Black Bear Sports Group Selects Bond Sports To Power All Facilities And Programming

22 September 2023

Bond Sports, a leading provider of facility management software for the recreational sports and fitness industry, has announced a strategic partnership with Black Bear Sports Group, the largest owner and operator of ice rinks in the United States. This five-year partnership will see Bond Sports software being used to manage Black Bear's 36 facilities, 34 youth hockey clubs, and 4 hockey leagues.

Murry N. Gunty, Founder and CEO of Black Bear Sports Group, expressed enthusiasm for the partnership, stating, "We are so fortunate to have found Bond Sports, including Marc, Matt, and their team. The youth hockey industry is marred with old technology, none of which can handle enterprise reporting which is so vital for us to bring best-in-class products and services to our customers. Bond, with its customer-first mindset, has helped us to revolutionize and simplify our front-end rink-level registration and P.O.S. system, as well as our back-end scheduling and reporting systems so we can focus on what matters – our skaters in our rinks. I believe that Bond will be such a game-changer in our business that they will be the only software used in ice rinks (and possibly all youth sports venues) in a matter of a few short years."

As part of the partnership, Bond Sports will serve as the end-to-end management platform for all of Black Bear's business lines, including programming and club registration, facility rentals, and membership management. Additionally, Bond Sports will build Black Bear's websites, manage its facility calendars, and facilitate online payments.

Marc Rothschild, Co-Founder and President of Bond Sports, highlighted Black Bear's significance in the industry, stating, "Black Bear is the largest owner and operator of ice rinks in the United States, and it continues to invest in creating better consumer experiences. Murry and his extended team have been fantastic partners, and we look forward to helping fuel Black Bear's incredible growth."

Bond Sports aims to enhance profitability for its customers in the recreational sports and fitness facility sector by improving the online registration experience for consumers, offering an intuitive administrative interface for staff, and providing enterprise-level financial reporting and analytics.

Matt Minoff, Co-founder and CEO of Bond Sports, emphasized the software's unique capabilities, stating, "While the recreational sports and fitness industries continue to grow rapidly, they have not had the software to easily manage and understand the key drivers of their business. Bond Sports is the first software platform that helps owners and operators unify their business on one holistic platform across all of their locations and business lines."