Monday, December 31, 2007

Nike Bauer Goes Retro

Nike Bauer Hockey has designed retro skates and sticks for the Pittsburgh Penguins and Buffalo Sabres as part of a special outdoor game being played January 1 at Ralph Wilson Stadium, home of the Buffalo Bills. The skates are replica Bauer skates first introduced in 1968. The equipment will be autographed and auctioned off with proceeds to benefit the NHL Players' Association's Goals & Dreams fund's efforts in the two cities. Launched in 1999, Goals & Dreams has donated complete sets of equipment to over 8,000 underprivileged kids in 17 countries. (Shown, Bauer's 1968-1969 catalog.)

Nike Bauer Blog

Friday, December 28, 2007

Denson, Hainer, Plank Crack Sports Top 50

Nike's Charles Denson ranked 13th on SportsBusiness Journal's 50 Most Influential People In Sports Business for 2007. Adidas's Herb Rainer came in at 17, and Under Armour's Kevin Plank, 42. The rest of the list includes an assortment of team owners, sports league commissioners, sports media tycons, and major sports sponsors, etc.

Accessing the list, CNBC columnist Darren Rovell praised SBJ for putting Denson on the list instead of Phil Knight - a common mistake - since Knight isn't involved in day-to-day stuff. He surmised that Mark Parker didn't make it since the mag only wanted one person per slot. Nonetheless, he argued that for donating $100 million to the University of Oregon, Knight could have earned a spot as a sponsor. Steve & Barry's or Dick's Sporting Goods also merit a spot. "They are huge players in the sports merchandise marketplace."

Thursday, December 27, 2007 Goes Live

Earlier this month, went live, producing the first hockey line just for girls. The site offers polka-dotted sticks, pink-and-purple hockey socks and even a scarf to help players keep the hair out of their faces as they speed around the ice. A partner in the business is Cammi Granato, captain of the U.S. women's hockey teams that won the gold medal at the 1998 Olympics in Nagano and the silver in 2002 in Salt Lake City.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Is a Private Jet Your Definition of Success?

For Ed Stack at Dick's Sporting Goods, it looks like he needs his own terminal...

Dick's is planning to build a 1-million-square-foot office campus next to Pittsburgh International Airport to accommodate a growing workforce. The first phase of construction, including 610,000 square feet of office space, related amenities, and a 60,000-square-foot aircraft terminal.

The campus would sit on 116 acres in the North Field development owned by the Allegheny County Airport Authority, just south of Route 60 at the Flaugherty Run interchange. It would have direct access to a taxiway to accommodate air travel by employees and vendors.


Wednesday, December 19, 2007

An Intelligent Football

The new Puma V1. 08 ball, which is being officially launched on January 1, contains a layer of d3o on the inside wall of the ball. By using d3o in the ball, Puma has created what it's calling the world's first ever "intelligent" football—at slow speeds it offers more control, and at high speeds it gives more power and truer flight.

How the heck does that work? Check out this d30 podcast showcasing the new product.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

See Any Similarities?

Louis Vuitton and DVS have resolved the matter between them regarding the alleged infringement of Louis Vuitton’s registered trademarks and copyrights for sandals, slip-on shoes, athletic shoes, t-shirts, sweatshirts, caps and graphic kits. DVS has acknowledged Louis Vuitton’s intellectual property rights and has agreed to discontinue all manufacture, exportation, importation, distribution, advertising and marketing of said products.


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Thursday, December 13, 2007

SGB @ 40

The December issue of SGB acknowledges our 40th anniversary and features interviews with sporting goods industry legends such as Doug Morton, Mitchell Modell, Mickey Newsome, Rusty Saunders, Jack Smith, Pat Galyan, Gib Ford, Ralph Parks, Bob Carr, Jim Chick, Gert Boyle and more.

The issue is out now. Looking for a copy? Email us. Want to subscribe? Click here.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Anyone Need An RV?

The guys from Eesa are currently hawking a used RV on eBay.

"Basically this is a dope RV to rally around, we won't lie to ya, it needs a spit shine and some elbow grease, but it is solid and it will get you from A-to-B rested and relaxed, especially when you sleep in the parking lot of your favorite resort the night of a massive storm and wake up for first chair. Oh yeah."

Monday, December 10, 2007

New Balance Acquires Vital

“Our acquisition of Vital gives us significant opportunities to accelerate the growth of New Balance apparel,” says Rob DeMartini, CEO at New Balance.


Friday, December 7, 2007

Kung Fu Fighting: Zoo York In China

SGB mag readers might recall that as part of our China Report in the November issue, Zoo York team manager Seamus Deegan filed a report from the Zoo Crew's two-week trip through Hong Kong and Shenzhen.

Hot off the YouTube presses, you can now check out some video of the Zoo York trip to China:

More on the Zoo over on their blog.

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Thursday, December 6, 2007

Burton: Poach For Freedom

Burton is pushing some buttons with the recent launch of its Poach story on (See above video). The snowboard company is encouraging people to send in videos of themselves snowboarding at one of the four major North American ski resorts that still do not allow snowboarding.

Jake Burton points out that "Two of the four resorts operate on federal forest land, which makes this issue even more frustrating since the taxes of many snowboarders help finance these resorts."

adidas CEO says Asics-Nike Rumors are Pure Nonsense

Last week someone felt that rumors about Nike and ASICS teaming up to acquire adidas were worthy to print. Herbert Hainer told Reuters the speculation was "pure nonsense," adding that nobody had approached adidas.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Hurley Recommends ...

Music and athletic branding is nothing new, but Hurley is taking it a step further with the new Hurley recommends program, a collaboration with SoCal lifestyle retail chain Active and Orange County-based record label Science Records.

The program, which involves listening stations in over 20 Hurley and Active retail locations, introduces customers to bands tagged as "Hurley favorites." The program kicks off with four artists: Avenged Sevenfold, The White Stripes, Talib Kweli and Motion City Soundtrack, all of which will be prominently featured on custom CD racks in each of the retail locations.

The “Hurley Recommends” music program also incorporates in-store concerts, free samplers, giveaways and online contests. Other upcoming feature artists include Against Me!, All Time Low, Tegan and Sara, Blessthefall, The Confession, Every Time I Die, Maylene and the Sons of Disaster and Job For a Cowboy.

Also of interest: the Hurley blog.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

"This Is Gonna Be Dangerous"

Highly amusing video from Bode Miller:


Monday, December 3, 2007

Goose Bumps

The new adidas Europass will be the official match ball for this summer's Euro 2008 soccer tournament. The ball has goose bumps—a new surface structure that improves touch and ball control in all weather conditions.

Business Meeting

Editors extraordinaire Kris and Andy discuss the meaning of life over pickle chips and onion rings at the Penguin Drive-In.

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Action Sports Legend's Final Fall

If action sports has anything to do with showmanship, airborne stunts and the threat of broken bones, Evel Knievel clearly paved a path for many of its future stars. He died last week at the age of 69. When he retired in 1980, he told reporters that he was “nothing but scar tissue and surgical steel.”