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SGMA inBrief
July 15, 2009
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In Brief is the weekly newsletter of the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association (SGMA). It is distributed every Wednesday. The content focuses on SGMA's core services -- Research, Public Policy, and Education/Resources. The content of this e-newsletter will be brief and factual. Please send any 'letters to the editor' to SGMA's Mike May at mmay@sgma.com.

Public Policy

SGMA Supports Elimination of Trade Barriers
SGMA Public Policy
Upon review of the Doha round of global trade talks, U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk believes the U.S. is ready to engage in more substantive negotiations in hopes of concluding the stalled talks by the end of next year. Sources in Geneva have concluded that if the requisite political will is shown, negotiations have the potential to conclude quickly. It remains to be seen whether the political message will transfer into concrete compromises in Geneva. More

Proposed Tariff on Imports Could Violate WTO Rules
SGMA Public Policy
Senator Charles Grassley R-Iowa believes a newly proposed climate change bill approved by the House Energy and Commerce Committee could violate WTO rules. The provision in question would allow the U.S. to impose a tariff on imports from countries that fail to take measures to curb greenhouse gas emissions. More

Congress Considering New Parameters for Trade Agreements
SGMA Public Policy
Legislation to require extensive review of existing U.S. trade agreements and impose new conditions on future trade negotiations is gaining momentum as Senator Olympia Snowe R-Maine is considering being a co-sponsor of the legislation. The “Trade Reform, Accountability, Development and Employment Act” calls for existing trade agreements that do not meet certain criteria on job losses and access to medicines be negotiated with the U.S. government. More



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Education and Resources

New Competition Volleyball Color Options
SGMA Education and Resources
The NFHS has announced a rule change concerning the approved colors for volleyballs. Schools will have the option to continue to use an all-white volleyball or use a multi-color-paneled volleyball (with a maximum combination of three colors) for the 2010-2011 season. If you have any concerns or questions please contact Becky Oates at the NFHS (317-822-5739 or boakes@nfhs.org). More

EU Finalizes Welcome Change to Metric-Only Directive
SGMA Education and Resources
The European Union has now completed the formalities for amending the directive that would have required metric-only labeling for all products sold in the EU effective January 1, 2010. As a result, dual labeling (e.g., kilograms and ounces) will be allowed to continue indefinitely, thereby reducing the likelihood of SGMA members being required to prepare separate product labels tailored to European markets. More

SGMA: An Ongoing Media Source
SGMA Education and Resources
Did you see the story on July 8 in the Nevada Appeal (Carson City, NV) which used SGMA’s statistics on soccer participation in the U.S? Click here to read it………SGMA’s participation figures for ultimate frisbee were featured in an on-line story in Whitefish, MT on July 2. Click here to read it……On July 2, the News Leader (Staunton, VA) utilized SGMA’s statistics on skateboarding participation to support its story on local interest in that sport. Click here to read it.

Events

SGMA's Satellite Media Tour on 'Tailgating'
Atlanta, GA
Friday, September 4, 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. More

SGMA's 11th Annual National Health Through Fitness Day
Washington, DC
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
Las Vegas, NV
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
SGMA's Legal Task Force will be hosting our annual SGMA Litigation & Risk Management Summit in Las Vegas at the Fontainebleau Hotel. Further details will be provided as they're made available. More







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