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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 Mini Corntoss college table, one of three games from Driveway Games specifically designed for indoor use.

A Real Gamer
Driveway Games Combining Licensing and Outdoor Fun
April 3, 2007

Innovative. Exciting. Dynamic. Ask Justin Greiwe for three words to describe his company Driveway Games, and he doesn’t hesitate. “Our charter is to make this genre of games as big and great as it can be,” says Greiwe.

Greiwe launched Driveway Games four years ago after noting the growing popularity of outdoor lawn activities like bocce ball and horse shoes. He was most intrigued by the fascination with Cincinnati Cornhole on college campuses across the Midwest. “I saw the potential to make the game as big as horseshoes,” says Greiwe.

Frisbee Goals, a new game for 2007 centered around the popularity of Disc Golf.

He also understood the impact of marketing on his idea. Greiwe secured a trademark for the name “Original Corn Toss Game”—which quickly proved appealing to retailers and consumers—and began looking into collegiate licensing. Currently, Driveway Games holds licenses with a dozen or so schools.

“We hope to add more licenses soon,” Greiwe says. “The NFL and NASCAR are at the top of our list, partly because both have great tailgating tie-ins.”

The same can be said of the Driveway Games product line. For 2007, in fact, the company is introducing 15 new items, including Washer Tossing, Bolo Tossing, swimming pool games and accessories such as a scorekeeper and a stadium seat with back support.

“Our focus remains recreational products,” says Greiwe, “but we’re finding a larger audience in tailgating. We have several other products in development.”

WashTubes—three washer tossing games in one.

That’s welcome news for Greiwe’s customer base. Driveway Games works with national retailers and independents alike. According to Greiwe, the company has done particularly well toy stores, hardware stores and pool and spa shops.

“We pride ourselves on being an innovator,” he says. “We take games like Corn Toss and offer more features and the best quality. We give consumers more bang for their buck.”

 

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