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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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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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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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Man cannot live on bread alone. That is a tried-and-true belief passed down through the centuries. Now, in 2022, as everyone attempts to return to some sort of post-pandemic normalcy, in the world of team sports, that maxim can be expanded to say that team dealers cannot live...

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The Right Click

Team dealers have always prided themselves on their ability to create and maintain personal relationships with coaches, schools, athletic directors and other clients.

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A New Retail Opportunity

As a fast-growing sport still in its infancy, pickleball presents a unique opportunity for retailers. There are plenty of brands to work with and an influx of new players seeking product.

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The 1-On-1 Project: Allen Reynolds

Allen Reynolds, currently the Team Sales Manager at Cook’s Sporting Goods, has sold sporting goods for the past 12 years in his more than 33 years of sales experience. Team Insight caught up with him to get his insight into the state of team sports in 2022...

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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.

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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.

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Obituaries: Phil Johnson, 88; Tommy Eiserhardt, 70

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

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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.

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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. 

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Dick’s SG Launches $50 Million In-House Investment Fund

This news is something team dealers and their vendors are going to want to pay attention to — for a number of reasons. Recently big-box King of the Hill Dick’s Sporting Goods formed what it is calling DSG Ventures, which is basically a $50 million investment fund targeting sports-related companies.

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Breaking News: BSN Sports Acquires Donnelley Sports

In a move that surprised many in the team sports business because it involves the current chairman of the National Sporting Goods Association (NSGA) and a former board member of the Sports Inc. buying group, BSN Sports has acquired Donnelley Sports, located in Twin Falls, ID.

Wilson Cements Long-Term Partnership With NCAA

Solidifying its traditional role as a major supplier the NCAA, Wilson Sporting Goods has extended its well-established partnership with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) as the official ball of March Madness...

Obituary: Pat Johannsen, Johannsen’s Sporting Goods

Well-respected team dealer Pat Johannsen, who founded Johannsen’s Sporting Goods in Augusta, GA, in 1969, passed away November 8, 2022. He was 75 years old.

Major League Pickleball merges with PPA’s VIBE League

In this week’s pickleball news, two rival pickleball leagues with some well-known names financing them have joined forces.

G-Form Launches Softball Protective Gear Partnering With Sierra Romero  

G-Form, the technology-driven sports protection brand, this week unveiled its first protective equipment for women in the softball, fast-pitch category.

Alli Sports Group Adds Sportstop

Alli Sports Group, the alliance of independent teams dealers primarily in the Southeast, has added Sportstop, Little Rock, AK, to its membership group. Sportstop will be covering Arkansas and part of Mississippi.

OMG Becomes Preferred Provider of Legacy Buying Group

The Legacy Buying Group. an alliance of nine promotional marketing companies across North America, has added OrderMyGear (OMG) as a preferred service provider of online stores for the group.

Louisville Slugger Unveils Atlas One-Piece Alloy Bat

The recently released Atlas BBCOR baseball bat from Louisville Slugger offers an expanded sweet spot and decreased vibration in a one-piece alloy bat and was developed through an innovative bat design process — optimization through digital simulation to create the bat.

Recall: Goalsetter Wall-Mounted Basketball Goals

According to a recent report by the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC), approximately 18,000 Goalsetter wall-mounted basketball goals have been recalled because they could detach from the wall and fall to the ground.

Franklin Sports Partners With PicklePlay 

The latest in the world of pickleball: Franklin Sports has partnered with PicklePlay to provide exclusive discounts and new resources to users of the pickleball community app. The partnership makes Franklin the exclusive ball of the PicklePlay community, establishes discounts on Franklin gear and...

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.

Read More

Obituaries: Phil Johnson, 88; Tommy Eiserhardt, 70

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

Read More

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.

Read More

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. 

Read More

Dick’s SG Launches $50 Million In-House Investment Fund

This news is something team dealers and their vendors are going to want to pay attention to — for a number of reasons. Recently big-box King of the Hill Dick’s Sporting Goods formed what it is calling DSG Ventures, which is basically a $50 million investment fund targeting sports-related companies.

Read More

Breaking News: BSN Sports Acquires Donnelley Sports

In a move that surprised many in the team sports business because it involves the current chairman of the National Sporting Goods Association (NSGA) and a former board member of the Sports Inc. buying group, BSN Sports has acquired Donnelley Sports, located in Twin Falls, ID.

Read More

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OMG Becomes Preferred Provider of Legacy Buying Group

The Legacy Buying Group. an alliance of nine promotional marketing companies across North America, has added OrderMyGear (OMG) as a preferred service provider of online stores for the group.

Louisville Slugger Unveils Atlas One-Piece Alloy Bat

The recently released Atlas BBCOR baseball bat from Louisville Slugger offers an expanded sweet spot and decreased vibration in a one-piece alloy bat and was developed through an innovative bat design process — optimization through digital simulation to create the bat.

Recall: Goalsetter Wall-Mounted Basketball Goals

According to a recent report by the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC), approximately 18,000 Goalsetter wall-mounted basketball goals have been recalled because they could detach from the wall and fall to the ground.

Franklin Sports Partners With PicklePlay 

The latest in the world of pickleball: Franklin Sports has partnered with PicklePlay to provide exclusive discounts and new resources to users of the pickleball community app. The partnership makes Franklin the exclusive ball of the PicklePlay community, establishes discounts on Franklin gear and...

NFHS Promoting DEI in High School Sports


More than 2500 coaches, students, parents, administrators, athletic directors and others are involved in a first-of-its-kind NFHS National Book Study that began last month.

Founder Sport Group Names Stevens Senior Director

Founder Sport Group, the manufacturer of youth uniforms and collegiate fanwear, has hired Samantha Stevens as senior director–licensing and business development.

Pickleheads Debuts Court Finder for Pickleballers

More pickleball news! This time it is a company called Pickleheads, which bills itself as the number one online destination for pickleball players — sort of like Strava for pickleball.

Point3 Named Youth Basketball Outfitter For Cleveland Cavs

Point3, the apparel manufacturer, and the NBA Cleveland Cavaliers have entered into a three-year partnership to outfit all Cavalier Youth Programs. The deal comes following the Cavaliers having refreshed its brand identity this summer, which will be featured on all youth program uniforms...

CCM Hockey Partners With Professional Women’s Hockey Players Association

CCM Hockey has been named the official equipment sponsor of the Professional Women’s Hockey Players Association (PWHPA) for the upcoming season. CCM Hockey will supply helmets, protective gear, skates and sticks to players in the PWHPA’s 2022/23 games.

Outdoor Cap Names Head Of Commerce

Outdoor Cap has named Andi Pratt as head of commerce. Pratt brings over 19 years of CPG and retail sales and marketing experience to Outdoor Cap, including stints at Nestle, Coca-Cola and Oak Ridge Winery.

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.

Read More

Obituaries: Phil Johnson, 88; Tommy Eiserhardt, 70

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

Read More

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.

Read More

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. 

Read More

Dick’s SG Launches $50 Million In-House Investment Fund

This news is something team dealers and their vendors are going to want to pay attention to — for a number of reasons. Recently big-box King of the Hill Dick’s Sporting Goods formed what it is calling DSG Ventures, which is basically a $50 million investment fund targeting sports-related companies.

Read More

Breaking News: BSN Sports Acquires Donnelley Sports

In a move that surprised many in the team sports business because it involves the current chairman of the National Sporting Goods Association (NSGA) and a former board member of the Sports Inc. buying group, BSN Sports has acquired Donnelley Sports, located in Twin Falls, ID.

Read More

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Obituary: Pat Johannsen, Johannsen’s Sporting Goods

Well-respected team dealer Pat Johannsen, who founded Johannsen’s Sporting Goods in Augusta, GA, in 1969, passed away November 8, 2022. He was 75 years old.

Read More

Major League Pickleball merges with PPA’s VIBE League

In this week’s pickleball news, two rival pickleball leagues with some well-known names financing them have joined forces.

Read More

G-Form Launches Softball Protective Gear Partnering With Sierra Romero  

G-Form, the technology-driven sports protection brand, this week unveiled its first protective equipment for women in the softball, fast-pitch category.

Read More

Alli Sports Group Adds Sportstop

Alli Sports Group, the alliance of independent teams dealers primarily in the Southeast, has added Sportstop, Little Rock, AK, to its membership group. Sportstop will be covering Arkansas and part of Mississippi.

Read More

OMG Becomes Preferred Provider of Legacy Buying Group

The Legacy Buying Group. an alliance of nine promotional marketing companies across North America, has added OrderMyGear (OMG) as a preferred service provider of online stores for the group.

Read More

Louisville Slugger Unveils Atlas One-Piece Alloy Bat

The recently released Atlas BBCOR baseball bat from Louisville Slugger offers an expanded sweet spot and decreased vibration in a one-piece alloy bat and was developed through an innovative bat design process — optimization through digital simulation to create the bat.

Read More

Recall: Goalsetter Wall-Mounted Basketball Goals

According to a recent report by the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC), approximately 18,000 Goalsetter wall-mounted basketball goals have been recalled because they could detach from the wall and fall to the ground.

Read More

Franklin Sports Partners With PicklePlay 

The latest in the world of pickleball: Franklin Sports has partnered with PicklePlay to provide exclusive discounts and new resources to users of the pickleball community app. The partnership makes Franklin the exclusive ball of the PicklePlay community, establishes discounts on Franklin gear and...

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