Latest ISsue - January 23, 2020

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SFIA Finds Reason for ‘Cautious Optimism’ In Team Sports In 2020

The state of the team sports – and overall sporting goods – business in 2020 can best be described as “Okay, not great,” and it appears that’s about as good as it is going to get for some time. That’s the consensus of the recently released 2019 State of the Industry Report from... Read the full story.

OrderMyGear Offers Insight Into Competing in an Amazon World

Yesterday OrderMyGear released an insightful article on its OMG Blog about The Amazon Effect in the Branded Product Space. This article includes specific, data-backed action-items for team sports dealers and vendors to... Read the full story.

SanMar’s District Re-Tee Is Made From 100 Percent Recycled Fabric

With the goal of reducing the amount of waste that goes into landfills, while at the same time offering a quality apparel product, SanMar has introduced the District Re-Tee made from 100 percent recycled fabric. Read the full story.

Unique Flag Football Products Debut at National Championships This Month

With many believing that the future of football has a flag attached to it, the National Flag Football National Championships in Tampa, FL, this month marked the debut of two flag football technologies aimed at growing the game. Read the full story.

Obit: Bill Robinson, Sold Robby’s Sporting Goods to Woolworth

Bill Robinson, a sporting goods industry legend who built Bradenton, FL-based Robby’s Sporting Goods into a regional sporting goods retail powerhouse before selling it to Woolworth – which then turned it into Champs Sports – passed away January 2 at the age of 70. Read the full story.

Nike Jumps on the E-Sports Bandwagon

There must be something to this e-sports thing because yet another major sporting goods brand – in fact, the major sporting goods brand – has jumped on board. Yes, none other than Nike has signed an exclusive apparel partnership with global e-sports organization T1 Entertainment and Sports, a deal that includes... Read the full story.

Archives - January 9, 2020

Vicis Enters Receivership, Looking for Funding

Even with some high-profile users and big-name investors, football helmet manufacturer Vicis announced in late December that it is entering into receivership after facing serious financial troubles. Read the full story.

Girls’ Flag A GA Varsity Sport

The Georgia High School Association is making girls’ flag football a sanctioned sport in high schools throughout the state this year. The move comes following the Atlanta Falcons and The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation’s commitment and support of girls’ high school flag football over the past two years. Read the full story.

E-sports Update: Champion, Puma, Adidas Develop Product for Gamers

The so-called “e-sports” juggernaut continues to gain traction in the world of sports as three major brands recently unveiled product designed specifically for the unique needs of gamers. (Editor’s note: Does this mean for sitting around for long periods of time in a dark room?) Read the full story.

Olympia Sports Closing 76 Stores Following JackRabbit Purchase

Olympia Sports, which was recently acquired by sports retailer JackRabbit, is closing 76 stores. The athletic footwear and apparel chain will continue to operate its remaining 75 stores under the Olympia Sports’ banner. The 76 closing stores were not part of the acquisition. Read the full story.

BSN Sports Acquires Wayne Sporting Goods in Pennsylvania

In the news once again this issue, BSN Sports last week acquired the team sports business of Wayne Sporting Goods (WSG), based in Wayne, PA. WSG has been serving team sports customers in the Philadelphia area for 64 years. Read the full story.

On My Mind…Looking Ahead to 2020

The January/February issue of Team Insight will have our obligatory list of predictions not only for 2020, but for the new decade ahead. But instead of the regular 20 for 2020 format, we take it in a different direction and make our decade predictions from A to Z. Read the full story.