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Louisville Slugger Teams With Trey Mancini To Fight Cancer

Colon cancer has a new opponent — the Trey Mancini MLB Pro Prime T16 bat created by the Baltimore Orioles outfielder and Louisville Slugger to raise awareness and prevention in the fight against colon cancer.

Wilson Sporting Goods Partners With YMCA

Wilson Sporting Goods has entered into a three-year national partnership with the YMCA of the USA (Y-USA) that provides $500,000 in funding each year for kids living in underserved areas to have access to sports.

USA Today Promotes C-Flap on Little Leaguers

Under the somewhat incendiary headline, “If Little League genuinely cares about player safety, it will mandate C-Flaps on helmets,” USA Today contributing writer Peter Funt (yes, the host of Candid Camera, but this was a serious article) made the case that...

Judge Rejects Under Armour’s UCLA Lawsuit

Under Armour’s most recent attempt to dismiss the lawsuit brought by UCLA seeking more than $200 million in damages over its terminated sponsorship deal has been rejected by a Los Angeles Superior Court judge.

Mueller Refreshes Quench Gum

Those of us who have been in the sporting goods industry for a long time will fondly remember the tubs of Quench gum always on display at Mueller Sports Medicine booths at every trade show.

NFHS Urging Vaccinations Among High School Athletes

As schools reopen around the country and a semblance of normalcy returns to classrooms and playing fields, the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) has taken a strong stand on the need for vaccinations to assure players stay on the field and games are played.

BSN Sports Acquires Jim Ludtka Sporting Goods

It seems like every month BSN Sports announces it has purchased another independent team dealer – in July it was Sportline in Colorado, which was preceded in June by Billings Sports in Connecticut – and this month the Varsity Brands unit has acquired Jim Ludtka Sporting Goods ...

Iowa Associations Adopt Basketball Shot Clock in 2022

Team dealers in Iowa – and hopefully many other states soon – should get ready to start selling a lot of basketball shot clocks. Following the decision by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Basketball Rules Committee at its annual meeting ...

Shock Doctor Launches 7v7 Football Tournament Series

Making a strong branded move into the youth and high school football scene, Shock Doctor has launched what it is calling the Legends Showcase, a 7v7 football tournament series. Beginning January 2022, Shock Doctor will start a tour of five national tournaments for elite high school and youth ...

Gary McCord, Ross Bernstein Highlight Management Conference Program

The speaker lineup at the National Sporting Goods Association (NSGA) Management Conference & Team Dealer Summit on September 26-28 at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort in Naples, FL, is taking shape with entertaining golf analyst Gary McCord and Hall of Fame speaker Ross Bernstein ...

Christian Pulisic Signs With Puma

Looking to up its once-strong profile in the U.S. soccer market, Puma recently made a big move by grabbing Christian Pulisic away from Nike with a long-term endorsement deal. Pulisic, who plays for Chelsea in the English Premier League, is the youngest captain of the U.S. Men’s National Team ...

NFHS Makes Personnel Moves, Rules Changes

As the 2021 school year approaches with a hopeful sense of a return to normalcy, the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) has been in the news with some significant personnel changes and a number of rules changes that team dealers need to know ...

Steelo Sports Is First Black-Owned Glove Brand in Olympics

Steelo Sports, a manufacturer of baseball equipment and the first Black-owned baseball glove brand used in Major League Baseball, is also now the first Black-owned baseball glove brand ever used in the Olympics.

AFFL Launching Youth Flag Football League

Showing once again that flag may indeed be the future of football, the American Flag Football League (AFFL) has launched the American Flag Football League Youth Division. Set to kickoff this fall with an expected 10,000 participants (boys and girls) around the country...

Rawlings Unveils Unique Baseball Glove

Taking baseball glove technology to a new level, Rawlings has released its REV1X series of baseball gloves. In development for several years, the REV1X used the Carbon Digital Light Synthesis (DLS) process to develop an optimized lattice structure.

Wilson Opens First Store In Chicago; More To Come

Using its hometown as a natural location of a planned direct-to-consumer expansion, Wilson Sporting Goods Co. recently opened its first retail location in Chicago. Located in the city’s Gold Coast neighborhood, the 2247-square-foot store carries a curated collection of...

Wardle Keynoting 2021 NSGA Management Conference

Bringing a little bit of entertainment experience to the world of sporting goods, Duncan Wardle, who played an instrumental role in the innovation and creativity of Disney for three decades, will be the keynote speaker at the NSGA Management Conference and Team Dealer Summit, September 26-28, 2021.

A4 Promotes Jeff Noser to VP–Sales/NSM

A4, the manufacturer and distributor of team uniforms and practice gear, has promoted Jeff Noser to VP–sales, with responsibility for managing and developing the A4 sales team.

NFHS Mandates Equipment Changes in High School Softball

Along with a number of rule changes impacting purchases in upcoming seasons, team dealers will want to be aware of two significant player equipment changes involving the wearing of head coverings and beads recently approved for...

NFL and Nike Boosting Flag Football League

The continuing growth of flag football at all levels is evident in the recent news that the American Flag Football League (AFFL) is headed into its fourth season and that fans will have an opportunity to to own a piece of the league through the launch of its investment campaign on SeedInvest.

NCAA Changes Uniform Patch Rule

In an effort to create more consistency on uniforms and to allow for more decipherable patches, the NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel (PROP) recently approved the following rules change for all sports effective with the 2021-22 seasons...

Skims Is Official Underwear of the U.S. Olympic Team

With the Tokyo Olympics about to take center stage, one brand that is involved but will hardly receive any exposure at all (hopefully) is Kim Kardashian West’s shapewear brand, Skims, which is providing the official underwear, loungewear and pajamas for female American athletes.

BSN Acquires Billings Sports, Sportline Team Sports

In two more significant team dealer acquisitions, BSN Sports last month acquired Billings Sports, based in Meriden, CT, and more recently Sportline Team Sports, based in Arvada, CO.

Big Pickleball Moves: Onix With PPA and Franklin With USA Pickleball

Who says pickleball is just a sport for ex-tennis players, retirees and school kids? Earlier this month two major partnerships were announced that continue to bring the oddly-named sport into the mainstream.

Hibbett Sports Is No More — Name Is Now Just Hibbett, Inc.

It may not mean that much in the day-to-day world of team sporting goods, but the recent announcement that venerable Hibbett Sports is taking the “Sports” out of its corporate name – the retailer will now be known just as Hibbett, Inc. – is surely some sign of changing times in sports retail.

On My Mind… Getting Back to Business 2.0

Summer has most definitely arrived on the East Coast and with it our thoughts turn to … fall and winter. And that’s good news for team dealers who are in desperate need of good news.

Wilson Unveils New NBA Game Ball for 2021-22 Season

After taking over the role as the official game ball of the NBA from Spalding earlier this year, Wilson Sporting Goods recently unveiled the league’s new official game ball in advance of the NBA’s 75th anniversary season.

Irwin Named President and CEO of CSGA

The Canadian Sporting Goods Association (CSGA) has named Jon Irwin as its new president and CEO, effective July 1. Irwin's appointment came after a search to replace Julian Savory, who is retiring after eight years...

Seven Former Standout High School Athletes Headline 2021 Class of National High School Hall of Fame

Seven former high school athletes highlight the 2021 class of the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) National High School Hall of Fame, including three who went on to earn gold medals...

USA Football Partners With BSN Sports and Profound Insurance for Youth Football Grant Program

USA Football has entered into new partnerships with BSN Sports and Profound Insurance Programs to help lower costs for youth football organizations through its grant program.

Back-To-School Sales Prospects Looking Strong

In a welcome piece of good news after months and months of uncertainty – and in a trend that can’t help but boost the spirits of team dealers and sporting goods retailers across America – Back-To-School retail sales are expected to grow 5.5 percent during the all-important July 15 through...

BSN Sports and Nike Sign With Youngstown State

BSN Sports has signed a five-year deal to provide all of Youngstown State University (YSU) teams with Nike apparel on game days. All of the University’s 19 intercollegiate teams have been with Nike except football, which had a deal with Under Armour, also through BSN Sports.

Bob Fawley, Gordon Geiger Join NSGA Board of Directors

Two changes were recently made to the National Sporting Goods Association (NSGA) Board of Directors with the appointments of Bob Fawley, of Capitol Varsity Sports, and Gordon Geiger, of Geiger’s, to three-year terms.

Spalding to Release Final Batch of NBA Basketballs

After nearly 40 years, Spalding and the NBA are officially announcing the end of their partnership at the conclusion of this season and to mark the occasion Spalding recently released a final batch of Spalding NBA Official Game Balls.

Under Armour Tightening Inventory

It is a strategy certainly aimed more at its retail operations than on the team side of the business, but dealers will want to take note that Under Armour CEO and president Patrik Frisks recently told analysts that the company is "tightening" how it thinks about inventory.

Todd Lamb Joins Founder Sport Group

Founder Sport Group has brought on industry veteran Todd Lamb as VP–business development and bookstore channel, where he will identify and pursue new revenue opportunities, expand existing customer partnerships and direct the bookstore channel of business.

USA Lacrosse Teaming With NFHS To Promote Lacrosse in America

Looking to continue to grow the game at the youth level in the United States, USA Lacrosse, the governing body for lacrosse in the United States, and the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) have reaffirmed the commitment of both organizations to strengthen the...

Rawlings and Easton Name Sales Force in Canada

As it expands and reorganizes its sales efforts in Canada, Rawlings and Easton Canada recently named Kim Sarrazin as team sales manager for all brands in the country and named a new Canadian sales force for Rawlings and Easton for Canada. The sales teams will support Miken and Worth.

Impact of Pandemic Becomes Evident in Recent NSGA Sports Participation Report

It will come as no surprise to team dealers and their customers all the way through the sports participation chain, but the recently released NSGA 2021 Edition of its Sports Participation In The U.S. Report clearly spells out the drastic effects of COVID-19 in the 64 sports and activities tracked.

NFHS Supports, But Has Not Yet Mandated, Use of Shot Clocks in High School Basketball

While it has not yet mandated the use of a shot clock in high school basketball, the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) has recently discussed the state association option for the use of 35-second shot clocks in basketball beginning with the 2022-23 season.