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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.

 

Did you Miss the Business & Risk Management Summit?

 

It was a jam-packed two days in Indianapolis, filled with passionate conversations, educational presentations and many new business connections. Tuesday, the first day of the conference, the NCAA, NFHS and SFIA hosted the annual High School & Collegiate Team Sports Rules Conference. NFHS Executive Director, Karissa Niehoff and SFIA President & CEO, Tom Cove kicked off the program, which included presentations from Dr. Erin B. Wasserman (NCAA) and Bob Colgate (NFHS) covering the organizations’ Injury Surveillance Programs, aiming to decrease injury incidents among high school and college athletes. Dan Calandro, of the NCAA, and Davis Whitfield, from the NFHS, also gave an overall NCAA and NFHS Update on current issues and status of the two organizations. SFIA’s Tom Cove provided an Industry Update, diving into participation trends and industry-related business challenges.

To hear the full rundown of the event, 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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