November / December 2021 Issue

Forward Pass

Football is back. It is back with youngsters in local youth leagues on Saturdays. It is back at varsity high school games on Friday nights. It’s back with colleges on weekends. And its back with the pros on seemingly every day of the week.But football is most certainly not completely back to normal.

Past Magazine Features

Flagging the Future

With increased safety concerns still impacting participation in tackle football, flag football continues to make strides in terms of popularity and participation in the U.S., especially with females.

Forward Pass

Football is back. It is back with youngsters in local youth leagues on Saturdays. It is back at varsity high school games on Friday nights. It’s back with colleges on weekends. And its back with the pros on seemingly every day of the week.But football is most certainly not completely back to normal.

Kicking It In

Soccer is somewhat like the Eveready battery — it takes a lickin’ and keeps on tickin’. Or in this case, keeps on kickin’. That is perhaps the best way to describe how the sport has navigated the COVID-19 pandemic.

Broken Chain

A slow boat to China used to conjure images of the longest trip imaginable, but these days the idiom can be reversed, referring to extensive delays of container ships that are traveling from Asia to U.S. ports, arriving only to sit at anchor sometimes for weeks waiting to be unloaded.

Lofty Goals

Supply chain issues and new technology are on the minds of goals/nets suppliers in 2022.

Avail Is On Its Way

A technology called Avail, a cloud-based ERP system developed by team dealers for team dealers, is being introduced with the simple goal to, in the words of Avail VP-sales Brian Hensen, “connect the entire team sports industry.”

Alli Sports Group

The 1on1 Project becomes a 1on3 Project this issue as Team Insight sits down with the three founders of the Alli Sports Group, a group of team dealers in the southeast formed this year to compete in a changing team sports business.

Tech & the Team Dealer

The usual methods of doing business have been upended since the start of the pandemic in early 2020 and the old ways of doing things are long gone. The “way-we-always-did-it” strategy no longer works, even in traditional bastions such as the team market.

Special Times

While nearly every sporting goods team dealer and local retailer understandably dedicates the majority of their time to the Big Four – football, basketball, baseball and softball – that generate the most revenue, they are well aware that the so-called “specialty sports” deserve a fair amount of...

Connecting The Dots

For decades team dealers have focused on developing and maintaining personal relationships with their customers, perhaps more so than in any other segment within the sporting goods industry.

Issues: Youth Sports and the Pandemic

As its impact wanes and then reappears, COVID-19 continues to dominate conversations in the world of team sports. As schools reopen this summer and fall and a semblance of normalcy returns to the playing fields of America, people are realizing just how important sports are to children and...

Magazine Archives

Team Insight: designed to exclusively serve the team sports market. With an expert editorial staff that truly understands the needs of the team business, Team Insight provides team buyers with information on how to better run their business and how to make more educated buying decisions.

News, Trends and Analysis of the Team Sports Market.

Basketball, Baseball, Soccer, Football, Softball, Lacrosse, Wrestling, Track & Field, Swimming, Pickleball, Volleyball, Field Hockey, and Technology.

Champro’s Hunt, Two Others Elected to Hall of Fame

Bill Hunt, who founded Champro in 1986 and has turned it into one of the largest and most important equipment and apparel suppliers to team dealers, is among the three inductees in the Class of 2022 of the Sporting Goods Industry Hall of Fame.

Pickleball Central Receives Private Equity Investment

Yes, it appears as if pickleball is here to stay and team dealers should pay attention to it. For proof they need to look no further than the news that a company called Pickleball Central has received a majority investment from Dallas, TX-based investment firm Dundon Capital Partners LLC.

NOCSAE Boys’ Lacrosse Pad Standard Still in Effect

The 2022 boys’ high school lacrosse season is just around the corner and in anticipation USA Lacrosse and the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) recently issued a statement regarding the implementation of shoulder pads for boys’ field players being designed for...

Bauer Awards Retailers of the Year

Gerrells Sports Center and the Hockey Shop Source For Sports were recently presented with the Bauer Specialty Retailer of the Year award at the annual Bauer World event in Miami, FL.

Reebok Getting Support From JD Group

It seems as if the Reebok brand just won’t go away. After being acquired by Authentic Brands Group (ABG) from Adidas in August, the brand recently announced a new strategic partnership with the JD Group (JD) that assures that JD will carry Reebok apparel and footwear in more than...

BSN Acquires Team Sports Ink

Team Sports Ink, located in Carson City, NV, is the first acquisition of 2022 by BSN Sports. Founded in 1999, Team Sports Ink serves the greater Reno youth and high school athletic markets. Joining BSN Sports will be current owner and founder Butch Cattanach and his son-in-law Carl Baker...

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