Thursday, October 1, 2020

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Youth Sports Are Back As Organizations Prepare for A Challenging Winter Season

There is some optimism among youth sports organizers as fall sports seasons have taken shape, but there is real concern as cooler weather and indoor sports approach in the age of COVID-19. Read the full story.

Nike Cuts Off Frank’s Sport Shop As Part of Retail Refocus

It is happening to small retailers all over the country, but a recent terse letter from Nike to an iconic local sporting goods store in the Bronx is causing quite a stir in the New York metropolitan area. Read the full story.

Soccer in the Streets Among Five Recipients of 2020 RWJF Sports Award

Soccer in the Streets, a non-profit organization based in Atlanta that promotes the sport for inner-city youth, has been selected as one of the 2020 winners of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Sports Award. Read the full story.

Under Armour and UCLA Partnership Drags On Despite Lawsuit

It may get a little uncomfortable when the uniforms get delivered, but apparently UCLA will continue to wear Under Armour this season despite filing a lawsuit over Under Armour’s move to terminate its contract. Read the full story.

MLB Players Licenses 2nd Skull For Protective Gear

Major League Baseball Players, Inc. has entered into a partnership with 2nd Skull Inc., a protective headgear company, that makes the 2nd Skull brand officially licensed by MLB Players. Read the full story.

Source For Sports Readies for A Hockey Season in a Pandemic

With the weather turning cooler and its key hockey season right around the corner, Canadian sporting goods chain and team dealer Source for Sports, with more 150 stores in Canada and the U.S., has put in place a number of... Read the full story.

Archives - September 17, 2020

NFHS, NFL Partner To Promote High School Football

With the sport under pressure from many outside factors – ranging from COVID-19 restrictions to cancelled seasons to ongoing safety concerns – the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) and the National Football League (NFL) have entered into a... Read the full story.

Team Sports Shows All Going Virtual This Fall

In a not-unexpected series of decisions in light of COVID-19 mandated restrictions on travel and large gatherings, the two major team sports buying groups, along with BSN Sports, are all going virtual with their late-2020 meetings. Read the full story.

Sporting Goods Industry Hall of Fame Class of 2022 Nominations Now Being Accepted

The National Sporting Goods Association (NSGA) is currently accepting nominations for the Class of 2022 of the Sporting Goods Industry Hall of Fame. The nomination period lasts through February 19, 2021. Read the full story.

Easton Launches Trade In and Trade Up Bat Program

With the costs of purchasing a new baseball bat every season beyond the reach of many players, used bats now carry more weight. That’s because as part of the new Trade In and Trade Up Program, Easton will... Read the full story.

Augusta Sportswear Brands Makes Canadian Move

Already a major player in the U.S. team sports market, Augusta Sportswear Brands is expanding its global footprint by opening a Canadian sales office, showroom and website to... Read the full story.

Markwort Sporting Goods Receives Green Business Award

Markwort Sporting Goods was recently honored by the city of Creve Coeur, MO, for making sustainability a major part of its business practices. Markwort received the 2020 Green Business Award as part of the fifth annual... Read the full story.