Franchise

Franchise generally means a right or privilege. It may refer to:

  • Suffrage, the civil right to vote
  • Jurisdictions used to be treated as property rights, and could be referred to as franchises.
  • Franchising, a business method that involves licensing of trademarks and methods of doing business, such as:
    • Chain store, retail outlets which share a brand and central management
    • An exclusive right, for example to sell branded merchandise
    • Media franchise, ownership of the characters and setting of a film, video game, book, etc., particularly in North American usage
    • Rail franchising in Great Britain
  • A television franchise, a right to operate a television network.
    • A cable franchise, a right to operate a cable television network.
  • a clause used by insurance companies as a threshold for policy payments, as in deductible
  • "Franchise" (short story), a 1955 short story by Isaac Asimov
  • Dem Franchize Boyz, an American hip hop group from Atlanta
  • Franchise Pictures, a film production company

In sport:

  • Franchise, a term for a team in the type of professional sports league organization most commonly found in North America; see North American professional sports league organization
    • Franchise player, a player on such a team around whom an entire competitive squad can be built
    • Franchise tag, a designation of a player in the US National Football League whose contract is soon to expire that binds him to the team for one year at an enhanced salary
  • League franchise, a local or regional business franchising operation under a particular sporting league in activities such as pool, darts, etc.

Famous quotes containing the word franchise:

    ...feminism differs from reform of any kind, even franchise reform. Feminists, I should say, are not reformers at all, but rather intellectual biologists and psychologists.
    Rheta Childe Dorr (1866–1948)

    Many famous feet have trod
    Sublunary paths, and famous hands have weighed
    The strength they have against the strength they need;
    And famous lips interrogated God
    Concerning franchise in eternity....
    Philip Larkin (1922–1986)

    To-day women constitute the only class of sane people excluded from the franchise ...
    Mary Putnam Jacobi (1842–1906)