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Emerging Sports Franchises Offering Amazing Opportunities for Ground-Level Ownership

These fitness-focused businesses are in the newer franchising stages and welcome new owners to join and grow their footprint.

According to IBIS World, sports and fitness are a big part of the franchising world, accounting for $39.7 billion in the U.S. market. An abundance of categories fall within the field, from baseball, soccer, football and other field sports to boxing and martial arts. Children's sports have a solid niche within the model, as do athletic training programs. 

There are many perks to investing in a sports franchise. In addition to bringing a service that increases the health and wellness of others, sports create a sense of community and revenue streams for owners.

The following brands are sports franchises that have emerged in the last decade or so and offer amazing opportunities for entrepreneurs to own a rewarding and exciting business venture: 

Tippi Toes Dance

  • Start-up costs: $52,100 to $69,100 (including $35,000 franchise fee)
  • 32 units in U.S.
  • 1851 News Room

Tippi Toes is a mobile children’s dance school franchise that provides lessons, hosts recitals and teaches young students healthy, active lifestyle habits. The brand was founded in 1999 and began franchising in 2010. The company has now grown to dozens of territories in the United States and China, where instructors travel around to meet kids in various settings and lead choreography to ballet, jazz, tap and hip-hop music. 

Kids In Sports Franchising 

  • Start-up costs: $202,750 - $331,250 (including $35,000 franchise fee)
  • 6 units

Kids In Sports was founded in 1999 and opened up to franchising opportunities in 2014. The New York City-based company caters to one to 12-year-old children and has a storefront location as well as satellite units. The brand offers specialized sports classes and camps for baseball, basketball, flag football, floor hockey, lacrosse, soccer and volleyball. 

Hi-Five Sports 

  • Start-up costs: $25,450 - $554,165 (including $12,900 - $27,000 franchise fee)
  • Units: 17

This brand, which offers eight-week sports summer camps to children and year-round classes and leagues, was founded in 1990 but began franchising in 2015. The company has seen impressive growth over the last three years, scaling at a rate of over 40%, as they continue to grow across the country and reach more parks, schools and community centers. 


  • Start-up costs: $130,100 - $185,450 (including $25,000 franchise fee)
  • Units: 1 

GolfU began in 2018 and is a dedicated coaching and practicing center for young golfers. They have teachers who work with kids to improve their swing and overall golf game. The opportunity is a great way to enter the $84 billion golf industry.

Rumble Boxing

  • Start-up costs: $393,700 - $4,028,333 (including $60,000 franchise fee)
  • Units: 13

This boxing gym brand, which started in 2017 and began franchising in 2021, is becoming increasingly popular. The business offers high-energy group fitness classes with full-body boxing and strength workouts designed for people of all fitness levels.

Redline Athletics

  • Start-up costs: $245,733 - $452,483 (including $39,000 franchise fee)
  • Units: 26

Founded in 2013, Redline Athletics offers sports coaching to advanced youth athletes. The trainers that work at the company help children with their skills and power through memberships, training and leagues. The brand has grown to over ten states and offers owners multiple revenue streams.