Archive | Sporting goods

Gun Brand Licensing in a Polarized Landscape

Last week, the U.S. government submitted a court filing that assigned responsibility to Academy Sports, a sporting goods discount chain with more than 250 stores in 16 states, for contributing to a church shooting in Texas in 2017. The retailer had sold the shooter the semi-automatic rifle and high-capacity magazine used in the shooting. The […]

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A Pitch for Women’s Soccer Fans

Women’s football/soccer has been in the spotlight this summer after the July 7 conclusion of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019, hosted by France and won by the U.S. team. Heightened global awareness for the women’s sport is increasingly leading to more endorsement opportunities for individual female athletes, more sponsorship revenue for women’s teams, and […]

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Sporting Goods Makers Relish Pickleball

Pickleball, created in the U.S. in 1965, is one of the fastest-growing participation sports in North America. Combining elements of tennis, badminton, and ping pong, it uses an oversized ping pong–like paddle and a wiffleball-like ball. A group of specialist equipment makers and ecommerce companies has emerged to supply the pickleball needs of both professionals […]

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Surf Style

Over the past few years, there has been an infusion of fashion into the wetsuit category. That has led to a number of collaborations pairing designers, fashion labels, and stylish and athletic celebrities with makers of wetsuits for men and women: Japanese ready-to-wear and accessories label Julien David worked with Quiksilver on a capsule that […]

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Peddling Pedals

As bike culture grows around the globe, especially in urban areas, licensing in the bicycle category is expanding outside of its historical boundaries. The U.K. market over the last year or so has served as the epicenter for several deals illustrating how bike-related licensing can stretch beyond conventional bike-licensing boundaries. For instance: Bike-culture brands are […]

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