SBJ/January 29 - February 4, 2001/For The Record




The Antigua Group Inc. was named a sideline licensee for the XFL. Antigua will produce XFL logoed sportswear for the sidelines crew, including coaches and managers. The company will also provide XFL team apparel to department stores, sporting goods stores, sports specialty stores, team shops and concessionaires.

Woolf Associates was retained as the sales agency for the Hyannis Port Challenge, a charity bike-a-thon from Boston to Hyannis Port, Mass. Woolf Associates will seek a title sponsor and other levels of corporate participation.

Jack Nicklaus and Ahead Headgear signed a multiyear licensing agreement to design, manufacture and market Nicklaus- and Golden Bear-brand headwear.

New York-based RLR Associates reached a deal to represent the Naismith Awards for television, marketing and sponsorships.

Dreams Inc. signed an agreement with Shaquille O'Neal to develop and market memorabilia and collectibles. Under the agreement, O'Neal became a shareholder in Dreams Inc. and will serve on the company's advisory board.



Pro-Image Endorsement Management signed boxer Lance "Mount" Whitaker to a long-term deal. The agency will represent Whitaker in all personal appearances and commercial endorsements.


Nike Golf agreed to a head-to-toe apparel, footwear and golf ball agreement with golfer Casey Martin. He will play the Nike Precision Spin Control ball.

Buick signed PGA Tour player J.J. Henry to a sponsorship agreement. Henry will wear a Buick hat at all PGA Tour events, appear in Buick advertisements and make personal appearances.


Sean Burnett, the Pittsburgh Pirates 2000 first-round draft pick, established and funded a scholarship at Wellington High School. The Burnett Scholarship will award $2,500 each to a male and female athlete at the school each year for the next five years. The recipient must demonstrate sportsmanship, integrity, honesty, dedication, character and financial need.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers place-kicker Martin Gramatica raised $14,500 in the first year of a fund-raising program for children's hospitals. Raymond James Financial Inc. pledged to donate $500 for each field goal scored by Gramatica during 2000 regular-season and postseason games. Proceeds went to children's hospitals in Tampa, St. Petersburg and Orlando as well as in seven cities where Gramatica kicked field goals during the team's road games.

The American Hockey League's Philadelphia Phantoms raised more than $35,000 in their first postgame jersey auction of the season. The team has special jersey auctions to raise money for the Phantoms Wives charities. Proceeds help fund projects in conjunction with Habitat for Humanity and the Special Olympics.



Davey Sports Management Inc. changed its named to Radius Group Inc. effective Jan. 10. The company develops brand extension licensing programs for sports brands, events, sanctioning bodies and athletes.

The Villanova University department of athletics entered into a partnership with International Sports Properties and Clearfield Communications to form Villanova Sports Properties. The new group, headed by Chris Heck, will handle all corporate partnership initiatives for the athletic department, such as the sale of signs in university athletic facilities and print advertising in athletic department publications. Villanova Sports Properties will also market the rights to produce, sell and distribute the Wildcats radio network and television shows.


Honours Golf acquired Limestone Springs, an 18-hole semiprivate course in Oneonta, Ala. The company also bought about 600 acres surrounding the course for future real estate development.


First Team Sports Inc. (Nasdaq: FTSP) reported a net loss of $398,075, or 7 cents a share, on revenue of $8.3 million for the third quarter ended Nov. 30. That compares with a net loss of $452,864, or 8 cents a share, on revenue of $9.6 million for the same period the previous year.For the nine-month period, the net loss was $228,836, or 4 cents a share, on revenue of $32.8 million. That compares with a net loss of $796,510, or 14 cents a share, on revenue of $30.9 million for the same period the previous year.First Team Sports manufactures and distributes in-line roller skates and accessories, ice hockey products and backpacks.

Rawlings Sporting Goods Co. (Nasdaq: RAWL) reported net income of $346,000, or 4 cents a share, on revenue of $36.7 million for the first quarter ended Nov. 30. That compares with a net loss of $1.6 million, or 20 cents a share, on revenue of $34 million for the same period the previous year.Rawlings markets and manufactures baseball equipment and other sporting goods in the United States.

Source: Street &  Smith's SportsBusiness Journal research

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