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Berkshire Partners agreed to buy fitness brand CrossFit, in partnership with CrossFit gym owner and former Datalogix CEO Eric Roza (who will become CrossFit CEO). The seller is CrossFit's founding CEO Greg Glassman, who resigned after making controversial comments about the killing of George Floyd.

Why it matters: CrossFit needed a lifeline, due to both its management tumult and business challenges related to the pandemic.

  • CrossFit is largely a brand licensing company, charging gyms $3k per year to become "affiliates," plus generating revenue from trainer certification courses and merchandise. In 2013, Inc. reported that it generated around $100 million in revenue, while the broader CrossFit empire netted between $1.5 billion and $2 billion.

The bottom line: "When Greg Glassman resigned as CEO of CrossFit, excoriated for comments about George Floyd’s death on Twitter and in a Zoom meeting, people who have worked there were surprised that his downfall was tied to accusations of racism. They had assumed that the reason would be routine and rampant sexual harassment," writes the New York Times' Katherine Rosman.

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NRA declares bankruptcy, says it will reincorporate in Texas

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The National Rifle Association said Friday it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and will seek to reincorporate in Texas, calling New York, where it is currently registered, a "toxic political environment."

The big picture: The move comes just months after New York Attorney General Letitia James filed a lawsuit to dissolve the NRA, alleging the group committed fraud by diverting roughly $64 million in charitable donations over three years to support reckless spending by its executives.

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Why it matters: With the Center for Disease Control and Prevention warning of a more contagious variant of the coronavirus, Biden is trying to establish how he’ll approach the pandemic differently than President Trump.

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D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said Friday that the city should expect a "new normal" for security — even after President-elect Biden's inauguration.

The state of play: Inaugurations are usually a point of celebration in D.C., but over 20,000 troops are now patrolling Washington streets in an unprecedented preparation for Biden's swearing-in on Jan. 20.