i9 Sports Named 2022 Best Franchise to Buy by Franchise Times

i9 Sports Named 2022 Best Franchise to Buy by Franchise Times

Franchise Times award program recognizes i9 Sports® as top in category for 2022

March 2022 cover of Franchise Times.Franchise Times has named i9 Sports® as one of the best franchises for 2022 as part of its annual Zor Awards.

The Zor Awards answer the question, “What’s the best franchise to buy?”

The Franchise Times editorial staff selected 10 industry categories designed to reflect momentum and appealing segments within franchising. i9 Sports was the award winner in the For the Kids category.

After selecting a winner in each category, the editorial team interviewed top-performing franchisees in each brand to share advice and lessons learned. Their stories appear in the March issue of Franchise Times.

How the best franchises for 2022 were selected

Finalists were drawn from the Franchise Times Top 400 database, which is a 23-year-old research tool covering more than 650 U.S.-based franchise systems.

CEO Brian Sanders, left, with i9 Sports operator Isaiah Rojas.
i9 Sports operator Isaiah Rojas, shown at right with i9 President Brian Sanders, was interviewed by Franchise Times. So were Micah and Tom Nisley, above-center with members of their team.

After identifying contenders for each category, Franchise Times removed brands that did not publicly provide key information about profitability and overall financial performance, as well as brands that are not actively expanding within the United States.

The research team then examined:

  • six key financial metrics pulled from each brand’s franchise disclosure document, with a focus on profitability for the franchisee
  • management teams
  • product or service offerings
  • unit openings and closings
  • recent litigation
  • financial backing of the brand

About Franchise Times

Franchise Times magazine is the only independent, unbiased news source in franchising. Its original research has led to well-respected rankings such as the Franchise Times Top 400 and Fast & Serious, a look at the smartest-growing franchise systems in the U.S.

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