As SGMA continues to focus its efforts on communicating significant industry news to its membership, the In Brief newsletter will be now distributed on a weekly basis. Since In Brief will be seen more frequently, SGMA will reduce the number of stories in each issue so that it remains a newsletter which is a reflection of its title.
Interest in Lacrosse Continues to Soar
SGMA Research shows the sport of lacrosse is winning the numbers game: (1) participation has doubled in the last eight years, (2) sports industry leaders feel it will be the second ‘hottest’ sport for growth, (3) and 65 percent of all participants are under the age of 25. Click Here to purchase SGMA’s single-sport study on lacrosse.
Struggling Economy Impacts Women’s Workouts
In 2008, female participation in both team and individual/fitness sports activities decreased by 10.2 percent and 7.2 percent among ‘core’ participants, respectively – according to SGMA Research. Among fitness activities that women participate in, only yoga and ab machine usage showed any sort of positive gain over the last year. All categories of weight resistance training for women are down when compared to 2007.
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Congress Looks to Increase Physical Activity in America
SGMA Public Policy
Since there has been a dramatic rise in health care spending, Congress is making health care reform a priority. The House of Representatives hopes to pass comprehensive reform legislation by the end of July with the Senate taking up the issue later in the year. SGMA’s goal is to have “The Personal Health Investment Today Act of 2009” (PHIT) included in the broad health care reform package. The PHIT Bill includes tax breaks for sports and fitness equipment purchases. Click Here to send a letter to Congress to show your support.
Attention: Makers of Basketballs, Volleyball, Golf Bags & Tennis Racquets
SGMA Public Policy
If you want Congress to pursue duty suspension bills that would affect imports of basketballs, volleyballs, golf bags, and tennis racquets, you need to contact one of your two U.S. Senators. The House Ways & Means Committee has now decided to limit its upcoming miscellaneous tariff bill (MTB) only to those duty suspension bills that were introduced and vetted in the last Congress. This means the Senate will be the main channel for SGMA members interested in pursuing duty suspensions that were not introduced in the 110th Congress, including extensions of the existing suspensions on basketballs and volleyballs (scheduled to expire on December 31, 2009), as well as possible new bills on other products such as golf bags and tennis racquets.
SGMA’s 11th National Health Through Fitness Day – Become a 2010 Sponsor
SGMA Public Policy
Show your corporate support for more physical activity programs in our nation’s schools by helping to sponsor SGMA’s 11th National Health Through Fitness Day on March 10, 2010 in Washington, D.C. For more details on how to get your company involved, contact Jim Baugh at 561.838.9579 or email@example.com
Play Ball with Congress
SGMA Public Policy
SGMA member companies that make baseball gear and equipment have been invited to donate balls, bats, batting helmets, fielding gloves, batting gloves, and catching equipment for use in the Congressional Baseball Game this summer. The gear will be used by both teams (Republicans vs. Democrats) during practice in the weeks leading up to the game. The game is set for July 15 at Nationals Park. Afterwards, the gear will be donated to charity. Contact SGMA’s Bill Sells if you are interested – 202.349.9417 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
SGMA’s June Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Update Conference Call
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
1:00 pm EST
More CPSC funding, proposed new Chair and Commissioner could spell trouble for manufacturers. Will your products withstand the scrutiny? To find out join SGMA and our Legal Task Force this June for a conference call on the latest CPSC and Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) developments.
Tailgating Satellite Media Tour
Friday, August 28, 2009
Do you want television news coverage for your product? If so, then sign up for a TV Satellite Media Tour (SMT) by SGMA. During an SMT, SGMA is able to reach the general public through their local (and some national) television morning news programs.
SGMA's 11th Annual National Health Through Fitness Day
Tuesday, March 9, 2010 - Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Next March join celebrity athletes, physical education teachers, and industry leaders for SGMA's 11th Annual National Health Through Fitness Day to promote Physical Activity and fight Obesity. More
SGMA's 2010 Litigation & Risk Management Summit
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
SGMA's Legal Task Force will be hosting our annual SGMA Litigation & Risk Management Summit in Las Vegas at the Fontainbleu Hotel. Further details will be provided as they're made available.