PHIT America is pleased to report that there is progress to report in Washington, D.C. on pro-physical activity legislation. The Personal Health Investment Today (PHIT) Act has a ‘score,’ which is necessary for any federal legislation which impacts taxation. The Congressional Budget Office has given the PHIT Act (H.R. 956) a ‘score’ of just more than $2.5 billion, over a ten-year period.
With tennis season now in high gear across most parts of the country, tennis businesses are hiring! Since its redesign that launched earlier in 2014, CareersInTennis.com has received more than 30,000 views of job listings posted on the site.
The Tennis Industry Association will be launching a new online industry resource, the TIA Business Directory, designed to help quickly locate products, services, and information tennis industry professionals and tennis players seek. You can access the TIA Business Directory at TennisIndustry.org soon.
The Tennis Industry Association presented the inaugural Tennis Media Award to Chuck McGill, the sports editor for the Charleston (W.Va.) Daily Mail, during the 55th Annual Awards Weekend of the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association, held in Salisbury, N.C., June 7-9. The TIA also held a Cardio Tennis “Triples” Tournament for NSSA members on the clay courts of the Country Club of Salisbury, led by Cardio Tennis Manager Michele Krause.
Mylan World TeamTennis and ESPN have agreed to a multiyear deal to air the Mylan WTT Finals live on ESPN2 and broadcast more than 60 hours of programming annually on ESPN3.
After a successful Future of Tennis Summit and Tennis and Owners and Managers Conference (T.O.M. Conference) in 2014, the TIA will be returning to Indian Wells, CA in March of 2015 to host similar meetings as a part of its efforts to provide the industry with opportunities to gather and share ideas on growing the business of tennis.
The 2014 US Open will feature a college tennis competition for the first time ever in 2014, inviting top American college players to compete in the inaugural American Collegiate Invitational Sept. 4-6 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y.
In May, hundreds of tennis facilities and teaching pros joined the “Try Tennis for Free” campaign that was driven through PlayTennis.com and designed to get more consumers into the game. Now, that successful campaign will be offered again in September.
The TIA Board of Directors will meet on Monday, Aug. 25, in New York City to review efforts to grow the sport and industry, and to identify areas for enhanced collaboration. The next day, the TIA will meet with retailers and manufacturers to hear about industry research that takes an in-depth look at the marketplace. The USTA also will be on hand to discuss upcoming promotions and efforts together with the TIA and industry partners to drive tennis participation and the tennis economy.
As many parts of the country begin to recover from what was a substantially extended winter season and the first signs of spring began to show, racquet unit sales in the pro/specialty retail channels increased 2% in April.