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Sports Licensing & entertainment Marketplace
Sports Licensed and Tailgate Industry Green-Light January 2008 Show
Buyers, Sellers & Leagues Confirm Need for Strong Trade Event

Time is money. And when there is money to be made in the licensed sports business, timing is important. These two ideas converged in discussions with licensors, licensed manufacturers and licensed buyers in the days following the Sports Licensing & Entertainment Marketplace and Tailgate • Picnic Show, which debuted in Las Vegas last November.

The result of these talks was a clear, across-the-board consensus: The industry wants and needs a robust annual trade event.

Thus the next Sports Licensing & Entertainment Marketplace and Tailgate • Picnic Show will be held Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, January 16 to 18, 2008 at a new venue, the Sands/Venetian Expo Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Tailgate Picnic Show



The LSU Battlehead

The New Face of Collectibles
Battleheads Looking Good in the Licensed Marketplace
June 5, 2007

If you’re looking for an inventive licensed product, a great place to start is Battleheads by the Sentaur Group. Mario Carusone hit the market with his beautifully crafted masks last fall, and the reception thus far has been overwhelmingly positive. “We set up a booth at the Florida-Georgia game as sort of a test market for Battleheads,” he says. “People loved them.”

The idea for Battleheads has been percolating in Carusone’s head for more than 10 years. He wanted to give fans a creative and unique way to show their team spirit. Battleheads certainly accomplish that goal.

The Alabama Battlehead

“Fans root for the laundry,” says Carusone. “Players and coaches come and go, but the history of the team is always there.”

Battleheads capture that feeling perfectly. Carusone currently has five SEC teams in the fold—Alabama, Florida, Georgia, LSU and Tennessee. He also has deals with Michigan, Miami, Florida State, Wisconsin, Purdue, Virginia Tech, Virginia, South Carolina, Mississippi and Georgia Tech. Product for the second group of schools will be out soon.

“We’re expecting a big year,” says Carusone. “We’re already doing very well with the Halloween industry.”

Carusone is also finding a receptive audience among collectors. In fact, fans don’t seem to view Battleheads as toys. They think of them as collectibles. “Battleheads are great for autographs,” adds Carusone.

The Florida Battlehead

That’s one of the reasons Carusone will eventually pursue an NFL license. For the time being, however, he is happy with his collegiate product line. “We’re selling Battleheads from our website and in fan stores,” says Carusone. “We’ll start looking into the bigger chains soon.”



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