Dan O’Connor, the founder and CEO of RetailNet Group (RNG), a leading advisory and insights firm that works with large-scale retailers and brand leaders worldwide, will lead a roundtable discussion on Tuesday, Aug. 30, on engaging consumers in today’s retail environment. RNG’s clients include Walmart, Target, Best Buy, and Home Depot, among others. The roundtable is presented by the Tennis Industry Association and is open to manufacturers and retailers.
The ninth annual TIA Tennis Forum—with a focus on addressing the current marketplace, outlining industry efforts under way, and presenting the latest news and trends—will be held on Monday, Aug. 29, at the Grand Hyatt New York City, starting at 8:30 a.m. Please register for the Forum here. The Forum will be followed on Tuesday by a roundtable working session to examine ways to better engage consumers in an age of disruption that is impacting industry businesses, manufacturers and retailers.
Through July, nearly 1,500 people had registered for a webinar in the TIA’s series of educational webinars offered through August. The PTR and USPTA are offering continuing education credits for those who attend the webinars. For more information and the most up to date schedule, and to register for a webinar, visit TennisIndustry.org/webinars.
Dick’s Sporting Goods recently paid $15 million at auction for the Sports Authority brand name as well as additional intellectual property. Dick’s also paid an additional $8 million to take over 31 Sports Authority store leases.
The industry is working together with the U.S. Paddle Tennis Association, which has rebranded its organization to “POP Tennis,” mirroring rules and court sizes adopted by the USTA and ITF.
The TIA will present the fourth annual Tennis Owners & Managers (T.O.M.) Conference March 27-29, 2017, at Rosen Shingle Creek, a 230-acre resort in Orlando, Fla., which will also include a site tour of the new USTA National Campus at Lake Nona. For more information, visit TheTOMConference.com or contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 866-686-3036.
The 2016 State of the Industry report is available from the TIA and outlines key research to help tennis industry businesses and organizations. The TIA produces more than 70 annual research reports, and the State of the Industry analyzes this data to determine where this industry has been, where it is now, and where it is going.
Tennis continues to embrace technology as it looks to add to the 17.9 million tennis players in the U.S. Recently, sports industry consultant Mike May visited six television stations in the Midwest to showcase technology that’s impacting tennis.
As of mid-June, nearly 1,000 people had registered for a webinar in the TIA’s series of educational webinars offered through June, July and August. The PTR and USPTA offer Continuing Education Credits for those who attend the webinars, and Tennis Australia is promoting the series for coach development. Visit TennisIndustry.org/webinars.http://www.TennisIndustry.org/webinars
Community tennis pioneer Eve Kraft and tennis journalist and player Eugene Scott are the 2016 inductees into the Tennis Industry Hall of Fame. Both will be inducted posthumously at a ceremony in New York, during the TIA Tennis Forum on Aug. 29.