Marcus Thigpen, former NFL wide-receiver, starts his own youth sports franchise with i9 Sports

Ex-NFL Wide Receiver Finds New Calling With Children’s Franchise Opportunity

Sure, Marcus Thigpen misses playing in the NFL. Being able to perform in front of thousands of screaming fans and proud family members, and sharing close camaraderie with teammates are irreplaceable experiences he’ll never forget. After seven years, the Texas resident has now retired from playing professional football. But he isn’t hanging up his cleats just yet. In late 2015, Thigpen launched his own youth sports franchise with i9 Sports. “I am very fortunate to be healthy and able to still be closely connected to the sports realm, and I’m very excited about our Read More →

i9 Sports toshia lawless

Idaho Couple Enjoy Youth Sports Franchise

When Toshia and Roger Lawless saw how much they and their children enjoyed their local i9 Sports program, they decided to become i9 Sports area developers and launch their own league. Of course, the transition to business ownership wasn’t quite that simple, but Toshia says once the idea surfaced to start a youth sports franchise, it seemed like a natural fit for the Boise, Idaho, family. “I had thought about owning my own business — that’s why I got a business administration degree — but I didn’t know what it would be,” Toshia says. “My husband was the first one who was Read More →

Youth Sports League Becomes a Family Business


When Chris Novak decided to change his life in 2008 and become an i9 Sports franchise owner, he had no idea how much starting a youth sports league would bring him closer to his extended family. After eight years of business, Chris now Read More →

i9 Sports Franchisee Profile: Alex and Maria Martinez

Alex and Maria Martinez

Franchise owners discuss how their backgrounds made them a perfect fit for business ownership with i9 Sports Even though we can’t always anticipate what life throws at us, we do often see — with the benefit of hindsight — that certain Read More →

Franchise Owner Brian Samilian Discusses His i9 Sports Franchise

i9 Sports franchisee, Brian Samilian

Florida entrepreneur loves the flexibility and freedom his business offers i9 Sports franchise owner Brian Samilian is living a dream come true. Brian always wanted to work in sports, and today he’s i9 Sports’ longest-tenured franchise Read More →

i9 Sports Franchise Review: Q&A with Brian Watkins


Former teacher and coach finds fulfilling career with youth sports franchise A love of sports and coaching kids sent i9 Sports franchise owner Brian Watkins into the field of education. Brian says he became a teacher primarily so he Read More →

Former NFL Player Keith Smith Talks About Life as an i9 Sports Franchise Owner

Former NFL Player Keith Smith finds his i9 Sports franchise business fulfilling during his retirement.

Opening an i9 Sports franchise business is ideal for retired professional athletes For professional athletes, exiting their jobs can be a time of intense self-examination and anxiety. Since most athletes retire in their 30s (or even Read More →

i9 Sports Franchise Review: Q&A with Jason Watson


How a former clothier to business executives found success, fulfillment and a flexible schedule with the i9 Sports franchise Not quite a decade ago, i9 Sports franchise owner Jason Watson was selling custom suits to business Read More →

An Interview With i9 Sports Franchise CEO Brian Sanders


Growing youth sports franchise business helps entrepreneurs build fulfilling careers i9 Sports, the nation’s first and largest youth sports league franchise, is in the midst of an aggressive growth plan to add dozens of new franchise Read More →

Franchise Rookie of the Year

Ken and Kenny Jr. Trager

Meet Ken and Kenny Trager  As this father and son duo reminisced about how they first learned about i9 Sports, they recalled seeing a Fox and Friends segment featuring the i9 Sports franchise opportunity. When asked what prompted them to Read More →