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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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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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One-on-One With Pat Donnelly

Reflecting the increasing role the team business is playing within the National Sporting Goods Association (NSGA), Pat Donnelly, of Donnelly Sports, recently began a three-year term as chair of the association. Donnelley is the owner/partner of Donnelley Sports, a team dealer that has been in...

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The Green Easton Returns in High-Tech Upgrade

The Green Easton, which debuted in 1978 and gained legendary status with high school and college players, is back in a new version called the B5 Pro Big Barrel. The revamped bat debuts at a time when baseball in America is struggling due to the coronavirus, but Easton president Dan Jelinek tells...

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The Green Easton Returns in High-Tech Upgrade

The Green Easton, which debuted in 1978 and gained legendary status with high school and college players, is back in a new version called the B5 Pro Big Barrel. The revamped bat debuts at a time when baseball in America is struggling due to the coronavirus, but Easton president Dan Jelinek tells...

Under Armour Sued By UCLA After Ending Sponsorship Deal

Once ballyhooed as a major collegiate sponsorship that brought it into the big time against rivals Nike and Adidas, the $280 million Under Armour deal with UCLA has fallen apart and the brand is now being sued for more than $200 million in compensation by the university.

Canadian Retailer Eric Bezanson Elected to 2021 Sporting Goods Hall of Fame

Building an impressive retail footprint in Canada cemented Eric Bezanson’s selection to the Sporting Goods Industry Hall of Fame Class of 2021.Bezanson, the owner of Cleve’s Source for Sports stores in Canada’s Maritime provinces of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, will join more than...

Hibbett Sports Unveils School Sales Initiative

Regional sporting goods retailer Hibbett Sports has launched a unique school-related initiative that may have a significant impact on team dealers and this segment of the industry. Buried in a recent quarterly report was notice of something called the Sole School initiative involving more than...

NSGA and NAERA Collaborate on Reconditioning Video

As part of its ongoing efforts to support the team business during the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Sporting Goods Association (NSGA) has teamed up with the National Athletic Equipment Reconditioners Association (NAERA) on...

Little League World Series Inks TV Extension With ESPN

Even though its signature event was not played in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Little League World Series apparently remains a hot property as ESPN announced recently that it will continue to air the Little League Baseball World Series as well as other events through 2030 as part of...

Founder Sport Group Partners With All Clear In Mask Effort

So many suppliers to the team sports business responded with impressive efforts to help their communities – and their customers –deal with the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. One of them, Founder Sport Group, was among the first to recognize the need to join in the fight...

What Dealers Need to Know About Athletes Wearing Protective Masks

LifeBridge Health, a regional health care organization based in Baltimore, MD, has partnered with Under Armour in some mask research and development. Now, as COVID-19 stay-at-home orders ease and athletes of all levels consider returning to their pre-pandemic workouts, it is dealing with...

PHIT America Launches Petition for Healthy Kids

Promoted by more than 100 national and local influencers with the goal to get 50 million kids physically active by 2030 through school and community physical activity programs, PHIT America, the national charity dedicated to improving children’s health and academic performance...

Under Armour Unveils Hijab for Muslim Athletes

Maintaining its reputation as a socially conscious, forward-thinking brand, Under Armour this week unveiled its first hijab for female Muslim athletes. Under development for several years, Under Armour says several athletes helped with development of the product, including...

Under Armour Sued By UCLA After Ending Sponsorship Deal

Once ballyhooed as a major collegiate sponsorship that brought it into the big time against rivals Nike and Adidas, the $280 million Under Armour deal with UCLA has fallen apart and the brand is now being sued for more than $200 million in compensation by the university.

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Canadian Retailer Eric Bezanson Elected to 2021 Sporting Goods Hall of Fame

Building an impressive retail footprint in Canada cemented Eric Bezanson’s selection to the Sporting Goods Industry Hall of Fame Class of 2021.Bezanson, the owner of Cleve’s Source for Sports stores in Canada’s Maritime provinces of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, will join more than...

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Hibbett Sports Unveils School Sales Initiative

Regional sporting goods retailer Hibbett Sports has launched a unique school-related initiative that may have a significant impact on team dealers and this segment of the industry. Buried in a recent quarterly report was notice of something called the Sole School initiative involving more than...

Read More

NSGA and NAERA Collaborate on Reconditioning Video

As part of its ongoing efforts to support the team business during the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Sporting Goods Association (NSGA) has teamed up with the National Athletic Equipment Reconditioners Association (NAERA) on...

Read More

Little League World Series Inks TV Extension With ESPN

Even though its signature event was not played in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Little League World Series apparently remains a hot property as ESPN announced recently that it will continue to air the Little League Baseball World Series as well as other events through 2030 as part of...

Read More

Founder Sport Group Partners With All Clear In Mask Effort

So many suppliers to the team sports business responded with impressive efforts to help their communities – and their customers –deal with the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. One of them, Founder Sport Group, was among the first to recognize the need to join in the fight...

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SFIA Survey Says Sports Sales Won’t Have Full Return in 2020

Due to many recent decisions for elementary and secondary schools to not meet in person in the fall of 2020, 72 percent of sporting goods and team sports companies now anticipate that sales will not return to pre-COVID-19 numbers until 2021, and 53 percent report not until...

Four States Add Girls’ High School Wrestling

The trend continues to spread across America as four states – Arizona, Florida, Illinois and South Dakota – are adding girls’ wrestling to their high school sports lineups. This brings the total number of states to sanction girls high school wrestling to 26.

Football Helmets, Commotio Cordis Subject of NOCSAE Standards Discussion

The National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE) held its Summer Standards meeting virtually on July 27 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Among the changes (report provided by NSGA): The standard performance specification for...

Field Hockey Eyewear Rule Altered

In response to longstanding concerns regarding the wearing of goggles in high school field hockey, the NFHS Board of Directors recently approved a change in the eyewear rule that will take effect with the upcoming 2020 season.

Pop Warner Enters Into Two Partnerships

As it looks to get kids back on the football field this fall, Pop Warner Little Scholars, the nation’s oldest and most prominent youth football, cheer and dance organization, has entered into two partnerships aimed at making the player and fan experience a little better and safer.

Schuylkill Valley Closing All But One Store, Maintaining Team and Online Business As It Restructures

Citing “unprecedented times” but reaffirming its “endless appreciation and gratitude for … our loyal community of customers,” Schuylkill Valley Sports CEO and president Jason Lutz announced in a letter on its website this week that...

NFHS Unveils High School Support Program to Help Schools Manage COVID-19 Challenges

With the hope that there will be fall sports of some sort this school year, the NFHS Network, which provides streaming live and on-demand high school sports, has launched its High School Support Program. In it NFHS allocates more than $200 million for any of the...

Wilson Appoints Dudy As President, Unveils Baseball/Softball Promotion

Wilson Sporting Goods has appointed Joe Dudy, a 25-year veteran of the company, as president. Previously Wilson’s VP–finance, Dudy had been appointed acting leader of the brand in October 2019, upon Michael Dowse’s departure.

SFIA Launches Stimulus Campaign for Team Sports and Other Activities Hard Hit By COVID-19

In a move that can potentially benefit the team business, the Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA) this week launched a campaign to promote the Personal Health Investment Today (PHIT) Act (H.R.1679/S.680) as a consumer-driven economic stimulus.

BSN Sports and Varsity Brands Launch ‘Impact Now’ Campaign Offering Return-To-School Resources

BSN Sports, along with its sister companies Varsity Spirit and Herff Jones, this week launched a campaign it is calling “Impact Now” to help schools return to the classrooms and playing fields this fall.

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Under Armour Sued By UCLA After Ending Sponsorship Deal

Once ballyhooed as a major collegiate sponsorship that brought it into the big time against rivals Nike and Adidas, the $280 million Under Armour deal with UCLA has fallen apart and the brand is now being sued for more than $200 million in compensation by the university.

Read More

Canadian Retailer Eric Bezanson Elected to 2021 Sporting Goods Hall of Fame

Building an impressive retail footprint in Canada cemented Eric Bezanson’s selection to the Sporting Goods Industry Hall of Fame Class of 2021.Bezanson, the owner of Cleve’s Source for Sports stores in Canada’s Maritime provinces of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, will join more than...

Read More

Hibbett Sports Unveils School Sales Initiative

Regional sporting goods retailer Hibbett Sports has launched a unique school-related initiative that may have a significant impact on team dealers and this segment of the industry. Buried in a recent quarterly report was notice of something called the Sole School initiative involving more than...

Read More

NSGA and NAERA Collaborate on Reconditioning Video

As part of its ongoing efforts to support the team business during the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Sporting Goods Association (NSGA) has teamed up with the National Athletic Equipment Reconditioners Association (NAERA) on...

Read More

Little League World Series Inks TV Extension With ESPN

Even though its signature event was not played in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Little League World Series apparently remains a hot property as ESPN announced recently that it will continue to air the Little League Baseball World Series as well as other events through 2030 as part of...

Read More

Founder Sport Group Partners With All Clear In Mask Effort

So many suppliers to the team sports business responded with impressive efforts to help their communities – and their customers –deal with the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. One of them, Founder Sport Group, was among the first to recognize the need to join in the fight...

Read More

What Dealers Need to Know About Athletes Wearing Protective Masks

LifeBridge Health, a regional health care organization based in Baltimore, MD, has partnered with Under Armour in some mask research and development. Now, as COVID-19 stay-at-home orders ease and athletes of all levels consider returning to their pre-pandemic workouts, it is dealing with...

Read More

PHIT America Launches Petition for Healthy Kids

Promoted by more than 100 national and local influencers with the goal to get 50 million kids physically active by 2030 through school and community physical activity programs, PHIT America, the national charity dedicated to improving children’s health and academic performance...

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FOOTWEAR INSIGHT INDEX

With the second quarter closing next week, ominous signs remain for the U.S. economy in this persistent pandemic environment as the number of active U.S. cases rose for a 10th straight day on June 22 to 1.26 million and 23 states reported increases in the number of cases. The Congressional Budget Office estimates the U.S. economy will generate $8 trillion less in economic activity over the next decade than it predicted months ago. And a report in The Atlantic suggests four factors — a great business die-off, the household fiscal cliff, state and local budget shortfalls and the persistent pandemic crisis — put the U.S. risk for a depression. Amid this backdrop, the Dow generated nearly 59 percent of its weekly 261.80-point gain for the week on the period’s final day, June 22. The action helped the Dow post a 1.02 percent increase for the period, about even with the Segment’s 1.06 percent increase as 12 stocks rose and eight declined. Aside from Mizuno, which benefited from currency effects, Nike and Deckers were the period’s biggest gainers. The Swoosh received four stock price target hikes from investment banks ahead of its scheduled fourth-quarter earnings report on June 25. Meanwhile, Nike and Puma are merging running technology and style into styles for the golf course, including The Cat’s RS-G and The Swoosh’s Air Max 270. Shoe Carnival reported that its 389 re-opened U.S. and Puerto Rico stores experienced a 28.1 percent rise in second quarter comparable store sales through  June 22, with brick-and-mortar up 4.0 percent and e-commerce gaining nearly 470 percent year-over-year. Under Armour Founder Kevin Plank has sold his Washington, D.C. mansion for $17.3 million after a reported two years on the market at a 41 percent discount from his 2018 asking price of $29.5 million. — Bob McGee 
The Footwear Insight Index tracks 20 of the most important publicly traded companies that have a substantial footwear business (6 retailers, 14 brands).
Index base of 100 is key to the closing prices of 12/29/17

INDEX: 123

1.06%

Weekly Review

Company name
(Ticker Symbol)

% Change over week
Price 06/15/20 • Price 06/22/20

ASICS Corp.
7936.T

0.35%

$11.38 • $11.34

Boot Barn
BOOT

1.09%

$22.84 • $22.59

Crocs
CROX

2.46%

$31.71 • $32.49

Designer Brands
DBI

4.49%

$7.13 • $6.81

Genesco
GCO

6.41%

$22.51 • $20.73

Mizuno
8022.T

14.12%

$18.41 • $21.01

Puma
PMMAF

1.65%

$72.90 • $74.10

Shoe Carnival
SKVL

0.26%

$27.02 • $27.09

Steve Madden
SHOO

0.13%

$23.30 • $23.33

VF Corp.
VFC

0.82%

$63.12 • $62.60

Company name
(Ticker Symbol)

% Change over week
Price 06/15/20 • Price 06/22/20

Adidas
addyy

0.72%

$132.53 • $133.49

Caleres
CAL

5.71%

$8.58 • $8.09

Deckers
DECK

3.71%

$193.55 • $200.73

Foot Locker
FL

0.99%

$29.23 • $29.52

GEOX
GEO.MI

4.49%

$0.89 • $0.85

Nike
NKE

1.72%

$97.83 • $99.51

Rocky Brands
RCKY

2.74%

$20.78 • $20.21

Skechers
SKX

5.66%

$33.20 • $31.32

Under Armour
UAA

3.55%

$9.86 • $9.51

Wolverine
WWW

0.26%

$23.08 • $23.14

TOTAL
Week over week

1.06%

$849.49 • $858.46