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With Major League Baseball pitchers and catchers set to report to Spring Training in warm locales from Florida to Arizona, can the youth, high school and college seasons be far behind?

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Four Quarters

There’s a natural ebb and flow to the game of football that is familiar to everyone. After all of the pre-game pageantry, pep talks and refreshments, there are four quarters of action punctuated by some timeouts, two-minute warnings and injuries.

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Kick Start

Soccer has long been touted as America’s sport of the future and has been one of the fastest-growing team sports in the country for a generation now. As the nation’s demographics continue to evolve, the data is finally catching up to those claims.

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Going for the Goals

Goals/nets vendors address the major issues facing the team business in 2023. Big surprise: Pickleball is hot!

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On The Road Back

In its first high school sports participation survey in three years, the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) reported a total of 7,618,054 participants in high school sports for 2021/22, down four percent from its 2018/19 figure of 7,937,491.

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One-on-One With Laura St. George

In a milestone rarely reached by any companies, team sports equipment supplier Gared has been celebrating its 100th anniversary throughout 2022. To mark the occasion, Team Insight sat down with Laura St. George, VP at Gared and Executive VP and Managing Member of Gared Holdings...

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In a Pickle

Now considered the fastest-growing sport in the U.S., pickleball accrued 4.8 million players last year, soaring 14.8 percent from 2020 to 2021, according to the 2022 SFIA Topline Participation Report.

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Adidas Is Merging U.S. and Canadian Operations

While it may not have any immediate direct impact on team dealers and their customers, it is big news in the world of sporting goods that Adidas recently confirmed that it is consolidating its operations in the U.S. and Canada.

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Mueller Partners with Packers Legend Donald Driver

Mueller Sports Medicine recently signed an agreement with Green Bay Packers Hall of Famer Donald Driver, owner of Driven Elite Fitness & Health, to act as a strong voice to communicate the role Mueller products play in athlete’s daily lives.

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Study: 36.5 Million Americans Played Pickleball In 2022

It’s now time for our regular pickleball report. This month it is comes in the form of the 2023 APP Pickleball Participation Report recently released by the Association of Pickleball Professionals (APP) that shows 14 percent of adults in the U.S.

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But Wait: Tennis Participation Is Also Up, Says USTA

Wait just a minute all of those out there who are tolling the death knell for the more traditional sport of tennis. It seems the racquet and ball set is doing just fine as well, at least according to a report from the Tennis Industry Association. (TIA).

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Ram Re-Elected as SFIA Board Chairman

Jonathan Ram, CEO of Clarks, Inc., was recently re-elected as chairman of the the Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA) Board of Directors for the 2023 term.

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Wisconsin Sanctions Lacrosse as Spring Sports in 2024

Joining much of the rest of the country – and showing the continued growth of lacrosse as a major youth sport – the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Board of Control recently approved the addition of lacrosse as a sanctioned sport and three fast-tracked conference realignment requests.

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Report Shows Positive Team Sports Trends

Things are looking up in the world of team sports, according to the 2022 U.S. Trends in Team Sports Report recently released by The Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA), but there are still a few dark clouds to go along with that silver lining.

NFL Invests New Combine partner NOBULL


Having already elevated it to a sponsor of its annual Scouting Combine, the National Football League is now investing in apparel and footwear brand NOBULL.

Currex Partners With U.S. Soccer’s Jesús Ferreira

Jesús Ferreira, a member of the United States Men’s National Soccer Team, has entered into a sponsorship agreement with sport insole brand Currex.

NCAA D1 Board Clarifies Interim NIL Policy

With Name, Image and Likeness (NIL) deals reaching from colleges and universities all the way down into high school athletics, the Division I Board of Directors is looking to take the lead in regulation and enforcement...

Under Armour Names Linnartz New President and CEO

Heralding a new chapter in its up-and-down history, Under Armour has named Stephanie Linnartz as president, CEO and member of its Board of Directors, effective February 27.

SFIA Highlights 2022 Progress

In a year-end open letter to the sporting goods industry, Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA) president and CEO Tom Cove outlined some of the programs and efforts the association made in the past year. 

Under Armour Partners With XFL

Apparently still willing to wade into the sponsorship waters even after previous high-profile deals have fallen apart, Under Armour – perhaps persuaded by The Rock himself – has been named the Official Uniform Partner of the reborn XFL.

Brand RPM Merges With Downtown Athletic Store

Brand RPM, the provider of branded apparel, athletic uniforms, equipment and promotional items, has merged its team athletic division with Virginia-based Downtown Athletic Store. The new division will operate under the trade name Achieve Athletics.

Midwest Sporting Goods Joins Alli Sports Group

Continuing its growth through bringing on new members, Alli Sports Group has added Midwest Sporting Goods, based in Tulsa, OK, to its team.

BSN Sports Acquires Unique Image

Wrapping up a fairly busy 2022, BSN Sports made one more acquisition in December when it purchased Unique Image, located in Wilmington, DE.

Mueller Partners with Packers Legend Donald Driver

Mueller Sports Medicine recently signed an agreement with Green Bay Packers Hall of Famer Donald Driver, owner of Driven Elite Fitness & Health, to act as a strong voice to communicate the role Mueller products play in athlete’s daily lives.

Read More

Study: 36.5 Million Americans Played Pickleball In 2022

It’s now time for our regular pickleball report. This month it is comes in the form of the 2023 APP Pickleball Participation Report recently released by the Association of Pickleball Professionals (APP) that shows 14 percent of adults in the U.S.

Read More

But Wait: Tennis Participation Is Also Up, Says USTA

Wait just a minute all of those out there who are tolling the death knell for the more traditional sport of tennis. It seems the racquet and ball set is doing just fine as well, at least according to a report from the Tennis Industry Association. (TIA).

Read More

Ram Re-Elected as SFIA Board Chairman

Jonathan Ram, CEO of Clarks, Inc., was recently re-elected as chairman of the the Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA) Board of Directors for the 2023 term.

Read More

Wisconsin Sanctions Lacrosse as Spring Sports in 2024

Joining much of the rest of the country – and showing the continued growth of lacrosse as a major youth sport – the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Board of Control recently approved the addition of lacrosse as a sanctioned sport and three fast-tracked conference realignment requests.

Read More

Report Shows Positive Team Sports Trends

Things are looking up in the world of team sports, according to the 2022 U.S. Trends in Team Sports Report recently released by The Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA), but there are still a few dark clouds to go along with that silver lining.

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Brand RPM Merges With Downtown Athletic Store

Brand RPM, the provider of branded apparel, athletic uniforms, equipment and promotional items, has merged its team athletic division with Virginia-based Downtown Athletic Store. The new division will operate under the trade name Achieve Athletics.

Midwest Sporting Goods Joins Alli Sports Group

Continuing its growth through bringing on new members, Alli Sports Group has added Midwest Sporting Goods, based in Tulsa, OK, to its team.

BSN Sports Acquires Unique Image

Wrapping up a fairly busy 2022, BSN Sports made one more acquisition in December when it purchased Unique Image, located in Wilmington, DE.

Wilson Launches Two Football Projects

Enhancing its position in the football business, Wilson Sporting Goods recently introduced two new football products as part of unique marketing partnerships.

Lids New Hat Drop Concept Ups Its Retail Game

There’s a significant new competitor in the team cap game and it has a lot of funding and name recognition behind it. Earlier this month headwear retailer Lids unveiled its newest retail concept, Lids Hat Drop, with the first store located in Jamaica, Queens, NY.

Big Changes in Sports, Inc. Leadership Team

In an announcement that took a lot of people by surprise at the Sports, Inc. Team Show last week in Las Vegas, CEO Todd Adams announced that he will be stepping down as CEO at the end of the year and that Travis Elam will become the buying group’s new CEO.

Stahls’ and Transfer Express Name Small Business Scholarship Winner

Illustrating its continued support for small businesses across America, Stahls’ and Transfer Express recently shared the story of their first Stahl Family Small Business Scholarship $10,000 Shop Makeover winner.

Obituaries: Phil Johnson, 88; Tommy Eiserhardt, 70

The team sports business lost two of its most well-known and well-liked members last week.

Rawlings Relocates World Headquarters

Rawlings Sporting Goods is moving from its current corporate headquarters located in Town & Country, MO, to Westport Plaza in Maryland Heights, MO. The move is scheduled to take place in late 2023.

EvoShield Renews Deal With National Lacrosse League

The National Lacrosse League (NLL), the world’s largest professional lacrosse league, is renewing its protective equipment and apparel partnership with EvoShield. 

Mueller Partners with Packers Legend Donald Driver

Mueller Sports Medicine recently signed an agreement with Green Bay Packers Hall of Famer Donald Driver, owner of Driven Elite Fitness & Health, to act as a strong voice to communicate the role Mueller products play in athlete’s daily lives.

Read More

Study: 36.5 Million Americans Played Pickleball In 2022

It’s now time for our regular pickleball report. This month it is comes in the form of the 2023 APP Pickleball Participation Report recently released by the Association of Pickleball Professionals (APP) that shows 14 percent of adults in the U.S.

Read More

But Wait: Tennis Participation Is Also Up, Says USTA

Wait just a minute all of those out there who are tolling the death knell for the more traditional sport of tennis. It seems the racquet and ball set is doing just fine as well, at least according to a report from the Tennis Industry Association. (TIA).

Read More

Ram Re-Elected as SFIA Board Chairman

Jonathan Ram, CEO of Clarks, Inc., was recently re-elected as chairman of the the Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA) Board of Directors for the 2023 term.

Read More

Wisconsin Sanctions Lacrosse as Spring Sports in 2024

Joining much of the rest of the country – and showing the continued growth of lacrosse as a major youth sport – the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Board of Control recently approved the addition of lacrosse as a sanctioned sport and three fast-tracked conference realignment requests.

Read More

Report Shows Positive Team Sports Trends

Things are looking up in the world of team sports, according to the 2022 U.S. Trends in Team Sports Report recently released by The Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA), but there are still a few dark clouds to go along with that silver lining.

Read More

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Adidas Is Merging U.S. and Canadian Operations

While it may not have any immediate direct impact on team dealers and their customers, it is big news in the world of sporting goods that Adidas recently confirmed that it is consolidating its operations in the U.S. and Canada.

Read More

Mueller Partners with Packers Legend Donald Driver

Mueller Sports Medicine recently signed an agreement with Green Bay Packers Hall of Famer Donald Driver, owner of Driven Elite Fitness & Health, to act as a strong voice to communicate the role Mueller products play in athlete’s daily lives.

Read More

Study: 36.5 Million Americans Played Pickleball In 2022

It’s now time for our regular pickleball report. This month it is comes in the form of the 2023 APP Pickleball Participation Report recently released by the Association of Pickleball Professionals (APP) that shows 14 percent of adults in the U.S.

Read More

But Wait: Tennis Participation Is Also Up, Says USTA

Wait just a minute all of those out there who are tolling the death knell for the more traditional sport of tennis. It seems the racquet and ball set is doing just fine as well, at least according to a report from the Tennis Industry Association. (TIA).

Read More

Ram Re-Elected as SFIA Board Chairman

Jonathan Ram, CEO of Clarks, Inc., was recently re-elected as chairman of the the Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA) Board of Directors for the 2023 term.

Read More

Wisconsin Sanctions Lacrosse as Spring Sports in 2024

Joining much of the rest of the country – and showing the continued growth of lacrosse as a major youth sport – the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Board of Control recently approved the addition of lacrosse as a sanctioned sport and three fast-tracked conference realignment requests.

Read More

Report Shows Positive Team Sports Trends

Things are looking up in the world of team sports, according to the 2022 U.S. Trends in Team Sports Report recently released by The Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA), but there are still a few dark clouds to go along with that silver lining.

Read More

NFL Invests New Combine partner NOBULL


Having already elevated it to a sponsor of its annual Scouting Combine, the National Football League is now investing in apparel and footwear brand NOBULL.

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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