November 7, 2019

News, analysis and opinion. Edited by Michael Jacobsen.

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USA Football Opposes Tackle Football Ban in Massachusetts

Speaking for many in the team sports industry worried about the future of its number one sport, USA Football CEO Scott Hallenbeck testified late last month to the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Public Health... Read the full story.

NSGA Relocates Headquarters to Chicago Suburb

In case you want to go visit the folks at the National Sporting Goods Association (NSGA), don’t head to their old offices in Mount Prospect — as of the first of this month you will have to head to their new location in Downers Grove, a western suburb of Chicago. Read the full story.

Plank Handing Control of Under Armour Over to Frisk

Under Armour founder and chief executive Kevin Plank will step down from the company's top role in January, handing over the reins to its president, Patrik Frisk.
Plank founded Under Armour in 1996 in Baltimore. Read the full story.

Under Armour Inks Deal with National Lacrosse League

The National Lacrosse League recently renewed its sponsorship deal with Team 22, the manufacturer of Under Armour lacrosse gear, for another three years as the league continues to team with corporate partners to try to grow its revenues...
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On My Mind: Curt Mueller, 1934-2019

A few days after I had learned that he had died, I woke up at 5 a.m. thinking about Curt Mueller. That’s usually not how you want to start a day. But it is testament to the impact and influence the man and his personality had on... Read the full story.

Two-Minute Drill

DeMarini is celebrating its 30th anniversary with the introduction of its Ultimate Onslaught Series, inspired by some of its most popular bats over the past three decades.  Read the full story.

October 17, 2019

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.