Thursday, May 21, 2020

News, analysis and opinion. Edited by Michael Jacobsen.

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

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NFHS Provides Guidance For Reopening High School Sports This Fall

The multi-million dollar question for team dealers across America is simple: Will high school sports return in the fall? While the answer certainly varies from region to region across... Read the full story.

NBA Names Wilson As Official Ball; Spalding Is Not Happy

The National Basketball Association’s (NBA) announcement last month that Wilson Sporting Goods Co. will replace Spalding as the official game ball of the NBA starting with... Read the full story.

NFHS Rules for Four Spring Sports Will Not Change in 2021

Even with many of its fall seasons still in doubt, the rules-making arms of the major amateur sports associations continue to look ahead to make sure there is no disruption in play when sports do inevitably return. Read the full story.

Sporting Goods Are Among the Few Positives Among COVID-19 Pandemic

Although team sports sales have taken a massive hit as a result of school closings and the cancellation of spring sports throughout the country, the general category of sporting goods, along with home fitness and... Read the full story.

Cathy Pryor Resurfaces at Franklin Retail Solutions

Cathy Pryor, the former VP-store operations at Hibbett Sports and former chairperson of the NSGA, has been named  president of Franklin Retail Solutions, the provider of in-store services within major retailers in... Read the full story.

Pop Warner Partners With Super Fan Sports To Help Team Fundraising

As a result of the recent global pandemic, youth sports groups across the country are at a standstill and many are seeking new, safe ways to raise the money required to sustain and successfully run their programs. Read the full story.

Archives - May 7, 2020

BSN Sports Reassures Suppliers After Pushing Terms To Net-180 Days

With every vendor worried about their team dealer customers not paying their bills — not to mention trying to survive the upheaval caused by the COVID-19 crisis themselves... Read the full story.

COVID-19 Pandemic Forces Cancellation of Little League World Series

While there still remains some small hope that some of its regular season games will be played this summer, last week Little League International decided to cancel its World Series and... Read the full story.

Champro, Fox River Making Protective Masks

Following up on the CDC’s new recommendation that everyone should wear a cloth face cover in public settings, a number of team sports suppliers have shifted production to making protective face masks. Read the full story.

Blythe’s Patches Up COVID-19 Efforts

With Spring sports cancelled and thousands of high school athletes missing out on their varsity seasons – and the chance to purchase that always-important Varsity Jacket to mark the occasion – Mike Blythe, owner of... Read the full story.

Bison Thanks Its Employees For Extra Effort

Companies around the team sports business are certainly struggling with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on spring and summer sales, but many are finding ways to stay open and to reward loyal employees... Read the full story.

SFIA Offers Insight Into The Future of Football

The thought is on every team dealer’s mind these days: What is the future of their most important sport — football in America? Hearing that call, the Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA) recently published... Read the full story.