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Field of Dreams

Despite the looming presence of COVID-19, baseball actually continued to be played in certain parts of the country in 2020 – with increased safety protocols – by local recreation leagues, travel teams and high schools. The impact on the team business was obvious.

Hats Off

While the baseball-style cap is strongly linked to one sport, the cap is actually as popular with fans, parents, coaches and athletes in others as well. But the majority of caps are actually worn by those who play, coach and enjoy watching baseball. That’s where the business is for team dealers.

A Football Team

When you have a significant challenge on your hands, it is always a good idea to get the biggest guy in the room on your side. That’s one way to look at the partnership taking shape between the National Federation of State High School Associations and the National Football League...

Fourth & Long?

Not to put too fine a point on it, but the sport of football in America is, in many respects, at a crossroads. It’s an incredibly popular sport, yet it’s played by a relatively small segment of the overall population – 99 percent of its participants are male and the overwhelming majority are ...

A Special Core 4

Four of the more interesting and niche specialty sports – girls’ wrestling, rugby, track and field/cross-country and pickleball – are a microcosm of the challenges and opportunities team dealers face in selling specialty sports.

Otherwise

There’s no denying that the vast majority of team dealers and local sporting goods retailers spend a large percentage of their time stocking, selling and delivering product connected with the “major” sports of football, basketball, baseball, softball and – to some – soccer.

The Impact of COVID-19 on High School Sports – Fall 2020 Update

Topsy turvy. That may be best way to describe the state of high school, club and recreational sports in the U.S. this year, especially since mid-March. And, the murky waters of competitive sports as schools return and as many districts attempt to play a semblance of a fall sports schedule...

On the Rebound

Unfinished business. That’s the best way to describe the 2019-20 basketball season, which will remain, for the most part, forever in limbo with many unanswered questions and dreams frozen in time.

Dealers React To COVID-19 Crisis

Optimism mixed with apprehension dominate as dealers await the fall season. Bizarre, unprecedented and unexpected. Those are three words that may best describe the state of affairs in team sports due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The ramifications are citywide, countywide, statewide, nationwide, global.

Fast Pitching In

Go ahead, name the 10 most influential people in women’s fast-pitch softball in the U.S. When Team Insight posed that question to USA Softball CEO Craig Cress, he was left somewhat speechless. “It’s difficult to narrow a list to the most influential people in women’s fast-pitch since so many...