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Register NOW FOR THE 2019 Industry Leaders Summit - Space is Filling Fast

SFIA is gearing up for the 7th annual Industry Leaders Summit in Baltimore, MD on September 25-26. We are greatly looking forward to hosting the 4th annual Start-Up Challenge, showcasing the most innovative, ground-breaking ideas entering the sports and fitness industry, as well as an extraordinary roster of speakers, including lululemon, Topgolf, Zumba, Intel Capital and many others. For all who have attended, as well as those of you who have not, prepare for 48 hours of networking with all of the leading minds in the industry, eye-opening presentations and panels, and gaining an enlightened new outlook on the industry to improve your business. For six years, SFIA has brought together an unparalleled audience, opening the doors for new partnerships, mentorships, relationships and investments to be made. Throughout this event, we dive into all of the biggest trends, opportunities and challenges. Our industry is constantly changing at a rapid pace, and it is essential for all industry players to be operating at optimal performance.

Secure your spot today, - Space is filling up fast! We look forward to seeing you in Baltimore!


2018 National Health Through Fitness Day

SFIA 2019 China Tariff Exemption Plan


SFIA will continue fight against tariffs on sports & fitness products. SFIA has set up a program to file List 4 tariff exemption petitions and will be organizing an exclusion effort for List 3 products, once the process is announced.

The USTR has announced that it will seek to impose tariffs of up to 25% on all imports from China that are not currently subject to additional tariffs as part of the ongoing 301 IP trade dispute with China. The USTR has already imposed tariffs on over $250 billion in Chinese imports in three separate proceedings (Lists 1, 2 and 3). The proposed List 4 covers the remaining $300 billion in Chinese imports. These actions will harm the sports industry and many SFIA members. To pressure China into settling the 301 IP dispute, the USTR has announced an accelerated timeframe within which it will consider whether or not to impose tariffs on goods appearing on List 4. 

SFIA will testify on behalf of the sports & fitness industry, in opposition to the tariffs, on Tuesday, June 25, 2019. (To read the full testimony, click here.) If you are interested in learning more about the exclusion process and the SFIA-organized petitions, please CLICK HERE.


The Fourth Annual Start- Up Challenge Returns to the 2019 Industry Leaders Summit


SFIA will select five finalists, highlighting small business innovation in sport, to present at the 2019 Start-Up Challenge in Baltimore on September 25, 2019. This competition has created an unparalleled opportunity for start-ups in the sports and fitness industry - Providing finalists the opportunity to pitch their business on stage, in front of the entire Industry Leaders Summit audience, as well as a judging panel comprised of major industry leaders and investors, including executives from lululemon, Topgolf, Amazon, Intel Capital, Under Armour and Walmart. 

This year's grand prize is provided by the SFIA Start-Up Challenge sponsor, Empirika Media Group Inc., featuring $25,000 worth of Empirika digital services. In addition, the winner will also receive one free year of SFIA membership and spotlights in future SFIA promotional material. All five finalists will receive complimentary registration for the Industry Leaders Summit, allowing them to connect and network with sports & fitness industry leaders. To learn more about the Start-Up Challenge, click here.

2018 National Health Through Fitness Day

2019 SFIA Manufacturers' Sales Report Has Been Released!

Every year, SFIA collects U.S. wholesale shipment data from a variety of manufacturers within the sports and fitness industry. These numbers are combined with additional data points to project industry-wide wholesale shipment data. Total wholesale data from 5 different categories are provided in the report, including: Sports Equipment, Fitness Equipment, Sports Apparel, Licensed Merchandise & Athletic Footwear.
Be sure to check out the report for annual breakdowns (2013-2018) and annual percent change for each category. This report is FREE to SFIA members, and available to non-members for $195. Click here to view and purchase the 2019 SFIA Manufacturers' Sales Report.


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