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A League Of Your Own

Making money with: pool leagues, leak-busting.

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This story appears in the August 1998 issue of Business Start-Ups magazine.

Necessity can be the mother of franchising. At least that's how American Poolplayers Association (APA) founders Terry Bell and Larry Hubbart saw it when they began franchising in 1982. Both professional pool players at the time, Bell and Hubbart knew that pool's popularity could flourish through an established recreational league system.

Today, the Lake Saint Louis, Missouri-based APA has more than 165,000 members in 550 leagues throughout the country. Franchisees are responsible for organizing local league play and working with players and venues. The association provides $800,000 in cash and prizes for several national tournaments it hosts annually, including a handicapped amateur tournament and a league championship.

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