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Champro’s Hunt, Two Others Elected to Hall of Fame

Bill Hunt, who founded Champro in 1986 and has turned it into one of the largest and most important equipment and apparel suppliers to team dealers, is among the three inductees in the Class of 2022 of the Sporting Goods Industry Hall of Fame.

Pickleball Central Receives Private Equity Investment

Yes, it appears as if pickleball is here to stay and team dealers should pay attention to it. For proof they need to look no further than the news that a company called Pickleball Central has received a majority investment from Dallas, TX-based investment firm Dundon Capital Partners LLC.

NOCSAE Boys’ Lacrosse Pad Standard Still in Effect

The 2022 boys’ high school lacrosse season is just around the corner and in anticipation USA Lacrosse and the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) recently issued a statement regarding the implementation of shoulder pads for boys’ field players being designed for...

Bauer Awards Retailers of the Year

Gerrells Sports Center and the Hockey Shop Source For Sports were recently presented with the Bauer Specialty Retailer of the Year award at the annual Bauer World event in Miami, FL.

Reebok Getting Support From JD Group

It seems as if the Reebok brand just won’t go away. After being acquired by Authentic Brands Group (ABG) from Adidas in August, the brand recently announced a new strategic partnership with the JD Group (JD) that assures that JD will carry Reebok apparel and footwear in more than...

BSN Acquires Team Sports Ink

Team Sports Ink, located in Carson City, NV, is the first acquisition of 2022 by BSN Sports. Founded in 1999, Team Sports Ink serves the greater Reno youth and high school athletic markets. Joining BSN Sports will be current owner and founder Butch Cattanach and his son-in-law Carl Baker...

Gammon Named Cap America CEO

Mark Gammon, currently Cap America president and COO, has been appointed CEO for the organization. Gammon will assume the new role on January 1, 2022, the start of their new fiscal year. Cap America is a global organization employing 400 people.

CCM Hockey Merging With Jackson Ultima And Atom

In a significant move involving hockey suppliers, Sport Maska, the Montreal-based owner of the CCM Hockey brand, has acquired Tournament Sports Marketing, the owner of the Jackson Ultima and Atom brands.

Obituary: NSGA’s Paul Prince

Paul Prince, who was a prominent figure at the National Sporting Goods Association (NSGA) and in the sporting goods industry for four decades, passed away after a battle with cancer on December 14, 2021. Prince was 82.

Partnerships: Play It Again/USA Hockey; SquadLocker/rSchool

Two recently announced partnerships should be of interest to team dealers. Winmark, through its Play It Again Sports unit, is now the official resale partner of USA Hockey and also an official partner of the organization.

Tultex Parent Acquired By S&S Activewear

In a deal between two competitors in the activewear apparel space, S&S Activewear has completed its acquisition of TSC Apparel, the parent of Tultex. Founded in 1976 and headquartered in Cincinnati, OH, TSC is a national B2B distributor of imprintable apparel products and accessories.

On My Mind: Thoughts on Leaving Las Vegas After Sports Inc.

The team sports industry is back functioning at pre-pandemic efficiency — sort of. Still plagued by supply chain disruptions and hiring challenges, along with a somewhat rocky return to youth sports, the business of team sports nevertheless is ready to move on to 2022 with a renewed sense of...

Augusta and CCM Enter Licensed Uniform Partnership

Expanding its reach in licensed sports apparel, Augusta Sportswear Brands has entered into a partnership with CCM to be the hockey brand’s exclusive amateur hockey sublimated game wear licensee in North America.

Foot Locker Merges Champs Sports And Eastbay

It may not have a direct impact on team dealers, but the recent decision by Foot Locker to officially merge its Champs Sports and Eastbay brands – after integrating the corporate organizations for both banners last year – is certainly a sign of the times in sporting goods retail.

Nike Extends Partnership With U.S. Soccer

Solidifying its position in the international soccer space, Nike has extended its long-term partnership with the U.S. Soccer Federation. The partnership, which began in 1995, now makes it the largest commercial agreement in U.S. Soccer history...

The Reconditioning Challenge Discussed

One of the biggest jobs in the sport is to get football helmets reconditioned on an annual basis and for many dealers it is both a headache and opportunity – both made even greater because of the COVID impact.

NSGA Releases Brand Ratings Report

The National Sporting Goods Association (NSGA) has released a series of reports providing insight into key sporting goods brands sold in the team market.

Stahls’ Debuts Hotronix 360 IQ Hat Heat Press

Here’s something to make team dealers’ lives a little simpler – and more profitable —the latest in headwear printing technology from the heat printing experts at Stahls’ Hotronix.

NAIA Putting Its Flag Down in Football

Illustrating the growth of girls’ flag football as a collegiate sport, the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) will be launching its second season of varsity girls’ flag football in the spring of 2022.

Under Armour Hikes Outlook for 2021

Things are looking up for Under Armour, which has had its share of bad quarters in the recent past but appears to be turning its performance around. At least that’s the message to be taken from its announcement last week that it is raising its guidance for...

Marucci Acquires Lizard Skins

Marucci Sports has acquired Lizard Skins, the manufacturer of branded grip products, protective equipment, bags and apparel for baseball, cycling, hockey, e-sports and lacrosse. Founded in 1993 with a focus on designing products to protect bicycles and riders, Lizard Skins has expanded to...

A Virtual Swoosh?

We’re not quite sure what impact this will have on a team sports market that has a love-hate relationship with the brand, but in a sign of the future it appears that Nike Inc. is seeking to trademark its brands for various virtual goods in the U.S., including shoes and clothing...

Ripon/Sand Knit Celebrate 100th Anniversary

To mark the occasion of the 100th anniversary of team sports supplier Ripon/Sand Knit, the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) published an in-depth look at the iconic team brand. That article, from afcainsider.com, is excerpted here.

Russell Athletic Partners With Alphabroder

Russell Athletic has entered into a partnership with Alphabroder, the distributor of imprintable sportswear and accessories in North America. Through this partnership, an assortment of core styles from Russell Athletic will be available at five distribution centers between...

Alli Sports Group Formed By Three Southeast Dealers

Recognizing that there is strength in numbers in a challenging environment, three long-time and well-respected team dealers in the southeast have formed what they are calling Alli Sports Group as a unique strategy to compete in a changing team sports business.

Under Armour and Ravens Partnering on Girls’ Flag Football

Looking to grow the sport of flag football in their local community, Under Armour and the NFL’s Baltimore Ravens have come together to provide funding for high school girls’ flag football programs.

Avail ERP Technology Looking to Connect Team Business

A technology called Avail, a cloud-based ERP system developed by team dealers for team dealers, is being introduced with the simple goal to, in the words of Avail VP-sales Brian Hensen, “connect the entire team sports industry.”

Varsity Spirit Signs Partnership With NFHS

The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) has renewed its corporate partnership agreement with Varsity Spirit, a division of Varsity Brands and sister company of BSN Sports.

Jurga Joins NOCSAE Board of Directors

Stan Jurga Jr., VP–product development for All-Star Sporting Goods, a brand specializing in baseball and softball protective hard goods has been appointed by the Sports & Fitness Association (SFIA) to fill the open sporting goods industry seat on...

NFHS, Gill Athletics Renew Corporate Partnership

The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) has committed to a three-year renewal of its corporate partnership agreement with Gill Athletics.

Adidas Unveils Sustainable NHL Uniforms

Making quite a sustainable statement as the 2021-22 National Hockey League season approaches, Adidas recently unveiled its ADIZERO Primegreen jerseys as the authentic jersey of the NHL made with recycled materials, The ADIZERO Primegreen Authentic NHL jerseys, being worn by all 32 NHL teams...

Iowa Is First Power 5 School With Women’s Wrestling

In a major step forward for the sport, women’s wrestling has been added at the University of Iowa as an intercollegiate program, becoming the first NCAA Division I, Power Five conference institution to offer the sport.

NFHS Partners With Bison On Soccer Goals

The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) has entered into a broadened corporate partnership with Bison that makes the equipment manufacturer the “Exclusive Soccer Goal Partner of the NFHS.”

New Product: Q-Collar Launched in U.S.

Billed as “the first and only FDA-cleared product that helps protect the brain from the effects associated with repetitive sub-concussive head impacts,” the Q-Collar has been launched in the U.S. by a company called Q30 Innovations.

Schutt Renews With NFCA

Signing a multi-year contract, Schutt Sports continues as the title sponsor for the National Fastpitch Coaches Association’s (NFCA) Player, Pitcher and Freshman of the Year awards.

On My Mind … NSGA Conference Returns

For the 30th time – I know, I don’t look that old – I had the pleasure of attending the National Sporting Goods Association (NSGA) Management Conference and Team Dealer Summit, held in late September in Naples, FL.

Cliff Keen in NIL Deals With Parris, Amine

Jumping directly into the Name, Image, Likeness (NIL) game to market high-profile collegiate athletes, Cliff Keen Athletic has entered into NIL marketing deals with University of Michigan Mason Parris, and Myles Amine.

CBS Report Focuses on Closing of Miken Factory

Team Insight Extra ran across this article posted on cbsnews.com that focused on the planned closing of the venerable Miken plant in the small town of Caledonia, MN.

Spalding Unveils TF Basketball Line

Upping its ball game even after losing the NBA license earlier this year, Spalding has developed a new TF line of performance basketballs engineered for professional, collegiate and high school leagues along with recreational and outdoor use.

Augusta Unveils Freestyle Headwear

Adding to its already impressive product lineup, Augusta Sportswear Brands this month launched FreeStyle Headwear, a proprietary custom headwear design platform that provides Pacific Headwear customers with the ability to create their style in just four steps.