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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...
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.
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...
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.”
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...
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.
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.
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.