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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 ...

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Getting With The Tech Program

The team market, better known for its reliance on tradition and old-school ways of doing business than for its early adoption of technology, is now eagerly seeking out innovation. For the past few years, the shift toward tech had been gradual, but 2020 ushered in a new...

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Ramping Up

While team dealers have always excelled at connecting with customers and providing personalized service, the coronavirus pandemic has drastically quickened their pace in adopting new technology platforms that will enable stability and enhance growth. Such advances are designed to help...

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Face It

Just as health experts are urging universal mask-wearing in public places when social distancing is not possible, more athletes are making masks part of their uniform and workout gear as schools and other organizations struggle to return to play in the fall of 2020.

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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.

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Fundraising Tech

Looking for a money-making service every one of your clients will line up for? You don’t have to look far. It’s fundraising – and through the technology that is available to every team the process is simple and straightforward … and profitable.Yes, this certainly isn’t a new sales and...

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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.

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Winter Sports Will Be A Major Challenge For Team Sports This Year

With America’s youth sports focus now firmly on indoor sports as the weather cools throughout the country, the team sports business faces increased challenges to get athletes safely back on the court. The fall sports season, played mostly outdoors, had its share of successes to go along with...

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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.

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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.

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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...

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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.

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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...

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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...

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Youth Sports Are Back As Organizations Prepare for A Challenging Winter Season

There is some optimism among youth sports organizers as fall sports seasons have taken shape, but there is real concern as cooler weather and indoor sports approach in the age of COVID-19. But at least there has been some progress in late summer and early fall.

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Nike Cuts Off Frank’s Sport Shop As Part of Retail Refocus

It is happening to small retailers all over the country, but a recent terse letter from Nike to an iconic local sporting goods store in the Bronx is causing quite a stir in the New York metropolitan area.As an article in the New York Daily News this week put it, “Nike, with its...

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Soccer in the Streets Among Five Recipients of 2020 RWJF Sports Award

Soccer in the Streets, a non-profit organization based in Atlanta that promotes the sport for inner-city youth, has been selected as one of the 2020 winners of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Sports Award. The winners receive a $25,000 cash award and were honored at...

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Under Armour and UCLA Partnership Drags On Despite Lawsuit

It may get a little uncomfortable when the uniforms get delivered, but apparently UCLA will continue to wear Under Armour this season despite filing a lawsuit over Under Armour’s move to terminate its contract. It comes down to the fact that there probably isn’t time to find another...

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