september/october 2022 Issue

High School Sports are Special

While the major sports of football, baseball, softball and basketball continue to grab the most headlines and attention at high schools across America, participation is thriving in the so-called specialty sports in every corner of the country.

Past Magazine Features

State of America's Games

At all levels of play baseball and fast-pitch softball remain an integral part of the youth sporting scene in America. Sure, they all face their challenges in participation and product availability...

Head-Aches

Delayed seasons, cancelled games, sick players, unavailable fields and, capping it all off, supply chain disruptions all made for a unique past year for the team headwear business.

Bank Shots

Oh, for the good old days of 2019. Prior to the pandemic, basketball was enjoying steady growth, but once the crisis set in during 2020-2021 the game experienced a more than two percent dip in participation, according to the SFIA’s 2022 Basketball Single Sport Report.

It's Hot Out There!

Wilson’s 2023 A2K lineup brings six premium gloves to the diamond, offering patterns designed for professional-caliber players across all positions, including a new look for the brand’s classic A2K made with Pro Stock Select leather consisting...

Diversify or Disappear

The numbers clearly tell the story: 35 percent of Major League Baseball players, 74 percent of NFL players and 83 percent of NBA players are people of color. Yet the business of sporting goods is incredibly under-represented by this demographic.

Augusta's Fire Drill

As if COVID-19 shutdowns, supply chain disruptions, runaway inflation and ever-present hiring challenges were not enough, on April 18, 2022, one of Augusta Sportswear’s four factories in Mexico was severely damaged by a fire.

On Deck

On the surface, youth baseball and fast-pitch softball appear to be thriving — and they are in many cases if you take a look at playing fields and bleachers across America.

New Playbook

Over the past two years, the pandemic left the entire team sports industry reeling, but now that the virus is finally (hopefully) entering the endemic phase, football is ready to reassert its dominance and many dealers are experiencing a welcome surge in sales.

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?

Pandemic Survival Guide: Team Dealers Talk About How They Survived COVID-19 (So Far)

As we reflect on the past two years in the world of team sports, every team dealer and sporting goods retailer has his or her own story to tell about how they and their employees coped with COVID-19 and its subsequent lockdowns, disrupted seasons, supply chain challenges and...

Best Foot Forward

The selection of team socks for Fall ’22 continues to expand with high-tech fabrics setting the pace.

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.

Sporting Goods Industry Hall of Fame Elects Three Innovators

The recently announced three inductees in the Class of 2023 of the Sporting Goods Industry Hall of Fame all share an innovative spirit in different segments of the industry.

Dick’s Sporting Goods Expands Resale Partnership with SidelineSwap

There’s a new competitor for team dealers in town — and they are tied in with an old, very big competitor. In a partnership that should make a lot of team dealers — and vendors – sit up and take notice, Dick’s Sporting Goods and Sideline Swap...

Fanatics Is Key Retailer for 2028 LA Olympics

Any team dealer or retailer expecting to sell Los Angeles 2028 Summer Olympics product better get an account with Fanatics because Team USA just signed a long-term agreement licensing Fanatics to manufacture and sell Olympic-branded merchandise.

Image Apparel Solutions Launches NIL Compliant Online Stores

With Name, Image and Likeness (NIL) deals sprouting up all over, Image Apparel Solutions (IAS) has spotted a business opportunity and launched an online store platform that complies with NCAA NIL regulations.

Hoop Group Acquired by 3STEP Sports

In a marriage of two youth sports organizations, 3STEP Sports, a youth sports club and event operator, has acquired Hoop Group, a grassroots youth basketball brand.

National High School Basketball Coaches Association Partners With Ballogy

The National High School Basketball Coaches Association (NHSBCA) has entered into an exclusive partnership with Ballogy, a skills assessment and development app and exposure platform for youth and amateur basketball players.

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