Boston Marathon Bans Personal Bags

March 6, 2014

The Boston Athletic Association announced a “no bags policy” for the 2014 Boston Marathon to expedite security checks and promote overall safety at the race in the wake of last year’s bombing.

The policy bans participants from bringing their own bags to the race. Instead, runners will be given an opportunity to stash a change of clothes or other personal gear in a clear plastic bag B.A.A. will provide when they pick up their race numbers near the finish line on Boston Commons.

“Only this B.A.A.-provided, clear, plastic bag can be used for this purpose,” according to a copy of the new policy posted on the association’s website. “No other bags will be accepted. Any items that you would like to have with you at the conclusion of the race must be placed inside the clear, plastic bag that the B.A.A. will provide for you.”

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Vinci Sports Products Now at Hibbett Sporting Goods

March 4, 2014

JC3333-22_Black+Black_Mesh+White_Lace_-Left_View_-_BIGVinci, makers of high quality baseball gloves and equipment, will now be offered at Hibbett Sporting Goods stores.

Hibbett will carry the JC3300-L Black and White Vinci baseball glove, which will retail for $199. The JC3333-22 Black with Grey Mesh glove will retail for $149.

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2014 Combine Under Armour Footwear Collection

March 2, 2014

BhNHlcbCIAA0SLdUnder Armour posted these cleats for the NFL Draft Football Combine:

Under Armour ‏@UnderArmour
2014 Combine Footwear Collection: For the most important job interview of your life.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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