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NFHS Issues New Basketball Uniform Rules

High school basketball player uniforms and apparel for boys and girls were among rules changes approved by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) for the 2023-24 season.

Sports Warehouse To Pay $300,000 For Data Breach

Readers can take this news however they want for the impact on their own operations or the business of team sports in general, but recently online competitor Sports Warehouse...

NSGA Team Summit Takes Center Stage Next Week

A host of team dealers, sporting goods retailers and the brands that serve them – along with Team Insight – will converge on Nashville, TN, next week for the NSGA Team Dealer Summit and Management Conference. The event runs from May 21-23 at the W Nashville in Nashville.

SA Lacrosse Shares Women’s Stick Rules

In an effort to work directly with equipment manufacturers to review products in a collaborative, professional and timely manner and to avoid disruption to manufacturers and consumers, USA Lacrosse has instituted an interim process to review potential new women’s lacrosse stick heads for approval.

Cap America Promoted Schettler

Cap America has promoted Grace Schettler to senior VP–sales. Schettler, an industry veteran and award-winning salesperson, joined the Cap America team as director of sales in 2017.

NSGA Finds Growth In Most Sports

People taking advantage of opportunities to participate in a wide range of sports and activities in 2022 was reflected in the 10 segments tracked for the 2023 edition of the National Sporting Goods Association’s (NSGA) Sports Participation in the U.S. report.

Nike Phasing Out Kangaroo Leather In Soccer Cleats

With a number of state and federal lawmakers looking to ban the sale of kangaroo products, Nike reportedly plans to stop using kangaroo leather in its shoes.

BSN Extends With University Of Cincinnati

The University of Cincinnati Athletics Department has entered into an apparel agreement with BSN Sports and at the same time has elected to equip its programs with Jordan Brand and Nike products.

Setting Goals

The annual Goals/Nets Vendor Roundtable examines the issues impacting the business in 2023.

Simple Socks

Designed for track spike and golf shoes, OS1st’s Nekkid Comfort Socks are an invisible performance sock that doesn’t slip down into athletes’ shoe.

One-on-One with Bill Hunt

Everyone probably knows the Champro story, but can you give us the “elevator pitch” on where the company came from? When I left Wilson Sporting Goods in 1986 and decided to start my own company, I knew it would be very tough competing against big, well-established brands.

One-on-One with Kent McKeigg

Tell us about how OrderMyGear came about? Back in 2008 school budgets were declining, but parents and kids still wanted apparel for their team or group. My father was a sales rep for Larry Black Sporting Goods in northwest Oklahoma and was collecting orders and payments from...

NFL Really Pushing Flag Football in Schools

In what will surely provide a big push for the growth of flag football at all levels, the National Football League, GENYOUth and NFL Flag are celebrating the 10th year of GENYOUth's NFL Flag-In-School program with the opening of national applications for the 2023-2024 school year.

CCM Partners With Play It Again Sports

Play It Again Sports has become the official resale partner of CCM, with sales running through the company’s more than 2809 franchised locations in North America.

Walmart Partners On Pickleball Initiative

In our regular pickleball news in TeamInsightExtra comes word that none other than the largest retailer in the world, Walmart, has partnered with the racquet sports booking platform, Break the Love...

New Partnership Aims At Growing Flag Access

In more flag football news, RCX Sports, the official operating partner of NFL Flag, has entered into a new partnership with NIRSA: Leaders in Collegiate Recreation aimed at increasing flag football participation...

Dick’s Continues To Invest In Youth Sports

Love them as a big sporting goods store or hate them as an all-powerful competitor, you have to hand it to Dick’s Sporting Goods for investing some significant resources into growing youth sports participation.

NSGA Report Shows Increases in Most Sports

People taking advantage of opportunities to participate in a wide range of sports and activities in 2022 was reflected in the 10 segments tracked for the 2023 edition of the National Sporting Goods Association’s (NSGA) Sports Participation in the U.S. report.

Omega Sports Going Out of Business

After 45 years of business – and after conferring with its financial and legal advisors – Omega Sports has confirmed it is going out of business, including its e-commerce operation.

NFL, NFLPA Approve QB Helmet

In a significant move at the professional level that will certainly trickle down to youth sports, the NFL and NFL Players Association recently approved a Vicis helmet for quarterbacks that is the first for the position specifically designed to reduce concussions.

Oregon Sanctions Girls High School Wrestling

In a major step forward for the sport, the Oregon School Activities Association (OSAA) delegate assembly recently voted unanimously to adopt girls’ wrestling as a sanctioned sport, starting with the 2023-24 school year. It is the first sport the OSAA has added since softball in 1979.

Easton, Little League Extend Partnership Through 2028

With baseball and softball season already underway in most parts of the country, Little League and Easton Diamond Sports have extended their Official Partnership through 2028.

North Carolina Proposes To Ban Participation Trophies

In a true sign of the times – and in a move that would certainly impact sales by team dealers in that state – some senators in North Carolina have proposed eliminating participation trophies for youth sports.

BSN Surpassed $1.5 Billion In Sales Last Year

In a rare report on actual sales at the company, BSN Sports president and COO Terry Babilla recently told a local business magazine, D CEO, that the company recorded $1.5 billion in annual sales in 2022.

Under Armour and Steph: Together Forever

Putting (almost) all of its sponsorship and athlete dollars in one very large basket after a number of other partnerships didn’t work out so well, Under Armour has both extended and expanded its contract with the Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry...