Tuesday, August 21, marks the launch of The Pro Shops by PGA Trade-In Network + eBay, a new consumer retail experience allowing golfers to purchase equipment directly from PGA Professionals. The Pro Shops, an online storefront - available via PGA.com and eBay - provides the full inventory of equipment and services available through the eBay marketplace which have been listed by PGA Professionals.
The Pro Shops is a one-stop destination for equipment - both used and new - which PGA Professionals have sourced and inspected. PGA Professionals participating in the initiative agree to a "Play It On" pledge guaranteeing they will use their expertise to ensure authenticity and integrity; share their knowledge and passion for the game; and encourage the trade-in and resale of golf equipment.
The PGA Trade-In Network and PGA.com are managed by Turner Sports in partnership with the PGA of America. PGA Professionals will be identified with select badges used to designate their expert level and PGA Trade-In Network affiliation.
"The PGA Trade-In Network is a great opportunity for golfers to access equipment directly from PGA Professionals, the experts in the game and the business of golf," said PGA of America President Allen Wronowski. "Golfers want the best available equipment from a trusted source. To have eBay assist in the transaction makes it an easy and enjoyable path to enjoying the game that much more."
Christopher Payne, Head of eBay North America, said, "This is more than just a brand bringing a store on eBay; we view the PGA Trade-In Network as key partners in driving positive change in the world. I couldn't be more pleased that we're working together to create positive business and social impact."
About The PGA of America
Since its founding in 1916, The PGA of America has maintained a twofold mission: to establish and elevate the standards of the profession and to grow interest and participation in the game of golf. By establishing and elevating the standards of the golf profession through world-class education, career services, marketing and research programs, The PGA enables its professionals to maximize their performance in their respective career paths and showcases them as experts in the game and in the multi-billion dollar golf industry. By creating and delivering world-class championships and innovative programs, The PGA of America elevates the public's interest in the game, the desire to play more golf, and ensures accessibility to the game for everyone, everywhere. As The PGA nears its centennial, the PGA brand represents the very best in golf.
About eBay Inc.
Founded in 1995 in San Jose, Calif., eBay Inc. (NASDAQ:EBAY) is a global commerce platform and payments leader connecting millions of buyers and sellers. We do so through eBay, the world's largest online marketplace, which allows users to buy and sell in nearly every country on earth; through PayPal, which enables individuals and businesses to securely, easily and quickly send and receive digital payments; and through GSI, which facilitates ecommerce, multichannel retailing and digital marketing for global enterprises. X.commerce brings together the technology assets and developer communities of eBay, PayPal and Magento, an ecommerce platform, to support eBay Inc.'s mission of enabling commerce. We also reach millions through specialized marketplaces such as StubHub, the world's largest ticket marketplace, and eBay classifieds sites, which together have a presence in more than 1,000 cities around the world. For more information about the company and its global portfolio of online brands, visit www.ebayinc.com.
About Turner Sports
Turner Sports, a division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., is an industry leader in televised and online sports programming, airing championship-level sporting events on TBS, TNT and truTV, and managing some of the most popular sports sites on the Internet. Turner Sports' television lineup includes the NBA, Major League Baseball, the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship, NASCAR and professional golf. The company's digital portfolio includes Bleacher Report, NASCAR.COM, NCAA.com and March Madness Live, PGATOUR.COM and PGA.com, as well as an accompanying collection of mobile websites and connected device apps. Turner Sports and the NBA also jointly manage NBA Digital, which includes NBA TV, NBA.com, NBA LEAGUE PASS, NBA Mobile, the NBA Game Time App, NBADLEAGUE.com and WNBA.com. Visit the Turner Sports online pressroom for additional press materials; follow Turner Sports on Twitter at @TurnerSportsPR.