If you think wearing a giant plastic bubble while playing soccer sounds like a joke, you’re not far off. The idea behind Bubble Soccer originated from a joke shared by Norwegian comedians Henrik Elvestad and Johan Golden in 2011. Since then, wild-at-heart soccer enthusiasts have made Bubble Soccer a reality. American entrepreneur John Anthony Radosta of Fort Lauderdale, Florida is trying to make it into a lucrative business.
Radosta is the founder of the National Association of Bubble Soccer (NABS). Membership provides local leagues with rented, verified equipment and an insurance affinity program, among other things. NABS will also help towns and cities develop leagues where there are none. There’s plenty of room for growth. NABS already has 39 active cities listed on its website, and boasts “thousands of players across the country.” Radosta, who is also a student at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, will pitch the National Association of Bubble Soccer on Shark Tank on November 20 (9pm, ABC).