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WASHINGTON, D.C. — September 20, 2006 â€“ The Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association (SGMA) and Team Athletic Goods, Inc. (TAG) today announced a strategic alliance that will incorporate TAG’s annual summer buying event into SGMA Spring Market (June 11-13, 2007; Sands Expo & Convention Center; Las Vegas, NV). The multi-year agreement between the two organizations will begin with the launch of SGMA Spring Market in Las Vegas in June 2007. Combined, the two organizations will provide an invaluable opportunity for team sports retailers and manufacturers to network and do business.
TAG’s summer buying event will occupy 50,000 gross square feet on the SGMA exhibit floor and will feature more than 100 exhibiting manufacturers. The TAG Buying Center will feature meeting rooms and product presentations available exclusively to TAG members.
This news follows the June 2006 announcement that TAG will hold its National Sales Training Seminar at SGMA Spring Market in June 2007, which will bring together TAG dealers’ road sales professionals for education and training.
In total, TAG expects to bring more than 400 team dealer owners, buyers and sales representatives to the event.
â€œOur TAG Dealers, along with our TAG Staff, are really excited about our alliance to combine both our seminar and tradeshow at the SGMA Las Vegas event. This strategic decision was made when our members met this past July and it became apparent that the SGMA event would assume a dominant role in our industry,â€ said Stan Morrison, CEO of TAG. â€œWith many major manufacturers already committed to the event and an extensive educational program designed specifically for team dealers and specialty retailers, we consider this a must-attend event for any major player in the sporting goods and fitness industry.â€
â€œWe are delighted to work together with TAG to create an event that brings together the key players in the team sports market,â€ said SGMA President Tom Cove. â€œWe believe the efficiencies created by this alliance will increase the ROI for all participating exhibitors and buyers. Being in position to do more business at one show is a win-win scenario for everyone.â€
SGMA Spring Market will take place June 11-13, 2007 at the Sands Expo & Convention Center in Las Vegas. For more information on the event, visit www.sgmamarkets.com.
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.
About Team Athletic Goods, Inc.
Team Athletic Goods, Inc. (TAG) is a nationwide sales network dedicated to providing innovative and high quality athletic equipment and uniforms to teams across North America. TAG, Inc. is based in St. Peters, Missouri. More information about TAG can be found at www.team-athletic.com.
The Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association, owner of the Sports Research Partnership, is the global business trade association of manufacturers, retailers, and marketers in the sports products industry. SGMA enhances industry vitality and fosters sports, fitness, and active lifestyle participation. More information about SGMA can be found at www.SGMA.com.