More Information on NSGA's Legislative Efforts

About NSGA's Legislative Efforts

Founded in 1929, the National Sporting Goods Association (NSGA) is the leading retailer and dealer trade association in the sporting goods industry. NSGA represents companies operating approximately 21,000 store fronts across the United States including athletic and outdoor retailers. Many NSGA members partner with and/or sponsor youth sports leagues, school districts, and community centers.

NSGA’S Mission

NSGA supports our members’ effort to grow the business and advocate on their behalf. We accomplish this mission by advocating for fair marketplaces, creating educational opportunities for the sporting goods industry, and studying and promoting participation in sports and recreational activities.

Impact of the Sporting Goods Industry on the Economy

Challenges Facing NSGA

  • Make the deduction for qualified business income permanent
  • Offers stability to small businesses and encourages investment which contributes to the growth of the Main Street economy
  • The Federal Reserve System must prohibit certain credit card issuers with assets of over $100 billion from restricting the number of networks on which credit card transactions may be processed to one network, two or more networks operated by affiliated networks or persons, or the two networks with the largest market share of credit cards issued
  • Helps to reduce operating expenses for sporting goods retailers and team dealers
  • Allows a medical care tax deduction for up to $1,000 ($2,000 for a joint return or a head of household) of qualified sports and fitness expenses per year
  • Defines qualified sports and fitness expenses as amounts paid exclusively for participating in a physical activity, including fitness facility memberships, physical exercise or activity programs, or equipment for a physical exercise or activity program
Questions or Comments

Please contact Julie Pitts, Director of Public Affairs, at or by phone at (847) 296-NSGA (6742).