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THE SUPER SHOW: SGMA PRESIDENT TALKS ON STATE OF INDUSTRY
Published February 3, 1995
John Riddle, president of the Sporting Goods Manufacturing Association, delivered his state of the industry address which kicked off the start of the Super Show in Atlanta. Riddle said growth in the sporting goods industry will slow this year because of "lagging footwear sales" and the baseball and hockey work stoppages. He estimated '95 growth at 5.5%, down from the 6.3% rise in '94. Riddle foresees in-line skating, basketball and billiards as the three biggest growth areas in the industry for '95 (Chris Roush, ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 2/3). PREVIEWS: In a piece on the start of the Super Show, Glenn Ruffenach notes how manufacturers are all excited about their new sporting goods products just for women. Rufenach continues, "If women are the new kids on the block at the Super Show, the comeback kid may be the in-line skating industry." Just 18 months ago, "the only thing the in-line business was hitting was a wall." But now prices are "more varied," and the demographic problem has "sorted itself out (the 17-and-under crowd now accounts for 65% of sales)" (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 2/3). NEWS & NOTES: Top Reebok athletes attending the Super Show will conduct "virtual" chats with fans on the company's new Internet site. Some of the participants: Dave Johnson, Jon Koncak, Steve Smith, Roger Clemens, Frank Thomas, Jimmy Connors, Nancy Kerrigan and many others (Reebok)....ABC's "GMA" profiled the Super Show. ABC's New Product Specialist Alvin Kupperman visited certain booths who have "hot products" this year. Some of the products: new models of in-line skates and other exercise equipment (ABC, 2/3).