Competitive Edge
Category: Lesson 5.3 – SWOT Analysis

How Topgolf plans to become even bigger than actual golf

Two years ago, Topgolf chief marketing officer Geoff Cottrill was at a golf tournament in Jacksonville, Florida, when he and a friend were walking the course and spotted two kids laughing hysterically as they rolled down a hill. Click here to read the story at fastcompany.com. Discussion Questions:

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The Most Popular Sneaker Brands in the World, Ranked

When it comes to footwear and sports apparel, there’s only one king — and while Nike’s rip-roaring worldwide ascent didn’t end up making Spencer Haywood a billionaire, you can’t argue with the singularity of the Swoosh across what is now several distinct generations. Click here to read the story at

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WNBA Tests Toronto Market for Expansion With Preseason Clash

On Saturday afternoon, the WNBA will play its first-ever game in Canada in front of a sold-out crowd of nearly 20,000 fans in Toronto’s Scotiabank Arena, home of the NBA’s Raptors. The preseason clash between the Minnesota Lynx and Chicago Sky will serve as both preparation for the teams before the start of the W’s 27th campaign

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Cinema Stocks Surge Amid Report Amazon Plans $1B Theatrical Push

Cinemas stocks got a boost Wednesday after a report that online retailer Amazon plans to spend $1 billion a year on theatrical film releases. Click here to read the story at hollywoodreporter.com. Discussion Questions: What is distribution? Why is distribution an important function of marketing? How might this story demonstrate the concept

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