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Fanatics Overview

Jacksonville, FL
1001 to 5000 employees
1996
Company - Private
Retail
$1 to $2 billion (USD) per year
Fanatics is about fueling fan passion – for the teams, schools, and players they love, making sports the best shared experience in the world. We are the leading licensed sports retailer. We seek people with drive, passion and humility who can thrive in an ... Read more

Mission: Fanatic's Mission:
Amplify Pride and Create Connections for All Fans

Our Core Values:
By Fans, For Fans
One Fanatics, Win as a Team
Missionary not Mercenary
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Fanatics – Why Work For Us?


As the global leader in licensed sports merchandise, Fanatics is changing the way fans purchase their favorite team merchandise by partnering with top leagues, clubs and football (soccer) brands worldwide to offer the largest collection of timeless and timely gear from every pro and college team online, on your phone, in stadiums or on-site at the world’s biggest sporting events.

A top-50 Internet Retailer Company, Fanatics leverages the scale of its global infrastructure to provide end-to-end omnichannel solutions to hundreds of partners. The services are vast and include everything from industry leading e-commerce and customer service, to website platform development, secure shopping solutions, expertise in merchandising and fulfillment, advanced digital marketing, and complete design, licensing and manufacturing.

Fanatics comprises the broadest online assortment by offering hundreds of thousands of officially licensed items via its Fanatics, FansEdge and Kitbag brands, as well as the largest selection of sports collectibles and memorabilia through Fanatics Authentic. A multi-channel company, Fanatics operates more than 300 online and offline stores, including the e-commerce business for all major professional sports leagues (NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, NASCAR, MLS, PGA), major media brands (NBC Sports, CBS Sports, FOX Sports) and more than 200 collegiate and professional team properties, which include several of the biggest global soccer clubs (Manchester United, Real Madrid, Chelsea, Manchester City).

The company’s in-venue and event retail portfolio includes the NBA, NHL, NASCAR, Kentucky Derby, The Ryder Cup, Manchester City, Texas Longhorns, Pittsburgh Pirates and New Jersey Devils, allowing fans to experience a seamless shopping experience across online, mobile and physical store locations.

Sports is a fast-paced, ever-changing landscape and Fanatics, the on-demand and mobile leader in team merchandise, is uniquely positioned to serve the insatiable real-time appetite of fans worldwide, fueled by explosive growth in technology and social media.

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At Fanatics, we are By Fans, For Fans. We live and breathe sports and are committed to understanding, connecting and serving all fans at home, at games or on the go. We work as one team to ensure fans around the world have timely access to the largest assortment of quality team gear, authentic autographed collectibles and exclusive experiences from the teams and players they love. To work at Fanatics is to know you are part of something bigger – innovating the licensed sports merchandise industry.

 
Fanatics, Inc. is the creation of eCommerce visionary and former chairman and CEO of GSI, Michael Rubin. The result of combining Jacksonville-based Fanatics with GSI’s former online sports merchandise business and Dreams, Inc., has made Fanatics the global leader for officially licensed sports merchandise. In 2016, the company took another big step forward by acquiring Kitbag, a UK-based international online retailer, to accelerate both its global expansion plans and aggressive pursuit of growing the licensed sports merchandise business in football (soccer) around the world. 
When it was announced in 1995 that the Jaguars would plant roots in Jacksonville, Alan and Mitch Trager got together and opened Fanatics, a brick-and-mortar storefront in a Jacksonville mall. Over the years, Fanatics sold a slew of team gear, but along the way the Tragers uncovered a much bigger opportunity — a market of displaced fans around the world who wanted merchandise to support their favorite teams. Fanatics went digital and made its first online sale in 1997.

At about the same time, Rubin started GSI just outside of Philadelphia. GSI quickly became a leading e-commerce, technology and fulfillment company, powering the online stores of all the major sports leagues. In 2011, GSI bought Fanatics and then Rubin sold the company to eBay, but held on to relationships with the leagues and Fanatics. The following year, Fanatics acquired Dreams, Inc., which included sports e-retailer FansEdge.

In 2014, Fanatics named eCommerce innovator and Silicon Valley veteran Doug Mack as CEO, replacing retiring founder Alan Trager.  Mack has transformed Fanatics from an online retailer into a mobile-first, multi-channel company by putting more of an emphasis on data and technology.

For nearly 20 years, the name Fanatics has been a distinguished brand in the licensed sports merchandise industry. What began as a single Jacksonville mall retail store has grown into the largest retailer of officially licensed sports merchandise, providing the ultimate shopping experience to sports fans worldwide.

Although large in size, Fanatics has never forgotten its humble roots and remains focused on helping fuel the passion that every fan has for the teams, schools and players they love.
 
 


Fanatics.com is the most complete shop for sports fans. It’s for all fans seeking to amplify their pride and create connections through sports. Fanatics.com offers the world’s largest collection of timeless and timely gear from every pro and college team.

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FansEdge.com is the fan shop for individuals who want to express their distinctive style through fan gear. FansEdge.com is the only fan boutique that gives you the freedom to express yourself through an exclusive collection of stylish and limited edition fan apparel from the most fashion forward brands.

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Kitbag.com is the respected authority in international football and committed to connecting fans around the world to an unparalleled selection of licensed football kits at home, at the stadium or on the go. Kitbag.com inspires football fans and intensifies their loyalty by delivering authentic, officially licensed football merchandise and “money can’t buy experiences” from the football teams and players they love.

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    While growing quickly brings on many challenges (mostly all good), we have something special going on here! The talent here, at all levels, continues to get richer. The key strategies have been identified, developed and communicated across the organization. The cross-functional collaboration improves every day and is creating incredible synergies. In my mind the culture is the best that I've ever been a part of and we're just getting started. I am grateful to be part of this awesome organization and knocking down challenges, every day, with this team provides incredible satisfaction. Yup, we talk sports all day, every day!!!

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    We have our share of challenges but the Pros FAR outweigh the cons!

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    Continue the transparency. So important! Stay hungry....

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    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Fanatics.

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    I applied online via Teamwork Online and heard back from a Department Head via email a few weeks later, probably 2.5 weeks or so. I then set up a phone interview with him and we had two phone interviews that were straight to the point and comfortable to take part in.

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