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New Playbook

Over the past two years, the pandemic left the entire team sports industry reeling, but now that the virus is finally (hopefully) entering the endemic phase, football is ready to reassert its dominance and many dealers are experiencing a welcome surge in sales.

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New Playbook

Over the past two years, the pandemic left the entire team sports industry reeling, but now that the virus is finally (hopefully) entering the endemic phase, football is ready to reassert its dominance and many dealers are experiencing a welcome surge in sales.

Read More

Going for the Goal

The Team Insight Vendor Roundtable on Goals and Nets looks at challenges and opportunities. Let’s start with the big question: How has the COVID-19 pandemic impacted your business?

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Pandemic Survival Guide: Team Dealers Talk About How They Survived COVID-19 (So Far)

As we reflect on the past two years in the world of team sports, every team dealer and sporting goods retailer has his or her own story to tell about how they and their employees coped with COVID-19 and its subsequent lockdowns, disrupted seasons, supply chain challenges and...

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Best Foot Forward

The selection of team socks for Fall ’22 continues to expand with high-tech fabrics setting the pace.

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Seeing the Light

Light Helmets, first established in 2018 as SG Helmets, was the brainchild of former racecar driver Bill Simpson, who also founded Simpson Racing and Impact. After meeting Simpson, current Light Helmets CEO Nick Esayian and a group of partners and investors purchased the assets of SG Helmets and...

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SV Sports Ups Its Team Sports Game

There’s a new player in the team sports game that is actually a totally revamped old player familiar to almost everyone in the business. It happened last year when SV Sports, formerly Schuylkill Valley Sporting Goods, was acquired by...

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Team Sports Featured in SFIA Start-Up Challenge Finalists

A number of team sports-related products are among the 10 finalists selected by the Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA) to present their companies at the 2022 SFIA Start-Up Challenge, taking place virtually on July 26, 2022.

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Easton Unveils Ghost Unlimited Fastpitch Bat

Easton Diamond Sports recently unveiled the Ghost Unlimited fastpitch bat, billed as the brand’s most advanced one-piece bat ever.

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BSN Sports Acquires Team Gear

BSN Sports earlier this month acquired I.D. Clothing Company, which does business as Team Gear, based in Whippany, NJ, supported by its in-house decoration and customization facilities.

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Obituary: Paul Reynolds, of Cook’s Sporting Goods

Paul Reynolds, who has worked at Cook's Sporting Goods for more than 40 years, passed away earlier this month. He had been in a rehab facility for the past several weeks while battling a brain tumor. He died peacefully with his family around.

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Wilson Expands Into Tennis Apparel

Although they may not sell a lot of tennis apparel, team dealers will want to know there is now a new supplier in the sport. Following its debut into sportswear a year ago, Wilson has launched a tennis-inspired apparel collection combining its heritage with modernity.

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Play It Again Sports Adds 11 Locations

Adding to its existing base of 272 stores across North America, Winmark has signed franchise agreements to add an additional 11 Play It Again Sports locations.

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Pro Leagues Supporting Passage of PHIT Act

In an unprecedented move to support exercise and healthy kids, the commissioners of the four major U.S. sports leagues – NFL, MLB, NHL and NBA – sent a joint letter to Congressional leaders asking them to help families with youth activity costs by...

Lax.com Acquires Zimagear

Lax.com, the online lacrosse specialty retailer, has acquired Zimagear to grow its creative capabilities, sublimated uniform, helmet decal and custom apparel offerings.

Alli Sports Group Expands in Louisiana

Following its Spring Sales Summit in late May hosted by Founders Sport Group, Alli Sports Group announced the newest member to the group — Red Stick Sports out of Baton Rouge, LA.

Scipio, Freeman Join NSGA Board of Directors

The National Sporting Goods Association (NSGA) made two changes to its Board of Directors with the appointments of John Scipio (SV Sports), and Troy M. Freeman (Winmark Corporation/Play It Again Sports). Their three-year terms took effect June 1. 

NFL Flag Expands To Canada

In a sign of the continued growth of flag football, NFL Flag, the official flag football program of the National Football League (NFL), has launched NFL Flag Canada and the NFL Flag Canada Regional Tournaments.

On My Mind: Takeaways from NSGA Management Conference

I recently returned from the 2022 NSGA Management Conference and Team Dealer Summit in (very) warm Scottsdale, AZ, and feel the need to share with our readers some insights from the annual gathering of the sporting goods industry.

Cap America Acquires Wear-A-Knit

Expanding its reach into new technologies and markets while increasing its domestic production capacity, Cap America this month acquired Minnesota-based custom knitwear company Wear-A-Knit. The terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

NSGA Report: Some Rebound Seen From COVID-19

Relaxed COVID-19 restrictions, which finally allowed people to return to some of their traditional activities in 2021, were reflected in the 10 segments tracked for the 2022 edition of the National Sporting Goods Association’s (NSGA) Sports Participation in the U.S. report.

Female Wrestling Uniforms Part of Rules Changes

Clarifying uniform requirements for female high school wrestlers were among the rules changes recommended by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Wrestling Rules Committee and approved by the NFHS Board of Directors for the 2022-23 season.

Rawlings And Easton Partner With D-Bat

Rawlings and Easton have entered into a multi-year agreement with Texas-based D-Bat, the baseball and softball training academy franchise.

Easton Unveils Ghost Unlimited Fastpitch Bat

Easton Diamond Sports recently unveiled the Ghost Unlimited fastpitch bat, billed as the brand’s most advanced one-piece bat ever.

Read More

BSN Sports Acquires Team Gear

BSN Sports earlier this month acquired I.D. Clothing Company, which does business as Team Gear, based in Whippany, NJ, supported by its in-house decoration and customization facilities.

Read More

Obituary: Paul Reynolds, of Cook’s Sporting Goods

Paul Reynolds, who has worked at Cook's Sporting Goods for more than 40 years, passed away earlier this month. He had been in a rehab facility for the past several weeks while battling a brain tumor. He died peacefully with his family around.

Read More

Wilson Expands Into Tennis Apparel

Although they may not sell a lot of tennis apparel, team dealers will want to know there is now a new supplier in the sport. Following its debut into sportswear a year ago, Wilson has launched a tennis-inspired apparel collection combining its heritage with modernity.

Read More

Play It Again Sports Adds 11 Locations

Adding to its existing base of 272 stores across North America, Winmark has signed franchise agreements to add an additional 11 Play It Again Sports locations.

Read More

Pro Leagues Supporting Passage of PHIT Act

In an unprecedented move to support exercise and healthy kids, the commissioners of the four major U.S. sports leagues – NFL, MLB, NHL and NBA – sent a joint letter to Congressional leaders asking them to help families with youth activity costs by...

Read More

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NSGA Report: Some Rebound Seen From COVID-19

Relaxed COVID-19 restrictions, which finally allowed people to return to some of their traditional activities in 2021, were reflected in the 10 segments tracked for the 2022 edition of the National Sporting Goods Association’s (NSGA) Sports Participation in the U.S. report.

Female Wrestling Uniforms Part of Rules Changes

Clarifying uniform requirements for female high school wrestlers were among the rules changes recommended by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Wrestling Rules Committee and approved by the NFHS Board of Directors for the 2022-23 season.

Rawlings And Easton Partner With D-Bat

Rawlings and Easton have entered into a multi-year agreement with Texas-based D-Bat, the baseball and softball training academy franchise.

United Sports Brands Acquires Pearl Izumi

United Sports Brands has acquired Pearl Izumi USA, the manufacturer of cycling apparel and accessories. Pearl Izumi will join USB’s portfolio of protective and performance sports equipment sold under the Shock Doctor, McDavid, Cutters, Nathan and Glukos brands. Terms were not disclosed.

Adidas And Foot Locker Announce Enter Strategic Partnership

Bound to have a significant impact on sporting goods retail and team sports, the recently announced partnership between Adidas and Foot Locker – built around product and deeper consumer connectivity – makes Adidas Foot Locker’s leading partner in the all-important basketball category.

Lighten up: A Conversation with Light Helmet’s CEO Nick Esayian

Light Helmets, first established in 2018 as SG Helmets, was the brainchild of former racecar driver Bill Simpson, who also founded Simpson Racing and Impact. After meeting Simpson, current Light Helmets CEO Nick Esayian and a group of partners and investors...

Skechers Signs Two Pickleball Pros

In our ongoing coverage of the involvement of major brands in the incredible growth of pickleball comes news that none other than Skechers, which recently became the official footwear sponsor of the 2022 Minto US Open Pickleball Championships, has gone ahead and signed...

Americans Divided on Whether Kids Should Play Football

Football is one of the nation’s most popular sports, but Americans differ on whether kids should play. A new study from Ohio State University, recently published in the journal Social Currents, found that about 50 percent of Americans disagree that tackle football is appropriate for kids...

MLB Partners With EL1 Sports and Diamond Kinetics

Major League Baseball recently entered into two critical youth baseball and softball partnerships with EL1 Sports (EL1) and Diamond Kinetics (DK) that aim to increase accessibility to sports training, support diversity-focused grassroots and development programs, and enhance skills through...

NFL Pushes For Flag Football In Olympics

The NFL wants to continue growing its market outside of the U.S. and the ultimate goal for the next 10 years is to attract about 50 million new international fans to the sport. Toward this end, Damani Leech, COO of NFL International, says the league is looking to...

Easton Unveils Ghost Unlimited Fastpitch Bat

Easton Diamond Sports recently unveiled the Ghost Unlimited fastpitch bat, billed as the brand’s most advanced one-piece bat ever.

Read More

BSN Sports Acquires Team Gear

BSN Sports earlier this month acquired I.D. Clothing Company, which does business as Team Gear, based in Whippany, NJ, supported by its in-house decoration and customization facilities.

Read More

Obituary: Paul Reynolds, of Cook’s Sporting Goods

Paul Reynolds, who has worked at Cook's Sporting Goods for more than 40 years, passed away earlier this month. He had been in a rehab facility for the past several weeks while battling a brain tumor. He died peacefully with his family around.

Read More

Wilson Expands Into Tennis Apparel

Although they may not sell a lot of tennis apparel, team dealers will want to know there is now a new supplier in the sport. Following its debut into sportswear a year ago, Wilson has launched a tennis-inspired apparel collection combining its heritage with modernity.

Read More

Play It Again Sports Adds 11 Locations

Adding to its existing base of 272 stores across North America, Winmark has signed franchise agreements to add an additional 11 Play It Again Sports locations.

Read More

Pro Leagues Supporting Passage of PHIT Act

In an unprecedented move to support exercise and healthy kids, the commissioners of the four major U.S. sports leagues – NFL, MLB, NHL and NBA – sent a joint letter to Congressional leaders asking them to help families with youth activity costs by...

Read More

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Alli Sports Group Expands in Louisiana

Following its Spring Sales Summit in late May hosted by Founders Sport Group, Alli Sports Group announced the newest member to the group — Red Stick Sports out of Baton Rouge, LA.

Read More

Scipio, Freeman Join NSGA Board of Directors

The National Sporting Goods Association (NSGA) made two changes to its Board of Directors with the appointments of John Scipio (SV Sports), and Troy M. Freeman (Winmark Corporation/Play It Again Sports). Their three-year terms took effect June 1. 

Read More

NFL Flag Expands To Canada

In a sign of the continued growth of flag football, NFL Flag, the official flag football program of the National Football League (NFL), has launched NFL Flag Canada and the NFL Flag Canada Regional Tournaments.

Read More

On My Mind: Takeaways from NSGA Management Conference

I recently returned from the 2022 NSGA Management Conference and Team Dealer Summit in (very) warm Scottsdale, AZ, and feel the need to share with our readers some insights from the annual gathering of the sporting goods industry.

Read More

Cap America Acquires Wear-A-Knit

Expanding its reach into new technologies and markets while increasing its domestic production capacity, Cap America this month acquired Minnesota-based custom knitwear company Wear-A-Knit. The terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

Read More

NSGA Report: Some Rebound Seen From COVID-19

Relaxed COVID-19 restrictions, which finally allowed people to return to some of their traditional activities in 2021, were reflected in the 10 segments tracked for the 2022 edition of the National Sporting Goods Association’s (NSGA) Sports Participation in the U.S. report.

Read More

Female Wrestling Uniforms Part of Rules Changes

Clarifying uniform requirements for female high school wrestlers were among the rules changes recommended by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Wrestling Rules Committee and approved by the NFHS Board of Directors for the 2022-23 season.

Read More

Rawlings And Easton Partner With D-Bat

Rawlings and Easton have entered into a multi-year agreement with Texas-based D-Bat, the baseball and softball training academy franchise.

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