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High School Sports are Special

While the major sports of football, baseball, softball and basketball continue to grab the most headlines and attention at high schools across America, participation is thriving in the so-called specialty sports in every corner of the country.

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State of America's Games

At all levels of play baseball and fast-pitch softball remain an integral part of the youth sporting scene in America. Sure, they all face their challenges in participation and product availability...

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Head-Aches

Delayed seasons, cancelled games, sick players, unavailable fields and, capping it all off, supply chain disruptions all made for a unique past year for the team headwear business.

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Bank Shots

Oh, for the good old days of 2019. Prior to the pandemic, basketball was enjoying steady growth, but once the crisis set in during 2020-2021 the game experienced a more than two percent dip in participation, according to the SFIA’s 2022 Basketball Single Sport Report.

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It's Hot Out There!

Wilson’s 2023 A2K lineup brings six premium gloves to the diamond, offering patterns designed for professional-caliber players across all positions, including a new look for the brand’s classic A2K made with Pro Stock Select leather consisting...

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Diversify or Disappear

The numbers clearly tell the story: 35 percent of Major League Baseball players, 74 percent of NFL players and 83 percent of NBA players are people of color. Yet the business of sporting goods is incredibly under-represented by this demographic.

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Augusta's Fire Drill

As if COVID-19 shutdowns, supply chain disruptions, runaway inflation and ever-present hiring challenges were not enough, on April 18, 2022, one of Augusta Sportswear’s four factories in Mexico was severely damaged by a fire.

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Sporting Goods Industry Hall of Fame Elects Three Innovators

The recently announced three inductees in the Class of 2023 of the Sporting Goods Industry Hall of Fame all share an innovative spirit in different segments of the industry.

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Sporting Goods Industry Hall of Fame Elects Three Innovators

The recently announced three inductees in the Class of 2023 of the Sporting Goods Industry Hall of Fame all share an innovative spirit in different segments of the industry.

Dick’s Sporting Goods Expands Resale Partnership with SidelineSwap

There’s a new competitor for team dealers in town — and they are tied in with an old, very big competitor. In a partnership that should make a lot of team dealers — and vendors – sit up and take notice, Dick’s Sporting Goods and Sideline Swap...

Fanatics Is Key Retailer for 2028 LA Olympics

Any team dealer or retailer expecting to sell Los Angeles 2028 Summer Olympics product better get an account with Fanatics because Team USA just signed a long-term agreement licensing Fanatics to manufacture and sell Olympic-branded merchandise.

Image Apparel Solutions Launches NIL Compliant Online Stores

With Name, Image and Likeness (NIL) deals sprouting up all over, Image Apparel Solutions (IAS) has spotted a business opportunity and launched an online store platform that complies with NCAA NIL regulations.

Hoop Group Acquired by 3STEP Sports

In a marriage of two youth sports organizations, 3STEP Sports, a youth sports club and event operator, has acquired Hoop Group, a grassroots youth basketball brand.

National High School Basketball Coaches Association Partners With Ballogy

The National High School Basketball Coaches Association (NHSBCA) has entered into an exclusive partnership with Ballogy, a skills assessment and development app and exposure platform for youth and amateur basketball players.

Holyoke Sporting Goods Receives Marketing Award

It’s always good to see an independent team dealer receive some recognition from the business world, so news that Holyoke Sporting Goods, located in Holyoke, MA, recently won the 2021 $30K Small Business Advertising Campaign sponsored by Marketing Doctor comes at a good time...

Wall Signs As Ambassador With McDavid

McDavid, the manufacturer of sports medicine products and Hex padded basketball apparel, recently signed an agreement with five-time NBA All-Star John Wall, who has worn McDavid’s Hex padded apparel through his pro basketball career, as a global ambassador for its Hex product line.

Soccer.com Acquired by Venture Capital Firm

Sports Endeavors, the owner of online retailer soccer.com, worldsoccershop.com and 431sports.com, has been acquired by Seawall Capital.

Badger Unveils Sweatless Line of Apparel

Combining performance with a technology message, Badger Sport last month unveiled an innovative line of stock performance apparel called Sweatless Get a Grip, a “two-in-one” design that features lightweight sweatband panels sewn into key action areas of performance garments in order to provide...

Dick’s Sporting Goods Expands Resale Partnership with SidelineSwap

There’s a new competitor for team dealers in town — and they are tied in with an old, very big competitor. In a partnership that should make a lot of team dealers — and vendors – sit up and take notice, Dick’s Sporting Goods and Sideline Swap...

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Fanatics Is Key Retailer for 2028 LA Olympics

Any team dealer or retailer expecting to sell Los Angeles 2028 Summer Olympics product better get an account with Fanatics because Team USA just signed a long-term agreement licensing Fanatics to manufacture and sell Olympic-branded merchandise.

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Image Apparel Solutions Launches NIL Compliant Online Stores

With Name, Image and Likeness (NIL) deals sprouting up all over, Image Apparel Solutions (IAS) has spotted a business opportunity and launched an online store platform that complies with NCAA NIL regulations.

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Hoop Group Acquired by 3STEP Sports

In a marriage of two youth sports organizations, 3STEP Sports, a youth sports club and event operator, has acquired Hoop Group, a grassroots youth basketball brand.

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National High School Basketball Coaches Association Partners With Ballogy

The National High School Basketball Coaches Association (NHSBCA) has entered into an exclusive partnership with Ballogy, a skills assessment and development app and exposure platform for youth and amateur basketball players.

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Wall Signs As Ambassador With McDavid

McDavid, the manufacturer of sports medicine products and Hex padded basketball apparel, recently signed an agreement with five-time NBA All-Star John Wall, who has worn McDavid’s Hex padded apparel through his pro basketball career, as a global ambassador for its Hex product line.

Soccer.com Acquired by Venture Capital Firm

Sports Endeavors, the owner of online retailer soccer.com, worldsoccershop.com and 431sports.com, has been acquired by Seawall Capital.

Badger Unveils Sweatless Line of Apparel

Combining performance with a technology message, Badger Sport last month unveiled an innovative line of stock performance apparel called Sweatless Get a Grip, a “two-in-one” design that features lightweight sweatband panels sewn into key action areas of performance garments in order to provide...

Franklin Sports Signs Pickleball Stars The Johnson Family

Strengthening its position in the growing sport of pickleball, Franklin Sports recently signed a partnership with pro pickleball players JW Johnson, Jorja Johnson and Julie Johnson. With the partnership, Franklin Sports becomes the exclusive paddle provider to the Johnson family.

New Balance Sponsoring First Division III University

In conjunction with BSN Sports, New Balance has signed an apparel deal with the Babson College Department of Athletics and Recreation, marking its first deal with a Division III school.

Nobull Becomes Latest NFL Combine Apparel Supplier

Marking another change in sponsorships, a company called Nobull has been named the National Football League’s official scouting Combine training partner and on-field supplier of apparel and headwear, effective in 2023.

NCAA Approves Double First Base, Makes Other Rule Changes

In keeping with a growing trend in both youth and higher level fast-pitch softball – and in a move that can lead to a lot of incremental sales for team dealers – the NCAA has approved a double first base experimental rule in softball for the 2022-23 academic year.

Cap America Promotes Mendenhall to Sporting Goods Supervisor

Cap America has promoted Paige Mendenhall to sporting goods supervisor. Mendenhall, who has been with Cap America since 2014, will be responsible for the company’s newest division of its customer service department.

Original Penguin Adds Pickleball Pros As Brand Ambassadors

Need more proof that pickleball is the fastest-growing sport in America? Check out this news item from a company you might not necessarily associate with team sports.

Acon Increases Stake In New Era Cap

Private equity firm Acon Investments recently closed a single-asset continuation round worth around $700 million to increase its stake in the New Era headwear brand while bringing in new backers. New investors include Apollo, GCM Grosvenor, Hamilton Lane, and Neuberger Berman.

Dick’s Sporting Goods Expands Resale Partnership with SidelineSwap

There’s a new competitor for team dealers in town — and they are tied in with an old, very big competitor. In a partnership that should make a lot of team dealers — and vendors – sit up and take notice, Dick’s Sporting Goods and Sideline Swap...

Read More

Fanatics Is Key Retailer for 2028 LA Olympics

Any team dealer or retailer expecting to sell Los Angeles 2028 Summer Olympics product better get an account with Fanatics because Team USA just signed a long-term agreement licensing Fanatics to manufacture and sell Olympic-branded merchandise.

Read More

Image Apparel Solutions Launches NIL Compliant Online Stores

With Name, Image and Likeness (NIL) deals sprouting up all over, Image Apparel Solutions (IAS) has spotted a business opportunity and launched an online store platform that complies with NCAA NIL regulations.

Read More

Hoop Group Acquired by 3STEP Sports

In a marriage of two youth sports organizations, 3STEP Sports, a youth sports club and event operator, has acquired Hoop Group, a grassroots youth basketball brand.

Read More

National High School Basketball Coaches Association Partners With Ballogy

The National High School Basketball Coaches Association (NHSBCA) has entered into an exclusive partnership with Ballogy, a skills assessment and development app and exposure platform for youth and amateur basketball players.

Read More

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Sporting Goods Industry Hall of Fame Elects Three Innovators

The recently announced three inductees in the Class of 2023 of the Sporting Goods Industry Hall of Fame all share an innovative spirit in different segments of the industry.

Read More

Dick’s Sporting Goods Expands Resale Partnership with SidelineSwap

There’s a new competitor for team dealers in town — and they are tied in with an old, very big competitor. In a partnership that should make a lot of team dealers — and vendors – sit up and take notice, Dick’s Sporting Goods and Sideline Swap...

Read More

Fanatics Is Key Retailer for 2028 LA Olympics

Any team dealer or retailer expecting to sell Los Angeles 2028 Summer Olympics product better get an account with Fanatics because Team USA just signed a long-term agreement licensing Fanatics to manufacture and sell Olympic-branded merchandise.

Read More

Image Apparel Solutions Launches NIL Compliant Online Stores

With Name, Image and Likeness (NIL) deals sprouting up all over, Image Apparel Solutions (IAS) has spotted a business opportunity and launched an online store platform that complies with NCAA NIL regulations.

Read More

Hoop Group Acquired by 3STEP Sports

In a marriage of two youth sports organizations, 3STEP Sports, a youth sports club and event operator, has acquired Hoop Group, a grassroots youth basketball brand.

Read More

National High School Basketball Coaches Association Partners With Ballogy

The National High School Basketball Coaches Association (NHSBCA) has entered into an exclusive partnership with Ballogy, a skills assessment and development app and exposure platform for youth and amateur basketball players.

Read More

Holyoke Sporting Goods Receives Marketing Award

It’s always good to see an independent team dealer receive some recognition from the business world, so news that Holyoke Sporting Goods, located in Holyoke, MA, recently won the 2021 $30K Small Business Advertising Campaign sponsored by Marketing Doctor comes at a good time...

Read More

Wall Signs As Ambassador With McDavid

McDavid, the manufacturer of sports medicine products and Hex padded basketball apparel, recently signed an agreement with five-time NBA All-Star John Wall, who has worn McDavid’s Hex padded apparel through his pro basketball career, as a global ambassador for its Hex product line.

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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