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Larry J. Franklin of Franklin Sports Re-Elected SGMA Chairman

Date: 11/16/10

Representatives from Molten USA, ASICS America, Prince Sports, and Everlast Worldwide Named to SGMA Board of Directors 

SILVER SPRING, MD – November 16, 2010 – Larry J. Franklin has been re-elected as the chairman of the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association (SGMA).  Franklin (President; Franklin Sports, Inc.; Stoughton, Massachusetts) was elected for a one-year term at the SGMA’s annual business meeting in Chicago, Illinois.

Tom Rogge, (President/CEO; Cramer Products, Inc.) continues to serve on the board as the Immediate Past Chairman.  SGMA’s Tom Cove will remain as President/CEO.

Four new directors were elected for full terms (2011-2014).  They are Melissa Dawson (President; Molten USA), Neil Morton (CEO; Everlast Worldwide, Inc.), Kevin Wulff (President; ASICS America), and Gordon Boggis (President; Prince Sports).

Those re-elected to the board include: Jim Baugh (President; Jim Baugh Consulting), Dan Bower (President; Century, Inc.), Chris Clawson (President/CEO; Life Fitness), Steve Furniss (Executive Vice President; TYR Sport, Inc.), Kevin Plank (CEO; Under Armour, Inc.), and Bob Puccini (President; Mizuno USA, Inc.).

Tom Rogge, (President/CEO; Cramer Products, Inc.) continues to serve on the board as the Immediate Past Chairman.  SGMA’s Tom Cove will remain as President/CEO.

Newly elected directors will join existing board members:  Gary Barfield (Executive Vice President; Russell Athletic), Chris Considine (President; Wilson Sporting Goods Company), Paul Ehrlich (Vice President; adidas), Andrea Gordon (President; Diamond Sports), Carol Hochman (President  & CEO; RHH Capital & Consulting), Kerry Kligerman (Executive Vice President – Apparel; New Balance Athletic Shoe, Inc.), Jon Letzler (President/CEO; Augusta Sportswear), Jeff Padovan (President; Polar USA Heart Monitors), Robert Parish (President & General Manager; Jarden Team Sports), and Lindsay Stewart (Special Advisor to the Chairman/CEO; Nike, Inc.).

“Larry Franklin’s exemplary experience, record of accomplishment and reputation make him a dynamic choice to serve as SGMA’s Chairman,” said SGMA President Tom Cove.  “He is a successful leader of his company and served on the SGMA Board of Directors for many years.  His passion and commitment to the sporting goods industry is second to none.  SGMA is fortunate to have a chairman as dedicated as Larry Franklin.”

“It’s an honor and a pleasure to be elected by the SGMA membership to lead our industry association for one more year,” said Franklin.  “Over its 104-year history, the SGMA has worked in many different ways to encourage people to play sports and to stay active -- the foundation of which is the continued emphasis on PE in our schools.  I look forward to working with my peers on the board, my colleagues in the sporting goods industry and with SGMA staff to continue this vital mission.”

The Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association (SGMA), the #1 source for sport and fitness research, is the leading global trade association of manufacturers, retailers, and marketers in the sports products industry.  SGMA helps lead the sports and fitness industries by promoting favorable public policies, fostering participation through research, thought leadership and product promotion.  More information about SGMA membership, SGMA public policy platform, and SGMA's National Health Through Fitness Day can be found at www.SGMA.com .

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