Tailgate1The only show of its kind to target its markets, the eighth annual Sports Licensing and Tailgate Show, Jan. 16 to 18 in the South Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center, will have a number of new features. This year’s show floor will have a new look, including The Fashion Zone – where exhibitors can showcase their latest apparel and accessories – and The Tailgate Zone, which is reserved for exhibitors with non-licensed tailgating merchandise.

Outdoor1The Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2014, Jan. 22 to 25 at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, will bring together retailers, manufacturers, industry advocates and media to conduct the business of outdoor recreation.

From small shops and regional chains to the largest national and international retailers, Outdoor Retailer attracts buyers and senior-level decision makers who are looking for outdoor-specific products. The show helps them find services, brands, fresh ideas, apparel launches and outdoor innovations. Also at the show are companies that sell outdoor apparel and equipment, climbing technology, footwear, ski mountaineering, camping, backpacking, cycling, water sports, rescue, outerwear, yoga and fitness gear and accessories.

Ces1Representing all aspects of the technology ecosystem, the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) Jan. 7 to 10 in Las Vegas will feature the world’s largest hands-on showcase of emerging innovation. CES is the global gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies.

The 2014 CES Tech Titans keynote series of addresses will be delivered by Intel CEO Brian Krzanich, Audi Chairman Rupert Stadler and Sony CEO Kazuo Hirai.

Nycwff1The Food Network’s New York City Wine and Food Festival presented by Food and Wine on Oct. 17 to 20 continued its long-standing tradition of designing unique lifestyle opportunities that appeal to everyone’s taste buds. This year, it was “Jets + Chefs: The Ultimate Tailgate,” which was presented by Diet Pepsi and hosted by Joe Namath and Mario Batali Oct. 19 at New York City’s Pier 92.

Batali gave his chef coat a rest and donned green and white gear to team up with NFL legend, Super Bowl champion and Hall of Famer Namath to host a day of grilling demonstrations, ramped-up tailgate fare and interactive fan-fanatic activities for the family. Like all festival events, proceeds from it benefitted the Food Bank for New York City and Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign.

Bigfour1As the sports licensing world gears up for the Sports Licensing & Tailgate Show in January, it’s clear that there hasn’t been a better time to be involved in licensing products for North America’s top professional sports leagues. Whether it’s Major League Baseball, the National Football League, NASCAR, the National Basketball Association or the National Hockey League, there have never been so many ways for fans to connect with teams and athletes who are their favorites. 

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