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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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Answering The Call for Back-To-School

As schools prepared to open this fall and hoped to play a semblance of a fall sports season, team dealers turned to their key vendors for assistance in getting the right product to the right places at the right time during this school year unlike any other.

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The Team Dealer’s Home-Field Advantage

Getting back to business opens up a host of opportunities for independent dealers. One thing is certain in these uncertain times — business will never be conducted as it used to be, even a few months ago...

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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.

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Lost Diamonds

To use a backyard sports metaphor, the Spring 2020 baseball and softball season was one big whiff for the team business. Never before has an entire season been sent to the showers, leaving dealers holding inventory, receiving cancelled POs and longing for the days...

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Topping it Off

Roundtable: The Team Insight Headwear Roundtable explores the different cap needs of a season like no other.

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Tap Into Team Pride

You aren’t really a member (or fan) of the team unless you have a custom cap to prove it. Originally developed to protect a player’s eyes from the sun while on the field, baseball caps have evolved from a simple, functional head covering to one of the most coveted pieces of...

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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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