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BSN Sports Acquires Shively Sporting Goods

BSN Sports last month acquired Shively Sporting Goods, based in Louisville, KY. Founded by Bob Flanders in 1968, Shively’s was the largest independent sporting goods dealer in Kentucky. Flanders’ children, Trisha Morrison and Mike Flanders, will join BSN Sports as part of this acquisition...

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Matt Kaplan Appointed OrderMyGear President

Industry veteran Matt Kaplan has been appointed as the first president at OrderMyGear (OMG), where he will lead OMG’s global sales organization, account management, brand partnerships and marketing in this newly created role. Under his leadership for the past three years...

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Trigon Sports Acquires Practice Partner

Trigon Sports has acquired the assets, supply chain and customer base of Practice Partner, located in Wilmington, NC. The merged business will operate out of Memphis, TN. The combined entities will bring additional depth to the existing ProCage/Trigon Sports product line and expand its network of...

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Under Armour Halves Its Sponsorship Commitments

In a continuing sign of its financial challenges, Under Armour is reducing its much-ballyhooed sponsorship commitments by as much as 47 percent to $361.6 million in 2020 from $679.1 million in 2019, according to its recently released annual report.

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Page’s Clarksville Sporting Goods To Close

The COVID-19 pandemic has claimed another team dealer casualty as Page’s Clarksville Sporting Goods, Clarksville, TN, will be going out of business on March 15. According to a report in the local Clarksville Now by writer Neil Rye, the local sporting goods store has been a staple in...

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Scholarship Applications Open for NSGA Management Conference and Team Dealer Summit

Team dealers and retailers interested in attending the rescheduled NSGA Management Conference and Team Dealer Summit in September should consider applying for a scholarship to the industry’s leading gathering.

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LaSalle, Richmond Enter Deals With Adidas That Include ASB Sports

In unique collegiate-level deals that combine exclusive uniform rights with purchasing through a team dealer, both La Salle University and the University of Richmond have entered into multi-year partnerships with Adidas that makes the brand the official athletic footwear, apparel and...

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David Beckham To Produce Adidas/Puma Sneaker Feud Documentary

Anyone wondering about how Adidas and Puma started their generations-old feud – both personal and in business – should keep an eye out for a planned new documentary fronted by British soccer star David Beckham.

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Under Armour Finally Has Good Financial News

In news that can be welcomed only in a place like Wall Street, Under Armour recently reported that its sales were down three percent in the fourth quarter, but that was okay since both sales and earnings easily topped Wall Street targets.

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NSGA Reviews States Requiring Masks for Spring 2021 Football

According to an excellent report from the National Sporting Goods Association (NSGA) and initially reported in its NSGA Scoreboard newsletter this week, there are 15 states and Washington D.C., planning or still hoping to have a spring high school football season.

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Augusta Named Official Uniform Supplier of Babe Ruth Baseball and Cal Ripken Baseball

In a significant partnership in youth baseball, Augusta Sportswear Brands has been named the Official Uniform Supplier for Babe Ruth Baseball and Cal Ripken Baseball. Augusta Sportswear Brands, whose brands include Russell Athletic, Holloway and Pacific Headwear...

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It’s True: Baseballs Were Juiced in 2020; Not So in 2021

It may not impact youth baseball too much this year, but the recent move by Major League Baseball to change the makeup of its baseballs – basically making them softer so the home run rate doesn’t continue to skyrocket – certainly will have an impact on the game at the highest level.

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Under Armour Exiting NFL Deal

With less than a week to go before the Super Bowl, the timing is a bit odd that, according a report in the Financial Times, Under Armour is ending its on-field licensing agreement with the National Football League.

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NFHS Revises Guidance on COVID Transmission in High School Sports

Keeping pace with changes in science and after evaluating experiences of schools participating in high school sports during the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Sports Medicine Advisory Commit-tee (SMAC) this week revised...

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Cap America Makes Premium Inroads Into Team Market

With the goal of becoming a one-stop-shop for team dealers, three years ago Cap America identified the blurred line between the team and promotional markets – and the fact that more team dealers were supplementing sales with corporate logoed products and, vice versa, traditional...

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Passino To Lead NFHS-NFL Partnership Aimed at Growing High School Football

Ed Passino, a former member of the USA Football staff for 16 years, has been selected to lead the new partnership between the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) and the National Football League (NFL), which was announced in September as a means to...

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NOCSAE Discusses Guidelines for Batting Helmets, Chest Protectors

The National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE) held its 2021 Winter Standards meeting virtually on January 29 and Marty Maciaszek, director of communications at the National Sporting Goods Association (NSGA), provided this recap in the recent NSGA News.

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Hirings, Partnerships in Team Sports: Gill/Crown Sports, SanMar/WonderWink, Stahls/Graphic Solutions. Guardian/2nd Skull

The start of the new year has brought a flurry of activity in the business of team sports, with a number of companies making strategic moves to position themselves for a challenging 2021.

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NJCAA Adds Four More Emerging Sports

The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Board of Regents has voted to formally recognize four sports – competitive cheer (co-ed), clay target shooting (co-ed), men's volleyball and women's wrestling – as emerging sports within the association...

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Nominations Still Open for Sporting Goods Hall of Fame

Do you know of any team dealer, retailer, vendor or contributor to the sporting goods industry who deserves consideration for inclusion in the Sporting Goods Industry Hall of Fame Class of 2022? If so, there is still time to nominate that person — deadline for nominations is February 19, 2021.

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PPP Is Back and Team Dealers Should Know What It Is All About

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc on the world of team sports – and as we all wait for the vaccine to make a difference – the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which allowed so many team dealers, vendors and other small businesses to remain open during...

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G-Form Names A.S.K. As Canadian Sports Distributor

Continuing its international expansion, G-Form has added A.S.K. Sports as its exclusive distributor for baseball, soccer and team sports products in Canada. Located in Montreal, A.S.K. Sports has been in the sporting goods business since 2013, supporting several leading brands...

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It’s Official: Pickleball Has Its Own Nike Camps

As a testament to the growing popularity of the oddly-named sport in a widening segment of the population, US Sports Camps, the official provider of Nike Sports Camps, has launched Nike Pickleball Camps, joining a line-up of 21 other sports camp disciplines for kids of all ages.

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Artist Romero Britto Partners with PHIT America to Get Kids Moving

Britto, a company led by international artist Romero Britto, along with PHIT America and its partners will be promoting a series of Britto-designed sport and fitness images in the “Let’s Get Kids To Play” campaign, followed by a $10,000 Britto Coloring Contest to shine a spotlight on...

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NFHS Expects All States To Be Playing High School Sports in 2021

We can honestly start out with some good news in this first TeamInsightExtra of 2021, as National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) executive director Dr. Karissa Niehoff says she fully expects high school sports to be played in every state in America this year.

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NSGA Moves 2021 Management Conference & Team Dealer Summit to September

In a decision welcomed by an industry looking to make sure it can get together in person at some point in 2021, the National Sporting Goods Association (NSGA) has moved the dates of the 2021 Management Conference & Team Dealer Summit to September 26-28, 2021 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort...

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Schutt, Adams and Other Team Brands Sold To Innovatus Capital Partners

With plans to consolidate hard goods suppliers to the team business under one corporate umbrella, Innovatus Capital Partners recently acquired Kranos Corporation’s assets, IP and brands, which include Schutt, ProGear Shoulder Pads, Tucci Bats, Hollywood Bases and Adams USA.

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SFIA Releases 2020 Trends in Team Sports Report

In a year unlike any other, there were still team sports being played — albeit in a very different, scaled-down environment. Nevertheless, even though many of the numbers are obsolete because of the radical changes in participation in 2020 brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, a recent report...

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USA Football Introduces Coach, Education And League Leadership Advisory Councils

Striving to provide the organization with leadership and assistance in its efforts to create, maintain and deliver resources and support to youth football leagues and coaches, USA Football has formed Coach, Education and League Leadership advisory councils with the goal of...

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Sports Fans Unsure of Whether Playing Indoor Sports Is a Good Idea

Schools in most states are playing winter sports indoors and professional leagues are attempting their own regular seasons, but a recent NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist Poll with the Center for Sports Communication at Marist College finds that 56 percent of American sports fans believe...

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