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A bird's eye view of the TableTop Football playing field.

First and Goal
TableTop Football Scoring Big with Consumers
March 8, 2011

Mike Swalley, owner of TableTop Football, loves a good tailgate game as much as the next guy. In fact, every weekend for four years he and his friends would get together for a game of cornhole. "It became so popular," he says, "that we even played it in my garage during the winter."

Eventually, Swalley and his buddies got bored with the game and figured that there had to be a better way to have fun. That's when Swalley went to work. He started tinkering in his garage and came up with TableTop Football, a game that puts an interesting twist on foosball.

"Each player has four downs to get the ball into one of the three scoring holes behind the other goal line," explains Swalley. "The center hole is worth six points and the other two are three points."

Swalley introduced TableTop Football at the Sports Licensing and Tailgate Show in January and was pleased with the response. "We weren't sure what to expect," he says. "We showed the game to a lot of people and got some good leads."

TableTop Football is available in two versions, including this rec room model.

Swalley's original vision for TableTop Football was a game for tailgaters. "The first version I made was easy to transport," he says. "But I've found that many people in the market see it as a rec room game. I've since created another version with furniture quality wood and better graphics."

Based on the product's success in Las Vegas and at the Home Show in Indianapolis, Swalley has begun production on TableTop Football for the masses. He believes he will eventually look for a partner that can take the game to the next level. "I'll probably have to hook up with large manufacturer to take the game nationally," he says.

"That's when I'll also thinking more seriously about licensing." Until then, Swalley sees an almost unlimited future for TableTop Football. "It's a fun, exciting game," he says. "People are always comparing it to foosball. I think the timing is really good. TableTop is an original, challenging alternative to all other tailgate and rec room games."




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