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We are proud to announce the Best of Awards for 2021 today. Winners include The Savannah Bananas, Vegas Golden Knights, Golden State Warriors, Gritty, Atlanta Braves and more.  We have all the winners and back stories, along with thoughts from our panelists on the Best of 2021 page.

Our podcast is the 11th Annual Roundtable reflecting on the Best of 2021 Awards. This year's panel includes Chris Grosse, Amanda Greco and Ben Hill. Really fun discussion that you will not want to miss.

December content features include a look at Taylor University's Silent Night (this year's event is Dec 10th) and our Interview with Santa (I know him!), aka author Stuart Scott.  Stuart was a Mall Santa and his book is a great holiday read, and it parallels the experience of a sports mascot in many ways.

All the content is also available from the Home Page at

Thank you for your support and Enjoy the Holidays!

Jon Cudo

Best of 2021
The Best of 2021 Awards. COVID changed the way teams present game entertainment and these winners have adjusted and excelled.

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December 2021 Party in the Back Podcast
A Roundtable Discussion regarding the Best of 2020 Awards on  Host Jon Cudo is joined by three industry giants who take the party to the next level. 

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Slingshots and Launchers
Shirt Launchers:  The Store at is the home to the best selection of shirt launchers on the web, ranging from Slingshots to Multi-Shirt and Ball Launchers. See our full line-up of Shirt Launchers in The Store. Check out these Store Favorites: Shirt LaunchersPrize ChutesChuck-a-PucksConfetti and Prize Wheels.

Recap: Home Field Advantage with the Texans
Jackie Maldonado and Andrew Johnson explain how they help bring Home Field Advantage to the Houston Texans.

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Stadium Scarves
Typically thought of for soccer teams, teams across sports have found clever connections for giveaways of this high perceived value item with enormous imprint area.

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World's Largest Cornhole
World's Largest Cornhole™ is Corn Hole made to be seen from the blimp. Sports Tailgaters' favorite game is cornhole and now has brought cornhole in from the parking lot and on to your playing field.

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We have added a tool designed to help us all get better...together.

Introducing the Plus:

  • Weekly calls to engage, learn and spark ideas featuring industry leaders,
  • Including polls, prompts and question to bring you into a conversation,
  • A connection with others in the game operations and entertain world, and
  • Networking opportunities and more!
Our weekly Huddle calls feature a guided conversation with an industry leaders. Guests like the Kraken's Jonny Greco, Barry Anderson from Chicago Mascots, Blazers' Game Director Todd Bosma, Greg Monaco from Fearless Brands, Boxxed Up's Colleen Flynn, Milwaukee Admiral's Heather Wojciechowski, Tampa Bay Lightning's John Franzone and Pistons’ Game Director Claire Czerniuk have shared their successes already and we have more leaders each month.

"I loved that huddle. It was really insightful and provided a fresh perspective on providing other forms of fan engagements outside of the arena or stadium." - Kari Norvell (Austin Gilgronis/MLR)

"Thanks for the invite! Definitely gave me even more confidence in my mascot abilities." - Ava Buric (Daytona Tortugas)

We are connecting sports and professionals in a spectrum of roles. Our first ten Huddle calls included professionals from MLB, NFL, NHL, NBA, WWE, MILB, MLR, NCAA, ECHL, AHL, the G League and MLS. From Vice Presidents to Mascots, and we are just getting started. Plus has a membership rate of $24.99/month with an annual discount option. With Paid Membership you will have access to TWO additional Free Memberships for two others at your team.  For example, if you are a game director and join, we will send you a link so two additional staff on your team can join the network with full benefits for FREE for the duration of your paid membership. Click here to join Plus. We currently are offering a FREE 1 month trial so you can see what the new Mighty Network is all about.

Just announced for December: Harlem Globetrotters Zoltan Berencsi joins to talk about building game experience traditions. The Trotters have built their fame with on-court excellence and traditions that are shared over generations. We look at several traditions from the Trotters and sports, why they are important and how to build them. Plus the fine art of knowing when to change up your routine. (December 14, 1pm EST)

Stewart Scott - SANTA
After reading a book about a Mall Santa's experiences I connected the dots and realized his experiences built a template for a great mascot performer. The similarities are striking and our conversation is a fun one. 

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Silent Night - Taylor University
Silent Night is an amazing and powerful game promotion that is now a signature event for a small Evangelical Christian college. made the trip to Taylor University to see their ballyhooed promotion which lived up to its billing and then some.

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