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Pro Image Sports Giving Franchise to Fan of World Series Winner


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Companies continue finding ways to turn sports-watching couch potatoes into real-life champions. Pro Image Sports, the 32-year-old licensed sports merchandise retail franchise, is upping the stakes for the 2017 World Series. One diehard Houston Astros or Los Angeles Dodgers fan will win a free franchise to bring the largest sports fan gift shop to their town.

The company will waive its $30,000 franchise fee to a dedicated fan of the winning World Series team. Its contest is similar to what Freshii did last year when the Chicago Cubs won the World Series.

Pro Image Sports CEO Ryan Laws shared his sentiments on the brand’s first free franchise giveaway: “With over three decades of selling the most sought-after licensed sports team merchandise, we understand fandom, especially the nerves and excitement that accompany making it to the final round of the playoffs. We want to make the win even sweeter for whichever team brings home the trophy at this year’s World Series. Whether the Astros earn Houston their first World Series win or the Dodgers end their championship drought since 1988, we at Pro Image Sports want to give one of their fans something as special as the World Series win.”

Pro Image Sports will be accepting submissions to join their MLB-obsessed franchise family. The winning partner will be required to meet the necessary criteria, and in addition, be a lifelong Astros or Dodgers devotee. To enter, fans must submit a video that is 30-seconds or less, sharing their love for the Astros or Dodgers and why they deserve to win a free franchise if their team wins the World Series. Fans can post the video on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, tagging
@ProImageSports. All entries are due by Friday, November 2, at midnight. Pro Image Sports will select one winner to make their passion for sports their business.

The winner must be a new franchise partner to the system and can open their Pro Image Sports
location in any city worldwide. The only catch: the winner must open their location outside of a
mall. Of Pro Image Sports’ 130-plus locations nationwide, 95 percent are mall-based. The brand is looking
to expand into communities where residents often drive an hour to the nearest mall. It want to bring its swag stadiums to small towns to complement its mall presence.

Pro Image Sports specializes in offering licensed team apparel, hats and novelty items. Visitors to the stores can expect to find everything from licensed team socks, toothbrushes and jerseys to watches, mugs, lanyards and more.

Pro Image Sports said it can’t wait to see which team will bring home the title and who will become its newest franchise partner. Interested Dodgers and Astros fans can share their video submissions on social media, tagging Pro Image Sports.

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