Hey guys, here is a quick announcement for some new site features that are either already active or on the way very soon:
Licensed Apparel - A major problem in the past is that we couldn't sell anything in the T-shirt shop that violated Purdue's merchandise license. Consider that problem solved. SBNation has now partnered with GameDay Depot to sell licensed apparel and other such finery.
I am working on moving some of the current designs in the old shop over, but the best part is that there will be a space available to custom design some shirts. The weekly winner of the Pick 'em contest gets a $10 certificate, while the year's winner will get $50. Here is their explanation:
Every store offers at least two options to shop for custom apparel. Customers can either create their own custom design and buy it right then and there, or they can browse and buy a shirt that someone else has already designed. Whether your store has a third option right now depends on whether your site covers a team for which the store currently stocks licensed merchandise and apparel. We currently have licensed product for about 50 college teams. The goal is to offer licensed product for every team, but limited resources required us to limit the number of teams we can stock right out of the gate. We have a prioritized list of teams we'll be adding next, but if you want to lobby for your team to be moved up the list, please email me to let me know because your enthusiasm for selling it on your site is one of the biggest factors we'll use when determining what to inventory.
We have developed hot market relationships with adidas, Champion, and some others that you've probably seen but never heard of. Hot markets are those high water marks for a team that inspire apparel commemorating that event. Think rivalry game t-shirts, conference championship t-shirts, BCS bowl tees, Sweet Sixteen and Final Four tees, stuff like that. When something like that is coming up on the horizon for your team, email me, and we'll collaborate on choosing the right designs to purchase and how best to promote them. We did this quite a bit as tests last year, and it worked really well.
A partnership with TiqIq - Several readers often have extra tickets or contact me looking for extra seats. SBNation has now also partnered with TiqIq, which is like an uber-search engine of the secondary ticket market (like Stubhub, ebay, etc). that brings all the results under one roof. They even create handy graphs like this one to show the average price to anticipate paying:
Here are some of their options: