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May 27, 2009
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As SGMA continues to focus its efforts on communicating significant industry news to its membership, the In Brief newsletter will be now distributed on a weekly basis. Since In Brief will be seen more frequently, SGMA will reduce the number of stories in each issue so that it remains a newsletter which is a reflection of its title.

Education and Resources

CPSIA Tracking Label: Recent Development
SGMA Education and Resources
Section 103 of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act ("CPSIA") requires that manufacturers, to the extent practicable, place permanent, distinguishing marks on all consumer products and packaging intended primarily for children age 12 and under (children’s products). The tracking label must contain certain identifying information that will enable the ultimate purchaser to ascertain the manufacturer or private labeler, the location and date of production, and cohort information, such as batch or run number. Section 103 is effective one year after the date of enactment of the CPSIA or August 14, 2009. SGMA is hosting a conference call on June 17 to explain this issue. Click here for details on that event. More

IPC Manufacturer Identification Guidelines for Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games
SGMA Education and Resources
Do you need the general rules and regulations concerning the identification of the manufacturer trademarks for the different categories (clothing, equipment, accessories and footwear) for the Paralympic Games of Vancouver 2010? These guidelines apply to all athletes, officials, and other persons accredited at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games. More




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Research

SGMA Tracks Product Demand
SGMA Research
According to SGMA’s Manufacturers Sales by Category Report (2009 edition), exercise equipment sales are #1 in sporting goods equipment sales ($4.2 billion); baseball/softball leads the way in team sports equipment sales ($602 million); running is the top category in athletic footwear sales ($3.16 billion); and shirts/tops rank first in sports apparel sales ($4.998 billion). Overall manufacturers' (wholesale) sales of sporting goods equipment, fitness equipment, sports apparel, athletic footwear, and recreational transport items in the U.S. totaled $66.3 billion in 2008 - a 3.2 percent decrease over 2007 when wholesale sales were $68.5 billion. More

Kids Are Key Component of Baseball Playing Population
SGMA Research
SGMA Research indicates that people of all ages follow baseball, but children are the diehard participants. According to SGMA’s Single-Sport Study on baseball, more than 51 percent of all baseball players are ‘frequent’ participants, i.e. those playing the game 25+ days year. And, more than 65 percent of all ‘frequent’ players are aged 6-17. Click here to purchase SGMA’s Single-Sport study on baseball.

Public Policy

Good News for U.S. Companies: EU Changes Metric-Only Directive
SGMA Public Policy
In the May 7th edition of the Official Journal, it was reported that the European Union has now completed the formalities for amending the directive that would have required metric-only labeling for all products sold in the European Union effective January 1, 2010. More

Canada Added to USTR’s List of Main IPR Offenders
SGMA Public Policy
U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk has announced his agency’s annual findings which require USTR to conduct an annual survey of countries’ intellectual property practices and to identify those that deny adequate IPR protection to U.S. companies. According to this report, Canada has been placed on the “priority watch list.” The decision to move Canada up to the priority watch list was based on several factors, including weak border measures that do not authorize customs officers to seize products suspected of being counterfeited or pirated without the need for a court order. More

Events

SGMA’s June Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Update Conference Call
Washington, DC
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
1:00 pm EST
More CPSC funding, proposed new Chair and Commissioner could spell trouble for manufacturers. Will your products withstand the scrutiny? To find out join SGMA and our Legal Task Force this June for a conference call on the latest CPSC and Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) developments. More

Tailgating Satellite Media Tour
TBA
Friday, August 28, 2009
Do you want television news coverage for your product? If so, then sign up for a TV Satellite Media Tour (SMT) by SGMA. During an SMT, SGMA is able to reach the general public through their local (and some national) television morning news programs. More

SGMA's 11th Annual National Health Through Fitness Day
Washington, DC
Tuesday, March 9, 2010 - Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Next March join celebrity athletes, physical education teachers, and industry leaders for SGMA's 11th Annual National Health Through Fitness Day to promote Physical Activity and fight Obesity. More

SGMA's 2010 Litigation & Risk Management Summit
Las Vegas, NV
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
SGMA's Legal Task Force will be hosting our annual SGMA Litigation & Risk Management Summit in Las Vegas at the Fontainebleau Hotel. Further details will be provided as they're made available. More







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