A League Of His Own
Brian Samilian took a swing at being a franchisee--and it's paying off.
Soon after graduating from college, Brian Samilian was doing corporate marketing and sponsorship for the Tampa Bay Rays baseball team when he heard an own-your-own-sports-franchise radio spot. "I didn't know exactly what that meant," says Samilian with a laugh. "When I think of owning a sports franchise, I think of owning a team."
Samilian, 27, looked into I9 Sports and found out that the franchise runs amateur sports leagues and tournaments. He decided there was too much of an upside not to take the risk. Making use of his education in business administration and sports management, he started his I9 Sports franchise in 2004 for less than $30,000, doing minimal marketing and working from home up until earlier this year.
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