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Pro Leagues Supporting Passage of PHIT Act

In an unprecedented move to support exercise and healthy kids, the commissioners of the four major U.S. sports leagues – NFL, MLB, NHL and NBA – sent a joint letter to Congressional leaders asking them to help families with youth activity costs by... Acquires Zimagear, the online lacrosse specialty retailer, has acquired Zimagear to grow its creative capabilities, sublimated uniform, helmet decal and custom apparel offerings.

Alli Sports Group Expands in Louisiana

Following its Spring Sales Summit in late May hosted by Founders Sport Group, Alli Sports Group announced the newest member to the group — Red Stick Sports out of Baton Rouge, LA.

Scipio, Freeman Join NSGA Board of Directors

The National Sporting Goods Association (NSGA) made two changes to its Board of Directors with the appointments of John Scipio (SV Sports), and Troy M. Freeman (Winmark Corporation/Play It Again Sports). Their three-year terms took effect June 1. 

NFL Flag Expands To Canada

In a sign of the continued growth of flag football, NFL Flag, the official flag football program of the National Football League (NFL), has launched NFL Flag Canada and the NFL Flag Canada Regional Tournaments.

On My Mind: Takeaways from NSGA Management Conference

I recently returned from the 2022 NSGA Management Conference and Team Dealer Summit in (very) warm Scottsdale, AZ, and feel the need to share with our readers some insights from the annual gathering of the sporting goods industry.

Cap America Acquires Wear-A-Knit

Expanding its reach into new technologies and markets while increasing its domestic production capacity, Cap America this month acquired Minnesota-based custom knitwear company Wear-A-Knit. The terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

NSGA Report: Some Rebound Seen From COVID-19

Relaxed COVID-19 restrictions, which finally allowed people to return to some of their traditional activities in 2021, were reflected in the 10 segments tracked for the 2022 edition of the National Sporting Goods Association’s (NSGA) Sports Participation in the U.S. report.

Female Wrestling Uniforms Part of Rules Changes

Clarifying uniform requirements for female high school wrestlers were among the rules changes recommended by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Wrestling Rules Committee and approved by the NFHS Board of Directors for the 2022-23 season.

Rawlings And Easton Partner With D-Bat

Rawlings and Easton have entered into a multi-year agreement with Texas-based D-Bat, the baseball and softball training academy franchise.

United Sports Brands Acquires Pearl Izumi

United Sports Brands has acquired Pearl Izumi USA, the manufacturer of cycling apparel and accessories. Pearl Izumi will join USB’s portfolio of protective and performance sports equipment sold under the Shock Doctor, McDavid, Cutters, Nathan and Glukos brands. Terms were not disclosed.

Adidas And Foot Locker Announce Enter Strategic Partnership

Bound to have a significant impact on sporting goods retail and team sports, the recently announced partnership between Adidas and Foot Locker – built around product and deeper consumer connectivity – makes Adidas Foot Locker’s leading partner in the all-important basketball category.

Lighten up: A Conversation with Light Helmet’s CEO Nick Esayian

Light Helmets, first established in 2018 as SG Helmets, was the brainchild of former racecar driver Bill Simpson, who also founded Simpson Racing and Impact. After meeting Simpson, current Light Helmets CEO Nick Esayian and a group of partners and investors...

Skechers Signs Two Pickleball Pros

In our ongoing coverage of the involvement of major brands in the incredible growth of pickleball comes news that none other than Skechers, which recently became the official footwear sponsor of the 2022 Minto US Open Pickleball Championships, has gone ahead and signed...

Americans Divided on Whether Kids Should Play Football

Football is one of the nation’s most popular sports, but Americans differ on whether kids should play. A new study from Ohio State University, recently published in the journal Social Currents, found that about 50 percent of Americans disagree that tackle football is appropriate for kids...

MLB Partners With EL1 Sports and Diamond Kinetics

Major League Baseball recently entered into two critical youth baseball and softball partnerships with EL1 Sports (EL1) and Diamond Kinetics (DK) that aim to increase accessibility to sports training, support diversity-focused grassroots and development programs, and enhance skills through...

NFL Pushes For Flag Football In Olympics

The NFL wants to continue growing its market outside of the U.S. and the ultimate goal for the next 10 years is to attract about 50 million new international fans to the sport. Toward this end, Damani Leech, COO of NFL International, says the league is looking to...

On My Mind: One Last COVID Article … Maybe

I am thinking that this is absolutely, definitely, unequivocally my final editorial that mentions COVID-19 and the impact of the pandemic on the world of team sports. Maybe.

ASICS Makes Major Sublimation Move

Upping its game in team sports, ASICS America has relaunched its sublimation offerings for team sports through a new partnership with an unnamed partner it describes as “the largest sublimation manufacturer in the Western Hemisphere.”

Uniform Rules Adjusted for High School Girls Gymnastics

Team dealers will want to be aware of the news that high school athletes participating in girls’ gymnastics now have additional uniform options beginning with the 2022-23 season.

Youth Athletes United Partners With Ben Grieve

Youth Athletes United, the 291-unit multi-brand youth sports franchisor behind Little Rookies Baseball, Soccer Stars, Amazing Athletes, TGA Premier Sports, and JumpBunch, has entered into a partnership with former Major League Baseball All-Star Ben Grieve.

Obituary: Ed Finch, EB Sports

Ed Finch, 63, who most recently worked for Earl Boykin Sports in Wilson, NC, died Thursday, April 7, 2022, peacefully at home surrounded by his family. He had previously worked for Durham Sporting Goods, (DSG Sports) and was a regular as Sports, Inc. shows with EB Sports.

BSN Launches Campus Giveaway Promotion

BSN Sports has launched a $50,000 Campus Branding Giveaway that will award one school the opportunity to refresh the look and feel of their campus and athletic facilities through up to $50,000 of customizable products available within BSN Sports’ Campus Branding line.

NFL Mandates Guardian Caps During Training Camp

In a move that will likely trickle down to the collegiate, high school and youth football ranks, the NFL recently mandated the use of Guardian Cap helmet covers for offensive and defensive linemen, tight ends and linebackers during pre-season practices between the...

NFL Releases List of Top Safety Helmets

The NFL/NFLPA's eighth annual study on helmet safety is out and it turns out that Vicis has the top four performing helmets, with the Vicis Zero2-R Matrix ID Trench – a position-specific helmet for linemen – coming in as the top-rated helmet.

Champion Launches “Get It Girl” Sportswear Campaign

Champion Athleticwear – the brand that created the world’s first sports bra – is looking to change the girls’ sports game again by bringing on Saweetie as the its first-ever Global Culture Consultant.

Edwards, Waldman Highlight Speaker Lineup at NSGA Conference

Two high-profile speakers – football coach Herm Edwards and fighter pilot Waldo Waldman – will bring some star power to the NSGA Management Conference and Team Dealer Summit, May 22-24 at the JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa in Scottsdale, AZ.

MonkeySports Unveils Team Sports Trade-In Program

MonkeySports, the online retailer of hockey, baseball and lacrosse equipment, has unveiled a trade-in program that allows its customers to trade in used gear, timed with trade-in events, and receive MonkeySports store credit to use towards future purchases.

Puma Pilots RE:JERSEY Project

Puma has rolled out a pilot program called RE:JERSEY that reuses its existing football jerseys to create new ones. The pilot is part of Puma’s Circular Lab and its Forever Better sustainability platform.

NAERA Urging Prompt Attention To Reconditioning

The National Athletic Equipment Reconditioners Association (NAERA) recently distributed a letter regarding the reconditioning of athletic equipment and the impact supply chain and other issues may have on getting equipment, such as football helmets, in time for the 2022-2023 school year.

SV Sports Gets Funding Support From Chris Paul

Bringing a big name into the world of team sports and retailing, SV Sports Holdings, recently announced a funding round that included participation from Chris Paul, the 12-time NBA All-Star.

Time Running Out To Nominate Someone for 2023 Hall of Fame Class

Better hurry, the deadline for submissions for the Sporting Goods Hall of Fame Class of 2023 is March 31. Created in 1955 by the NSGA Board of Directors to honor the pioneers, innovators and leaders who built the sporting goods industry and to help recognize and encourage excellence...

Currier Named National Sales Manager At OC Sports

OC Sports has promoted Nate Currier to national sales manager. Currier has over five years of experience at Outdoor Cap, previously in the company’s Farm and Western Division. He succeeds Brad Reagan, who is now a National Account Manager for Happy Egg.

Rapsodo Partners With D1 Softball Athletes

Rapsodo, the maker of sports technology known for analyzing real-time metrics for athletes, has added D1 collegiate softball players, Elizabeth Hightower and Tiare Jennings, to its list of strategic partners.

BSN Launches Two Marketing Initiatives

As the spring sports season begins BSN Sports has unveiled two marketing efforts aimed at its core team sports audience. In partnership with Under Armour, BSN launched a complementary webinar series, the "Women of Will Womenar Series," on behalf of their joint Women of Will Program...

Team Technology: Alli Sports Group Partners With OMG

With a strong sales team already in place, an established reputation among its existing clients and its regional team dealer alliance taking shape, the recently formed Alli Sports Group (ASG) has taken a significant step by entering into a multi-year partnership with OrderMyGear...

Brute Unveils Athena Line for Girls’ Sports Apparel

Brute Athletic Apparel, well known to the team sports industry as a maker of wrestling apparel, is now expanding into women’s custom team apparel with the introduction of its Athena line designed to fit the female athlete with a focus on individual sports.

Skechers Named Official Footwear Sponsor Of US Open Pickleball Championships

In yet another sign of the growing mainstream appeal of pickleball, none other than trendy shoe brand Skechers has been named the official footwear sponsor of the US Open Pickleball Championships.

Number Zero Now Allowed on High School Football Uniforms

Breaking away from years of tradition, the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Football Rules Committee has voted to now allow players to wear the number 0 as a jersey number. The range of acceptable numbers listed in Rule 1-4-3 was expanded from 1-99 to 0-99.

Fast-Pitch Softball’s Participation Impacted by Pandemic

According to research from the Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA) in Silver Spring, Maryland, there are just more than 1.8 million fast-pitch softball players in the U.S. The number of fast-pitch softball players was as high as 2.3 million participants in 2017...