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Sports Licensing & Tailgate Show Kicks Off Today In Las Vegas

The Sports Licensing & Tailgate Show, the nation's last dedicated sports licensing trade exposition, opens in Las Vegas today with what organizers say is a slight uptick in business. Noting the synergy between tailgating and sports licensed products, ShowProCo organizers combined the two markets into a show several years back. Show organizer Stanley Schwartz said both revenue and booth count are up from 380 to 400 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, where the show moved this year from its former location at the Sands Expo & Convention Center, which is about 20% larger. The show is expected to attract upward of 5,000 people in its three-day run, about on par with last year, Schwartz said. While the number of licensors has dwindled over the years, those remaining with booths include MLS, IMG College and the Collegiate Licensed Properties Association. Most of the leagues will be sending representatives to the show, but are not renting space. Top licensees include G-III Apparel and Northwest. New this year is a program under which industry members voted online for the best licensed-product retailer in every state. Winners got a trip to Las Vegas for the show and their Rising Star Retailer Awards will be presented at a breakfast tomorrow.

Winners Of The Best Licensed-Product Retailer
Campus Spirit
J&J Trading Post
Excalibur Sports
Husker Hounds
Sports Magick
Uniform Sports and
Front Row Sports
Univ. of Arkansas Hog Heaven
New Hampshire
National Tailgate
New Jersey
Lip Smackin Smokers
Big 5 Sporting Goods
New Mexico
Krystal's NFL Shoppe
Connecticut Olympia Sports New York Cooperstown Cookie Co.
Delaware Modell's North Carolina Chapel Hill Sportswear
Florida College Corners North Dakota Pro Image
Georgia Field of Dreams Northpoint Ohio Justice Stores
Hawaii Star Trade Inc. Oklahoma
Idaho Premier Performance Products Oregon Portland Beavers
Illinois Wrigleyville Sports Pennsylvania Giant Eagle #10
Indiana All Stars Rhode Island Aah! La Cart
Iowa Locker Room Legends South Carolina Mr. Knickerbocker
Kansas Sports Time Fun Shop South Dakota Lynn's Dakotamart
Kentucky Cardboard Heroes Inc. Tennessee Sports Seasons-Nashville
Louisiana Louisiana Tech Univ. Bookstore Texas Academy Sports & Outdoors
Maine Old Orchard Beach Baseball
Card and Sport Shop
Utah Fanzz
Maryland Hall of Fame Cards Vermont Jim's Sports
Massachusetts Virginia B&C Sports Collectibles
Michigan Washington The Dawg Den
Minnesota Goldy's Locker Room
(Gold Country)
West Virginia
Mississippi Hibbert Sporting Goods Wisconsin Green & Gold Zone
Missouri Sports NUTZ of Clinton Wyoming Univ. of Wyoming Bookstore
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