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Ram Re-Elected as SFIA Board Chairman

Jonathan Ram, CEO of Clarks, Inc., was recently re-elected as chairman of the the Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA) Board of Directors for the 2023 term.

Wisconsin Sanctions Lacrosse as Spring Sports in 2024

Joining much of the rest of the country – and showing the continued growth of lacrosse as a major youth sport – the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Board of Control recently approved the addition of lacrosse as a sanctioned sport and three fast-tracked conference realignment requests.

Report Shows Positive Team Sports Trends

Things are looking up in the world of team sports, according to the 2022 U.S. Trends in Team Sports Report recently released by The Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA), but there are still a few dark clouds to go along with that silver lining.

NFL Invests New Combine partner NOBULL

Having already elevated it to a sponsor of its annual Scouting Combine, the National Football League is now investing in apparel and footwear brand NOBULL.

Currex Partners With U.S. Soccer’s Jesús Ferreira

Jesús Ferreira, a member of the United States Men’s National Soccer Team, has entered into a sponsorship agreement with sport insole brand Currex.

NCAA D1 Board Clarifies Interim NIL Policy

With Name, Image and Likeness (NIL) deals reaching from colleges and universities all the way down into high school athletics, the Division I Board of Directors is looking to take the lead in regulation and enforcement...

Under Armour Names Linnartz New President and CEO

Heralding a new chapter in its up-and-down history, Under Armour has named Stephanie Linnartz as president, CEO and member of its Board of Directors, effective February 27.

SFIA Highlights 2022 Progress

In a year-end open letter to the sporting goods industry, Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA) president and CEO Tom Cove outlined some of the programs and efforts the association made in the past year. 

Under Armour Partners With XFL

Apparently still willing to wade into the sponsorship waters even after previous high-profile deals have fallen apart, Under Armour – perhaps persuaded by The Rock himself – has been named the Official Uniform Partner of the reborn XFL.

Brand RPM Merges With Downtown Athletic Store

Brand RPM, the provider of branded apparel, athletic uniforms, equipment and promotional items, has merged its team athletic division with Virginia-based Downtown Athletic Store. The new division will operate under the trade name Achieve Athletics.

Midwest Sporting Goods Joins Alli Sports Group

Continuing its growth through bringing on new members, Alli Sports Group has added Midwest Sporting Goods, based in Tulsa, OK, to its team.

BSN Sports Acquires Unique Image

Wrapping up a fairly busy 2022, BSN Sports made one more acquisition in December when it purchased Unique Image, located in Wilmington, DE.

Wilson Launches Two Football Projects

Enhancing its position in the football business, Wilson Sporting Goods recently introduced two new football products as part of unique marketing partnerships.

Lids New Hat Drop Concept Ups Its Retail Game

There’s a significant new competitor in the team cap game and it has a lot of funding and name recognition behind it. Earlier this month headwear retailer Lids unveiled its newest retail concept, Lids Hat Drop, with the first store located in Jamaica, Queens, NY.

Big Changes in Sports, Inc. Leadership Team

In an announcement that took a lot of people by surprise at the Sports, Inc. Team Show last week in Las Vegas, CEO Todd Adams announced that he will be stepping down as CEO at the end of the year and that Travis Elam will become the buying group’s new CEO.

Stahls’ and Transfer Express Name Small Business Scholarship Winner

Illustrating its continued support for small businesses across America, Stahls’ and Transfer Express recently shared the story of their first Stahl Family Small Business Scholarship $10,000 Shop Makeover winner.

Obituaries: Phil Johnson, 88; Tommy Eiserhardt, 70

The team sports business lost two of its most well-known and well-liked members last week.

Rawlings Relocates World Headquarters

Rawlings Sporting Goods is moving from its current corporate headquarters located in Town & Country, MO, to Westport Plaza in Maryland Heights, MO. The move is scheduled to take place in late 2023.

EvoShield Renews Deal With National Lacrosse League

The National Lacrosse League (NLL), the world’s largest professional lacrosse league, is renewing its protective equipment and apparel partnership with EvoShield. 

Dick’s SG Launches $50 Million In-House Investment Fund

This news is something team dealers and their vendors are going to want to pay attention to — for a number of reasons. Recently big-box King of the Hill Dick’s Sporting Goods formed what it is calling DSG Ventures, which is basically a $50 million investment fund targeting sports-related companies.

Going for the Goals

Goals/nets vendors address the major issues facing the team business in 2023. Big surprise: Pickleball is hot!

On The Road Back

In its first high school sports participation survey in three years, the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) reported a total of 7,618,054 participants in high school sports for 2021/22, down four percent from its 2018/19 figure of 7,937,491.

One-on-One With Laura St. George

In a milestone rarely reached by any companies, team sports equipment supplier Gared has been celebrating its 100th anniversary throughout 2022. To mark the occasion, Team Insight sat down with Laura St. George, VP at Gared and Executive VP and Managing Member of Gared Holdings...

Breaking News: BSN Sports Acquires Donnelley Sports

In a move that surprised many in the team sports business because it involves the current chairman of the National Sporting Goods Association (NSGA) and a former board member of the Sports Inc. buying group, BSN Sports has acquired Donnelley Sports, located in Twin Falls, ID.

Wilson Cements Long-Term Partnership With NCAA

Solidifying its traditional role as a major supplier the NCAA, Wilson Sporting Goods has extended its well-established partnership with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) as the official ball of March Madness...