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Hot new products as girls’ and women’s sports take center stage in a challenging year. There is no shortage of new products being designed specifically for the female athlete. New for 2021 are trend-right, high-performance and good-looking gear and apparel, with some of the best...

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Diamond Gems - New Baseball Products

A lineup of new baseball products take the field for the upcoming season.

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Air Ball

Let’s put this in basketball terms that everyone can understand — for most team dealers the winter season for basketball has been an air ball. While the scorebook looks a little better in states that have been more liberal in allowing indoor sports in early 2021, most dealers are filling their...

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USA Basketball Looks Ahead

As more is being understood about the coronavirus, as vaccines become available, and once USA Basketball directors and staff believe the environment is safe, the organization intends to re-offer the types of programs it has run over the past few years.

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Winter Sports: To Play or Not To Play

As the winter sports season in America continues to take shape in various forms across America – and as professional leagues get back to their seasons with decidedly mixed results – debate remains on exactly what should be done in youth and high school sports and, most importantly to...

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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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They’re Back! Both Sports Inc. and NBS Planning In-Person Shows in June

After a year of pandemic-mandated virtual gatherings, the two major team sports buying groups plan to return to in-person shows in June in a welcome sign that the industry is returning to a sense of post-COVID normalcy. Sports Inc. will hold a physical show June 10-12...

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Baseball Strikes Out In A COVID Year

One year ago, the wonderful sounds of baseball such as the crack of the bat or the pop of a fastball into the catcher’s mitt were effectively silenced by COVID-19. Major League Baseball did not return to action until late July, youth and travel leagues had delayed starts...

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Nike Reportedly To Stop Selling To More Sporting Goods Accounts

Most team dealers not called BSN Sports will know the feeling of losing Nike as a vendor as the shoe brand continues its oft-stated strategy to rely more on its own direct-to-consumer efforts rather than the sporting goods stores and other retailers who have supported them through the years.

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Consumer Fitness Category Drives Sporting Goods Growth, Team Sports Not so Much

Despite an economic recession in 2020, the U.S. sports and fitness market, including footwear, apparel and equipment, grew by 0.6 percent in 2020. The Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA) released the 2021 Manufacturers’ Sales by Category Report last month, reporting major growth in...

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BSN Sports Acquires Dillard’s Sporting Goods

In its third team sports acquisition so far in 2021, BSN Sports has acquired Dillard’s Sporting Goods, based in Anderson, SC. A third-generation family-owned business, Dillard’s has served the regional Anderson community team sports business since its founding in 1946.

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BSN Sports and Nike Partner With Hawaii Pacific University

The Hawaii Pacific University (HPU) Athletics Department has signed a new five-year apparel partnership with Nike and BSN Sports that begins on July 1, 2021. The agreement calls for all HPU athletic programs to be outfitted by Nike and is in conjunction with BSN Sports that begins at the same time.

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Nerf Is Partnering With NFL Flag To Grow The Game

Nerf is coming to flag football through a unique partnership between Hasbro and the NFL to become the official supplier of footballs and flag belts for NFL Flag league play in the United States. The partnership represents a return to sports for the Nerf brand, which will put...

Red Eye Elephant Reviving Kren Bat

The Kren Bat Company, founded in 1913 and which sold an estimated five million bats from 1913 until 1953, has been purchased by the Red Eye Elephant Group. The new owner plans to relaunch the brand in Spring 2022, which some bats to preview this spring.

BSN Sports Acquires Sports Plus In Tennessee

In its second early 2021 acquisition, BSN Sports has acquired Sports Plus, based in Tullahoma, TN, and its owner Joe Barstad has joined the company. Barstad had owned and operated Sports Plus since founding the business in 1997 and he received the...

Brine To Focus Solely on Girls’ Lacrosse

In a move that both expands its reach into women’s lacrosse while solving an internal product conflict, Brine is rebranding itself exclusively as a women’s equipment manufacturer and will no longer make men’s lacrosse gear. Fittingly, it made the announcement on March 8, International Women’s Day.

Wilson Unveils New Design for WNBA Game Ball

In partnership with the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA), Wilson Sporting Goods recently unveiled the league’s new official game ball before the start of the milestone 25th WNBA season.

SKLZ Enters Lacrosse Market

There’s a new player in the lacrosse training business as SKLZ has unveiled two lacrosse training products — the Quickster Lacrosse Goal and the Universal Shooting Targets.

BSN Sports Acquires Shively Sporting Goods

BSN Sports last month acquired Shively Sporting Goods, based in Louisville, KY. Founded by Bob Flanders in 1968, Shively’s was the largest independent sporting goods dealer in Kentucky. Flanders’ children, Trisha Morrison and Mike Flanders, will join BSN Sports as part of this acquisition...

Matt Kaplan Appointed OrderMyGear President

Industry veteran Matt Kaplan has been appointed as the first president at OrderMyGear (OMG), where he will lead OMG’s global sales organization, account management, brand partnerships and marketing in this newly created role. Under his leadership for the past three years...

Trigon Sports Acquires Practice Partner

Trigon Sports has acquired the assets, supply chain and customer base of Practice Partner, located in Wilmington, NC. The merged business will operate out of Memphis, TN. The combined entities will bring additional depth to the existing ProCage/Trigon Sports product line and expand its network of...

Under Armour Halves Its Sponsorship Commitments

In a continuing sign of its financial challenges, Under Armour is reducing its much-ballyhooed sponsorship commitments by as much as 47 percent to $361.6 million in 2020 from $679.1 million in 2019, according to its recently released annual report.

Baseball Strikes Out In A COVID Year

One year ago, the wonderful sounds of baseball such as the crack of the bat or the pop of a fastball into the catcher’s mitt were effectively silenced by COVID-19. Major League Baseball did not return to action until late July, youth and travel leagues had delayed starts...

Read More

Nike Reportedly To Stop Selling To More Sporting Goods Accounts

Most team dealers not called BSN Sports will know the feeling of losing Nike as a vendor as the shoe brand continues its oft-stated strategy to rely more on its own direct-to-consumer efforts rather than the sporting goods stores and other retailers who have supported them through the years.

Read More

Consumer Fitness Category Drives Sporting Goods Growth, Team Sports Not so Much

Despite an economic recession in 2020, the U.S. sports and fitness market, including footwear, apparel and equipment, grew by 0.6 percent in 2020. The Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA) released the 2021 Manufacturers’ Sales by Category Report last month, reporting major growth in...

Read More

BSN Sports Acquires Dillard’s Sporting Goods

In its third team sports acquisition so far in 2021, BSN Sports has acquired Dillard’s Sporting Goods, based in Anderson, SC. A third-generation family-owned business, Dillard’s has served the regional Anderson community team sports business since its founding in 1946.

Read More

BSN Sports and Nike Partner With Hawaii Pacific University

The Hawaii Pacific University (HPU) Athletics Department has signed a new five-year apparel partnership with Nike and BSN Sports that begins on July 1, 2021. The agreement calls for all HPU athletic programs to be outfitted by Nike and is in conjunction with BSN Sports that begins at the same time.

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Nerf Is Partnering With NFL Flag To Grow The Game

Nerf is coming to flag football through a unique partnership between Hasbro and the NFL to become the official supplier of footballs and flag belts for NFL Flag league play in the United States. The partnership represents a return to sports for the Nerf brand, which will put...

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Matt Kaplan Appointed OrderMyGear President

Industry veteran Matt Kaplan has been appointed as the first president at OrderMyGear (OMG), where he will lead OMG’s global sales organization, account management, brand partnerships and marketing in this newly created role. Under his leadership for the past three years...

Trigon Sports Acquires Practice Partner

Trigon Sports has acquired the assets, supply chain and customer base of Practice Partner, located in Wilmington, NC. The merged business will operate out of Memphis, TN. The combined entities will bring additional depth to the existing ProCage/Trigon Sports product line and expand its network of...

Under Armour Halves Its Sponsorship Commitments

In a continuing sign of its financial challenges, Under Armour is reducing its much-ballyhooed sponsorship commitments by as much as 47 percent to $361.6 million in 2020 from $679.1 million in 2019, according to its recently released annual report.

Page’s Clarksville Sporting Goods To Close

The COVID-19 pandemic has claimed another team dealer casualty as Page’s Clarksville Sporting Goods, Clarksville, TN, will be going out of business on March 15. According to a report in the local Clarksville Now by writer Neil Rye, the local sporting goods store has been a staple in...

Scholarship Applications Open for NSGA Management Conference and Team Dealer Summit

Team dealers and retailers interested in attending the rescheduled NSGA Management Conference and Team Dealer Summit in September should consider applying for a scholarship to the industry’s leading gathering.

LaSalle, Richmond Enter Deals With Adidas That Include ASB Sports

In unique collegiate-level deals that combine exclusive uniform rights with purchasing through a team dealer, both La Salle University and the University of Richmond have entered into multi-year partnerships with Adidas that makes the brand the official athletic footwear, apparel and...

David Beckham To Produce Adidas/Puma Sneaker Feud Documentary

Anyone wondering about how Adidas and Puma started their generations-old feud – both personal and in business – should keep an eye out for a planned new documentary fronted by British soccer star David Beckham.

Under Armour Finally Has Good Financial News

In news that can be welcomed only in a place like Wall Street, Under Armour recently reported that its sales were down three percent in the fourth quarter, but that was okay since both sales and earnings easily topped Wall Street targets.

NSGA Reviews States Requiring Masks for Spring 2021 Football

According to an excellent report from the National Sporting Goods Association (NSGA) and initially reported in its NSGA Scoreboard newsletter this week, there are 15 states and Washington D.C., planning or still hoping to have a spring high school football season.

Augusta Named Official Uniform Supplier of Babe Ruth Baseball and Cal Ripken Baseball

In a significant partnership in youth baseball, Augusta Sportswear Brands has been named the Official Uniform Supplier for Babe Ruth Baseball and Cal Ripken Baseball. Augusta Sportswear Brands, whose brands include Russell Athletic, Holloway and Pacific Headwear...

Baseball Strikes Out In A COVID Year

One year ago, the wonderful sounds of baseball such as the crack of the bat or the pop of a fastball into the catcher’s mitt were effectively silenced by COVID-19. Major League Baseball did not return to action until late July, youth and travel leagues had delayed starts...

Read More

Nike Reportedly To Stop Selling To More Sporting Goods Accounts

Most team dealers not called BSN Sports will know the feeling of losing Nike as a vendor as the shoe brand continues its oft-stated strategy to rely more on its own direct-to-consumer efforts rather than the sporting goods stores and other retailers who have supported them through the years.

Read More

Consumer Fitness Category Drives Sporting Goods Growth, Team Sports Not so Much

Despite an economic recession in 2020, the U.S. sports and fitness market, including footwear, apparel and equipment, grew by 0.6 percent in 2020. The Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA) released the 2021 Manufacturers’ Sales by Category Report last month, reporting major growth in...

Read More

BSN Sports Acquires Dillard’s Sporting Goods

In its third team sports acquisition so far in 2021, BSN Sports has acquired Dillard’s Sporting Goods, based in Anderson, SC. A third-generation family-owned business, Dillard’s has served the regional Anderson community team sports business since its founding in 1946.

Read More

BSN Sports and Nike Partner With Hawaii Pacific University

The Hawaii Pacific University (HPU) Athletics Department has signed a new five-year apparel partnership with Nike and BSN Sports that begins on July 1, 2021. The agreement calls for all HPU athletic programs to be outfitted by Nike and is in conjunction with BSN Sports that begins at the same time.

Read More

Nerf Is Partnering With NFL Flag To Grow The Game

Nerf is coming to flag football through a unique partnership between Hasbro and the NFL to become the official supplier of footballs and flag belts for NFL Flag league play in the United States. The partnership represents a return to sports for the Nerf brand, which will put...

Read More

Team Insight

EXTRA Archives

They’re Back! Both Sports Inc. and NBS Planning In-Person Shows in June

After a year of pandemic-mandated virtual gatherings, the two major team sports buying groups plan to return to in-person shows in June in a welcome sign that the industry is returning to a sense of post-COVID normalcy. Sports Inc. will hold a physical show June 10-12...

Read More

Baseball Strikes Out In A COVID Year

One year ago, the wonderful sounds of baseball such as the crack of the bat or the pop of a fastball into the catcher’s mitt were effectively silenced by COVID-19. Major League Baseball did not return to action until late July, youth and travel leagues had delayed starts...

Read More

Nike Reportedly To Stop Selling To More Sporting Goods Accounts

Most team dealers not called BSN Sports will know the feeling of losing Nike as a vendor as the shoe brand continues its oft-stated strategy to rely more on its own direct-to-consumer efforts rather than the sporting goods stores and other retailers who have supported them through the years.

Read More

Consumer Fitness Category Drives Sporting Goods Growth, Team Sports Not so Much

Despite an economic recession in 2020, the U.S. sports and fitness market, including footwear, apparel and equipment, grew by 0.6 percent in 2020. The Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA) released the 2021 Manufacturers’ Sales by Category Report last month, reporting major growth in...

Read More

BSN Sports Acquires Dillard’s Sporting Goods

In its third team sports acquisition so far in 2021, BSN Sports has acquired Dillard’s Sporting Goods, based in Anderson, SC. A third-generation family-owned business, Dillard’s has served the regional Anderson community team sports business since its founding in 1946.

Read More

BSN Sports and Nike Partner With Hawaii Pacific University

The Hawaii Pacific University (HPU) Athletics Department has signed a new five-year apparel partnership with Nike and BSN Sports that begins on July 1, 2021. The agreement calls for all HPU athletic programs to be outfitted by Nike and is in conjunction with BSN Sports that begins at the same time.

Read More

Nerf Is Partnering With NFL Flag To Grow The Game

Nerf is coming to flag football through a unique partnership between Hasbro and the NFL to become the official supplier of footballs and flag belts for NFL Flag league play in the United States. The partnership represents a return to sports for the Nerf brand, which will put...

Read More

Red Eye Elephant Reviving Kren Bat

The Kren Bat Company, founded in 1913 and which sold an estimated five million bats from 1913 until 1953, has been purchased by the Red Eye Elephant Group. The new owner plans to relaunch the brand in Spring 2022, which some bats to preview this spring.

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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