Latest ISsue - FEBRUARY 6, 2020

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Team Business Weighs Impact of Coronavirus

The Coronavirus epidemic spreading around the globe has a good chance of hitting close to home for many in the team sports industry, as manufacturing and supply chain disruptions threaten deliveries of everything from footwear to apparel to equipment. Read the full story.

Sporting Goods Hall of Fame Nominations Open

Anyone in the sporting goods industry is encouraged to nominate any individual they feel is worthy of consideration for the Sporting Goods Hall of Fame. The time is now, because nominations for the 2021 Class of the Sporting Goods Industry Hall of Fame are being accepted through February 21, 2020. Read the full story.

Adidas Makes, Donates Football Field Out of 1.8 Million Plastic Bottles

Using the Super Bowl last week in Miami Gardens as a backdrop, Adidas created a sustainable artificial turf football using approximately 1.8 million plastic bottles. The company then donated the field made from this upcycled plastic waste to Miami Edison High School... Read the full story.

SFIA's National Health Through Fitness Day Set for March 10, 11

Every year, SFIA's National Health Through Fitness Day brings together industry leaders, celebrity athletes, the American College of Sports Medicine, PHIT Coalition partners, PE teachers and other physical activity advocates to meet with Congress to push for physical activity policies... Read the full story.

Easton Unveils Ghost Advanced Fast-Pitch Bat for 2020 Season

With an eye on softball’s return to the Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Easton Diamond Sports recently unveiled its Ghost Advanced fast-pitch bat, described as “a highly advanced model … completely re-engineered to push the limits of performance and provide even more pop for players on all fields.” Read the full story.

Industry Appointments: Founder Sport Group, OMG, US Youth Soccer

There were a number of major executive appointments made in the world of team sports in the past few weeks. Founder Sport Group, a manufacturer of stock and custom sublimated garments for team dealers, decorators, and college bookstores, named Mike Seferyn as chief information officer. Read the full story.

Archives - January 23, 2020

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.