A Historic Brand
Pop-A-Shot was founded in 1981 by a former college basketball coach. “He came up with this idea of a basketball backboard hoop that would return the basketball to you,” says Pop-A-Shot’s current owner and CEO, Tony Stucker. “Over time Pop-A-Shot introduced electronic scoring, arcade versions, infrared scoring, steel frames… a litany of firsts in the industry.”
In its heyday, in the 1990s, Pop-A-Shot was so popular that some people still refer to all arcade basketball games as “Pop-A-Shot,” even though other manufacturers have since entered the market. By the mid-2010s, the company was only selling about 300 games a year. The founder was ready to retire, so he put the brand up for sale.
That’s where Stucker enters the picture. He had previously run his own business and was ready to become an entrepreneur again.
“I was looking online for businesses for sale and up popped Pop-A-Shot,” he says. “Within its category of arcade basketball games, it was the standard. It had a lot of authenticity and history.”