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An Insightful Dive into Pickleball Sponsorships with Mark Schelde - Future of Pickleball on SelkirkTV

By Paul Olson

on Jul 05, 2023

Welcome to an exhilarating episode of The Future of Pickleball Show on SelkirkTV, featuring host Paul Olson and special guest Mark Schelde, founder of Gravity Sports & Entertainment. 

0:42 - Meet Mark Schelde: A Multifaceted Sports Enthusiast 🎿

First, get acquainted with Schelde's dynamic background that spans diverse sports, providing him a unique perspective on pickleball's emerging industry.

2:06 - Parallels Between Pickleball and Skiing/Snowboarding Beginnings 🎿🏓

The conversation delves into the intriguing parallels between the early stages of pickleball and skiing/snowboarding, shedding light on the growth patterns of new sports.

3:10 - Schelde's Pickleball Discovery ❓

Schelde recounts how he found out about pickleball and what fascinated him about this fast-growing sport.

4:24 - How Hockey Influences Schelde's Approach to Pickleball 🏒

Discover how Schelde's background in hockey shapes his approach to pickleball, illustrating how experiences in one sport can inform strategies in another.

5:17 - What's Luring Corporations to Pickleball? 💸

Schelde shares his insights on why corporations are increasingly attracted to pickleball and the opportunities it offers for brand visibility and audience engagement.

8:30 - Sponsorships and Their Potential Impact on Pickleball's Growth 🫵

Explore the potential effect of sponsorships on the growth and professionalization of pickleball, providing a glimpse into the sport's exciting future.

10:50 - Will Sponsorships Alter How Pickleball is Played? 🤨

Discuss the potential influence of sponsorships on the game dynamics and whether they could lead to changes in how pickleball is played.

12:36 - The Importance of Youth Development for Sponsorships 🧒🪙

Uncover the significance of cultivating a youth side for attracting sponsorships, emphasizing the necessity of future generation engagement for the sport's sustained growth.

15:55 - Predicting the Future of Pickleball 🎈

Hear Schelde's predictions for the future of pickleball, offering intriguing possibilities for this rapidly growing sport.

19:36 - A Look at Competitive Celebrity Pickleball Investment ✨

Finally, explore the burgeoning world of competitive celebrity pickleball and the potential investments shaping this exciting dimension of the sport.

To watch the complete episode and many other Selkirk TV original shows, podcasts, lesson series from the pros, and much more, download the Selkirk TV app HERE.

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