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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 Fleetwood version of the Slide-A-Bed.

Putting the Utility into the SUV
Beyond Cargo Launches the Slide-A-Bed
June 19, 2007

Talk to any tailgater worth his weekend spread, or a soccer mom or dad for that matter, and nothing is more useful than an organization and transport system that makes it easy to load and unload supplies and equipment in an SUV. That’s precisely the problem Beyond Cargo is addressing with the Slide-A-Bed. The company got its start a year ago in April and is poised to take several different markets by storm.

“We’re looking at a few different industries: automotive, law enforcement and tailgating,” says Scott Burns, Vice President at Beyond Cargo. “The Slide-A-Bed is perfect for all of them. It’s affordable and durable, and can hold up to 500 pounds.”

While the automotive marketplace is Beyond Cargo’s primary target, Burns feels the tailgating industry could become very profitable. “We’re located near Appalachian State, which has a great football following,” he says. “The Slide-A-Bed is great for game day. We’re putting together an entire tailgating kit, which will include licensed accessories from other manufacturers such as Smiling Bulldog.”

The Slide-A-Bed, with Beyond Cargo’s interior organizer.

Beyond Cargo currently offers two versions of the Slide-A-Bed. One is made from high-density polyethylene and comes in a textured black finish. The other, the Fleetwood edition, provides an elegant but rustic feel with handcrafted Red Oak wood. Both systems glide in and out of the back of an SUV with ease.

“Installation is easy and takes just minutes,” says Burns. “We include an instructional DVD with every purchase. Neither requires drilling or alterations to the vehicle.”

Beyond Cargo is still finalizing retail pricing, which Burns hopes will settle between $499 and $549. He’s excited about the Slide-A-Bed’s potential.

“Hard-to-reach cargo in your SUV is a thing of the past,” he says. “Groceries, tools, and everyday items slide out to you for easy access. No more back strain, stretching, and rubbing your clothes up against dirty bumpers. The Slide-A-Bed can get everyone ready for tailgating, but it goes way above and beyond that.”



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