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Mon, Aug 28, 2017
Vol 1, Issue No. 33

The Buzz: NCAA, FDRA, Forsake, OIA, Golf Datatech, Selkirk

Photo Credit: Ariel Hayat [CC BY 2.0]

California college athletes in the state will be allowed to profit from the use of their names, images and likenesses under legislation signed into law last week by Gov. Gavin Newsom. But the state law is expected to face legal challenges, most significantly from the NCAA.

Footwear Distributors and Retailers Association (FDRA) and TUV SUD have updated the footwear industry’s Restricted Substance List (RSL) for chemical testing. It may be founded on the Footwear Product Safety Compliance Center website, which also provides details on global testing requirements, physical testing requirements, and the quarterly chemical fail reports. The site is free to FDRA members.

Forsake opens a pop-up shop on Boston’s Newbury Street, offering its men’s and footwear collections and branded accessories, that will remain open through Dec. 31.

Golf Datatech releases its 2019 Summer Golf Product Attitude and Usage Study, the 40th edition of the bi-annual study that examines the attitudes and opinions of serious golfers about their planned golf purchases and where they intend to make them. One finding shows that serious golfers, due to age and lifestyle, have been slower to move toward digital and streaming for their golf information. More information on the study is available at (888) 944-4116 or

Steve Barker.

Outdoor Industry Association taps Steve Barker, Co-Founder of Eagle Creek, as its interim director to replace Amy Roberts, who is now employed by The North Face. Jen Mull Neuhauss is taking over Barker’s role as board chair of the Outdoor Foundation.

Retail Imports are projected to hit their highest level of 2019 in November, ahead of planned new tariffs on $300 billion worth of Chinese imports on Dec. 15. Global Port Tracker is forecasting 8.9 percent year-over-year growth in November retail imports to 1.97 million Twenty-Foot Equivalent (TEU) units.

Selkirk Sports is donating Pickleball paddles to schools and youth organizations, first responders and charitable organizations through its philanthropic campaign, “Selkirk Growth Program” designed to further support participation in the sport. The Hayden, ID Pickleball paddle and accessory brand, after receiving a record number of applications, intends to surpass its 1,000 paddle donation objective sometime in Q4 following recent contributions to the Boys & Girls Club of Central New Mexico, Camp One Step in Williams Bay, WI and the Encinitas, CA Fire Dept.

Sequential Brands Group, whose portfolio of brands includes AND1 and Avia, is conducting a strategic review that may include the divestiture of one or more brands, the acquisition of one or more new brands, a stock buyback or other initiatives. Stifel is advising the New York company in the review process. Last week, SQBG CEO Karen Murray stepped down from her position, and Chad Wagenheim, EVP of Strategic Development and Operations, was promoted to President. In FY18, Sequential reported operating income of $57.2 million from nearly $170 million in revenues.

Tennis Owners & Managers (TOM) Conference is scheduled next during the Racquet & Paddle Sports Show in Orlando from Jan. 22-24, 2020. The TOM Conference will be integrated with golf education sessions at the co-located PGA Merchandise Show/Racquet & Paddle Sports Show. Early registration savings for TOM are available through Dec. 17 at The event’s comprehensive education schedule is available at