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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.

Going for the Goal

The Team Insight Vendor Roundtable on Goals and Nets looks at challenges and opportunities. Let’s start with the big question: How has the COVID-19 pandemic impacted your business?

SV Sports Ups Its Team Sports Game

There’s a new player in the team sports game that is actually a totally revamped old player familiar to almost everyone in the business. It happened last year when SV Sports, formerly Schuylkill Valley Sporting Goods, was acquired by...

The 1-On-1 Project: Part 7

Let’s talk team sports in general first. You’ve been in this business a long time ­­— how does the current state of the business compare to “the good old days?” In a lot of ways, our business is harder. We are dealing with...

Team Apparel: Hot For 2022

There is no shortage of new products being designed specifically for the female athlete as team sports return to a sense of normalcy in a (hopefully) post-pandemic athletic world.

The 1-On-1 Project: Talking Team Sports Challenges and Experiences

Team Insight Goes 1-on-1 with Mary Dolan, Owner/CEO, Pro-Am Team Sports, Schererville, IN. Mary Dolan’s initial career was as an employment and domestic relations lawyer, but after she took some time off when her fifth child was born and she was ready to go back to work she decided to...

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.

Pay It Forward

Girls’ soccer is back on the pitch and the newfound momentum among schools, clubs and select teams is good news for dealers and soccer specialty stores alike.

Fast Break

Prior to the pandemic basketball was on a tear, with total participation jumping 11.4 percent from 2019 to 2020, according to the SFIA’s 2021 Topline Report. The organization also found that basketball was ranked the number one sport that kids ages 6-12 and 13-17...