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2020 News Releases

December 23, 2020 - Innovatus Acquires Kranos Assets, Schutt Sports

December 22, 2020 - Schutt Umbrella Company Files for Chapter 7

December 21, 2020 - Sportsman's Wearhouse to Join Great American Outdoors Group

December 18, 2020 - NJCAA Announces Four Emerging Sports

December 16, 2020 - NRF, Industry Groups Challenge California OSHA Ruling 

December 14, 2020 - Virginia High School Athletes Not Required to Wear Masks

December 11, 2020 - Markwort Purchases Training Bat

December 3, 2020 - AAU President & CEO Roger Goudy Passes Away

November 25, 2020 - Bison, NFHS Renew Partnership

November 25, 2020 - James Keen Sr. of Cliff Keen Athletic Passes Away

November 24, 2020 - Dick's Sporting Goods Announces Leadership Changes

November 23, 2020 - Collier New CEO of Jack Wolfskin

November 23, 2020 - NRF Expects 2020 Holiday Sales Growth

November 20, 2020 - US Lacrosse Goalie Chest Protector Rules Begin in 2021

November 18, 2020 - Guidance Clarifies Deductible Expenses on PPP Loans

November 18, 2020 - NSRA Names Denkler President

November 17, 2020 - NFHS Electronic Whistle Volleyball Officiating Video

November 16, 2020 - NRF: Consumers Embrace Earlier Holiday Shopping

November 15, 2020 - Markwort Acquires Arm Strong Baseball

November 11, 2020 - Edwards Named Famous Footwear President

November 10, 2020 - SV Sports Aims to Diversify Sporting Goods Retail

November 4, 2020 - Canadian Private Equity Group Purchases Kahunaverse

October 23, 2020 - Wisconsin Study on COVID and High School Sports

October 20, 2020 - Academy Partners with Three College Conferences

October 16, 2020 - Escalade Acquires Billiards Manufacturer

October 14, 2020 - Study on COVID Disruption on Youth Sports Programs

October 6, 2020 - NAIA Passes Name, Image, Likeness Legislation

September 24, 2020 - REI Carbon Neutrality Commitment, Climate Platform

September 23, 2020 - NHFS, NFL Partner to Promote High School Football

September 22, 2020 - Markwort Receives Green Business Award

September 17, 2020 - Shock Doctor Releases Black Lives Matter Football Lip Guards

September 16, 2020 - Rawlings, UCLA Partner on Tailgating Products

September 16, 2020 - NCAA Baseball Rules Changes 2020-21

September 3, 2020 - California High School Sports Participation Sets Eighth Straight Record

September 3, 2020 - Augusta, Perfect Game Apparel Partnership

August 25, 2020 - NFHS Update on 2019-20 Participation

August 25, 2020 - NFHS Executive Director's August 2020 Update

August 25, 2020 - NJCAA Rebrands Logos

August 18, 2020 - Wilson, Serena Williams Introduce New Tennis Racket

August 15, 2020 - MyHOUSE Signs Fourth Female Wrestler

August 6, 2020 - Schutt Launches New Splash Shields

July 31, 2020 - NAIA Postpones Football, Other Fall Sports to Spring 2021

July 30, 2020 - NCAA Rules for Commemorative Patches in 2020-21

July 29, 2020 - NCAA Baseball 2020-21 Rules Proposals

July 27, 2020 - NOCSAE 2020 Summer Meeting Recap

July 14, 2020 - Wilson Names Dudy New President

July 13, 2020 - NJCAA Moves Football, Soccer, Volleyball to Spring 2021

July 9, 2020 - California Community Colleges Move Fall Sports to Spring 2021

July 8, 2020 - NFHS: Field Hockey Eyewear No Longer Required

July 1, 2020 - NRF: Recession Could Be Easing

June 25, 2020 - Modell's Resumes Bankruptcy Sales

June 22, 2020 - Four States Add Girls High School Wrestling

June 17, 2020 - Wrestling Among NCAA Emerging Women's Sports

June 5, 2020 - NFHS Allows Schutt Splash Shields for Football in 2020

June 3, 2020 - Wigwam Mills Leadership Changes

June 2, 2020 - Thorlos, Experia Bands Licensed

May 27, 2020 - OrderMyGear Receives Innovation Award

May 19, 2020 - NFHS Guidelines for Return to Athletics, Activities

May 14, 2020 - NAIA, Molten Extend Men's Volleyball Partnership

May 13, 2020 - Wilson Replaces Spalding as Official Ball of NBA

May 12, 2020 - LIGHT Helmets Won't Sell to NFL

May 11, 2020 - NFHS Votes Down Basketball Shot Clock Proposal

May 8, 2020 - Mueller Sports Medicine Becomes Platinum Sponsor for PFATS

May 4, 2020 - NAIA, NFL Partner on Women's Flag Football in 2021

May 4, 2020 - Cathy Pryor Named President of Franklin Retail Solutions

May 1, 2020 - NFHS Allows Padded Caps in Water Polo

April 30, 2020 - NFHS, USA Field Hockey Announce Partnership

April 30, 2020 - NCAA Delays Rule Changes in Five Sports for One Year


April 28, 2020 - Uniforms Part of Numerous NFHS Wrestling Rule Changes for 2020-21


April 24, 2020 - NFHS Rules for Four Spring Sports Won't Change for 2021


April 21, 2020 - NCAA Football Jersey Changes for 2020


April 14, 2020 - USA Swimming Logo Allowed on High School Suits


March 30, 2020 - Escalade Names New President & CEO


March 23, 2020 - NAIA Extends Basketball Partnership with Spalding


March 6, 2020 - United Women's Soccer Partnership with Image Apparel Solutions


March 11, 2020 - Modell's Sporting Goods Files for Bankruptcy


March 10, 2020 - NOCSAE Begins Developing Youth Football Helmet Standard


March 2, 2020 - ASB Acquires Team Division of Universal Athletic


March 2, 2020 - Sales for Sporting Goods Stores Fall for Third Straight Year


March 2, 2020 - Louisville Slugger Model Baseball Bat Ruled Non-Compliant


February 28, 2020 - NCAA Football Proposed Rule Changes for 2020


February 27, 2020 - NCAA Women's Volleyball Rule Changes for 2020


February 27, 2020 - Baden CEO & President Michael Schindler Passes Away


February 24, 2020 - Modell's Sporting Goods Unveils Campaign to Save Business


February 13, 2020 - John A. McArthur, Founder of Johnny Mac's, Passes Away at 92

February 10, 2020 - T-H Marine Acquires Maurice Sporting Goods' Marine Division

February 7, 2020 - NFHS Field Hockey Uniform Changes for 2020

February 6, 2020 - No New NFHS Football Rules for Uniforms and Equipment in 2020

February 1, 2020 - Pop Warner, USA Football Announce Partnership

January 31, 2020 - OrderMyGear Names New CFO

January 30, 2020 - Cascade Maverik Expands Partnership with US Lacrosse

January 30, 2020 - Face Masks Allowed in NFHS Volleyball Rule Changes for 2020

January 29, 2020 - Winmark Corporation Announces Governance Changes

January 27, 2020 - NCAA Division II and III Adds Emerging Women's Sports

January 27, 2020 - United Women's Soccer Teams With Knit Wit Apparel

January 10, 2020 - NCAA Proposes Women's Volleyball Uniform and Apparel Changes for 2020

January 8, 2020 - True Names Considine New CEO

January 7, 2020 - NOCSAE Receives Standards Developer Accreditation

2019 News Releases


November 25, 2019 - Augusta Announces Launch of FreeStyle Sublimation


November 22, 2019 - National Sports Organizations Rule Changes


November 21, 2019 - TRUE Sports Partners with National Lacrosse League


November 20, 2019 - CCM, Bauer Receive Source For Sports Awards


November 14, 2019 - OrderMyGear, Sports, Inc., Announce Technology Partnership


November 6, 2019 - Rebel Athletic Partners with Eric McCrite Company


November 6, 2019 - NFHS Voice: Setting High School Rules

November 4, 2019 - Mueller Sports Medicine Partners with Pro Orthopedic Devices

October 29, 2019 - NCAA Moving Toward Athletes Having Ability to Get Paid

October 24, 2019 - Mississippi Discontinues High School Girls Slow-Pitch Softball

October 23, 2019 - REI Says Black Friday Closing Not Enough

October 17, 2019 - Wilson's Mike Dowse Leaves for USTA

October 1, 2019 - NFHS Rules Adidas Adizero 8.0 SK Football Shoe Noncompliant

September 25, 2019 - NFHS Voice: High School Football Thriving, Not Dying

September 18, 2019 - NAERA Letter on Helmet Reconditioning Recommendations

September 17, 2019 - Mayfield Athletics Files Lawsuit Against NOCSAE

September 12, 2019 - NCAA Men's Lacrosse Approves Commotio Cordis Protection

September 12, 2019 - True Sports Launches True Diamond Science for Youth Baseball Bats

September 9, 2019 - NJCAA Creates Esports Association for Junior Colleges

August 27, 2019 - Sporting Goods Industry Hall of Fame Elects Three Innovators for Induction in 2020

August 26, 2019 - Participation in High School Sports Declines for First Time in 30 Years

August 22, 2019 - USSSA Makes 13U Baseball Bat Standard Change, Picks New Bat Testing Lab

August 22, 2019 - Wilson Launches Tennis Ball Designed for Sustainability

August 21, 2019 - Outdoor Retailer Cancels November Show, Combines with Snow Show

August 14, 2019 - NCAA Baseball to Require NOCSAE Chest Protectors in 2019-20 

August 12, 2019 - ASB Sports Acquires The Graphic Edge

August 12, 2019 - NOCSAE Issues Clarification on Football Helmet Certification to NOCSAE Standard

August 7, 2019 - G-Form Announces New CEO

August 5, 2019 - Johnson-Lambe Acquires New Bern Sporting Goods Team Division


August 1, 2019 - Augusta Sports Brands Acquires Pacific Headwear


July 30, 2019 - NFHS Announces Boys Lacrosse Rule Changes


July 26, 2019 - NOCSAE Summer Standards Meeting Recap

July 23, 2019 - NFHS, US Lacrosse Announce Girls Lacrosse Rule Changes

July 22, 2019 - True Temper Rebrands as True Sports

July 17, 2019 - NFHS Unveils New Logo


July 15, 2019 - NJCAA Renews Spalding Basketball, Dudley Softball Contracts

June 27, 2019 - Bats Highlight NFHS Softball Rule Changes

June 26, 2019 - NCAA Wrestlers Can Compete in Special Shorts in 2019-20

June 20, 2019 - Diamond Becomes Official NJCAA Baseball

June 20, 2019 - NCAA, NFL Meet About Football Safety

June 18, 2019 - Select Hibbett Stores Carry New Nike N7 2019 Collection

June 6, 2019 - NCAA Men's and Women's Basketball Rule Changes for 2019-20

June 5, 2019 - NOCSAE Issues Consumer Alert About "KSone" Lacrosse Balls

June 3, 2019 - Women's Wrestling, Acrobatics, Tumbling Among NCAA Emerging Sports

May 25, 2019 - NFHS Basketball Rule Changes Include Contrasting Jersey and Number Colors

May 24, 2019 - Hibbett Appoints Anthony Crudele New Independent Board Chairman

May 11, 2019 - Mueller Sports Medicine Sponsors Athletic Training Therapy Group

May 6, 2019 - REI Names Artz New President & CEO

May 3, 2019 - KJK Completes Purchase of Slovenian-Based Elan

April 23, 2019 - NFHS Swimming and Diving Rule Changes for 2019-20

April 20, 2019 - Wilson Partners with Autism Speaks on Limited-Edition Baseball Equipment

April 15, 2019 - NJCAA, Adidas Extend Partnership Through 2021

April 2, 2019 - Cheek/Jaw Protection for Baseball Helmets Permitted in High School

March 21, 2019 - Hibbett President & CEO Jeff Rosenthal Announces Retirement

February 28, 2019 - Pop Warner First National Football Organization to Eliminate Three-Point Stance

February 14, 2019 - NRF Releases 2018 Holiday Shopping Results

February 12, 2019 - REI CEO Jerry Stritzke Resigns

February 12, 2019 - Adidas Set to Launch Fitness Accessories in US

February 11, 2019 - Jersey Numbers Part of NFHS Football Rule Changes

February 5, 2019 - NRF Forecasts 2019 Retail Sales Growth

February 1, 2019 - NFHS Volleyball Uniform Rules Get Overhaul

January 31, 2019 - NFHS Delays Use of Field Hockey Goggles Requirement to 2020 Season

January 25, 2019 - Under Armour, Virgin Galactic Team to Design Tech Spacewear

January 25, 2019 - MLB, Nike, Fanatics Form 10-Year Partnership

January 25, 2019 - Bass Pro-Cabela's Names Mike McDermott New President

January 22, 2019 - 2UNDR Announces Partnership with Star Golfer Rickie Fowler

January 18, 2019 - SG Helmets Rebrands as LIGHT Helmets

January 2, 2019 - OrderMyGear Appoints CEO

2018 News Releases

November 28, 2018 - Decathlon Names New Chairman

November 14, 2018 - Colorado High Schools Switch to Wilson K1 Gold Volleyball for 2019

November 7, 2018 - Hibbett, NIKE Commemorate Native American Heritage Month

November 6, 2018 - Middleton Partners Acquires O2COOL, Plans to Establish Maurice Outdoors

November 2, 2018 - Rule Changes by National Sports Organizations

October 30, 2018 - New Balance Names Joe Preston to Succeed Rob DeMartini as CEO

October 25, 2018 - Stahls', World Emblem International Announce Partnership

October 24, 2018 - Golf Town, Sporting Life Merge

October 17, 2018 - Shifting Demographics' Effect on Future of Hockey, NHL

October 11, 2018 - Retail Organizations Release 2018 Holiday Sales Growth Forecasts

October 5, 2018 - 3N2 Named Exclusive NJCAA Officials Apparel Provider

September 28, 2018 - ASB Sports Announces Three Acquisitions

September 19, 2018 - Founder Sport Group Acquires Teamwork Athletic Apparel

September 14, 2018 - NCAA Beach Volleyball Rule Updates 

August 30, 2018 - CPSC Issues Product Recall for BSN Sports, Cybex

August 29, 2018 - NCAA Football Pants Rules Take Effect for 2018

August 24, 2018 - High School Participation Increases for 29th Straight Year

August 22, 2018 - REI Extends Used Gear Digital Platform

August 17, 2018 - NJCAA Names Zephyr Official Headwear

August 16, 2018 - NJCAA Selects Official Football, Beach Volleyball

August 8, 2018 - Carleen Gray Named New CEO of GroupeSTAHL North America

August 8, 2018 - Massachusetts Aligns with NFHS on Football, Volleyball, Baseball Rules

August 8, 2018 - Adidas Has Football Shoe Ruled Non-Compliant by NFHS, NCAA

August 7, 2018 - Implus Acquires SKLZ

August 2, 2018 - Champion Named Official Apparel, Uniform Provider of NFHS

July 26, 2018 - Rawlings Introduces New Baseball Helmet with Facial Extension Piece 

July 26, 2018 - NCAA Women's Bowling Makes Three Uniform Changes

July 20, 2018 - NCAA Recommends 20-Second Play Clock for Baseball

July 17, 2018 - Academy Becomes Official Retailer of SEC

July 11, 2018 - ADA, NBS to Merge on September 1


July 9, 2018 - NFHS Softball and Track and Field Rules Changes

July 5, 2018 - NFHS Delays New NOCSAE Baseball Standard to 2020

July 2, 2018 - NOCSAE Football Helmet Standard Pushed Back to May 2019

June 25, 2018 - California Privacy Law Enacted to Allow Customers to Opt Out of Sale of Personal Information

June 20, 2018 - NCAA Recommends Track and Field Uniform Rule

June 18, 2018 - Finish Line, JD Sports Fashion Complete Merger

June 11, 2018 - USA Baseball Takes Strict Stance Against Bat Tampering

June 6, 2018 - Russell Athletic, Augusta Sportswear Announce Partnership

June 6, 2018 - USSSA Removes All CF Zen Bats from USSSA Disallowed Bats List

June 5, 2018 - Rawlings Sale to Private Equity Firm Includes Major League Baseball

May 16, 2018 - Academy Sports & Outdoors Names New Chairman and CEO

May 15, 2018 - CHAMPRO Announces Rebrand

May 14, 2018 - NCAA Proposes Arm Padding for Women's Basketball

May 14, 2018 - NFHS Rule Change Clarifies Basketball Cover

May 8, 2018 - NOCSAE Statement on Add-On Products

May 4, 2018 - Bill Belichick Among Big Names Appointed to President's Council for Sports

May 2, 2018 - Mueller Sports Medicine Names John Cayer New President

April 24, 2018 - Connecticut's Niehoff Selected New NFHS Executive Director

April 23, 2018 - Wilson, NCAA Extend Basketball Partnership

April 18, 2018 - NFHS-NCAA Rules Meeting Recap

April 18, 2018 - NFL, NFLPA Prohibit Use of 10 Helmet Models 

April 6, 2018 - NOCSAE Issues Warning About Counterfeit Lacrosse Balls

April 5, 2018 - A.D. Starr Named Official Ball of Little League World Series

March 1, 2018 - MyHOUSE Sports Gear, WPIAL Partner on Wrestling Apparel

January 30, 2018 - Schuylkill Valley Sports Announces Leadership Change in Team & Group Sales Department

January 8, 2018 - Bob Gardner Announces Retirement As NFHS Executive Director

January 5, 2018 - Spalding Enters Agreement With BSN SPORTS in Four Team Sports Categories

2017 News Releases

November 15, 2017 - Athletic Dealers of America & Nation's Best Sports Fall Athletic Market

November 13, 2017 - WarDog Lacrosse Joins Major League Lacrosse Equipment Suppliers

August 28, 2017 - ADA & NBS Partner to Co-Locate Fall Athletic Market

July 5, 2017 - NFHS Announces Two Important Baseball Rule Changes; New Rules in Track and Field and Softball

February 8, 2017 - NFHS Approves Fee Increase in Authenticating Mark Program

January 31, 2017 - Finalized NOCSAE Standards for Football Helmets, Baseball and Lacrosse Chest Protectors Take Effect in 2018

2016 News Releases

December 1, 2016 - USA, Inc. Joins the Athletic Dealers of America 

November 1, 2016 - George's Sporting Goods Joins the Athletic Dealers of America

April 14, 2016 - Eleventh Annual Team Dealer Market

February 10, 2016 - NSGA Applauds Senate for Pledging To Move Marketplace Fairness Act Forward

January 8, 2016 - Image Apparel Solutions announces rebranding and new name for knitwear line

2015 News Releases

December 23, 2015 - Mueller Sports Medicine Announces #NeedAHero Winner

December 8, 2015 - Nike Signs Lebron James to Lifetime Deal

October 29, 2015 - NSGA Applauds Introduction of PHIT Act in U.S. Senate and Urges Congress To Pass This Important Legislation

September 10, 2015 - Step it Up! The Surgeon General's Call to Action to Promote Walking and Walkable Communities

August 26, 2015 - Shock Doctor, McDavid Form United Sports Brands

August 13, 2015 - High School Sports Participation Increases for 26th Consecutive Year

August 3, 2015 - NSSRA Announces New POS Data Trend Reporting Partnership

July 31, 2015 - D&H Distributing to Exhibit at Outdoor Retailer Summer Market Show August 5-8

June 8, 2015 - June is Great Outdoors Month™ 2015

May 27, 2015 - Hibbett Sports Sets Sights on Raising $100,000 for the American Heart Association

May 8, 2015 - Hibbett Sports Opens 1,000th Store

March 26, 2015 - Shock Doctor, McDavid Agree to Merger

March 23, 2015 - Wilson Acquires Louisville Slugger Brand

March 11, 2015 - Mueller Sports Medicine Recognized by NFL for Support of Professional Football Athletic Trainers

March 3, 2015 - Mizuno Expands Partnership with Back On My Feet

March 3, 2015 - Team Dealer Market Finds New Home in North Carolina

January 8, 2015 - Bauer Hockey to Open First Retail Stores

January 8, 2015 - Dick's Sporting Goods Voluntarily Recalls Fitness Gear Inversion Table

January 5, 2015 - Mizuno USA Hires Mark Sheehan as VP of Running Product Management

2014 News Releases

December 5, 2014 - Bicycle Helmets Recalled by UVEX for Risk of Injury

November 30, 2014 - TAG to Focus on Branded Products, No Longer Act as Buying Group

November 12, 2014 - Stahls' Releases 2015 NHL Winter Classic Kits

November 12, 2014 - Schutt Acquires Additional Adams USA Assets

September 4, 2014 - John C. Clark Jr., of Clark's Sporting Goods, Passes Away

August 20, 2014 - Football Jump Helps High School Participation Numbers Hit All-Time High

July 15, 2014 - Russell Athletic Celebrates 75th Anniversary of Little League Baseball

July 3, 2014 - GroupeSTAHL Appoints Chris Lawson as CEO

July 1, 2014 - Academy Sports + Outdoors Expands Headquarters

June 30, 2014 - Sport Chalet to be Acquired by Versa Capital's Vestis Retail Group

June 20, 2014 - Fleet Feet Introduces Experience 2.0 at National Franchise Conference

June 18, 2014 - Modell's to GO International

May 20, 2014 - President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition Announces 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients

May 16, 2014 - Athletic Dealers of America Moves Into New Headquarters

May 6, 2014 - Sport Chalet Celebrates 55 Years in Business With Look at Fitness Trends

March 15, 2014 - Mizuno Will Open New Distribution Center in 2015

March 1, 2014 - TaylorMade-adidas Golf Makes Commitment to PGA Junior League Golf

February 27, 2014 - NFL player Matt Elam Takes Off-Season Job at The Finish Line

February 21, 2014 - Hibbett's Joins Athletic Dealers of America

February 15, 2014 - Mueller Sports Medicine Signs Tennis Star Rafael Nadal to Endorsement Deal