May 24, 2020  
 
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Sports & Recreation Franchises

Sports and recreation franchises are all the rage. Before buying a sports and recreation franchise, be sure to read this article. Plus, take a look at our featured sports and recreation franchises.

Sports franchises offer ambitious entrepreneurs the opportunity to earn a profit by blurring the line between work and play.
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Americans love their sports, and they are willing to pay big money for the products and services they need to enjoy their favorite activities. The marketplace has responded to this demand through a variety of small business and franchise opportunities.

A broad range of franchising opportunities exists for entrepreneurs interested in the sports and recreation industry. Some franchises offer retail products to sports enthusiasts while others offer fitness club and gym services. There are even franchised educational opportunities that train kids and adults to become more adept in their sport.

Play It Again Sports is one of many sports-related franchises that has created a unique place for itself in the industry. For over twenty years, Play It Again has been the preferred store of value-conscious sports consumers by buying, selling and trading used and new sports equipment and gear. The company's strength is their ability to offer their customers 20-60% off normal retail. Today, the company describes itself as the leading sporting goods chain in North America with over 430 stores.

Similarly successful sports and recreation franchises are out there, waiting to be discovered by qualified new franchisees. Do your research and ask lots of questions to find the one that is the best fit for your goals and individual circumstances.

Points to Consider

  • Sports and recreation businesses have changed over the years to accommodate a more sophisticated and knowledgeable customer base. The internet has made it easier for consumers to research gear and fitness services before they make a buying decision. With that in mind, it's important to know what you're talking about and respond to your customers inquiries with a similar degree of sophistication.
  • The sports industry enjoys the benefits of relatively steady demand. However, if you decide to buy into a specialty franchise, make sure your area of specialization is capable of long-term viability.

Franchise Opportunities

  • Play It Again Sports. Play It Again offers customers high-quality, used sports gear at a significantly discounted price. They also give customers the opportunity to trade-in their old equipment for cash or store credit. The company currently reports over 430 franchise locations in North America.
  • My Gym Children's Fitness. My Gym specializes in fitness centers for kids, offering movement, tumbling and exercise classes for children aged 3 months to 9 years. Currently, they have 125+ franchise locations and are actively seeking new franchisees.
  • Putt-Putt Golf and Games. Putt-Putt provides recreational opportunities for the whole family including miniature golf, batting cages, raceway, and laser tag. Some centers also feature bumper boats and video gamerooms. In 2005, Putt-Putt reported almost 180 franchises located primarily in the U.S.
  • Crown Trophy. Crown Trophy specializes in creating and selling trophies and awards for various organizations and events. They have 125+ locations in the U.S.

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