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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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A Football Team

When you have a significant challenge on your hands, it is always a good idea to get the biggest guy in the room on your side. That’s one way to look at the partnership taking shape between the National Federation of State High School Associations and the National Football League...

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Fever Pitch

In this coronavirus-addled year, participation in team sports was – and continues to be – dictated by state and local governments and agencies. The policies, often based on ever-fluctuating rates of transmission and hospitalizations, vary wildly from state to state...

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The Thrill of De-Feet

Let’s start with the topic on everyone’s minds. How has the COVID-19 team sports environment impacted the sock business in 2020? Ashleigh Brown: Like anyone doing business in the team sports market, 2020 has been a difficult year for us. We were forced to downsize our admin and warehouse teams ...

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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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After Recovery, Clouds on the Horizon

There was some optimism among youth sports organizers as fall sports seasons ran their course, but there is real concern as cooler weather – and indoor sports – approaches in the age of COVID-19.

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Learning Lessons from COVID-19

This is a great time to reflect on 2020 and what we’ve learned from it — and how we implement that learning into our 2021 business practices.

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NFHS Expects All States To Be Playing High School Sports in 2021

We can honestly start out with some good news in this first TeamInsightExtra of 2021, as National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) executive director Dr. Karissa Niehoff says she fully expects high school sports to be played in every state in America this year.

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NSGA Moves 2021 Management Conference & Team Dealer Summit to September

In a decision welcomed by an industry looking to make sure it can get together in person at some point in 2021, the National Sporting Goods Association (NSGA) has moved the dates of the 2021 Management Conference & Team Dealer Summit to September 26-28, 2021 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort...

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Schutt, Adams and Other Team Brands Sold To Innovatus Capital Partners

With plans to consolidate hard goods suppliers to the team business under one corporate umbrella, Innovatus Capital Partners recently acquired Kranos Corporation’s assets, IP and brands, which include Schutt, ProGear Shoulder Pads, Tucci Bats, Hollywood Bases and Adams USA.

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SFIA Releases 2020 Trends in Team Sports Report

In a year unlike any other, there were still team sports being played — albeit in a very different, scaled-down environment. Nevertheless, even though many of the numbers are obsolete because of the radical changes in participation in 2020 brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, a recent report...

Read More

USA Football Introduces Coach, Education And League Leadership Advisory Councils

Striving to provide the organization with leadership and assistance in its efforts to create, maintain and deliver resources and support to youth football leagues and coaches, USA Football has formed Coach, Education and League Leadership advisory councils with the goal of...

Read More

Sports Fans Unsure of Whether Playing Indoor Sports Is a Good Idea

Schools in most states are playing winter sports indoors and professional leagues are attempting their own regular seasons, but a recent NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist Poll with the Center for Sports Communication at Marist College finds that 56 percent of American sports fans believe...

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Jordan Brand Taking Over From Under Armour At UCLA

After months of uncertainty following Under Armour’s move to end its contract four years into a 15-year deal worth $280 million, UCLA found a new player when it signed a six-year partnership that makes Nike’s Jordan Brand the official athletic footwear, apparel and equipment provider for...

Varsity Spirit Founder Stepping Down, Headed to International Cheer Union

Jeff Webb, the man credited with helping to grow the sport of cheerleading in America in his role as founder and chairman of Varsity Spirit, is stepping away from the company he founded to shift his focus to growing cheer globally through his role as president of the International Cheer Union.

ESPN And Under Armour Funding Effort to Transform Vacant Spaces into Play Spaces

ESPN and Under Armour, in conjunction with the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), will be working with four new communities that are eligible for grants through the RePlay initiative, which helps kids “play on” by transforming vacant lots into community spaces for sports and recreation.

Bison Renews Partnership With NFHS

Extending its commitment to collegiate sports, Bison has renewed its corporate partnership with the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS). As a part of the new three-year agreement, Bison and its gym equipment division, IPI by Bison, will continue as...

Stahls’ Holding An ‘Online T-Shirt Printing Extravaganza’

Three days of free, virtual online printing sessions for T-shirt decorators at any stage of their business are being offered by Stahls’ in the “Heat Press for Profit LIVE” goes live January 5-7, 2021. More than a dozen classes, a few for beginners, and more for the advanced printers...

On My Mind … Goodbye, So Long and Amen to 2020

It’s that time of year again and never, ever before have I been so eager to turn the page on the calendar to a new year. Not that January 1 is going to all of a sudden magically cure all of the team industry’s ills, but at least we won’t have to look at that wretched number – 2020 – every day again.

Obituary: Jim Keen, 79

Jim Keen, Sr., one of the icons of the wrestling scene in the U.S. for decades, passed away November 24 at home, surrounded by his wife, children and grandchildren. He was 79 years old. Keen, of Ann Arbor, MI, was born September 9, 1941, the son of Clifford Patrick Keen and...

NFHS Providing Resource on Winter Sports in America

With the situation in most states changing almost daily, team dealers are now able to stay on top of developments in winter sports in high schools in their regions through an invaluable resource being provided by the National Federation of High School Sports Associations (NFHS).

NCAA Reclassifies Lacrosse as “Intermediate” COVID Risk

In a move that could go a long way to playing a season next year, the NCAA has reclassified men’s and women’s lacrosse as sports with intermediate risk for COVID-19 transmission in its return-to-play guidelines, encouraging news especially as US Lacrosse lobbies the NFHS...

Pop Warner and NFL Team Up To Further Coaching and Player Education Amid Pandemic

As youth coaches and players look to find ways to continue their development throughout the year and during the pandemic, Pop Warner, the nation’s oldest youth football organization, is partnering with the NFL to promote proper playing fundamentals.

NSGA Moves 2021 Management Conference & Team Dealer Summit to September

In a decision welcomed by an industry looking to make sure it can get together in person at some point in 2021, the National Sporting Goods Association (NSGA) has moved the dates of the 2021 Management Conference & Team Dealer Summit to September 26-28, 2021 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort...

Read More

Schutt, Adams and Other Team Brands Sold To Innovatus Capital Partners

With plans to consolidate hard goods suppliers to the team business under one corporate umbrella, Innovatus Capital Partners recently acquired Kranos Corporation’s assets, IP and brands, which include Schutt, ProGear Shoulder Pads, Tucci Bats, Hollywood Bases and Adams USA.

Read More

SFIA Releases 2020 Trends in Team Sports Report

In a year unlike any other, there were still team sports being played — albeit in a very different, scaled-down environment. Nevertheless, even though many of the numbers are obsolete because of the radical changes in participation in 2020 brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, a recent report...

Read More

USA Football Introduces Coach, Education And League Leadership Advisory Councils

Striving to provide the organization with leadership and assistance in its efforts to create, maintain and deliver resources and support to youth football leagues and coaches, USA Football has formed Coach, Education and League Leadership advisory councils with the goal of...

Read More

Sports Fans Unsure of Whether Playing Indoor Sports Is a Good Idea

Schools in most states are playing winter sports indoors and professional leagues are attempting their own regular seasons, but a recent NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist Poll with the Center for Sports Communication at Marist College finds that 56 percent of American sports fans believe...

Read More

Team Insight

EXTRA Archives

Varsity Spirit Founder Stepping Down, Headed to International Cheer Union

Jeff Webb, the man credited with helping to grow the sport of cheerleading in America in his role as founder and chairman of Varsity Spirit, is stepping away from the company he founded to shift his focus to growing cheer globally through his role as president of the International Cheer Union.

ESPN And Under Armour Funding Effort to Transform Vacant Spaces into Play Spaces

ESPN and Under Armour, in conjunction with the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), will be working with four new communities that are eligible for grants through the RePlay initiative, which helps kids “play on” by transforming vacant lots into community spaces for sports and recreation.

Bison Renews Partnership With NFHS

Extending its commitment to collegiate sports, Bison has renewed its corporate partnership with the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS). As a part of the new three-year agreement, Bison and its gym equipment division, IPI by Bison, will continue as...

Stahls’ Holding An ‘Online T-Shirt Printing Extravaganza’

Three days of free, virtual online printing sessions for T-shirt decorators at any stage of their business are being offered by Stahls’ in the “Heat Press for Profit LIVE” goes live January 5-7, 2021. More than a dozen classes, a few for beginners, and more for the advanced printers...

On My Mind … Goodbye, So Long and Amen to 2020

It’s that time of year again and never, ever before have I been so eager to turn the page on the calendar to a new year. Not that January 1 is going to all of a sudden magically cure all of the team industry’s ills, but at least we won’t have to look at that wretched number – 2020 – every day again.

Obituary: Jim Keen, 79

Jim Keen, Sr., one of the icons of the wrestling scene in the U.S. for decades, passed away November 24 at home, surrounded by his wife, children and grandchildren. He was 79 years old. Keen, of Ann Arbor, MI, was born September 9, 1941, the son of Clifford Patrick Keen and...

NFHS Providing Resource on Winter Sports in America

With the situation in most states changing almost daily, team dealers are now able to stay on top of developments in winter sports in high schools in their regions through an invaluable resource being provided by the National Federation of High School Sports Associations (NFHS).

NCAA Reclassifies Lacrosse as “Intermediate” COVID Risk

In a move that could go a long way to playing a season next year, the NCAA has reclassified men’s and women’s lacrosse as sports with intermediate risk for COVID-19 transmission in its return-to-play guidelines, encouraging news especially as US Lacrosse lobbies the NFHS...

Pop Warner and NFL Team Up To Further Coaching and Player Education Amid Pandemic

As youth coaches and players look to find ways to continue their development throughout the year and during the pandemic, Pop Warner, the nation’s oldest youth football organization, is partnering with the NFL to promote proper playing fundamentals.

TeamSnap Expands Partnership With Positive Coaching Alliance

TeamSnap is expanding its nine-year partnership with the Positive Coaching Alliance. The expanded partnership is part of TeamSnap’s $1 million commitment to improving access to sport for underserved youth athletes. Going forward, the sport management platform will provide funding and...

NSGA Moves 2021 Management Conference & Team Dealer Summit to September

In a decision welcomed by an industry looking to make sure it can get together in person at some point in 2021, the National Sporting Goods Association (NSGA) has moved the dates of the 2021 Management Conference & Team Dealer Summit to September 26-28, 2021 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort...

Read More

Schutt, Adams and Other Team Brands Sold To Innovatus Capital Partners

With plans to consolidate hard goods suppliers to the team business under one corporate umbrella, Innovatus Capital Partners recently acquired Kranos Corporation’s assets, IP and brands, which include Schutt, ProGear Shoulder Pads, Tucci Bats, Hollywood Bases and Adams USA.

Read More

SFIA Releases 2020 Trends in Team Sports Report

In a year unlike any other, there were still team sports being played — albeit in a very different, scaled-down environment. Nevertheless, even though many of the numbers are obsolete because of the radical changes in participation in 2020 brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, a recent report...

Read More

USA Football Introduces Coach, Education And League Leadership Advisory Councils

Striving to provide the organization with leadership and assistance in its efforts to create, maintain and deliver resources and support to youth football leagues and coaches, USA Football has formed Coach, Education and League Leadership advisory councils with the goal of...

Read More

Sports Fans Unsure of Whether Playing Indoor Sports Is a Good Idea

Schools in most states are playing winter sports indoors and professional leagues are attempting their own regular seasons, but a recent NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist Poll with the Center for Sports Communication at Marist College finds that 56 percent of American sports fans believe...

Read More

Team Insight

EXTRA Archives

NFHS Expects All States To Be Playing High School Sports in 2021

We can honestly start out with some good news in this first TeamInsightExtra of 2021, as National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) executive director Dr. Karissa Niehoff says she fully expects high school sports to be played in every state in America this year.

Read More

NSGA Moves 2021 Management Conference & Team Dealer Summit to September

In a decision welcomed by an industry looking to make sure it can get together in person at some point in 2021, the National Sporting Goods Association (NSGA) has moved the dates of the 2021 Management Conference & Team Dealer Summit to September 26-28, 2021 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort...

Read More

Schutt, Adams and Other Team Brands Sold To Innovatus Capital Partners

With plans to consolidate hard goods suppliers to the team business under one corporate umbrella, Innovatus Capital Partners recently acquired Kranos Corporation’s assets, IP and brands, which include Schutt, ProGear Shoulder Pads, Tucci Bats, Hollywood Bases and Adams USA.

Read More

SFIA Releases 2020 Trends in Team Sports Report

In a year unlike any other, there were still team sports being played — albeit in a very different, scaled-down environment. Nevertheless, even though many of the numbers are obsolete because of the radical changes in participation in 2020 brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, a recent report...

Read More

USA Football Introduces Coach, Education And League Leadership Advisory Councils

Striving to provide the organization with leadership and assistance in its efforts to create, maintain and deliver resources and support to youth football leagues and coaches, USA Football has formed Coach, Education and League Leadership advisory councils with the goal of...

Read More

Sports Fans Unsure of Whether Playing Indoor Sports Is a Good Idea

Schools in most states are playing winter sports indoors and professional leagues are attempting their own regular seasons, but a recent NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist Poll with the Center for Sports Communication at Marist College finds that 56 percent of American sports fans believe...

Read More

Jordan Brand Taking Over From Under Armour At UCLA

After months of uncertainty following Under Armour’s move to end its contract four years into a 15-year deal worth $280 million, UCLA found a new player when it signed a six-year partnership that makes Nike’s Jordan Brand the official athletic footwear, apparel and equipment provider for...

Read More

Varsity Spirit Founder Stepping Down, Headed to International Cheer Union

Jeff Webb, the man credited with helping to grow the sport of cheerleading in America in his role as founder and chairman of Varsity Spirit, is stepping away from the company he founded to shift his focus to growing cheer globally through his role as president of the International Cheer Union.

Read More

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