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Football is back. It is back with youngsters in local youth leagues on Saturdays. It is back at varsity high school games on Friday nights. It’s back with colleges on weekends. And its back with the pros on seemingly every day of the week.But football is most certainly not completely back to normal.

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Flagging the Future

With increased safety concerns still impacting participation in tackle football, flag football continues to make strides in terms of popularity and participation in the U.S., especially with females.

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Forward Pass

Football is back. It is back with youngsters in local youth leagues on Saturdays. It is back at varsity high school games on Friday nights. It’s back with colleges on weekends. And its back with the pros on seemingly every day of the week.But football is most certainly not completely back to normal.

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Kicking It In

Soccer is somewhat like the Eveready battery — it takes a lickin’ and keeps on tickin’. Or in this case, keeps on kickin’. That is perhaps the best way to describe how the sport has navigated the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Broken Chain

A slow boat to China used to conjure images of the longest trip imaginable, but these days the idiom can be reversed, referring to extensive delays of container ships that are traveling from Asia to U.S. ports, arriving only to sit at anchor sometimes for weeks waiting to be unloaded.

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Lofty Goals

Supply chain issues and new technology are on the minds of goals/nets suppliers in 2022.

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Avail Is On Its Way

A technology called Avail, a cloud-based ERP system developed by team dealers for team dealers, is being introduced with the simple goal to, in the words of Avail VP-sales Brian Hensen, “connect the entire team sports industry.”

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Champro’s Hunt, Two Others Elected to Hall of Fame

Bill Hunt, who founded Champro in 1986 and has turned it into one of the largest and most important equipment and apparel suppliers to team dealers, is among the three inductees in the Class of 2022 of the Sporting Goods Industry Hall of Fame.

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Pickleball Central Receives Private Equity Investment

Yes, it appears as if pickleball is here to stay and team dealers should pay attention to it. For proof they need to look no further than the news that a company called Pickleball Central has received a majority investment from Dallas, TX-based investment firm Dundon Capital Partners LLC.

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NOCSAE Boys’ Lacrosse Pad Standard Still in Effect

The 2022 boys’ high school lacrosse season is just around the corner and in anticipation USA Lacrosse and the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) recently issued a statement regarding the implementation of shoulder pads for boys’ field players being designed for...

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Bauer Awards Retailers of the Year

Gerrells Sports Center and the Hockey Shop Source For Sports were recently presented with the Bauer Specialty Retailer of the Year award at the annual Bauer World event in Miami, FL.

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Reebok Getting Support From JD Group

It seems as if the Reebok brand just won’t go away. After being acquired by Authentic Brands Group (ABG) from Adidas in August, the brand recently announced a new strategic partnership with the JD Group (JD) that assures that JD will carry Reebok apparel and footwear in more than...

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BSN Acquires Team Sports Ink

Team Sports Ink, located in Carson City, NV, is the first acquisition of 2022 by BSN Sports. Founded in 1999, Team Sports Ink serves the greater Reno youth and high school athletic markets. Joining BSN Sports will be current owner and founder Butch Cattanach and his son-in-law Carl Baker...

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Champro’s Hunt, Two Others Elected to Hall of Fame

Bill Hunt, who founded Champro in 1986 and has turned it into one of the largest and most important equipment and apparel suppliers to team dealers, is among the three inductees in the Class of 2022 of the Sporting Goods Industry Hall of Fame.

Pickleball Central Receives Private Equity Investment

Yes, it appears as if pickleball is here to stay and team dealers should pay attention to it. For proof they need to look no further than the news that a company called Pickleball Central has received a majority investment from Dallas, TX-based investment firm Dundon Capital Partners LLC.

NOCSAE Boys’ Lacrosse Pad Standard Still in Effect

The 2022 boys’ high school lacrosse season is just around the corner and in anticipation USA Lacrosse and the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) recently issued a statement regarding the implementation of shoulder pads for boys’ field players being designed for...

Bauer Awards Retailers of the Year

Gerrells Sports Center and the Hockey Shop Source For Sports were recently presented with the Bauer Specialty Retailer of the Year award at the annual Bauer World event in Miami, FL.

Reebok Getting Support From JD Group

It seems as if the Reebok brand just won’t go away. After being acquired by Authentic Brands Group (ABG) from Adidas in August, the brand recently announced a new strategic partnership with the JD Group (JD) that assures that JD will carry Reebok apparel and footwear in more than...

BSN Acquires Team Sports Ink

Team Sports Ink, located in Carson City, NV, is the first acquisition of 2022 by BSN Sports. Founded in 1999, Team Sports Ink serves the greater Reno youth and high school athletic markets. Joining BSN Sports will be current owner and founder Butch Cattanach and his son-in-law Carl Baker...

Gammon Named Cap America CEO

Mark Gammon, currently Cap America president and COO, has been appointed CEO for the organization. Gammon will assume the new role on January 1, 2022, the start of their new fiscal year. Cap America is a global organization employing 400 people.

CCM Hockey Merging With Jackson Ultima And Atom

In a significant move involving hockey suppliers, Sport Maska, the Montreal-based owner of the CCM Hockey brand, has acquired Tournament Sports Marketing, the owner of the Jackson Ultima and Atom brands.

Obituary: NSGA’s Paul Prince

Paul Prince, who was a prominent figure at the National Sporting Goods Association (NSGA) and in the sporting goods industry for four decades, passed away after a battle with cancer on December 14, 2021. Prince was 82.

Partnerships: Play It Again/USA Hockey; SquadLocker/rSchool

Two recently announced partnerships should be of interest to team dealers. Winmark, through its Play It Again Sports unit, is now the official resale partner of USA Hockey and also an official partner of the organization.

Pickleball Central Receives Private Equity Investment

Yes, it appears as if pickleball is here to stay and team dealers should pay attention to it. For proof they need to look no further than the news that a company called Pickleball Central has received a majority investment from Dallas, TX-based investment firm Dundon Capital Partners LLC.

Read More

NOCSAE Boys’ Lacrosse Pad Standard Still in Effect

The 2022 boys’ high school lacrosse season is just around the corner and in anticipation USA Lacrosse and the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) recently issued a statement regarding the implementation of shoulder pads for boys’ field players being designed for...

Read More

Bauer Awards Retailers of the Year

Gerrells Sports Center and the Hockey Shop Source For Sports were recently presented with the Bauer Specialty Retailer of the Year award at the annual Bauer World event in Miami, FL.

Read More

Reebok Getting Support From JD Group

It seems as if the Reebok brand just won’t go away. After being acquired by Authentic Brands Group (ABG) from Adidas in August, the brand recently announced a new strategic partnership with the JD Group (JD) that assures that JD will carry Reebok apparel and footwear in more than...

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BSN Acquires Team Sports Ink

Team Sports Ink, located in Carson City, NV, is the first acquisition of 2022 by BSN Sports. Founded in 1999, Team Sports Ink serves the greater Reno youth and high school athletic markets. Joining BSN Sports will be current owner and founder Butch Cattanach and his son-in-law Carl Baker...

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CCM Hockey Merging With Jackson Ultima And Atom

In a significant move involving hockey suppliers, Sport Maska, the Montreal-based owner of the CCM Hockey brand, has acquired Tournament Sports Marketing, the owner of the Jackson Ultima and Atom brands.

Obituary: NSGA’s Paul Prince

Paul Prince, who was a prominent figure at the National Sporting Goods Association (NSGA) and in the sporting goods industry for four decades, passed away after a battle with cancer on December 14, 2021. Prince was 82.

Partnerships: Play It Again/USA Hockey; SquadLocker/rSchool

Two recently announced partnerships should be of interest to team dealers. Winmark, through its Play It Again Sports unit, is now the official resale partner of USA Hockey and also an official partner of the organization.

BSN Acquires Winning Streak

In perhaps its final 2021 acquisition (although you can never tell!) BSN Sports has acquired Winning Streak, based in Dupo, IL. Winning Streak has served the greater St. Louis and Chicago team sporting goods market since 2003.

On My Mind … Final Thoughts for 2021

Wow, the final Team Insight Extra issue of 2021! In case you hadn’t been paying attention, it has been quite an active year and we have been here to cover it in 24 issues of TMX that complement our regular bi-monthly issues of Team Insight.

A Look at Important Rules Changes for 2022

After a year of very few rule changes due to the COVID-19 disruption of entire seasons, the governing bodies of youth sports in America are making up for lost time with a number of changes for the 2022 season.

Pop Warner Football Returns to ‘Normal’

A year ago, the Pop Warner Football experience was not business as usual. Some local Pop Warner leagues played a limited schedule, some local leagues were delayed until spring 2021, and some local leagues cancelled their fall 2020 season altogether.

NSGA Management Conference Scholarships Available

Team dealers interested in attending the 2022 NSGA Management Conference and Team Dealer Summit, May 22-24, 2022 at the JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa in Scottsdale, AZ, are encouraged to apply for scholarships that include the conference registration fee plus accommodations.

Nike Partners With Roblox On Virtual World

We are not quite sure what to make of this – or its impact on team dealers – but the story weas too much a sign of the times to pass up. It seems that Nike, in a partnership with a company called, Roblox, is creating a virtual world called NIKELAND (yes, ALL CAPS!).

Tultex Parent Acquired By S&S Activewear

In a deal between two competitors in the activewear apparel space, S&S Activewear has completed its acquisition of TSC Apparel, the parent of Tultex. Founded in 1976 and headquartered in Cincinnati, OH, TSC is a national B2B distributor of imprintable apparel products and accessories.

Pickleball Central Receives Private Equity Investment

Yes, it appears as if pickleball is here to stay and team dealers should pay attention to it. For proof they need to look no further than the news that a company called Pickleball Central has received a majority investment from Dallas, TX-based investment firm Dundon Capital Partners LLC.

Read More

NOCSAE Boys’ Lacrosse Pad Standard Still in Effect

The 2022 boys’ high school lacrosse season is just around the corner and in anticipation USA Lacrosse and the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) recently issued a statement regarding the implementation of shoulder pads for boys’ field players being designed for...

Read More

Bauer Awards Retailers of the Year

Gerrells Sports Center and the Hockey Shop Source For Sports were recently presented with the Bauer Specialty Retailer of the Year award at the annual Bauer World event in Miami, FL.

Read More

Reebok Getting Support From JD Group

It seems as if the Reebok brand just won’t go away. After being acquired by Authentic Brands Group (ABG) from Adidas in August, the brand recently announced a new strategic partnership with the JD Group (JD) that assures that JD will carry Reebok apparel and footwear in more than...

Read More

BSN Acquires Team Sports Ink

Team Sports Ink, located in Carson City, NV, is the first acquisition of 2022 by BSN Sports. Founded in 1999, Team Sports Ink serves the greater Reno youth and high school athletic markets. Joining BSN Sports will be current owner and founder Butch Cattanach and his son-in-law Carl Baker...

Read More

Team Insight

EXTRA Archives

Champro’s Hunt, Two Others Elected to Hall of Fame

Bill Hunt, who founded Champro in 1986 and has turned it into one of the largest and most important equipment and apparel suppliers to team dealers, is among the three inductees in the Class of 2022 of the Sporting Goods Industry Hall of Fame.

Read More

Pickleball Central Receives Private Equity Investment

Yes, it appears as if pickleball is here to stay and team dealers should pay attention to it. For proof they need to look no further than the news that a company called Pickleball Central has received a majority investment from Dallas, TX-based investment firm Dundon Capital Partners LLC.

Read More

NOCSAE Boys’ Lacrosse Pad Standard Still in Effect

The 2022 boys’ high school lacrosse season is just around the corner and in anticipation USA Lacrosse and the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) recently issued a statement regarding the implementation of shoulder pads for boys’ field players being designed for...

Read More

Bauer Awards Retailers of the Year

Gerrells Sports Center and the Hockey Shop Source For Sports were recently presented with the Bauer Specialty Retailer of the Year award at the annual Bauer World event in Miami, FL.

Read More

Reebok Getting Support From JD Group

It seems as if the Reebok brand just won’t go away. After being acquired by Authentic Brands Group (ABG) from Adidas in August, the brand recently announced a new strategic partnership with the JD Group (JD) that assures that JD will carry Reebok apparel and footwear in more than...

Read More

BSN Acquires Team Sports Ink

Team Sports Ink, located in Carson City, NV, is the first acquisition of 2022 by BSN Sports. Founded in 1999, Team Sports Ink serves the greater Reno youth and high school athletic markets. Joining BSN Sports will be current owner and founder Butch Cattanach and his son-in-law Carl Baker...

Read More

Gammon Named Cap America CEO

Mark Gammon, currently Cap America president and COO, has been appointed CEO for the organization. Gammon will assume the new role on January 1, 2022, the start of their new fiscal year. Cap America is a global organization employing 400 people.

Read More

CCM Hockey Merging With Jackson Ultima And Atom

In a significant move involving hockey suppliers, Sport Maska, the Montreal-based owner of the CCM Hockey brand, has acquired Tournament Sports Marketing, the owner of the Jackson Ultima and Atom brands.

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