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• Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Miami Open (March 23) due to knee issues.

• Picking up the mantle of National Women’s Month, and anticipating what next year will be its 70th anniversary, the LPGA has unveiled “Drive On,” a multi-platform refined brand position. According to the LPGA, “Drive On is clearly rooted in golf, but it's a bigger idea. It captures the power and potential in each of us and celebrates the hard work, focus and tenacity that it takes to achieve our goals.” Full story here.

• The NBA said that the Chinese and Croatian National Teams would join all 30 NBA teams to compete at MGM Resorts NBA Summer League 2019 in Las Vegas, marking the first time that the league will feature two international teams, with 83 games over 11 days (July 5-15).

• The 2019 Alliance of American Football Championship, originalluy scheduled for April 27 in Las Vegas, will be played in Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas., which is owned and operated by Jerry Jones and the Dallas Cowboys.

• MLB and the MLB Players’ Assn. have unveiled numerous changes to the game to be installed over the next two seasons that will impact game length, marketing broadcast partners, the All-Star Game and the Home Run Derby. Full story here.

POLL POSITION

Top Ten Most In-Demand MLB Tickets (based on total ticket sales on StubHub thru March 14):
1. New York Yankees
2. Boston Red Sox
3. San Francisco Giants
4. Chicago Cubs
5. St. Louis Cardinals
6. Los Angeles Dodgers
7. Philadelphia Phillies
8. Texas Rangers
9. New York Mets
10. Houston Astros

SOURCE: STUBHUB

KEEPING SCORE

The Most-In-Demand MLB Home Openers
(based on total ticket sales on StubHub thru March 14, all on March 28):

• Arizona Diamondbacks at the Dodgers (average ticket price $229.
• Baltimore Orioles at New York Yankees (average ticket price $202)
• Atlanta Braves at Philadelphia Phillies (average ticket price $84)
• Chicago Cubs at Texas Rangers (average ticket price $254)
• Pittsburgh Pirates at Cincinnati Reds (average ticket price $122)

BUY SELL

Weekend Box Office March 15-17
1. Captain Marvel $69.3M
2. Wonder Park $16M
3. Five Feet Apart $13.2M
4. How To Train Your Dragon: Hidden World $9.4M
5. Madea Family Funeral $8M
6. No Manches Frida 2 $3.9M
7. Captive State $3.2M
8. Lego Movie 2 $2.1M
9. Alita: Battle Angel $1.9M
10. Green Book $1.3M
Source: Box Office Mojo

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Apr162018

Pump It Up: Sports And Fitness Product Category Tops $90B, Up $17B Since 2010

By Barry Janoff

April 16, 2018: Sales in the sports and fitness industry are healthy and getting strong, topping $90 billion in 2017, up 2.9% in 2017 versus the previous year.

That represents the best annual growth in three years according to the Sports & Fitness Industry Assn., the trade association of leading industry sports and fitness brands, suppliers, retailers and partners.

The total is up $6 billion from $84.3 billion in 2014, and up a whopping $16 billion from $74 billion in 2010.

The overall sports equipment category was $24.9 billion in sales, according to the SFIA 2018 Manufacturers’ Sales Report.

“The sports and fitness products industry is resilient,” said Tom Cove, president and CEO for SFIA.

“Though we have faced profound changes in retail landscape and consumer behavior, the industry continues to innovate and deliver products that Americans want, in order to maintain their desired active lifestyle.”

In conjunction with the report, SFIA released an open letter to the House of Representatives Ways & Means Committee “addressing concern over proposed tariffs.”

Theh letter read, in part: “The Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA) joins 100+ other organizations in expressing concern over the detrimental effects an additional $100 billion in new tariffs on Chinese-made products would have on American businesses, workers, consumers and the economy.

“Essentially, as tariffs increase, companies will be forced to increase product costs in order to cover the additional tariffs and offset any impact it has on sales. When the cost of basic necessities jump, American consumers will have no choice but to pay more or abstain from the market; which will, in turn, place a greater strain on the U.S. economy.

“A trade war is not an effective way to fix the current situation with China, and it is vital that any actions taken by the U.S. does not intensify or aggravate the current problem at hand.”

According to the SFIA’s separate just-released report, 2018 Sports, Fitness, and Leisure Activities Topline Participation, which tracked participation in 120 sports, recreation and fitness activities, 2017 inactivity rates slightly increased from 2016, 81.4 million to 82.4 million.

Categories that showed “significant one-year increases in casual participation included baseball (12.9%), basketball (14.1%), field hockey (15.9%) and indoor soccer (13.2%).

The 2018 Manufacturers’ Sales Report, “dissects the sports and fitness product market, based on the U.S. wholesale dollar sales data of sports equipment, exercise equipment, activewear apparel, sports apparel, licensed merchandise and footwear."

Cross-training style workouts, rowing machines, and kettlebells all showed growth in 2017, according to the SFIA.
 
In 2017, sports equipment sales increased by 3.1%, with basketballs, batting gloves, baseball protective gear and camping coolers registering healthy category growth.

Regarding fitness, the fitness apparel category experienced strong gains at 12.3%, while the exercise and fitness products market maintained its relatively flat year-over-year pattern, measuring out to $5.2 billion in sales.

Overall, the report shows that “institutional exercise products are slightly up and consumer exercise products are slightly down.”

"The industry continues to innovate and deliver products that Americans want, in order to maintain their desired active lifestyle.”

In apparel, the accessories sector of branded athletic apparel has experienced notable growth (nearing 5% in some categories), creating more opportunity for niche products in the marketplace, according to SFIA.

In addition, following what was called an “unpredictable few years in the footwear industry, where the classic/original brand styles have been increasing at a faster rate than any other category," fitness/workout, footwear is now outpacing the classic/original styles.

“While both categories are showing steady, healthy gains, sales of fitness/workout footwear have increased by 5.3%, while classic/originals have increased by 3.5%.”

Meanwhile, the running shoe category "continues to dominate the shoe market, grossing nearly double the amount of any other footwear category, and maintains strong, consistent growth at 2.1%," according to SFIA.

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