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Escalade Sports Purchases Intellectual Property Rights for Air-Pressurized Soccer Goals

15th January 2013

Dave Fetherman, Escalade President, Sports & Bob Rae, BDZ Group Managing Director sign the contract in Chicago, ILL
Factory owner Randolph Zhu, ASI Far East Manager Michael Chandler & Safari Chung, Technical Director, Escalade Sports, Shanghai


Evansville, IN- Escalade Sports, a leader in recreational sporting goods, today announced they have purchased the North American intellectual property rights for Rigid Air Technology from BDZ Holdings Limited for use on the iGoal, a complete line of air-pressurized transportable soccer goals.

Purchase of this technology will provide Escalade the opportunity to extend the platform of innovation they have developed under the Goalrilla brand for basketball goal systems and sports trainers deeper into the soccer category.

“We are very excited about the purchase of the IP rights for the iGoal and Rigid Air Technology - it allows us to deliver a soccer goal to consumers that has the appearance and playability of a regulation goal with the added benefits of being safe as well as very easy to use and transport,” said Dave Fetherman, President - Sports.

BDZ Group Managing Director Bob Rae added “We are delighted to be working in partnership with Escalade in the North American market and look forward to great success with this venture.”  Manufacturing which will be overseen by the Shanghai offices of Escalade.  Peter Rose, General Manager adds "It is envisaged that the additional benefits from Escalade’s long term experience in the Far East will also help expand the Rigid Air Technology to other products and areas within the sporting sector”

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About Escalade Sports

Escalade Sports, headquartered in Evansville, IN since 1927, is a global manufacturer and distributor of sporting goods and leisure time activity games and a category leader in Table Tennis with the Stiga®and Ping-Pong®brands, a leader in the darting category driven by the Accudart®and Unicorn®brands, a leader in sports training equipment including residential in-ground basketball goal systems under the Goalrilla®, Goaliath®and Silverback®brands and a leader in premium playground play-sets with the Woodplay®and Childlife®brands.  For more information on Escalade Sports, its brands, instruction manuals, game rules, retailers, warranty, replacement parts or customer service, please call 1-888-784-4288 or visit