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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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MLB Players Licenses 2nd Skull For Protective Gear

Major League Baseball Players, Inc. has entered into a partnership with 2nd Skull Inc., a protective headgear company, that makes the 2nd Skull brand officially licensed by MLB Players. As part of the arrangement, MLB Players also takes an ownership interest in 2nd Skull.

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Source For Sports Readies for A Hockey Season in a Pandemic

With the weather turning cooler and its key hockey season right around the corner, Canadian sporting goods chain and team dealer Source for Sports, with more 150 stores in Canada and the U.S., has put in place a number of protocols to direct its business during the continued COVID-19 pandemic.

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NFHS, NFL Partner To Promote High School Football

With the sport under pressure from many outside factors – ranging from COVID-19 restrictions to cancelled seasons to ongoing safety concerns – the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) and the National Football League (NFL) have entered into a unique partnership...

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Team Sports Shows All Going Virtual This Fall

In a not-unexpected series of decisions in light of COVID-19 mandated restrictions on travel and large gatherings, the two major team sports buying groups, along with BSN Sports, are all going virtual with their late-2020 meetings.Sports Inc. made the decision over the summer to go virtual again...

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Sporting Goods Industry Hall of Fame Class of 2022 Nominations Now Being Accepted

The National Sporting Goods Association (NSGA) is currently accepting nominations for the Class of 2022 of the Sporting Goods Industry Hall of Fame. The nomination period lasts through February 19, 2021. Nominees must have been involved in the industry for at least 20 years and made...

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Easton Launches Trade In and Trade Up Bat Program

With the costs of purchasing a new baseball bat every season beyond the reach of many players, used bats now carry more weight. That’s because as part of the new Trade In and Trade Up Program, Easton will give players credit toward the purchase of a new Easton USSSA or...

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Augusta Sportswear Brands Makes Canadian Move

Already a major player in the U.S. team sports market, Augusta Sportswear Brands is expanding its global footprint by opening a Canadian sales office, showroom and website to serve the Canadian market. Chad Currah is its director of sales.The company’s brands include Augusta Sportswear...

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Markwort Sporting Goods Receives Green Business Award

Markwort Sporting Goods was recently honored by the city of Creve Coeur, MO, for making sustainability a major part of its business practices. Markwort received the 2020 Green Business Award as part of the fifth annual Creve Coeur Business Awards at a luncheon on September 17.

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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...

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Shock Doctor to Donate Profits From Black Lives Matter Lip Guards

Shock Doctor has unveiled three football lip guard designs that feature “Black Lives Matter,” with 100 percent of profits from sales of the special product being donated to the United Negro College Fund (UNCF). The UNCF has a history of supporting students with scholarships to...

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