Bryan Lockley is a man who is truly interested in the fields of sports, athletics, and fitness. As a graduate of the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Sports and Fitness, Bryan has made it his career to improve the lives and health of anyone who is willing to accept the challenge. After his graduation from university, Bryan Lockley immediately began his career in fitness and personal training. He has worked as both a trainer in gyms as well as a freelance trainer. In both roles he not only came up with training regimes that he then successfully implemented but he also helped his clients forever change their lives. Bryan has also worked in managerial roles at gyms and has been the personal trainer for professional athletes as well. One of his most famous clients was Brandon Meriweather, a former NFL player for the New England Patriots. Bryan Lockley also holds a large number of certifications and memberships from and to various fitness organizations. He is associated with the Florida Chiropracic Association, the National Strength and Conditioning Association, and the National Association of Sports Medicine amongst many others. Bryan also has certifications to be a personal trainer (from ACE) and to be a health fitness specialist (from the ACSM) amongst others.
The unmistakable energy and color of Miami culture is so pervasive when you’re there that it’s easy to forget the rest of the world exists.
It’s probably a good thing not everyone forgot that. That’s why I was a little surprised when Miami’s J. Wakefield Brewing created a year-round porter and named it the decidedly un-Miami Union Jack Porter (Porter, 7% ABV).
Sports have always had a certain tie with gambling. Athletics of all types have always captured and held the interest of those who made money off of learning statistics and making educated guesses using algorithms as a basis for their knowledge. They have also captured the interest of fans, people who feel as though they know a lot about a sport or a team simply because they’ve been watching for a long time and are passionate about their alliance. When groups like these meet over a common subject, there is always going to be gambling of some sort. The fans trust their judgement and instinct and the professionals trust the math. As I’m sure you’ve noticed, there has been a recent explosion in online fantasy-based sports gambling. the ads are showing up everywhere and they’re relentless in trying to convince you to sign up and spend your hard-earned money on fantasy sports gambling. This sudden, and very public, push for what is clearly a form of gambling is now drawing both questions and ire from governmental and nongovernmental organizations that have been traditionally opposed to gambling which is still, in most states, illegal. Now, as fantasy gambling is clearly becoming more popular and making a push for more customers, these groups and organizations are wrestling with how to approach this new form of sports entertainment.
One of the main issues is that there is a huge potential for profit, something that is making sports teams more than happy to sign up with these companies. Both FanDuel and DraftKings have signed lucrative deals with multiple NFL teams (DraftKings with 12 teams and FanDuel with 16) even though the league itself is opposed to any sort of gambling. The NFL is so against gambling that they’ve even distanced themselves from the more casual form of fantasy sports-based gambling that these new services offer. While these companies are making potential enemies out of the leagues themselves, they’ve already won over at least two of the wealthiest and most powerful team owners within the NFL — both Jerry Jones of the Dallas Cowboys and Robert K. Craft of the New England Patriots have stakes in DraftKings.
So why are these companies drawing the ire of such powerful institutions? The main reason is how they have monetized what was once a casual affair. Fantasy sports gambling is legal in all states except for 5 because of just how casual an affair they are. Until the creation of these sorts of companies, most fantasy gambling was done amongst friends and in situations like the office pool. Both DraftKings and FanDuel have taken this casual format and turned it into a huge cash cow not only for their winners, but also for those who invest in their company. Fans need to pay an entry fee that can range anywhere from 25 cents to $1,000 and there are potential payouts every day that can reach up to $2 million. FanDuel itself says that it pays out about $75 million every week and $2 billion in a year.
With such large payouts, people are taking notice and calling out the NFL for what this really is, gambling. This past Monday, Representative Frank Pallone Jr., a Democrat of New Jersey, asked the government to investigate these companies to see if they had broken any laws when it comes to restricting and monitoring online gambling. This comes on the heel of a recent ruling last month that said that any casinos or horse tracks in New Jersey that allowed people to bet on sports events are breaking the federal Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, a law passed in 1992. Even though neither FanDuel nor DraftKings have made a profit yet, they are setting themselves up to be the leaders in sports gambling if it ever becomes fully legalized and integrated online. Until then, these companies will continue to need to toe the line and make sure that they have quality lawyers on retainer.
It should be known that there is absolutely nothing illegal about network marketing and multi level marketing companies and how they function. Both network marketing and MLM companies are growing in the US economy and prospering despite negative stereotypes and this is important to remember throughout this article. ACN is one of the largest MLM firms in the country and specializes in telecommunications and technology, just through the MLM and network marketing framework.
However, ACN has dealt with accusations of luring potential clients into making promises they can’t keep. Their income comes primarily from recruiting new members instead of selling actual products. Hiring Trump to endorse their business. At $450,000 a speech, Trump served as an advertiser for ACN. Trump has since claimed “I’m not familiar with what they do or how they go about doing that, and I make that clear in my speeches.” This didn’t stop him from making millions of dollars from the company.
A leader in the business world, Trump’s involvement with ACN surely threatens his credibility. Trump has been quoted, “ACN has a reputation for success, success that’s really synonymous with the Trump name and other successful names, and you can be a part of it.” ACN may have a reputation for success, but their reputation is also clouded with scams. Trump’s success, too, is mired by four unsuccessful ventures that ended in bankruptcy. Despite these blemishes, Trump acted as an effective celebrity sponsor for the marketing firm.
Early last week, ACN claimed a “long-standing, respected business relationship with Donald Trump” but have since removed Trump from their website. However, this erasure (intended to protect Trump’s campaign) can’t disguise the Trump’s influence as a household celebrity name from his first appearance with the company in 2006. ACN’s attempt to distance themselves from the Trump name likely correlates with an intention to stay out of the spotlight during Trump’s presidential campaign.
ACN has been accused of “deceptive and misleading trade practices,” with the defense that price-spike problems occur across the industry. As Trump and ACN go separate ways, maybe they both will commit to developing an honest business model that prioritize its customers over profit.
A battle is brewing in Washington as the capital city prepares to regulate personal fitness trainers in a move that could ripple through the country’s booming $24 billion gym industry and its fight against flab.