We Lost a Sporting Goods Legend in Dick Cabela

February 22, 2014

The Cabela’s Inc. sporting goods empire — with $3.1 billion in sales in 2012 from mail order and big-box retail stores — started at a kitchen table in 1961 in the small town of Chappell, Neb.

Dick Cabela had spent $45 on nearly 3,000 hand-tied fishing lures while on a buying trip to Chicago with his father for the family hardware and furniture store. Cabela tried to sell the fishing flies in the store, but they were a dud — not one sold. Next he took out an ad in a Casper, Wyo., newspaper offering 12 of the flies for $1, and got only one sale.

Cabela, 77, died Monday at home in Sidney, Neb., according to company spokesman Joe Arterburn. The company declined to disclose the cause.

Read the rest of the story at LATimes.com.

Roller Hockey Skate Guards

February 17, 2014

Jennifer Botterill ‏@JenBotterill, from Nike tweeted about these sweet skate guards:
BgCVmmMIcAA1tTFMost innovative skate guards I have ever seen. Any guesses who is wearing them?? Hint: Canada player @CBCOlympics

Could there be a market for these? Probably not, but an interesting innovation.

Footwear Sales for 2013

February 10, 2014

According to Matt Powell from Sports One Source, the athletic footwear industry had its best year in 2013. Here is a summary of what Matt posted on Twitter:

Athletic footwear sales reached $22 billion at retail in US in 2013, which was a new record. Sales grew +5% and Internet sales were +18% and represented 11% of all sport footwear sold. 1/3 of the growth in 2013 came from sales on the web.

Nike brand had a strong year, as Basketball, Running & Training offset weak Casual & Outdoor, sales were up +11%. Nike Inc. had a 58.9% share of sport footwear sold in dollars in the US in 2013. This is the highest share we’ve ever recorded.

You can follow Matt on Twitter @mattSOS

Field & Stream to Open Third Location

February 8, 2014

field24stream 304The new Field & Stream 50,000-square-foot store will be located at the entrance of Austin Landing along Austin Boulevard near I-75 in Miami Township, OH. The company is owned by Dick’s Sporting Goods Inc., currently has two existing stores in Cranberry Township, Pa., and Crescent Springs, Ky.

The store will carry outdoor equipment and specific equipment for hunting, fishing, archery and camping. The store is expected to open its doors in the Fall of 2014.

Retailers Gearing up for Olympic Sales

February 7, 2014

Olympic fever is spreading all over the world and right here at home.

In Albuquerque, sporting goods stores are getting ready for what they expect to be a busy couple of weeks.

It may be the rush, the praise, or the fame.

Whatever it is, every couple of years, some people are inspired by the Olympics.

Jon Welch is the owner of Play It Again Sports in northeast Albuquerque.

Welch expects to see about a 15 percent jump in sales throughout the next couple of weeks, all because people will be coming in interested to learn about Winter Olympic sports.

Read the rest of the story at Kob.com.

Germany’s Puma ousts Nike as Arsenal kit supplier

February 1, 2014

Puma will become the kit supplier to English soccer club Arsenal from July 1, the German sportswear company said on Monday, in a deal worth more than 30 million pounds ($49.5 million) a year to the Premier League leaders.

Puma is ousting U.S. group Nike which has provided Arsenal’s red and white shirts for the past two decades.
The agreement shows Puma’s determination to re-establish itself as a core sports brand under new CEO Bjoern Gulden after moving more into lifestyle and fashion.

Puma has also acquired the rights to produce other branded Arsenal merchandise that will be sold to fans around the world. Financial details were not disclosed but Puma said the deal was the biggest ever for both itself and Arsenal.

Check out the rest of the story at TheGuardian.com.

Pitchers’ Protective Caps Approved

January 30, 2014

In the nearly 17 months since then-Oakland Athletics pitcher Brandon McCarthy was struck in the head by a line drive and suffered life-threatening brain injuries, Major League Baseball says it has received and tested numerous prototypes from different vendors for padded caps to provide some head protection against high-speed shots off the bat.

On Tuesday morning, MLB informed its 30 teams that it has approved such a product for the first time, after consultation with the players’ association, according to Dan Halem, MLB executive vice president for labor relations.

I wonder if the average fan would want one of these? Fans and enthusiasts always want what the athletes are wearing.

Read the rest of the story at ESPN.com.

Ralph Lauren’s USA Olympic Uniforms

January 28, 2014

BerfCs1IQAAr-2-The new USA Olympic Uniforms for the Sochi Olympics by Ralph Lauren are in one word “ugly”. They look like they were made straight out of the 80′s and would be the perfect choice to wear to an ugly Christmas sweater party. What are your thoughts?

North Jersey Sporting Good Stores Stocking for Super Bowl

January 24, 2014

Even though the Super Bowl is in East Rutherford next month, football fans might find it difficult to get their hands on any Denver Broncos or Seattle Seahawks jerseys at North Jersey sporting goods stores before the big game.

Big retailers such as Modell’s Sporting Goods, Dick’s Sporting Goods and Sports Authority are flush with generic Super Bowl gear for fans looking to buy cold-weather clothing emblazoned with this year’s Super Bowl logo. But finding a Peyton Manning or Richard Sherman jersey to wear before heading to a Super Bowl party might prove to be more difficult, because larger retailers are focusing on their Manhattan-based locations, where the tourists are.

Read the rest of the article at NorthJersey.com.

Notre Dame Making the Move to Under Armour

January 22, 2014

Notre Dame and Under Armour announced Tuesday that they have agreed to the most valuable shoe and apparel contract in college sports history. The University of Notre Dame did not reveal the value of the 10-year deal, which will begin when its contract with adidas expires at the end of June, reports say the new deal with Under Armour is worth about $90 million.

As part of the 10-year agreement, Under Armour will exclusively design and supply the footwear, apparel and equipment for training and game-day uniforms for each of the university’s men’s and women’s varsity athletics teams. The university announced in 2005 it had entered into a 10-year contract worth more than $60 million with Adidas that ran through the end of the 2013-2014 season.