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The 12th annual Sports
Licensing and Tailgate
Show takes place Jan. 2325, 2018, at the Las Vegas
Convention Center.
This year's show is expected to be the
largest to date, and will feature an expanded educational program for retailers
and be co-located for the first time with
the ICLA Winter Symposium.

Products for Every Fan
More than 2,000 qualified retailers and
universities are expected to be in attendance. Attendees represent stores of all
sizes and range from specialty shops to
department stores to mass-market retailers. The vast array of product categories
on display from exhibitors make the
show appealing to a variety of retailers.
Approximately 400 companies will
exhibit, showing off the latest fan gear to
expand the product offerings of retailers.
Exhibiting licensees represent all professional and collegiate leagues and teams,
and will showcase merchandise in every
possible product category from toys and
games to apparel, pet products and more.
Licensors and agents that participate include IMG College Licensing, Learfield
Licensing Partners, NASCAR, Fermata
Partners, NHL, and the NBA and NFL
Players Associations.
More than 70 new exhibitors have
already signed up. First time exhibitors include: Alex and Ani, All Star
Dogs, Badger Sportswear, Branded
Custom Sportswear Inc./Nike, C&I
Collectables, Campus Crew, Catstudio
Inc., Charles River Apparel, CI Sport,
Coopersburg Sports, Covo Drinkware,
Dependable Solutions, DGL Group
LTD, Epicurean Cutting Surfaces,
Fan Brander, Gracious Living Corp,
Greeting Pen Company, Groove Life,
Hex Head Art, Hype & Vice, J.F. Sports

Canada, College Wallets- College Coolerz, Jardine Associates, Jerzee Art, Kotis
Design, Landway, Lauren James, Let's
Light It Up, Lokai Holdings, Nap Cap,
Neil Enterprises and NEU Retail.
Additional first-time exhibitors
include Nuboard Media, Otter Products, Ouray Sportswear/Holloway,
Outugo Inc, Pennington and Bailes,
Potter Manufacturing Co, Profile Ent.,
PROUD Athletics, 2Undr, Score! Designs LLC, Signature Announcements,
Simple Modern, Sparta 2002 Designs &
Promotions, Spirit Products Ltd, Sports
Coverage Inc., Stahls, Strand Art Co,
SWEN Products Inc., Tailgater Plates,
Tailgating Specialties, Teamwork Athletic Apparel, The Life is Good Company, Timex, Tradition Ever Since, Tribal
Inflatable Standup Paddleboards, U.S.
Digital Media, University Frames Inc.,
Vive Le Fete Collegiate, WNA Inc. and
Zags LLC.

Expanded Education
for Retailers
A new lineup of educational sessions
is in the works, with help from the
International Licensing Merchandisers'
Association (LIMA), the Independent
College Bookstore Association (ICBA)
and The Mann Group. LIMA will
present trends in the licensing industry for 2018 and beyond, based on its
industry survey data. The Mann Group
and ICBA will focus on topics relevant to all types of retailers, including
developing healthy supplier partnerships
and strategies for assortment planning.
All of these sessions are free to registered attendees and are designed to give
retailers the tools they need to efficiently
and effectively grow their businesses.
The educational program kicks off
with the 2nd Annual Industry Breakfast and Keynote Speaker. The Industry
Breakfast was introduced in 2017 when
University of Alabama Athletic Director Bill Battle delivered the show's

first keynote address to a full room. The
2018 Industry Keynote and Breakfast is
open to all attendees and exhibitors and
will take place on Tuesday, Jan. 23. The
keynote speaker will be announced in
the coming weeks.
In addition to the SLTS sessions,
the International Collegiate Licensing
Association (ICLA) will host its Winter
Symposium in the days leading up to the
show. The ICLA Winter Symposium
will consist of two days of educational
programming and networking opportunities. Separate registration is required
to attend the Winter Symposium. Visit
nacda.com for more information.

Money Back on Purchases
The License To Buy Show Specials
Program will be back in 2018. A favorite
among exhibitors and retailers, this
exclusive rebate program gives buyers
money back on orders they are already
placing at the show. Retail buyers are rewarded based on the number and dollar
amount of orders placed with participating exhibitors. Last year more than $3.9
million in orders were written across the
three-day show with 98 participating
exhibitors. The show gave back nearly
$70,000 in rebates to buyers.
Other show highlights include The
Opening Night Party and the New
Product Zone. The Opening Night
Party is the official gathering of all
attendees and exhibitors for food, drink
and networking. The party will convene
Jan. 23 in the Sports Lounge. The New
Product Zone is a special display area
that lets buyers preview exhibitors' latest
products before they even enter the
show floor.
Qualified buyers can register for just
$60 prior to Jan. 22. Visit www.SportsTailgateShow.com for more information or to register. O
Nikki Puckett is the marketing director at
Emerald Expositions.

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