Are Derby Fundraisers Worth Your Time? How to Find Out

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: “The moment you sell your first ticket, you are no longer a club; you are a business.” Because leagues are volunteer organizations, it’s easy to lose focus on business responsibilities. Don’t confuse business with boring. I promise this post on fundraising will not put you to
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Losing Your Following? How to Keep Fans Coming Back

(Part two of a series on roller derby fan retention.) In the previous blog post on fan retention, I suggested changing the notion of “by the skater, for the skater” to “by the skater for the fan.” The post received an outpouring of comments, questions and ideas. Thanks everyone for ringing in. Nothing is more
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Dear Derby, the Honeymoon is Over. Now What?

(Part one of a two-part series on fan retention). For nearly ten years, derby enjoyed amazing crowds with little marketing. We were a viable entertainment option. So why, in the last few years, have so many leagues cut back on travel, lost money or their venue? They are not catering to the fan. Rat City’s
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How Argentina Time Applies to Roller Derby

Last month, I posted insights from my first week in Argentina’s derby community. During my near 12 years in derby, I’ve documented, well … almost nothing of my whereabouts. Friend and New York Shock Exchange (NYSE) skater, Harm’s Way made me aware that I have “derbied” on four continents. Argentina felt different than other places
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Coast-to-Coast Roller Derby Blood Drives Kick Off

Sometimes heroes wear capes. Sometimes they wear fishnets and roller skates. For the fourth year in a row, the American Red Cross, Brown Paper Tickets and roller derby leagues will team up to encourage donors to give Blood for Life. Summer is one of the most challenging times for the Red Cross to collect blood
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Derby Passion Runs High in Argentina

“Find passion and develop a lust for life with others who celebrate every day.” No, this is not a personal ad; this sentence sums up my feelings on the Argentine roller derby scene. Argentina, a new hotbed for derby, is forging the movement in South America—the number of leagues is growing almost too quickly to
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Roller Derby Beirut: Changing Minds, Changing Lives

I’m excited to announce that with Brown Paper Tickets’ help, we’ve been able to collect and send merchandise to a burgeoning roller derby league in Lebanon—Roller Derby Beirut (RDB). And now, we have new tools in place to collect more supplies and raise funds so this league can continue. The funds will be used to
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Derby Blood Drives Rolling Out Coast to Coast

Roller derby is out for blood (yours). Brown Paper Tickets and the Red Cross team up again for the third annual Make ‘em Bleed blood drives. The efforts expand this year with New England leagues rolling into town and rolling up their sleeves. From August 2 to December 31, athletes from California, Massachusetts, Connecticut and
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The Essential Guide to Merchandise, Part 1: Selecting a Vendor

Whenever someone tells me that there’s no money in merchandise, I want to scream. Merchandise programs can become your league’s greatest return on investment. Especially once your merchandise program is established. This is the first of a three-part series on derby merchandise programs and the best use of your merch committee’s time. Although this series
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Take Care of Each Other, Do It for #57

After news broke of the suicide of Michigan teen Sam (Casper) Taub, a 15-year-old transgender skater, I’ve not felt like writing about derby business. As someone immersed in roller derby culture, active in the junior derby community and a father of two teenagers, the news hurts even though I had not met Sam. Being a teen
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