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Over the past few years and lately accelerated by the pandemic, there has been a shifting dynamic in the relationship between team dealers and their vendor partners — and it’s not all for the better.

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You Go Girls! Sports in the News

Nike and the National Football League are committing $5 million in product to help grow flag football within high school athletics. This multi-year initiative will provide a one-time donation of up to $100,000 in product to state athletic associations that offer...

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Play Ball?

First, the good news: Baseball is played outdoors in the spring and summer and with built-in social distancing. But dealers should not go filling out their lineup cards just yet.Because now the not-so-good news: There’s still a pandemic raging across America, vaccinations are...

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Organized Ball

Like all team sports, baseball was certainly not spared the ravages of the COVID-19 pandemic and as a result the main governing bodies of youth baseball had their collective hands full trying to bring a sense of structure to their turbulent world of recreation and...

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Field of Dreams

Despite the looming presence of COVID-19, baseball actually continued to be played in certain parts of the country in 2020 – with increased safety protocols – by local recreation leagues, travel teams and high schools. The impact on the team business was obvious.

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Hats Off

While the baseball-style cap is strongly linked to one sport, the cap is actually as popular with fans, parents, coaches and athletes in others as well. But the majority of caps are actually worn by those who play, coach and enjoy watching baseball. That’s where the business is for team dealers.

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Hot Hoops - New Basketball Products

New looks and technology take to the hardwood.

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USA Lacrosse Teaming With NFHS To Promote Lacrosse in America

Looking to continue to grow the game at the youth level in the United States, USA Lacrosse, the governing body for lacrosse in the United States, and the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) have reaffirmed the commitment of both organizations to strengthen the...

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Rawlings and Easton Name Sales Force in Canada

As it expands and reorganizes its sales efforts in Canada, Rawlings and Easton Canada recently named Kim Sarrazin as team sales manager for all brands in the country and named a new Canadian sales force for Rawlings and Easton for Canada. The sales teams will support Miken and Worth.

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Impact of Pandemic Becomes Evident in Recent NSGA Sports Participation Report

It will come as no surprise to team dealers and their customers all the way through the sports participation chain, but the recently released NSGA 2021 Edition of its Sports Participation In The U.S. Report clearly spells out the drastic effects of COVID-19 in the 64 sports and activities tracked.

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NFHS Supports, But Has Not Yet Mandated, Use of Shot Clocks in High School Basketball

While it has not yet mandated the use of a shot clock in high school basketball, the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) has recently discussed the state association option for the use of 35-second shot clocks in basketball beginning with the 2022-23 season.

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Varsity Brands/BSN Sports Appoints Chief Information Officer

As it ramps up its technology efforts in a post-pandemic world of youth sports, Varsity Brands, the parent company of BSN Sports, Varsity Spirit and Herff Jones, has named 25-year technology veteran Edwina Payne as chief information officer. In this capacity, Payne will report to...

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NSGA Presents Virtual Seminar On ‘The Sporting Goods Rebound’

In lieu of being able to meet in person at the NSGA Management Conference and Team Dealer Summit, which was originally scheduled for this week in Naples, FL, but has been rescheduled until September 26-28, 2021 – the National Sporting Goods Association (NSGA) held a virtual conference...

Hold Off on the Shot Clock Orders: NFHS Says It Has Not Mandated Use for 2021-22

With rumors swirling around about the possible use of shot clocks in high school basketball – a potential huge new market for team dealers who sell the sport – the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) felt compelled to recently send out a memo that it has...

Lineman Helmets Approved By NFL and NFLPA

With player safety and the reduction of concussions as the goal – in this case for interior lineman – in a first-of-its-kind move the NFL and NFL Players Association (NFLPA) have approved a position-specific helmet design. According to an ESPN report, the helmet, known as...

On the High School Football Front Lines: Taking a look at the mindset of today‘s football coaches.

As part of Team Insight’s special Football 2021 coverage in the May/June issue, senior writer Mike May turned to three high school head football coaches in the U.S. to get their perspective on the state of high school football in the U.S., to discover their big-picture thoughts on the sport...

With New Administration In Place, PHIT Act Once Again Reintroduced In House

After many ups and downs in its long path towards passage – and with some impressive bipartisan support – the Personal Health Investment Today Act (PHIT) has been re-introduced in the House as H.R. 3109 by Congressman Ron Kind (D-WI), along with Representatives...

NFHS Campaign Continues to Tout Benefits of High School Football

Amidst concerns about the importance of high school football as the country reopens from the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Karissa L. Niehoff, executive director of the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), recently distributed a letter outlining the association’s efforts to...

NSGA’s ‘The Sporting Goods Rebound’ Takes Virtual Look at Issues Impacting Industry From COVID on May 19

The National Sporting Goods Association (NSGA) is holding “The Sporting Goods Rebound,” a virtual program that will look at some important issues impacting the sporting goods industry as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Under Armour Downsizes HQ Plan

Faced with financial constraints from many directions, Under Armour recently revealed plans to “reimagine” the development of its waterfront land in South Baltimore’s Port Covington as a global headquarters by 2025.

SFIA/NFHS/NCAA Hold 2021 Rules Meetings

The Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA), National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) and the NCAA held their annual rules meeting early last month (the meeting was held virtually) in a collaborative effort to coordinate rules changes in youth, high school and...

Hockey Dealers Association Partners With American Special Hockey Association

The Hockey Dealers Association (HDA), a division of the National Sporting Goods Association (NSGA), has entered into a partnership with the American Special Hockey Association (ASHA) to establish opportunities for both organizations to build connections and grow the industry.

Rawlings and Easton Name Sales Force in Canada

As it expands and reorganizes its sales efforts in Canada, Rawlings and Easton Canada recently named Kim Sarrazin as team sales manager for all brands in the country and named a new Canadian sales force for Rawlings and Easton for Canada. The sales teams will support Miken and Worth.

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Impact of Pandemic Becomes Evident in Recent NSGA Sports Participation Report

It will come as no surprise to team dealers and their customers all the way through the sports participation chain, but the recently released NSGA 2021 Edition of its Sports Participation In The U.S. Report clearly spells out the drastic effects of COVID-19 in the 64 sports and activities tracked.

Read More

NFHS Supports, But Has Not Yet Mandated, Use of Shot Clocks in High School Basketball

While it has not yet mandated the use of a shot clock in high school basketball, the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) has recently discussed the state association option for the use of 35-second shot clocks in basketball beginning with the 2022-23 season.

Read More

Varsity Brands/BSN Sports Appoints Chief Information Officer

As it ramps up its technology efforts in a post-pandemic world of youth sports, Varsity Brands, the parent company of BSN Sports, Varsity Spirit and Herff Jones, has named 25-year technology veteran Edwina Payne as chief information officer. In this capacity, Payne will report to...

Read More

NSGA Presents Virtual Seminar On ‘The Sporting Goods Rebound’

In lieu of being able to meet in person at the NSGA Management Conference and Team Dealer Summit, which was originally scheduled for this week in Naples, FL, but has been rescheduled until September 26-28, 2021 – the National Sporting Goods Association (NSGA) held a virtual conference...

Read More

Hold Off on the Shot Clock Orders: NFHS Says It Has Not Mandated Use for 2021-22

With rumors swirling around about the possible use of shot clocks in high school basketball – a potential huge new market for team dealers who sell the sport – the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) felt compelled to recently send out a memo that it has...

Read More

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Under Armour Downsizes HQ Plan

Faced with financial constraints from many directions, Under Armour recently revealed plans to “reimagine” the development of its waterfront land in South Baltimore’s Port Covington as a global headquarters by 2025.

SFIA/NFHS/NCAA Hold 2021 Rules Meetings

The Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA), National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) and the NCAA held their annual rules meeting early last month (the meeting was held virtually) in a collaborative effort to coordinate rules changes in youth, high school and...

Hockey Dealers Association Partners With American Special Hockey Association

The Hockey Dealers Association (HDA), a division of the National Sporting Goods Association (NSGA), has entered into a partnership with the American Special Hockey Association (ASHA) to establish opportunities for both organizations to build connections and grow the industry.

BSN Sports and Under Armour Partner With Delmarva Aces Baseball

BSN Sports has signed an agreement with the Delmarva Aces baseball organization, with over 40 youth and high school traveling teams in Maryland, Virginia and Delaware, to outfit its athletes and coaches in Under Armour gear beginning this summer, with access to custom fanwear and...

Wilson Enters Into Partnership With CIF-SS

Wilson Sporting Goods has entered into a five-year partnership to become the Official Championship Ball in the CIF Southern Section (CIF-SS) sports of football, boys’ and girls’ basketball and boys’ and girls’ soccer beginning with the 2021/22 school year.

Dr. Fauci Points To Team Sports As a Driver of COVID-19 Spread

Just as the world of youth sports began to see the light at the end of the dugout in emerging from COVID-mandated isolation, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, threw a little cold water on any optimism.

Shiny Baseball Shoes a No-No For Pitchers, Says NFHS

Sometimes style gets in the way of safety — in this case, it is the reflective spikes pitchers are using to look good, but which are potentially distracting and dangerous to batters.

Dick’s Making Stronger Move Into Soccer, Team Sports With New Stores

As if it didn’t pose enough of a challenge to smaller, independent team dealers and specialty soccer shops, Dick’s Sporting Goods is now opening what it is calling experiential Soccer Shops in select locations this month. This comes at the same time the full-line retailer is expanding its...

Team Sports Concepts Among 10 Finalists Selected to Compete at SFIA Start-Up Challenge

Ten finalists, including a couple that offer innovative ideas for team sports, have been selected by the Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA) selection committee to present their start-up at the 2021 SFIA Start-Up Challenge.

High School Spirit Rules Changes Focused On Safety of Participants

Team dealers who sell into the cheer business will want to take notice of a number of rules changes instituted by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Spirit Rules Committee for the 2021-22 season.

Rawlings and Easton Name Sales Force in Canada

As it expands and reorganizes its sales efforts in Canada, Rawlings and Easton Canada recently named Kim Sarrazin as team sales manager for all brands in the country and named a new Canadian sales force for Rawlings and Easton for Canada. The sales teams will support Miken and Worth.

Read More

Impact of Pandemic Becomes Evident in Recent NSGA Sports Participation Report

It will come as no surprise to team dealers and their customers all the way through the sports participation chain, but the recently released NSGA 2021 Edition of its Sports Participation In The U.S. Report clearly spells out the drastic effects of COVID-19 in the 64 sports and activities tracked.

Read More

NFHS Supports, But Has Not Yet Mandated, Use of Shot Clocks in High School Basketball

While it has not yet mandated the use of a shot clock in high school basketball, the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) has recently discussed the state association option for the use of 35-second shot clocks in basketball beginning with the 2022-23 season.

Read More

Varsity Brands/BSN Sports Appoints Chief Information Officer

As it ramps up its technology efforts in a post-pandemic world of youth sports, Varsity Brands, the parent company of BSN Sports, Varsity Spirit and Herff Jones, has named 25-year technology veteran Edwina Payne as chief information officer. In this capacity, Payne will report to...

Read More

NSGA Presents Virtual Seminar On ‘The Sporting Goods Rebound’

In lieu of being able to meet in person at the NSGA Management Conference and Team Dealer Summit, which was originally scheduled for this week in Naples, FL, but has been rescheduled until September 26-28, 2021 – the National Sporting Goods Association (NSGA) held a virtual conference...

Read More

Hold Off on the Shot Clock Orders: NFHS Says It Has Not Mandated Use for 2021-22

With rumors swirling around about the possible use of shot clocks in high school basketball – a potential huge new market for team dealers who sell the sport – the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) felt compelled to recently send out a memo that it has...

Read More

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EXTRA Archives

USA Lacrosse Teaming With NFHS To Promote Lacrosse in America

Looking to continue to grow the game at the youth level in the United States, USA Lacrosse, the governing body for lacrosse in the United States, and the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) have reaffirmed the commitment of both organizations to strengthen the...

Read More

Rawlings and Easton Name Sales Force in Canada

As it expands and reorganizes its sales efforts in Canada, Rawlings and Easton Canada recently named Kim Sarrazin as team sales manager for all brands in the country and named a new Canadian sales force for Rawlings and Easton for Canada. The sales teams will support Miken and Worth.

Read More

Impact of Pandemic Becomes Evident in Recent NSGA Sports Participation Report

It will come as no surprise to team dealers and their customers all the way through the sports participation chain, but the recently released NSGA 2021 Edition of its Sports Participation In The U.S. Report clearly spells out the drastic effects of COVID-19 in the 64 sports and activities tracked.

Read More

NFHS Supports, But Has Not Yet Mandated, Use of Shot Clocks in High School Basketball

While it has not yet mandated the use of a shot clock in high school basketball, the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) has recently discussed the state association option for the use of 35-second shot clocks in basketball beginning with the 2022-23 season.

Read More

Varsity Brands/BSN Sports Appoints Chief Information Officer

As it ramps up its technology efforts in a post-pandemic world of youth sports, Varsity Brands, the parent company of BSN Sports, Varsity Spirit and Herff Jones, has named 25-year technology veteran Edwina Payne as chief information officer. In this capacity, Payne will report to...

Read More

NSGA Presents Virtual Seminar On ‘The Sporting Goods Rebound’

In lieu of being able to meet in person at the NSGA Management Conference and Team Dealer Summit, which was originally scheduled for this week in Naples, FL, but has been rescheduled until September 26-28, 2021 – the National Sporting Goods Association (NSGA) held a virtual conference...

Read More

Hold Off on the Shot Clock Orders: NFHS Says It Has Not Mandated Use for 2021-22

With rumors swirling around about the possible use of shot clocks in high school basketball – a potential huge new market for team dealers who sell the sport – the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) felt compelled to recently send out a memo that it has...

Read More

Lineman Helmets Approved By NFL and NFLPA

With player safety and the reduction of concussions as the goal – in this case for interior lineman – in a first-of-its-kind move the NFL and NFL Players Association (NFLPA) have approved a position-specific helmet design. According to an ESPN report, the helmet, known as...

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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