Sunday, May 19, 2013

Reed Exhibitions of canceled Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show drops another shooting-related show

By Marcus Schneck Patriot-News, Harrisburg

Another shooting-related show has slipped away from Reed Exhibitions, which earlier this year canceled the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show in Harrisburg when an exhibitor boycott developed over Reed's decision to ban modern tactical-style rifles from the show.
shot show.jpgView full sizeThe National Shooting Sports Foundation is looking for new management for its annual SHOT Show for the firearms industry after ending a relationship of more than three decades with Reed Exhibitions.
The National Shooting Sports Foundation, the trade association for the firearms industry, has pulled the SHOT Show – the Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show – from Reed, beginning with the 2014 show next January in Las Vegas.
In a press release, NSSF said the organization "has reached an agreement with Reed Exhibitions to terminate the agreement the parties had for the management of the SHOT Show." As a result, Reed will no longer be manager and producer of the SHOT Show.
Reed "provided excellent service to NSSF and the customers of the SHOT Show for more than three decades," noted NSSF. "However, the company's decision to restrict the sale of certain types of firearms this year at its consumer hunting and fishing show – the ESOS, which was unrelated to NSSF and the SHOT Show – was in conflict with NSSF's mission to serve the shooting sports industry."
The NSSF statement explained, "As a result, both organizations decided it was in the best interest of the SHOT Show to end their relationship."
Reed officials could not be reached for comment.
NSSF is seeking a new show management company to manage and produce the SHOT Show, beginning with the 2014 SHOT Show.
Owned and sponsored by NSSF, the SHOT Show is billed as the largest and most comprehensive trade show for professionals involved with the shooting sports, hunting and law enforcement industries.
The 2014 SHOT Show will be held Jan. 14-17 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas.
NSSF's mission is to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports. Formed in 1961, the foundation has a membership of more than 8,000 manufacturers, distributors, firearms retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen's organizations and publishers.
Following Reed's cancellation of the ESOS, which was estimated to have cost the region $88 million, a coalition of local economic development, tourism and government agencies announced that the National Rifle Association would manage a new show in place of the ESOS next February. The new show at the State Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg will be known as the Great American Outdoor Show.

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