Dick’s Sporting Goods CEO Apologizes to Girl Regarding Catalog

October 20, 2014

Like a recent article noted, A 12-year-old girl from Arizona called out Dick’s Sporting Goods for failing to include female athletes in its 2014 basketball catalog. Now the company’s CEO has responded and offered to apologize in person to McKenna Peterson and her family.

Although the basketball catalog does include women, they are portrayed in passive or supportive roles: “sitting in the stands” or “mentioned once in the catalog on page 5 for some shoes” or as “cheerleaders on some coupons,” McKenna wrote. “It’s hard enough for girls to break through in this sport as it is, without you guys excluding us from your catalog,” she added.

Dick's CEO ApologizesOver the weekend, Dick’s CEO Ed Stack addressed McKenna’s concerns in a letter the company posted to Twitter. Stack said Dick’s “messed up” and promised to include female athletes in the next basketball catalog. He also offered to meet with the family during a future trip to Arizona.

12-Year-Old Girl’s Letter To Dick’s Sporting Goods

October 15, 2014

Dick’s Sporting Goods ought to know that a game like basketball is played by both men and women. The company, however, seemed to have missed that memo when it published its 2014 basketball catalogue, and an Arizona girl took notice.

McKenna Peterson, 12, plays and watches basketball. After seeing the sports equipment retailer’s catalogue, she wrote a letter to Dick’s about the dearth of female faces in the publication.

“There are NO girls in the catalog,” she said in her missive. “Oh, wait, sorry. There IS a girl in the catalog on page 6. SITTING in the STANDS. Women are only mentioned once in the catalog on page 5 for some shoes. And there are cheerleaders on some coupons. It’s hard enough for girls to break through in this sport as it is, without you guys excluding us from your catalog.”

Read the rest of the article at HuffingtonPost.com.

Woolrich Plans First Standalone Store in North America

October 4, 2014

Woolrich Inc. and WP Lavori in Corso announced the opening of the first Woolrich standalone retail space in North America. Located on 125 Wooster Street in New York’s SoHo neighborhood, the two-level flagship will carry men’s and women’s clothing and accessories from the brand’s contemporary collection, Woolrich John Rich & Bros. It will also feature men’s wear from the designer label Woolrich Woolen Mills.

Read the rest of the article at Sportswearnet.com.

REI to Open 6th Location in Los Angeles

October 1, 2014

REI New StoreThe 30,000 sq ft new REI store will open in the Fall of 2015. This store will be located at the Village at Westfield Topanga, a lifestyle shopping development.

REI said it has 352,000 active members in the Los Angeles area, including 62,000 who live within 15 miles of the new store. The outdoors and sports apparel co-op has more than 5 million members.

Go Surf Accessories Mouthpiece Mount

September 17, 2014

GoSurf Accessories offers the best customizable GoPro mount for surfing, skateboarding, wake boarding, body boarding, kayaking, skim boarding, SUP or anything that involves filming hands free!

The mount can be used with the camera oriented in different ways or can be folded out becoming a handle to film your friends. The main features are the 9 customizable color choices, breathable airway, comfort bite mouthpiece and an adjustable lanyard. Pick your favorite colored adjustable lanyard, so you can keep your camera attached. Mix and match any color combo to match your lifestyle.Go Surf Mouthpiece Mount

“The kickstarter campaign success is necessary for our company so we can fund our production of the mount and further develop our packaging,” says founder Steve Ramsthaler.

The packaging is made up of recycled wetsuits and mesh material forming not only a packaging for our product, but a pocket in which you can attach to your wetsuit.

“Along with planned beach cleanups and other ocean conservation programs we want to help the ocean community through our business,” Steve added.

Included in the packaging for each GoSurf Accessories Mouthpiece Mount comes a mount, lanyard, nut and bolt, mouth piece and zip-tie. It comes completely assembled, all you have to do it attach your GoPro!

They launched on Kickstarter today at 6pm central, they already have 16 backers, raising a total of $1,681 towards their goal of $5,000!

LeBron James Unviels New LeBron 12

Lebron 12 ShoesLeBron was at Nike’s corporate headquarters Tuesday for the unveiling of his new shoe, the LeBron 12. It is his first new shoe with Nike since he returned this summer to the Cavs.

“I would like this shoe,” he joked. “But I love it because it has my name and logo on it.”

Nike pays LeBron about $20 million a year, so they hope he actually wears the LeBron 12 in games. The superstar reportedly didn’t wear the 11 series very much last season, preferring an older model.

The shoes will hit U.S. stores on Oct. 11 and sell for $200.

Nike Pulls Peterson Merchandise from Twin Cities Stores

September 16, 2014

Are you looking for an Adrian Peterson jersey?

In the wake of the scandal involving the Vikings running back and his indictment for alleged child abuse, Nike has decided to pull all Peterson merchandise out of their stores in the Twin Cities area. So, if you’re in Minneapolis or St. Paul, you’re out of luck.

Read the rest of the story at FoxSports.com

Dick’s Sporting Goods to Open in Franfort, KY

September 4, 2014

Dicks-Sporting-Goods-logo-smallDick’s Sporting Goods will be opening its 11th store in Kentucky and 577th store nationwide on Friday, September 5th at 7800 John Davis Drive Parkside in Frankfort, KY. The three day grand opening celebration will run through Sunday, September 7th. The store will open at 8:00 a.m. Friday and Saturday and 9:00 a.m. Sunday. They will be doing giveaways all three days.

The new location will feature Nike and Under Armour shops, athletic and outdoor apparel and footwear and the latest gear for team sports, fitness, camping, hunting and fishing. More than 40 in-store services by DICK’S certified PROS in sports and outdoor specialties such as bike, golf and fishing will also be available.

Escalade to focus more on the Sporting Goods Segment

August 31, 2014

esc-logo-topEscalade, Incorporated today announced that its Board of Directors has unanimously approved a plan to focus the Company on the Sporting Goods segment. The Company conducted a careful evaluation of each business unit with the objective of increasing shareholder value and redeploying capital where possible. Escalade believes its focus on the Sporting Goods segment will facilitate better deployment of Company resources, increased market leadership and greater returns for shareholders.

Revenue from the Sporting Goods business was flat for the second quarter of 2014 and up 4% for the first half of 2014, compared with the same periods in 2013. During the first half of 2013, the Company realized exceptional sales growth in certain categories that was not matched during the first half of 2014. The Company expects improved sales growth for the remainder of the year.

The Sporting Goods gross margin ratio for the first half of 2014 was 31.3% compared to 33.6% for the same period in 2013. Decreased gross margin resulted from lower sales in certain higher margin categories and increased product research and development investments.

“We are excited to announce Escalade’s clear strategic vision for the Sporting Goods segment,” stated Robert J. Keller, President and Chief Executive Officer of Escalade, Inc. “We are a team of sports and outdoor enthusiasts with a passion for innovation and a close connection to our brands and the active lifestyles they inspire. We look forward to building Escalade into a premier Sports and Outdoors company that will play an important leadership role in the $27 billion Sporting Goods equipment industry. Strong cash flow from profits in the Sporting Goods segment and proceeds from the sale of the Print Finishing business allowed the Company to reduce its debt by more than 50% thus far in 2014. As a result, the Company is pleased to increase its quarterly dividend.”

Escalade owns a line of popular brands including Prince, Stiga, Goalrilla, Goaliath, Minnesota Fats, Harvard, Arachnid, Accudart to name a few. To obtain more information on the Company and its products, visit our website at: Escaladeinc.com.

Scheels Pledges $1M to MN College

August 29, 2014

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A Fargo-based sporting goods company has pledged a million dollars to Minnesota State University-Moorhead in exchange for the naming rights of its football field.

WDAY-TV reports Scheels All Sports has promised to donate the money in hopes of putting artificial turf on the Dragons’ stadium.

Incoming university President Anne Blackhurst is running 50 laps around the school in honor of her first year. Scheels’ CEO Steve Scheel says he will donate $20,000 to the school for every lap Blackhurst completes up to 50.

Read the rest of the story at CBSLocal.com.