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• Under Armour said this morning that Patrik Frisk, the company’s president and COO, would become its new CEO, effective Jan. 1, 2020. He will also remain president. Company founder, chairman and CEO Kevin Plank, will become executive chairman and brand chief. According to Friske via Under Armour, "The opportunity that lies ahead of us is incredible as our entire global team continues to lean hard into our transformation."

• Sacramento, California's capital city, has been awarded an MLS expansion team with Sacramento Republic FC becoming the league's 29th team and beginning play in MLS in 2022. The club will build a new, $300 million, 20,100-seat soccer stadium in the downtown Railyards District. 

• Octagon and the National Women’s Soccer League have signed a multi-tier consulting partnership, in which Octagon’s Global Media Rights Consulting and Marketing divisions will "advise the NWSL on its league media rights, sponsorship, and marketing." “The growth of the NWSL over the past six years has been tremendous, and the league, its teams and players show absolutely no sign of slowing down,” Christine Franklin, SVP, Marketing, Octagon, said via the firm.

• The Professional Baseball Agreement between MLB and minor league teams expires at the end of the 2020 season. But if a new MLB proposal were to become reality, more than three dozen cities with affiliated minor league teams will lose those teams a year from now and thousands of minor league players will be out of work as well. Full story here.

• "We said there's no chance that's happening. There’s no chance we’ll even discipline him." — NBA commissioner Adam Silver regarding China’s request that the league fire Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey

• "The losses have already been substantial. Our games are not back on the air in China as we speak, and we'll see what happens next. I don't know where we go from here. The financial consequences have been and may continue to be fairly dramatic." — NBA commissioner Adam Silver at the Time 100 Summit on Thursday regarding the league’s on-going situation with China.

• Halloween this year is Oct. 31, and retailers, marketers and consumers are ready for another season of trick-or-treat. Total spend on Halloween 2019 is expected to reach $8.8 billion according to the National Retail Federation, Washington, DC. Full story here. 

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1. LeBron James Los Angeles Lakers
2. Stephen Curry Golden State Warriors
3. Kyrie Irving Brooklyn Nets
4. Giannis Antetokounmpo Milwaukee Bucks
5. Kevin Durant Brooklyn Nets
6. Dwyane Wade Miami Heat (retired)
7. Kawhi Leonard Los Angeles Clippers
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2. Stephen Curry Golden State Warriors
3. Kevin Durant Brooklyn Nets
4. Kyrie Irving Brooklyn Nets
5. Giannis Antetokounmpo Milwaukee Bucks
6. Paul George Los Angeles Clippers
7. James Harden Houston Rockets
8. Dwyane Wade Miami Heat (retired)
9. Kawhi Leonard Los Angeles Clippers
10. Russell Westbrook Houston Rockets
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5. Gemini Man $8.5M
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Feb202014

On The Run: Running, Fitness, Sports Footwear Sales Hit Record $10.5 Billion

Special to NYSportsJournalism.com

February 19, 2014: Good news for Nike, adidas, Reebok, Under Armour, Asics, New Balance, Mizuno, Brooks and others in the running/fitness, sports footwear, and apparel and accessories category.

Sales of those goods in 2013 sporting goods chain stores in the U.S. hit $10.5 billion, an increase of 6% over 2012. The leader was running shoe, where unit sales increased 3% and dollar sales increased 1% to $2.6 billion in 2013, according to Leisure Trends, a division of research and analytics firm NPD Group, Port Washington, NY.

The high points in run/fitness footwear in 2013 were cross trainers, up 5% to $353 million; and casual sandals, up 17% to $280 million.

Among the brands with spots currently on-air are Asics ("Gotta Run" pictured below) supporting the Aiscs' Gel; Reebok ("Underdog" pictured bottom) for ZQuick; and Under Armour ("Apollo" pictured above) for its SpeedForm running shoe.

It was not all good news, however. Sales of walking shoes were down 32% to $23 million, and multi-sport shoes were down 16% to $171 million, according to NPD.

On the strength of sportswear, where retail sales increased 14% to $2.7 billion, overall apparel sales rose nearly 8% to $4.6 billion, per NPD.

With sales totaling $2.1 billion, accessories gained 10% vs. 2012. Growth was driven by head wear ($270 million, up 25%), hand wear ($56 million, up 14%) and socks ($735 million, up 21%).

Run specialty retail dollar sales increased 2% to $909 million. However, unit sales fell 4% while average retail prices rose 6%.

According to NPD, "Most major categories experienced increases in revenue and decreases in units sold." Run specialty apparel units declined 2% and dollar sales were down 1% at $95 million, while the average retail price increased 3%. In dollars, sportswear fell 1%, while running outerwear gained 8 percent.

Run specialty accessories saw dollar sales reach $173 million in 2013, an increase of 1%, with unit sales falling 5%.

Separately, core U.S. outdoor retail channels saw sales of all outdoor products increase 6.4% to $6.9 billion in 2013, the largest full-year dollar total on record, according to Leisure Trends. Sales of cold weather outdoor apparel, footwear and accessories increased 9% and make up $2.2 billion of the total $6.9 billion.

Cold weather apparel and accessories — which include insulated and non-insulated jackets, shells and fleece, base layers, hand wear, headwear, and winter boots — experienced strong sales across much of the country in 2013., per NPD.

These categories saw a sales increase of 9.5% in November and December alone vs. 2012, with outerwear accounting for 68% of the $2.2 billion.

“With winter arriving earlier than last year and numerous deep freezes blanketing the country, sales have outpaced industry expectations,” Marshal Cohen, chief industry analyst for NPD Group, said in a statement.

"Extreme weather conditions can be a boon for outdoor industry retailers, but it also presents its own challenges," said Cohen. "Retailers in areas affected by cold weather have enjoyed brisk sales, but as their inventories draw down they might be running low on key styles, sizes, and colors. For retailers affected by the drought, one of the biggest drags on the outerwear market was due to the warmer, drier conditions experienced in western coastal states.”

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