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ROLLER HOCKEY GOODS AND APPAREL HOT AT NSGA SHOW

     This morning's CHICAGO TRIBUNE looks at the "boom" in Roller
Hockey.  A study released yesterday at the NSGA World Sports Expo
in Chicago showed that in-line hockey is now played by 2.2
million U.S. children and adults.  NSGA Assoc Dir of Research and
Information Thomas Doyle:  "The only question I have is whether
it will eventually overtake basketball.  I'm not sure it will,
but I expect it to be close."  There are more than 400 in-line
booths at the NSGA show, up from 250 last year.  The TRIBUNE's
Bob Condor writes that most industry observes expect Nike, owner
of manufacturer Canstar, to "fully glide into roller and street
hockey apparel in the near future" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 7/18).
     WHAT'S HOT:  This week's NEWSWEEK looks at "The Good, the
Bad, and the Ugly" at the NSGA show.  Among the highlights:
"Sock-et," which enables runners to hold on to keys and cash in
hidden pockets, and the "Walkvest," where 16 pounds of weights
can added into pockets for true walking exercise enjoyment
(NEWSWEEK, 7/24 issue).
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