Dave King, president and CEO of Fort Collins, Colorado's Triple Crown Sports Inc., admits his company had selfish beginnings. From 1982 to 1987, Dave and his wife, Annette, both 42, ran a series of softball tournaments in Colorado. Working full time for an insurance company at the time, Dave had no long-term vision for the series.
But in 1987, Dave quit his job in favor of making sports a full-time business. Ten years later, the Kings decided to franchise their amateur sports marketing and production business.
Today, Triple Crown Sports has three franchisees, one each in Nevada, Utah and Colorado, and 10 company-owned units nationwide. As for filling in the 200 available units across the United States, the company is looking for entrepreneurs who have "been in the corporate environment, don't mind the chaos of large events and groups, and have no fear of long hours outdoors," says Dave.
Franchisees produce and manage weekend tournaments, camps and clinics. Most business is conducted via telephone and mail so it's easily run from home.
Franchisees can choose from girls' fast pitch, adult slow pitch, boys' baseball, inline hockey and soccer. The Kings hope to add basketball, flag football and youth tackle football next season.