WASHINGTON, DC. â€“ SGMA Spring Market will be the new hub of the sporting goods and fitness market when it convenes June 11-13, 2007 at the Sands Expo & Convention Center in Las Vegas. More than 150 exhibitors are already on board with brands such as Everlast, LAMAR Health Fitness & Sports, Garmin, Russell Athletic Group, and Spalding joining an already impressive list of exhibitors that includes Asics, Cramer Products, New Balance, Rawlings, and Under Armour.
SGMA Spring Market will provide specialty retailers and team dealers the exclusive opportunity to preview Q1 and Spring product lines and negotiate margin-improving deals directly with the industry’s most trendsetting manufacturers. Specialty and independent retailers will be joined by major buying groups and industry organizations making SGMA Spring Market their annual industry event. SGMA Spring Market will also feature the TAG Buying Center, open to Team Athletic Goods, Inc. (TAG) team dealers, which is rapidly filling up with brands ranging from Spalding and Regent to Majestic and Russellâ€”all using the show to reach key team dealers.
In addition to showcasing breakthrough product on the exhibit floor, SGMA Spring Market will also give retailers an opportunity to learn about the next wave of trends in the industry before they hit the retail audience. A series of five general sessions will be integrated into the program on-site at the Sands Expo & Convention Center: Trends in Running: Footwear and Apparel; Design and Innovation â€“ A Core Competency in your Organization?; Trends in Team Sports; Trends in Brand Management â€“ Who Owns Your Brand?; and Alternative Options in Financing and Raising Capital.
â€œSGMA Spring Market is a significant new event that contributes a very important sense of community within our industry,â€ said Tom Rogge, president and CEO of Cramer Products, Inc. and chairman of the board of the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association (SGMA). â€œCrossing sports and fitness segments, SGMA Spring Market is the ideal venue to preview trendsetting product lines, develop new distribution opportunities, and solidify relationships with industry peers. Through this event, attendees and exhibitors can deliver the best and most innovative products to the sports and fitness customer at the best possible price.”
Asics and Twins Enterprise have supported the show at the Platinum Sponsor level; Gold Level Sponsors include Century, Franklin, Gamenamics, New Balance, Regent Sports Corporation, Sportline, Stamina Products, Inc., and Under Armour; and Everlast is supporting the show as a Silver Sponsor.
About SGMA Spring Market
SGMA Spring Market is a focused sporting goods industry event showcasing full lines of footwear, performance apparel, equipment and accessories for fitness, running, spring team sports and licensed products. SGMA Spring Market brings together the industry’s leading brands, specialty, independent and trendsetting retailers, and team dealersâ€”all under one roof. The event also provides sporting goods industry professionals with in-depth educational training. SGMA Spring Market is presented by the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association (SGMA), and is managed and produced by Universal Event Management. For more information on the event, please visit www.sgmamarkets.com.