2015); #SBWeek (Sports Business Week) Miami co-host (2014-2015).

    Education: University of Miami, communication — double major in public relations and psychology.

    Sports: University of Miami women's varsity tennis team member; University of Florida women's tennis team 2003 NCAA Division I champions; University of Florida women's tennis team 2003 Southeast Conference champions; Top 5 nationally ranked junior tennis player in the U.S.; top 120 ranking in the ITF; member of United States Tennis Association national team.

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    beverly hills dermatologist-to-the-stars introduces the first dermatology product that boosts energy levels

    December 10, 2015, Beverly Hills, California – Today, Beverly Hills dermatologist-to-the-stars, Dr. David Stoll, is introducing the first-of-its-kind dermatology product that boosts energy levels called Creatop (www.creatopspray.com).  Creatop, a topical creatine spray applied to the skin, is the only body spray that increases energy and has been granted two patents by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

    Created by Dr. David Stoll, an award-winning board certified dermatologist, Dr. Stoll is the author of popular book “A Woman’s Skin” and has 30 years of research experience. In addition to this, Dr. Stoll was a contributor to the team that won the Nobel Prize in Medicine for skin growth factors. 

    “With the introduction of Creatop, we’ve proven for the very first time that a product applied to the skin can actually give someone an energy boost,” stated...

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    RYU 'breaks the uniform' with launch of athletic tech apparel

    VANCOUVER, British Columbia-- (November 30, 2015) – RYU Apparel Inc. (TSX Venture: RYU), (http://www.ryu.com/) an athletic tech apparel brand engineered for the multi-discipline athlete, shakes up the competitive athletic apparel industry today with the launch of their new game-changing apparel.

    Unlike anything seen in the gym, on the street, or at a spin class, RYU has created a new category that combines innovative technical training apparel with a distinctive style that not only looks good, but facilitates athletic performance.

    Driven by a “product first” design philosophy, RYU garments have a distinct DNA that are designed by athletes for athletes, using proprietary intellectual properties and exclusive patented processes. Clean lines, modern cuts and tailored fits allow you to wear these pieces anytime of the day, not just when training. Designed with the kinds of details athletes...

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    blue equity re-enters sports business

    By: TheDeal.com

    November 16, 2015

    Blue Equity LLC has acquired Maxx Sports & Entertainment, re-entering the sports entertainment business after a five-year hiatus.

    Terms of the transaction weren't disclosed in a Monday, Nov. 16, statement.

    Maxx Sports is a New York sports broadcasting representation agency, with clients including current and retired athletes and entertainers who have moved into broadcasting. Its extensive portfolio includes former Major League Baseball player Raul Ibañez; former National Football League players Bart Scott, Lawrence Taylor and the brothers Tiki and Ronde Barber; former NFL executive Amy Trask; former National Hockey League player Jeremy Roenick; and boxer Mike Lee. The firm's clients, which also include announcer Dick Stockton and Yahoo! Sports analyst Brad Evans, serve as sports game announcers, analysts, interviewers and studio hosts.

    Maxx Sports was established in 1995 as Maxximum Marketing and rebranded in...

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    npm | pr founder named 2016 chair of prsa entertainment and sports section

    NOVEMBER 12, 2015, BOCA RATON, FLORIDA – npm | pr (www.npmpr.com) is thrilled to announce today that Founder, Natalie P. Mikolich, was named the 2016 Chair of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) (www.prsa.org) Entertainment and Sports Section.  With PRSA serving a community of more than 22,000 public relations and communications professionals across the United States, PRSA is the world’s largest and foremost organization of public relations professionals consisting of 14 personal interest sections including the Entertainment and Sports Section.

    Focusing on specialized issues, trends and research in the entertainment and sports sectors of public relations, Mikolich will lead the Entertainment and Sports Section Executive Committee in connecting industry peers, delivering valuable programming and offering exclusive access to high level industry professionals in order to provide professional development opportunities to section members and...

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    ryu unveils disruptive athletic tech style brand

    VANCOUVER, British Columbia-- (October 29, 2015) – RYU Apparel Inc. (TSX Venture: RYU), today introduced a new category in the athletic apparel industry at a special media unveiling called “athletic tech,” a technical athletic training apparel brand engineered for the multi-discipline athlete. Launching mid-November, the new RYU enterprise will include a game-changing series of four distinct collections, a fresh e-commerce website and unique DNA.

    Following a change in leadership in 2014, RYU has undergone significant transformation. Now led by fashion visionary Marcello Leone and a team of industry veterans including Treya Klassen, Senior Vice President of Product and Brand, who’s experience spans working with many of the most innovative apparel brands in the industry.

    “Our vision with RYU is to create a global, iconic brand that reinvents the athletic apparel industry as we know it today,”...

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    golfrank launches new social mobile application for golfers of all levels to rank and locate golf courses

    SEPTEMBER 10, 2015, FT. LAUDERDALE – Today, GolfRank, LLC (http://golfrankapp.com/), is thrilled to announce the launch of new mobile application GolfRank for golfers of all ages and levels to give them the ability to quickly rank and locate courses around the world while on-the-go.  One of the first socially driven mobile applications released for golf enthusiasts worldwide, GolfRank is free to download and allows users to rank courses in less than 30 seconds and keep a journal of the ones they play with a simple scoring method.

    Created by two avid golfers, Matt Adler and Graeme Edwards, GolfRank was designed to give all golfers the ability to rank courses after seeing many courses ranked by “experts” and questioning why they were ranked so high, or what scoring method was used to rank the courses.

    “GolfRank is...

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    compressport usa launches kona 2015 limited edition collection set to debut at the ironman world championships

    August 12, 2015, DORAL, FLORIDA – Today, COMPRESSPORT USA (https://compressportusa.com/) is thrilled to announce the launch of their Kona 2015 Limited Edition Collection that will debut at the upcoming Ironman World Championships taking place in Kona, Hawaii on October 10th.  Developing a specific product range of compressions items to support the world class athletes competing in the grueling Championships comprised of a 2.4 mile ocean swim followed by a 112 mile bike ride and a marathon race (26.2 miles), now available for pre-order with COMPRESSPORT USA are items from the Kona 2015 Limited Edition collection boasting their special technical features and fibers, extraordinary design and the outstanding quality.

    With COMPRESSPORT USA having the top worn calf sleeve at the 2014 World Championships, the Kona 2015 Limited Edition expanded on the success of this item by...

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    nick bollettieri and gr8 group announce continued partnership with exclusive luxury us open experience

    August 4, 2015, MIAMI – With their recent success at Wimbledon this summer, the GR8 Group (http://gr8-experience.com/) and International Tennis Hall of Fame legendary coach Nick Bollettieri (http://www.nickbollettieri.com/) are thrilled to announce the continuation of their partnership this week through the 2015 US Open with their US Open Signature Experience that will create smiles for seriously ill children by benefitting the Special Spectators Foundation

    Designing a whole new experience for their clients at this year’s US Open, GR8 Group participants will have the opportunity to be a part of watching the thrilling tennis action courtside on Arthur Ashe Stadium at the final grand slam of the year during a three night stay at New York City’s most luxurious five-star hotel – the Mandarin Oriental – over Labor Day or the Finals weekend.

    In addition...

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    dr. john gallucci joins fox sports as fifa women's world cup 2015 medical analyst

    June 7, 2015, Orange, NEW JERSEY– JAG Physical Therapy (www.jagpt.com) is thrilled to announce today that President and MLS Medical Coordinator, Dr. John Gallucci, ATC, DPT, is joining FOX Sports as a medical analyst for coverage of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015 on FOX broadcast network, FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports 2.
     
    Throughout the FIFA Women’s World Cup Gallucci is available by satellite from New York to discuss key injuries during next month’s tournament as they happen, including any possible issues surrounding U.S. Women’s National Team star Alex Morgan, who has been sidelined since early May with a bone bruise.

    Gallucci is scheduled to appear as needed during pregame, halftime and postgame shows as well as other World Cup programming and FOX Sports 1 signature studio shows AMERICA’S PREGAME and FOX SPORTS...

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    RYU apparel signs lease for vancouver flagship store

    February 26, 2015, VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLOMBIA – RYU Apparel, Inc. (http://ryu.com) a global performance training and fitness brand, is pleased to announce that it has signed a lease for its flagship store to be located in Vancouver's premier shopping district.

    The RYU Apparel flagship store will be located at 1745 West 4th Avenue in Vancouver. The expected 5,000 square foot flagship store will encompass two levels and is targeted to open its doors to the public on September 1, 2015.

    Marcello Leone, RYU's CEO, President and Chairman, stated, "This is a very exciting time for RYU, as we shift from turnaround to growth strategy. Our creative, development and design team is finalizing product that is unique and the highest quality. We are enthusiastic about our existing hero products and upcoming new lines of product. We believe...

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    sports business professionals to host 2nd annual networking event #sbweek miami

    February 16, 2015, MIAMI – This week local sports business professionals and industry leaders Darren Heitner and Natalie Mikolich are thrilled to announce they will be co-hosting the second annual #SBWeek (Sports Business Week) Miami.  A networking event open to everyone in the local community who works in the sports business industry or is looking to break-in, this year’s event will take place on April 15th at American Social Brickell from 6:00-9:00 p.m.

    Part of a global week of sports business networking events that will be held in more than 30 cities, this year #SBWeek will take place the week of April 13th and benefit The V Foundation. Founded by Russell Scibetti and Joshua Duboff, #SBWeek has grown into an annual tradition that draws thousands of sports business professionals to its events worldwide.

    “We were blown away...

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    RYU voted best new training gear for 2015

    January 15, 2015, VANCOUVER, BC - Respect Your Universe, Inc. ("RYU"), a global performance training and fitness brand is pleased to announce that it has recently been selected as both the "Best" and "Hottest" for 2015 by two of the top fitness and lifestyle media publications in North America.

    Men's Journal selected RYU Katana Training Shorts as "Best New Shorts for the Gym" while Muscle & Fitness Hers' selected RYU Allure Capri and RYU Siren Sports Bra as "The Hottest Fitness Gear of 2015."

    Men's Journal's "Best New Shorts for the Gym:”
    http://www.mensjournal.com/gear/collection/the-best-new-shorts-for-the-gym-20150109

    Muscle and Fitness Hers' "The Hottest Fitness Gear of 2015:”
    http://www.muscleandfitnesshers.com/features/hottest-fitness-gear-2015

    Marcello Leone, RYU's CEO, President and Chairman, stated, "Our team effort in creative and development is paying off as our products are being featured in a wide range of media, including TV, online and print....

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    JAG physical therapy named official partner of new york city football club

    January 12, 2015, New York, NEW YORK – JAG Physical Therapy has announced today an official partnership with New York City Football Club (FC), the new Major League Soccer franchise. The multi-year deal will kick-off and activate leading into the inaugural season of New York City FC in 2015.

    JAG Physical Therapy will produce exclusive videos with injury prevention “Tips of the Month” to serve as content to be used both in-stadium at New York City FC home matches and online. In addition, JAG Physical Therapy will run a series of clinics for New York City FC youth affiliate players and coaches.

    “JAG Physical Therapy is a great addition to New York City FC’s growing family”, said Tim Pernetti, Chief Business Officer of New York City FC. “Soccer is not just a huge spectator sport, but we...

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    USPORT Unite brings together south florida sports business professionals and university of miami sports administration students in networking event

    November 5, 2014, MIAMI – Taking place October 22nd with the University of Miami USPORT student run program and local South Florida Sports Business Professionals, USPORT Unite brought together some of the area’s leading sports industry professionals with the Miami Marlins, Florida Panthers, Homestead Miami Speedway, UM Athletics and others at their networking event.

    Sponsored by Coral Gables Trust and held at the newly renovated Rathskeller restaurant located on the University of Miami campus, Michael Turner, University of Miami Athletics Assistant AD, Events & Operations, gave the welcoming remarks to guests followed by a short discussion with guest speaker Ryan Bertschman, Miami Marlins, Director of Sales.

    An event held exclusively for USPORT members and students with the University of Miami Sports Administration program, the networking event was put on to unite students and young alumni of the...

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    RYU featured in top north american fitness and lifestyle media outlets

    Vancouver, British Columbia, October 2nd, 2014 – Respect Your Universe, Inc. (TSX VENTURE: RYU) (OTCQB:RYUN) (“RYU”), a global performance training and fitness brand with origins in the movements and philosophy of martial artistry, created for the multisport athlete, is pleased to provide a list of recent media exposure for the brand with the top fitness and lifestyle publications in North America.

    Of note, none of this media coverage was paid for placements and was secured solely through public relations efforts because of the media’s genuine liking of the RYU apparel items and products. Drawn to the fit, fabrication, sustainability or the spirit of the RYU code, all of the media experienced the superior quality of the RYU apparel items and accessories prior to publishing coverage.

    Marcello Leone, RYU’s CEO, President and Chairman, stated, ”Our team effort in...

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    bob and mike bryan capture historic 100th team title and their 5th us open trophy

    September 7, 2014, FLUSHING, NEW YORK – Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan captured a historic 100th team title today with their fifth US Open trophy.

    The top-seeded American twins defeated Spanish No. 11 seeds Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez 6-3, 6-4 in the final. They are now tied as the all-time US Championships' doubles title leaders, with Richard Sears and James Dwight, on five crowns.

    "We're obviously ecstatic," said Mike Bryan, during the on-court trophy ceremony. "To win here in the U.S., on this court, in front of these fans makes it extra special. Congratulations for Marcel and Marc, they are two class acts. They make it really tough on all of their opponents. We had to play our best match of the tournament. It was a great house to play in front of us. You helped...

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    npm | pr founder selected to join the prsa entertainment and sports executive committee

    JULY 24, 2014, BOCA RATON – NPM | PR (www.npmpr.com) is thrilled to announce today that Founder, Natalie P. Mikolich, was selected to join the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Entertainment and Sports Executive Committee this month.  In addition to the 12 other members on the PRSA Entertainment and Sports Executive Committee who are all elite publicists and leaders in the fields of sports and entertainment public relations throughout the U.S., Natalie will have an active role assisting the Committee with their on-going initiatives and helping practitioners develop public relations and management skills directly relevant to their industries.

    “With so many tremendous practitioners in the field of sports and entertainment public relations today, I am incredibly honored to be selected to join PRSA’s Entertainment and Sports Executive Committee this summer,” said Natalie P. Mikolich,...

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    camille leblanc-bazinet, rich froning triumph at 2014 crossfit games

    Carson, California, July 27, 2014 – Despite a rocky start to the competition, Rich Froning stands atop the CrossFit Games podium for the fourth time. No one else has ever repeated as champion, and Froning solidified his legacy by winning all three events on the final day of competition.

    Froning, who has said he will not compete as an individual next year, looked shaky early in the competition but turned things around quickly to win by 50 points. Mathew
    Fraser was second, and Jason Khalipa was third. All hail from the U.S.

    “It’s been sweeter and sweeter each time,” he said after the event.

    Canadian Camille Leblanc-Bazinet took a 75-point lead into the final day, and she finished on top, beating 2011 and 2012 champion Annie Thorisdottir by 40 points. She is the first Canadian to win the women’s...

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    south seas island resort women's pro classic returns to captiva in november

    July 9, 2014, CAPTIVA, FLORIDA – Returning to beautiful Captiva, Florida, this November will be the South Seas Island Resort Women’s Pro Classic (http://ssirproclassic.com/) $50,000 USTA Pro Circuit Event getting underway from November 2nd-9th.  After a successful inaugural event in 2013 showcasing the game’s emerging and future tennis stars on the WTA Tour, world class tennis will be in full-swing again this November at the award-winning South Seas Island Resort as the last stop on the 2014 USTA Pro Circuit Women’s Calendar and the finale of the 2015 Australian Open Wild Card Challenge.

    A new series being put on this year by the USTA Pro Circuit, the Australian Open Wildcard Challenge is designed to award the best performing player during the last three $50,000 USTA Pro Circuit Events in 2014 with a spot in the...

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    miami holds successful first sports business networking event #sbweek miami

    March 31, 2014, MIAMI – Last week local South Florida Sports Business professionals, Darren Heitner – Sports Attorney and FORBES Sports Business Contributor – and Natalie Mikolich – Sports Publicist at NPM | PR – put on the first sports business networking event in South Florida called #SBWeek Miami.

    Bringing out sports business professionals from the entire South Florida community, #SBWeek Miami was held at Fado Irish Pub in Mary Brickell Village on March 27th and also celebrated the release of Darren Heitner’s new book How to Play the Game – What Every Sports Attorney Needs to Know.  Attendees at #SBWeek Miami included both industry veterans and those just starting out in sports business including executives from the Miami-Dade Sports Commission, Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau, Miami Dolphins, Miami Marlins, Homestead Miami Speedway, local sports...

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    mls medical coordinator john gallucci jr. set to release first book

    March 10, 2014, WEST ORANGE, NEW JERSERY - John Gallucci Jr., renowned physical therapist, athletic trainer and Medical Coordinator for Major League Soccer, will be publishing his first book with Demos Health in June 2014, titled Soccer Injury Prevention and Treatment: A Guide to Optimal Performance for Players, Parents, and Coaches.

    Gallucci Jr. oversees the medical policies and procedures for over 600 professional soccer players and is also owner of JAG Physical Therapy, an eight facility orthopedic sport physical therapy company located throughout New York and New Jersey. His unparalleled expertise in soccer injury prevention, rehabilitation, sports medicine and athletic conditioning makes him one of the most respected individuals in the industry.

    Soccer Injury Prevention and Treatment is your comprehensive, illustrated guide to the best training, strengthening, stretching, nutrition and hydration regimes to keep one safe and...

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    local sports business professionals to host first #sbweek event in miami

    March 6, 2014, MIAMI – This week local South Florida Sports Business professionals, Darren Heitner – Sports Attorney and FORBES Sports Business Contributor – and Natalie Mikolich – Sports Publicist at NPM | PR – are thrilled to announce that they will be hosting the first #SBWeek (Sports Business Week) event in Miami for #SBWeek 2014.

    Being held at the Fado Irish Pub in Mary Brickell Village on March 27th from 6-9 p.m., the event is part of a full week of sports business networking events taking place around the world the week of March 24th. Open to everyone in the South Florida community from those just starting out in sports business, to industry veterans, the online registration fee is $5 with 100% of the proceeds benefiting UNICEF’s Sport for Development program.

    “The goal of #SBWeek is...

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    RYU to reveal spring line campaign with hollywood movie star alexander ludwig

    FEBRUARY 18, 2014, PORTLAND, OREGON – Respect Your Universe, Inc.  (“RYU”) (TSX VENTURE: RYU) (OTCQB: RYUN) (www.ryu.com) is thrilled to announce today that in the upcoming weeks they will reveal their new 2014 Spring Line with Hollywood movie star Alexander Ludwig at the center of their campaign.  Set to be released in RYU’s Spring Line are 37 Women’s pieces and 30 Men’s items of which Ludwig will be featured prominently in their imagery modeling a variety of signature items from the Men’s Collection.

    Joining RYU in the Summer of 2013 as the brand’s Cultural Influence Director, Ludwig is widely known for his role in the 2012 blockbuster movie hit Hunger Games along with his character in the recent January 2014 release of Oscar nominated film Lone Survivor.

    “I fell in love with the product one day...

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    boca life magazine names npm | pr founder in “the 40 under 40” class of 2014

    January 10, 2013, BOCA RATON – NPM | PR (www.npmpr.com) is thrilled to announce that in the January issue of Boca Life Magazine (http://bocalifemagazine.com/), NPM | PR Founder, Natalie P. Mikolich, was named in “The 40 Under 40” class of 2014.  Included amongst many other outstanding students and professionals in the Boca Raton area, Boca Life Magazine highlights a group of innovators, leaders and impact players who are shaping the community right now in “The 40 Under 40” class of 2014.

    Out on newsstands in the local area, Boca Life Magazine states that “The 40 Under 40” class of 2014 is “more than just movers and shakers.” NPM | PR Founder and Publicist, Natalie P. Mikolich, was highlighted in Boca Life Magazine’s feature for her work in public relations along with promoting the off-court...

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    rising hollywood star alexander ludwig named cultural influence director of respect your universe, inc.

    June 11, 2013, PORTLAND, OREGON – (TSXV: RYU) (OTCQB: RYUN) Respect Your Universe, Inc., (www.ryu.com) is thrilled to announce today that Rising Hollywood Star Alexander Ludwig has been named as the new Cultural Influence Director of RYU. Known for his most recent acting role as Cato in the popular movie The Hunger Games, Ludwig will serve as a cultural ambassador for RYU and further position himself as one of Hollywood’s most promising talents with his new commitment to RYU.

    “I have always seen myself as a young entrepreneur,” said Alexander Ludwig about being named RYU’s Cultural Influence Director.  “I enjoy getting involved with people and companies that stand for good values and RYU is just that. Further, I am deeply passionate about companies that contribute to our community’s future.”

    Ludwig, who is an accomplished all-around athlete...

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    stories of U - natalie mikolich, b.s.c. ’06

    As featured on the Univ. of Miami Alumni Association "Stories of U" (http://www.storiesofu.com/in-words/natalie-mikolich-b-s-c-06/)

    February 13, 2013 - I chose the University of Miami because I wanted to be apart of their top ranked NCAA Division I Women’s Varsity Tennis Team and contribute to the prestigious Hurricane Sports athletic program. In addition to being close to where my family lived in South Florida, I also chose the University of Miami for their education program offering smaller class sizes and more student attention. The School of Communication Public Relations program is one of the top in the country and was a perfect fit for the areas I wanted to study and receive my degree in so I could continue to work in tennis and sports following my graduation from Miami.

    In 2013, I am going on...

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    ouchless® needle featured on the rachael ray show for “cutting edge procedures without the pain"

    January 9, LOUISVILLE – Ouchless® Needle (http://www.ouchlessneedle.com/index.php), made by the BellaNovus Development Company LLC (a medical design and manufacturing company), is thrilled to announce today that it was featured on the Rachael Ray Show for “Painless Plastic Surgery with Dr. Youn” that showcased “cutting edge procedures that eliminate wrinkles”  (http://www.rachaelrayshow.com/show/segments/view/painless-plastic-surgery-dr-youn/).

    On the segment with Rachael Ray and a patient who was receiving a BOTOX® treatment for the first time, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Anthony Youn demonstrated how the Ouchless® Needle’s vapocoolant spray applied to the skin just before the needle pierces the skin helps reduce and eliminate the pain of the needle injection for patients.

    "There is this boom in cosmetic surgery these days, and that boom has caused device companies to spend more and more money advancing their technologies,” explains Dr. Anthony Youn...

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    history-making olympic medalist & CoverGirl adds united talent agency to her professional team outside the ring

    October 10, 2012, BEVERYLY HILLS - Olympic medalist Marlen Esparza has signed with United Talent Agency for representation to build her career in film, television and social media, also collaborating on several other aspects of Marlen’s career.  UTA joins Marlen's professional team comprising manager Robert Thorne, publicist Natalie Mikolich, Katlyn Townsend of American Program Bureau for public speaking, and Jan Miller and Nena Madonia of Dupree/Miller & Associates for publishing.  Thorne with his longtime business partner Greg Redlitz will lead fashion and beauty licensing for Marlen to launch Fall 2013.
     
    Marlen, a beautiful but tough competitor who was the first Olympic medalist in women's boxing ever, at the Summer Games in London, has been called the "Golden Girl of Sponsorships” as she enjoys extensive print and primetime TV coverage from sponsorships with Coca-Cola, CoverGirl, Nike and...

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    RYU signs lease for first flagship retail store at the shoppes at the palazzo in las vegas

    July 10, 2012, LAS VEGAS – Today, Respect Your Universe, Inc. (RYU) (OTCBB: RYUN), http://www.ryu.com/, is thrilled to announce the introduction of the their first retail location.   A lease agreement for the RYU Las Vegas flagship store has just been completed between RYU and The Shoppes at the Palazzo in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Located in The Palazzo Resort-Hotel-Casino, The Shoppes at The Palazzo is one of the world’s emporiums of style and a mecca for the fashion-forward, featuring dozens of premier luxury brands including Diane von Furstenberg, Chloé, Christian Louboutin, Salvatore Ferragamo, Fendi, Ralph Lauren and more.

    Set to open in late September 2012, RYU’s new retail store will be located between Michael Kors and Seven for All Mankind (and across from Burberry and Barney’s New York).   Design is currently underway by acclaimed architects, Skylab...

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    dog-e-glow unleashes top 10 ncaa division I universities led collar & leash logo designs

    Dog-E-Glow Unleashes Top 10 NCAA Division I Universities LED Collar & Leash Logo Designs

    May 31, 2012, FT. LAUDERDALE – Dog-E-Glow LLC, the makers of the Dog-E-Glow LED collar and Dog-E-Glow LED leash, is thrilled to announce today the unleashing of the Top 10 NCAA Division I Universities LED collar and leash logo designs apart of their Collegiate Collection. In addition to over 50 collegiate logo designs already released, top universities now available in matching LED collar and leash sets include the Univ. of Alabama, Univ. of Michigan, Univ. of Georgia, Louisiana State Univ., Univ. of North Carolina, Pennsylvania State Univ., Univ. of Kentucky, Univ. of Oklahoma, Univ. of Nebraska and the Univ. of Florida.

    Combining functionality, technology and fashion, Dog-E-Glow gives college fans and their pets the ability to “flash their pride” around campus, at...