The Original Profender Shark Tank Update
Basketball Training Device - Season 3 - Episode 305
|Demonstrating The Original Profender|
Basketball Training Devise
The Original Profender is a rather unique basketball training invention developed by Tony Divine for his son Devon. This mobile basketball training device reacts much like a professional defender closing in on his opponent before taking a shot.
Tony gets right to the point inside the Shark Tank and asks for $75,000.00 for a 15% equity stake in the Original Profender invention. Mark Cuban that knows a thing or two about basketball, gladly rolls up his sleeves and want to give The Original Profender a try. Tony already has one cut out resembling Kevin O'Leary he calls The Original Offender.
Son of a gun if Mark beats the Profender and makes a basket on his first try. Obviously, Cuban must workout with the Dallas Mavericks because he was sinking them down like a real pro.
So how does professional basketball players currently run drill's when closing in on an opponent? According to Mark Cuban, the coach uses a broom to try and distract the players when shoot at the basket. There's no question The Original Profender has value on the basketball court, the real question is how big is this market?
Within the past year of before The Original Profender was first seen on the Shark Tank, sales have already exceeded $25k. Kevin Durant even tried it out giving his approval but failed to take one home. With a retail price of $499.95 it's not exactly an easy sell for the average basketball player or even for some school's for that matter.
Divine explains "they also would like to make a cheaper version that retails for $199 specifically for the home market". The training devise being demonstrated on the Shark Tank is more for Professional and College Basketball programs. None of the Sharks could justify investing in what they perceived as too niche of a market and proceeded to go out.
Original Profender Shark Tank UpdateWhile the Sharks were not interested in this movable basketball device, it looks like I myself may be buying one here soon. My Son just walked up and immediately said he wants one after watching a short video demonstration.
Several Professional and College Basketball Teams are now customers of The Original Profender adding this training tool to their programs. Just some of the Teams include The Miami Heat, Brooklyn Nets, North Carolina, Texas Tech, Vanderbuilt, Syracuse, Virginia and West Virginia to name just a few.
Surprisingly I did not see the Dallas Mavericks on the list of Original Profender customers. I guess Mark Cuban decided to have the coaches keep using broom sticks instead of taking advantage of this clever and very realistic training devise. Sorry Mark but if The Dallas Mavericks and The Miami Heat ever meet in the finals, my money's going with the Heat. You can buy a lot of broom sticks with $500, but you cannot duplicate the same level of experience you can only get when training with the Original Profender.
As seen on the Shark Tank, Tony Devine mentioned the desire he also wants to manufacture a smaller more portable model for the home market. His desire was realised and the Original Profender Big Man Pad is now available in the $199.00 price range. They also sell a hand held version for only $99.00 which can easily reach 7' tall and definitely more effective than a broom stick simulating an opponent is closing in.
Eventually every Professional and College Basketball Team will become a customer once realised how valuable of a training tool this really is. That in turn will add to increased sales in the Home Versions, and ultimatly make The Original Profender a Very Big Success Story that continues to grow.
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