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Sports Licensing & Tailgate Show
The Sports Licensing and Tailgate Show is the premier event for brand owners, licensors, licensees and retailers interested in sports licensed products.
Attendees will have the chance to see nearly 400 exhibiting companies, representing every possible product category.
If your store sells sports-related licensed products or tailgating supplies, the Sports Licensing & Tailgate Show is where you should be to shop more than 380 exhibitors with products licensed by over two dozen sports leagues and licensors. Countless items are available across all categories – from apparel and accessories to toys and souvenirs.
All of the major leagues and collegiate teams are represented here. This is your chance to see what your customers are going to want next season!
Numerous networking events allow you to see what your peers are up to and gain ideas that you can take home and implement in your own store right away.
The show attracts buyers from all types of retailers: specialty shops, fan shops, department stores, sporting goods stores, online retailers, collectibles and gift stores. Retailers that attended in 2018 include: Academy Sports & Outdoors, Amazon.com, Belk Inc., Dick’s Sporting Goods, Dunham’s Sports, Fanatics, Hibbett Sports, JC Penney, Lids, Pottery Barn Teen, Rally House, Wal-Mart, Zulily and many more.
The 2018 show saw dramatic growth in the collegiate licensing segment. In addition to hundreds of college bookstore buyers, including Follett and Barnes & Noble College Booksellers, there were nearly 200 college licensing departments in attendance.
The Sports Licensing & Tailgate Show is produced by Emerald Expositions. Formerly Nielsen Expositions, Emerald Expositions is a leading operator of business-to-business tradeshows in the United States, producing over 85 tradeshows and conference events per year connecting buyers and sellers across nine diversified markets, including general merchandise, sports, hospitality and retail design, jewelry, photography, decorated apparel, building, healthcare and military.
Events and After Parties:
Trends and Numbers: A Look at Sports and Licensing
Marty Brochstein, SVP Industry Relations and Information at The International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association (LIMA)
Tuesday, January 22, 11:00 am
This session will take a look at where the sports licensing business is today, using the results of LIMA’s latest Annual Licensing Business Survey, as well as responses to our end of year flash survey of licensing executives, to spotlight the state of the business and the challenges and opportunities facing the industry going forward. Get insight on the licensing industry as a whole, the sports sector in particular, and some of the trends and forces affecting both. Find out where you fit in and how you can capitalize on opportunities the future presents.
Building Healthy Supplier Partnerships Panel Discussion
Moderator: Jon Bibo, Chief Executive Officer at the Independent College Bookstore Association
Tuesday, January 22, 2:00 pm
A panel of collegiate retailers and manufacturers will share their diverse perspectives on how to build true partnerships for success. Finding common ground between retailers and manufacturer to mutually build sales and profits is more important than ever, so find out why sharing data, developing closer collaborations, and mutual problem-solving is essential to success for all parties (including consumers!)
Opening Night Party
Location: Sports Lounge
Tuesday, January 22, 5:00 pm
What’s Trending Up in the Collegiate Retail Market?
Paula Haerr, Vice President of Programs & Services at the Independent College Bookstore Association
Wednesday, January 23, 2:00 pm
Want to hear about the top hot trends in the collegiate retail marketplace? Featuring new and exciting products can drive traffic and sales. The Independent College Bookstore Association (ICBA) will share insights into some of the leading collegiate licensed product and category trends as heard from and reported by leading manufacturers and college store buyers from around the country.