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Press Releases from National Sporting Goods Association (23 total)

NSGA: Yoga Continues U.S. Participation Explosion in 2009; Team Participation De …

MOUNT PROSPECT, IL – Yoga, which grew by 21.9% in 2008, grew at nearly the same rate in 2009, according to the National Sporting Goods Association (NSGA). Data contained in NSGA's annual "Sports Participation -- Series I and II" reports, which are now available, shows yoga with 15.7 million participants in 2009, an increase of 20.9% compared to the 13.0 million in 2008. Since the Association began surveying yoga in

U.S. Sporting Goods Sales Fall 3% in 2009

MOUNT PROSPECT, IL – In spite of a 14% surge in shooting sports equipment sales, U.S. retail sales of sporting goods (footwear, clothing and equipment), which slipped 1% in 2008, fell 3% in 2009 to $53.4 billion, according to the soon to be released NSGA report "The Sporting Goods Market in 2010." For 2009, sporting goods sales reached $50.7 billion and are forecast to rise 2% to $51.5 billion

Sporting Goods Industry Hall of Fame Elects Four

MOUNT PROSPECT, IL (September 1, 2009) – The Sporting Goods Industry Hall of Fame Committee announced today that it has elected four new members to be inducted into the Hall of Fame next May, one retailer and three manufacturers. Bill Farrell, Asics America/T.W. Promotions; John M. Forzani, The Forzani Group Ltd.; and Julie Nimmons and Ken Nimmons, Schutt Sports, will be honored in ceremonies Tuesday evening, May 4, during the 46th

How Active Are Americans?

MOUNT PROSPECT, IL – Americans are more active than one might think, according to data in the “Sports Participation: Series I” report, published annually by the National Sporting Goods Association (NSGA). Among Americans age seven and older, 78.7% (212.7 million Americans) participated more than once in the 23 sports and recreational activities included in the Series I report. Sports included in the Series I report include team sports, fitness activities, outdoor

Used Sports Equipment Purchases in U.S. Fall Below $1 Billion in 2008

MOUNT PROSPECT, IL – Consumers purchased $969 million in used sporting goods equipment in 2008, according to a report just released by the National Sporting Goods Association (NSGA). This is the 11th study done by the Association on the used equipment market. The used sporting goods equipment market had exceeded $1 billion the previous two years. Sales were $1.08 billion in 2007 and $1.01 billion in 2006. Purchases of used equipment for

2008 U.S. Sporting Goods Sales Reach $53.4 Billion

MOUNT PROSPECT, IL – In spite of a 16% surge in shooting sports equipment, retail sales of sporting goods (footwear, clothing and equipment), which reached a record $53.5 billion in 2007, fell 1% to $53.4 billion in 2008, according to the just released National Sporting Goods Association (NSGA) report “The Sporting Goods Market in 2009.” For 2009, sporting goods sales are forecast to slip another 1% to $52.3 billion. “In spite

Running/Jogging and Yoga Lead Sports Growth in 2008

MOUNT PROSPECT, IL – Among sports and recreation activities with 10 million or more participants, running/jogging experienced the highest growth rate in 2008, according to the National Sporting Goods Association (NSGA). Data contained in NSGA's annual "Sports Participation -- Series I and II" reports, which are now available, shows running/jogging grew 18.2% with 35.9 million pounding the pavements. Yoga, in just its second year in the study, trailed closely with

Exercise Walking Leads Top 10 in Sports Participation for 2008

MOUNT PROSPECT, IL – Exercise walking, which experienced 7.6% growth in 2008, remains the No. 1 participant activity surveyed by the National Sporting Goods Association (NSGA), a position it has held since 1990. Data contained in NSGA’s annual “Sports Participation – Series I and II” reports, which will be available in May, shows 96.6 million Americans walked for exercise in 2008. Swimming, with a 6.1% increase, moved ahead of exercising with

Average Price of Athletic Footwear Edges Up in 2008

MOUNT PROSPECT, IL – Preliminary data from the NSGA “Sporting Goods Market in 2009” puts the average price point for athletic footwear in 2008 at $43.71, a 1.6% increase from 2007. In 2007, the average price had risen 2.1% to $43.03 versus $42.16 in 2006. On average, males spent more on athletic footwear than females, $45.16 versus $42.75. By age group, the 18 to 24 year olds were the big

NSGA: The NPD Group Will Facilitate Management Conference Workshop For Retailers

MOUNT PROSPECT, IL – Dee Warmath, vice president of retail insights at The NPD Group, will make a special presentation and facilitate a workshop for retailers at the 45th Annual NSGA Management Conference May 3-6 at the Westin La Cantera Resort in San Antonio, Texas. Warmath will discuss a phenomenon known as market blur, which occurs when what is believed to be true about the market has changed, causing retailers to

Three More Speakers Confirmed for NSGA Management Conference & Team Dealer Summi …

MOUNT PROSPECT, IL – Best Buy President & Chief Operating Officer Brian Dunn is among the featured speakers who have been confirmed for the 45th Annual NSGA Management Conference & 11th Annual Team Dealer Summit, which will be held May 3-6, 2009, at the Westin La Cantera Resort in San Antonio, Texas. Dunn will speak on Tuesday, May 5, on “The Importance of Building Great Customer Relationships.” In a challenging environment

Three Keynote Speakers Confirmed For NSGA Management Conference & Team Dealer Su …

MOUNT PROSPECT, IL – The National Sporting Goods Association (NSGA) proudly announces a triple-header of keynote speakers for its 45th Annual Management Conference & 11th Annual Team Dealer Summit, which will be held May 3-6, 2009, at the Westin La Cantera Resort in San Antonio, Texas. Dan Clark, best selling author and internationally known speaker, will open the Conference & Summit on Monday, May 4, with a keynote address titled, “The

Five Elected to Sporting Goods Industry Hall of Fame

MOUNT PROSPECT, IL – The Sporting Goods Industry Hall of Fame Committee announced today that it has elected five new members to be inducted into the Hall of Fame next May, one retailer and four manufacturers. Hank Derleth, Ripon Athletic; the late Gerry O’Keefe, Spalding/Brunswick/PGA Victor/Schwinn; Norbert Olberz, Sport Chalet; and Ellen Wessel and Elizabeth Goeke, Moving Comfort, will be honored in ceremonies Tuesday evening, May 5, during the 45th Annual

Jeff Brusati Elected To Serve on National Sporting Goods Association Board of Di …

MOUNT PROSPECT, IL – Jeff Brusati, president of T&B Sports, San Rafael, Calif., has been elected to a three-year term on the NSGA Board of Directors, filling a vacancy created by the retirement of director John McArthur, former president of Johnny Mac’s Sporting Goods, St. Louis, Mo. T&B has been an NSGA member since 1971. “We are fortunate to have an experienced retailer and team dealer like Jeff on the Board

Skateboarding Leads in Female Participation Share Increase

MOUNT PROSPECT, IL – In what sports or activities did women most increase their market share in the past five years? Of the 38 sports/activities surveyed by the National Sporting Goods Association (NSGA) in its “Sports Participation – Series I and II” reports, the female share of skateboarding showed the strongest increase. Females represented 26.6% (2.7 million) of total skateboard participation in 2007; in 2002, they represented on 19.5% (1.9 million)

Individual Golf Clubs Show Greatest Average Price Growth

MOUNT PROSPECT, IL – Using data from the National Sporting Goods Association’s Sporting Goods Market reports, golf clubs not sold in sets (drivers, wedges, putters, etc.) showed the highest average price growth in the past five years among equipment with more than one million units in sales. In 2007 their average price was $129.18 versus $101.54 in 2003, a 27.2% increase. The average price of golf clubs in sets rose

NSGA - Used U.S. Sports Equipment Purchases Surpass $1 Billion for Second Time

MOUNT PROSPECT, IL – Consumers purchased $1.08 billion in used sporting goods equipment in 2007, according to a report just released by the National Sporting Goods Association (NSGA). This is the 10th study done by the Association on the used equipment market and the second year in a row used equipment purchases have exceeded $1 billion. The 2006 data reflected sales of $1.01 billion. Used equipment for the outdoor sports (camping,

NSGA: Sporting Goods Stores and Internet Grab Larger Shares of U.S. Golf Club Ma …

MOUNT PROSPECT, IL – Full-line sporting goods stores and Internet retailers have increased their respective shares of sales of golf clubs sold in sets, which account for approximately half of the $3.8 billion U.S. golf equipment market. According to the just-released “Sporting Goods Market in 2008,” published annually for nearly 30 years by the National Sporting Goods Association (NSGA), full-line sporting goods stores accounted for nearly a third (32.7%) of

NSGA: Consumer Purchases of Outdoor Products Remain Strong

MOUNT PROSPECT, IL – Despite a current decline in participation in hunting, camping and fishing, 10-year trends indicate strength in all three areas. According to an analysis of data in the just-released “Sporting Goods Market in 2008,” published annually for nearly 30 years by the National Sporting Goods Association (NSGA), the “outdoor sportsman” product segments remain a vital part of the overall sporting goods market. Consumer purchases of shooting sports equipment

U.S. Sporting Goods Sales Reach $53.5 Billion in 2007; NSGA Expects Flat 2008

MOUNT PROSPECT, IL – Retail sales of sporting goods (footwear, clothing and equipment), which reached a record $53.5 billion in 2007, are expected be flat in 2008, according to NSGA. For 2008, sporting goods sales are forecast to reach $53.4 billion. In 2007, athletic and sport footwear hit a record $17.4 billion, a 2.7% increase. Clothing showed a 2.4% increase, to $10.8 billion. Equipment, which accounted for $25.3 billion in sales,

Skateboarding 10-Year Winner in U.S. Sports Participation Growth

MOUNT PROSPECT, IL – Among sports and recreation activities that grew more than 15% the past 10 years, skateboarding led the way with a 74.1% growth, according to the National Sporting Goods Association (NSGA). Data contained in NSGA’s annual “Sports Participation – Series I and II” reports, which are now available, shows skateboarding grew from 5.8 million to 10.1 million participants between 1998 and 2007. Target shooting had the second

U.S. Athletic Footwear Sales Reach $17.4 Billion in 2007

MOUNT PROSPECT, IL – Data from the National Sporting Goods Association’s just-released “Sporting Goods Market in 2008” report shows retail sales of athletic footwear have surpassed the $17 billion mark for the first time, reaching $17.4 billion, an increase of 2.7% versus 2006, when sales were $16.9 billion. Once again, the largest category of athletic and sport footwear was walking shoes, which reached $4.2 billion in 2007, an increase of 3%

Change or Fall Behind Is Message from Speakers at the NSGA Management Conference …

MOUNT PROSPECT, IL – While the speakers, panelists and workshop leaders covered a broad range of topics, one message was clear. The sporting goods industry is in a time of change, and those who resist that change are likely victims. And the more than 400 attendees picked up on that message. “It was great to share thoughts and perspectives in a time of intense change,” said Nissan Joseph, president and COO of

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