September 19, 2019

News, analysis and opinion. Edited by Michael Jacobsen.

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Four More Businesses Named to NSGA Verified Independent Dealer Program

Looking to recognize the most qualified and experienced independently owned team dealers and retailers, the National Sporting Goods Association (NSGA) has granted four more retailers and dealers Verified Independent Dealer status. Read the full story.

Hall of Famer Nancy Lieberman Teams With BSN Sports

BSN Sports is partnering with Basketball Hall of Famer Nancy Lieberman to help elevate girls’ sports by providing curated coaching resources, content and support.
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Three Named to Sporting Goods Hall of Fame

The Sporting Goods Industry Hall of Fame will induct three sporting goods industry pioneers into its Class of 2020 next May. Peter Capolino, Robert Greenberg, and Klaus Obermeyer, will join more than 170 retailers... Read the full story.

NJCAA Creates Esports Association for Junior Colleges

We are not happy about it, but we do feel compelled to report that the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA), the national governing body of two-year college athletics, has created NJCAA Esports. Read the full story.

USSSA Making Life Even More Complicated for Team Dealers

Just when you thought all of the bat battles of the past two years were behind you, here comes news that the United States Sports Specialty Association (USSSA) has announced baseball bat standard changes...
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Two-Minute Drill

Xenith has named Buffalo Bills running back, Frank Gore, as a brand ambassador. Gore will be wearing a Xenith helmet and apparel this season. Nick Chubb Continues to Choose Xenith as Brand Ambassador.
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September 5, 2019

Participation in High School Sports Registers First Decline in 30 Years

In what has to be classified as nothing but bad news for the team sports business, participation in high school sports declined in 2018-19 for the first time in 30 years, according to the annual High School Athletics Participation Survey conducted by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS). Read the full story.

NOCSAE: Football Helmet Controversy Not Our Fault

With much of the NFL pre-season discussion centering on who is wearing what certified or non-certified helmet – and with a lot of bad publicity swirling around it – the National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE) felt compelled last month to go public to detail the sometimes confusing rules related to football helmets.
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Dick’s Unveils Campaign To Get One Million Kids Playing Sports

Team dealers can view them as the big bad wolf in team sports competition, but you have to give credit to Dick’s Sporting Goods for putting its money where its mouth is with the launch last month of a national campaign aimed at providing access to sports for one million young athletes nationwide by 2024. Read the full story.

More Rules Changes: In-Season Bat Testing, Chest Protectors

After delaying a new rule mandating in-season bat testing in 2017 because of cost and availability concerns, the NCAA Baseball Rules Committee recently established protocols for in-season bat testing that will take place in Division I during the 2020 season. Read the full story.

Teamwork Flash Promises Fastest Turn-Time

Founder Sport Group has nationally launched its Teamwork Flash program that caters to the apparel needs of athletic programs at all levels.
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On My Mind

Okay, now I’m really annoyed. It’s not enough that e-Sports has commandeered the word “sport” into its sedentary activity, now it has made a big deal out of taking over an actual sport.
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