Top retail expert Dan O’Connor, the founder and CEO of RetailNet Group (RNG), spoke to tennis retailers, manufacturers and others in the industry at a roundtable sponsored by the TIA. "The business question I get asked all the time is, ‘What’s next?’” O’Connor said. “The fundamentals of retail are shifting in a way that I’ve never experienced. It’s all about the merchandise and execution.”
More than 300 attendees heard top U.S. and international tennis executives present key industry research, initiatives, issues and challenges at the ninth annual TIA Tennis Forum, held on Aug. 29 in New York City, the first day of play at the 2016 US Open.
When TIA members enroll in the TIA Shipping Program, they’ll have a chance to win up to $10,000, or more than 100 other prizes, in the FedEx Advantage $25,000 Get Ready Sweepstakes. With the TIA Shipping Program, TIA members can save up to 29% on select FedEx services. The program is free to join and there are no minimum shipping requirements.
For the second straight school year, PHIT America and the Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA) are pleased to announce that tens of thousands of school-age children in the U.S. are being introduced to an active, healthy lifestyle through PHIT America GO! Grants. During the current school year, 118 GO! Grants are being awarded to school-based physical activity programs in 29 states throughout the U.S.
The Personal Health Investment Today Act would allow individuals to use their health savings accounts to pay for fitness costs like tennis memberships, equipment, camps and lesson fees. To help pass the PHIT Act now, click here.
POP Tennis, which is played on 60-foot tennis courts with lower pressure Green-Dot balls and shorter POP tennis (paddle) racquets, continues to gain followers in the U.S. and is poised to spread internationally, says Ken Lindner, the president of the U.S. POP Tennis Association.
The top officials from the International Tennis Federation (ITF) and U.S. Tennis Association (USTA) will speak to hundreds of industry executives at the ninth annual TIA Tennis Forum, which will be held Monday, Aug. 29, from 8:30 to 10 a.m. at the Grand Hyatt New York City, right before play begins at the 2016 US Open.
Tennis journalist and player Eugene Scott and community tennis pioneer Eve Kraft will be 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. To attend, visit TennisIndustry.org/forum.
Top tennis executives will present the latest research and share plans for growing this industry at the ninth annual TIA Tennis Forum, which will be Monday, Aug. 29, from 8:30 to 10 a.m. at the Grand Hyatt New York City. The Tennis Forum is free to attend, but space is limited so attendees should register at TennisIndustry.org/forum.
Sinclair Broadcasting Corp., which owns Tennis Channel, anticipates increased distribution of the channel following its recently announced deal with Comcast. The multiyear deal saw Comcast agree to pay the broadcasting company a fee to carry its lineup among its offerings to subscribers.