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Winter Sports Will Be A Major Challenge For Team Sports This Year

With America’s youth sports focus now firmly on indoor sports as the weather cools throughout the country, the team sports business faces increased challenges to get athletes safely back on the court. The fall sports season, played mostly outdoors, had its share of successes to go along with...

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America’s Public Parks and Rec Programs Are Supporting Team Sports Even During a Pandemic

As the country struggles with restrictions mandated by local authorities due to the COVID-19 pandemic, America’s parks and recreation programs have continued to play an important role in providing opportunities for youth team sports. A recent Youth Sports at Park and Recreation Agencies report...

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BSN Sports and Under Armour Partnering With The Scout Hub

BSN Sports, along with Under Armour, has entered into a partnership with The Scout Hub that will allow baseball and softball organizations that use The Scout Hub to receive team apparel, equipment discounts and dedicated products serviced by BSN.

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Puma Partners With USL Academy League

Looking to make inroads into the U.S. soccer market, Puma has entered into a three-year agreement with the United Soccer League, based in Tampa, FL, that makes the brand the national partner for the new USL Academy League. The league will launch in the spring with more than...

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Markwort Sporting Goods Completes Acquisition of Arm Strong Baseball

This week Markwort Sporting Goods, St. Louis, MO, completed its acquisition of Arm Strong Baseball – The Complete Pitching and Throwing Trainer from David and Connie Higgins, the owners of DH Sports, Inc.

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Pandemic Cost Being Felt by Lack of Team Sports Events

We always knew team sports tournaments were a valuable product, and recent research finds that there is certainly a significant economic impact felt by cities from the loss of youth and amateur sports tournaments a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Rawlings Purchasing Easton Diamond Sports

In a major acquisition in the team sports business, Rawlings Sporting Goods is acquiring Easton Diamond Sports, a merger of two of the leading softball and baseball sporting goods companies. Rawlings and Easton will remain separate companies and continue to operate independently.

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PHIT America Challenges Team Sports Business

According to the UNICEF 2020 Report Card, America’s youth are ranked dead last in physical health. PHIT America, the national charity for kids’ health, is challenging the sports world, in particular its 200 million sports participants and fans, to step up to get kids more active and healthier.

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Nike Partners With Storm In Girls’ Sports Initiative

With their eye on the girls’ sports market, Nike and the WNBA’s Seattle Storm have entered into a partnership along with the WNBA and NBA for Season Two of Game Growers, an empowering program for girls 13 years or older in seventh or eighth grade to share their ideas on how to encourage...

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Pickleball Anyone? Foot Solutions Partners With Professional Pickleball Association

Since the sport is primarily popular with older adults, a recent 10-year partnership between Foot Solutions and the Professional Pickleball Association (PPA) makes a lot of sense. Because pickleball is played on hard surfaces, the risk of injuries has accompanied the increased interest in the game.

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Viewership of NFHS Network Up During Pandemic

If you can’t watch in person, the next best alternative is watching it on TV (or other device), so one silver lining in all of the pandemic-related bad news comes from the National Federation of High School Associations (NFHS), whose NFHS Network recently reported that despite 25 percent of...

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Nike Laying Off 700 At Its Headquarters in Early 2021

In a true sign of the times—along with its oft-stated mission to reduce its outside retail exposure in favor of its own distribution – Nike has revealed plans to lay off approximately 700 employees at its headquarters in Beaverton, OR. In a letter sent in late October from...

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Youth Sports Are Back As Organizations Prepare for A Challenging Winter Season

There is some optimism among youth sports organizers as fall sports seasons have taken shape, but there is real concern as cooler weather and indoor sports approach in the age of COVID-19. But at least there has been some progress in late summer and early fall.

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Nike Cuts Off Frank’s Sport Shop As Part of Retail Refocus

It is happening to small retailers all over the country, but a recent terse letter from Nike to an iconic local sporting goods store in the Bronx is causing quite a stir in the New York metropolitan area.As an article in the New York Daily News this week put it, “Nike, with its...

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Soccer in the Streets Among Five Recipients of 2020 RWJF Sports Award

Soccer in the Streets, a non-profit organization based in Atlanta that promotes the sport for inner-city youth, has been selected as one of the 2020 winners of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Sports Award. The winners receive a $25,000 cash award and were honored at...

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Under Armour and UCLA Partnership Drags On Despite Lawsuit

It may get a little uncomfortable when the uniforms get delivered, but apparently UCLA will continue to wear Under Armour this season despite filing a lawsuit over Under Armour’s move to terminate its contract. It comes down to the fact that there probably isn’t time to find another...

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MLB Players Licenses 2nd Skull For Protective Gear

Major League Baseball Players, Inc. has entered into a partnership with 2nd Skull Inc., a protective headgear company, that makes the 2nd Skull brand officially licensed by MLB Players. As part of the arrangement, MLB Players also takes an ownership interest in 2nd Skull.

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Source For Sports Readies for A Hockey Season in a Pandemic

With the weather turning cooler and its key hockey season right around the corner, Canadian sporting goods chain and team dealer Source for Sports, with more 150 stores in Canada and the U.S., has put in place a number of protocols to direct its business during the continued COVID-19 pandemic.

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NFHS, NFL Partner To Promote High School Football

With the sport under pressure from many outside factors – ranging from COVID-19 restrictions to cancelled seasons to ongoing safety concerns – the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) and the National Football League (NFL) have entered into a unique partnership...

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Team Sports Shows All Going Virtual This Fall

In a not-unexpected series of decisions in light of COVID-19 mandated restrictions on travel and large gatherings, the two major team sports buying groups, along with BSN Sports, are all going virtual with their late-2020 meetings.Sports Inc. made the decision over the summer to go virtual again...

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Sporting Goods Industry Hall of Fame Class of 2022 Nominations Now Being Accepted

The National Sporting Goods Association (NSGA) is currently accepting nominations for the Class of 2022 of the Sporting Goods Industry Hall of Fame. The nomination period lasts through February 19, 2021. Nominees must have been involved in the industry for at least 20 years and made...

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Easton Launches Trade In and Trade Up Bat Program

With the costs of purchasing a new baseball bat every season beyond the reach of many players, used bats now carry more weight. That’s because as part of the new Trade In and Trade Up Program, Easton will give players credit toward the purchase of a new Easton USSSA or...

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Augusta Sportswear Brands Makes Canadian Move

Already a major player in the U.S. team sports market, Augusta Sportswear Brands is expanding its global footprint by opening a Canadian sales office, showroom and website to serve the Canadian market. Chad Currah is its director of sales.The company’s brands include Augusta Sportswear...

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Markwort Sporting Goods Receives Green Business Award

Markwort Sporting Goods was recently honored by the city of Creve Coeur, MO, for making sustainability a major part of its business practices. Markwort received the 2020 Green Business Award as part of the fifth annual Creve Coeur Business Awards at a luncheon on September 17.

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The Impact of COVID-19 on High School Sports – Fall 2020 Update

Topsy turvy. That may be best way to describe the state of high school, club and recreational sports in the U.S. this year, especially since mid-March. And, the murky waters of competitive sports as schools return and as many districts attempt to play a semblance of a fall sports schedule...

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Shock Doctor to Donate Profits From Black Lives Matter Lip Guards

Shock Doctor has unveiled three football lip guard designs that feature “Black Lives Matter,” with 100 percent of profits from sales of the special product being donated to the United Negro College Fund (UNCF). The UNCF has a history of supporting students with scholarships to...

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BSN Sports and Varsity Brands Update Video Series To Support Social And Emotional Learning

BSN Sports and its parent company, Varsity Brands, along with fellow brands Varsity Spirit and Herff Jones, have released three episodes of season three of their “Believe in You” video series. Each episode includes a free downloadable lesson plan and activity guide for teachers and...

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Burghardt Sporting Goods Partners With City to Build Recreation Center

In a novel public/private partnership, team dealer and sporting goods retailer Burghardt Sporting Goods has partnered with the city of New Berlin in Wisconsin to acquire and re-use a former Walmart building for the construction of the New Berlin Recreation Center.The recreation center will...

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Augusta Sportswear Partners With Perfect Game

Augusta Sportswear has partnered with Perfect Game, one of the largest elite youth baseball and softball platforms and scouting services, in a multi-year apparel and uniform relationship.“We are thrilled to be partnering with Perfect Game on so many levels, we quickly realized...

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Under Armour Expands Restructuring

Approximately 600 Under Armour corporate employees, some 11.8 percent of its 5100 strong corporate workforce as of Dec. 31, 2019, are losing their jobs at the Baltimore-based company. The job cuts, expected to cost Under Armour $30 million in employee severance and benefit costs, are...

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