October 17, 2019

News, analysis and opinion. Edited by Michael Jacobsen.

From the most experienced editorial staff in the team sports industry.

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More Helmet News: NAERA Provides Update on Reconditioning Recommendations

News on the football helmet front just keeps coming and coming as this all-important product category for team dealers struggles to keep up with changing regulations... Read the full story.

JackRabbit Running Chain Acquires Olympia Sports

Although it doesn’t have a direct impact on team dealers, a recent surprise move by run specialty chain JackRabbit early this month to acquire Olympia Sports certainly does raise a few questions about who is buying who next. Read the full story.

Report Details The High School Sports With the Most Concussions

There is both good and bad news concerning concussions in high school sports, according to a new study on the always controversial topic.
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Letter to the Editor
Markwort Comments on Mayfield/NOCSAE Suit

The following is a letter TeamInsightExtra received from Herb Markwort, president of Markwort Sporting Goods, following an article in the October 3 issue.
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Wilson Renews as NFCA Official Sponsor

The National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) and Wilson Sporting Goods recently signed a multi-year deal that focuses on education for the high school, travel ball and youth coaching communities. Read the full story.

Riddell Partners With TackleBar to Advance Football Tackling Technique

Although certainly not a favorite among independent team dealers, Riddell should receive some kudos for taking some significant steps to make its key sport of football safer. Read the full story.

September 19, 2019

Helmet Battles
Mayfield Athletics Suing NOCSAE and Helmet Makers for Antitrust Violations

As if the football helmet business hasn’t had enough problems to worry about the past few years, now comes word that Mayfield Athletics... Read the full story.

A4 Launches Online Custom Design Studio for Team Market

Technology continues to increase the capabilities of apparel suppliers to the team business along with the services team dealers are able to offer to their steams.
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Varsity Brands Launches Annual School Spirit Awards

Extending its significant reach into all aspects of school sports, Varsity Brands, the parent company of BSN Sports, has launched its 2020 Varsity Brands School Spirit Awards... Read the full story.

High School Football is Thriving, Not Dying

When the annual High School Athletics Participation Survey was released by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) in August, many headlines across the country focused on... Read the full story.

Miro’s AI Technology Picks up Win at SFIA Start-Up Challenge

Miro, a company rooted in computer vision and artificial intelligence, won the 2019 SFIA Start-Up Challenge last month for its complex algorithms that capture valuable athlete data from various athletic competitions, such as races and sporting events. Read the full story.

Two-Minute Drill

Stahls’ will host a “Spark: New Heat Printing Ideas,” on Workshop Wednesday, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on December 11. It will cover the latest decoration methods, new heat printing techniques, and provide a sneak peak at what’s new from Stahls and Transfer Express. Read the full story.