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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.

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.

The Thrill of De-Feet

Let’s start with the topic on everyone’s minds. How has the COVID-19 team sports environment impacted the sock business in 2020? Ashleigh Brown: Like anyone doing business in the team sports market, 2020 has been a difficult year for us. We were forced to downsize our admin and warehouse teams ...

After Recovery, Clouds on the Horizon

There was some optimism among youth sports organizers as fall sports seasons ran their course, but there is real concern as cooler weather – and indoor sports – approaches in the age of COVID-19.

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.

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.

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...

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.

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...

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...