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2021 Management Conference Rescheduled to September 26-28 

NSGA News • January 5, 2021


Marty Maciaszek, Director of Communications
(847) 296-6742, ext. 1260

DOWNERS GROVE, ILLINOIS (January 5, 2021) – 
The National Sporting Goods Association (NSGA) has moved the dates of the 2021 Management Conference & Team Dealer Summit to September 26-28, 2021 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort in Naples, Florida. The event was initially scheduled for May 16-18.

“With the continued uncertainty and disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, we believed it was best to delay the Management Conference & Team Dealer Summit to later in 2021,” said Matt Carlson, President & CEO of NSGA. “The encouraging development of vaccines and their availability in 2021 is great news for our society to emerge from the pandemic and have the ability to attend in-person gatherings from sporting events to meetings. We believe pushing back the date of the conference will allow people to feel safer and more comfortable about travel and attending industry events.”

The input of members of the industry and previous Management Conference attendees through an NSGA survey impacted the decision to change the date to late September of 2021.

“The survey respondents gave us some valuable information, not only about delaying the conference, but also on their willingness to attend an in-person event and on the subjects impacting the sporting goods industry they would like to see addressed,” Carlson said. “We would also like to thank the Ritz-Carlton for their flexibility regarding the dates and the extensive protocols they have implemented to create the safest environment possible.”

Additional news regarding registration, scholarships, speakers, education sessions and other Management Conference events will be shared over the next few weeks. As an added bonus, NSGA will present virtual programming during the originally scheduled dates in May.

The Sporting Goods Industry Hall of Fame induction ceremonies will be held in September in Naples for Class of 2020 inductees Peter Capolino (Mitchell & Ness Nostalgia Company), Robert Greenberg (Skechers) and Klaus Obermeyer (Sport Obermeyer) and Class of 2021 inductee Eric Bezanson (Cleve’s Source For Sports).

“We all missed those valuable in-person connections we would have made during the 2020 conference,” Carlson said. “We know everyone in the industry is eager to get back out and see old friends and build relationships in person. We are looking forward to giving everyone that opportunity at the 2021 conference in the safest possible way.”

About the National Sporting Goods Association
Since 1929, the National Sporting Goods Association (NSGA) has been the leading voice and go-to resource for sporting goods retailers and dealers. NSGA helps the industry grow the business through research, advocacy and networking. For more information about membership or NSGA’s products and services, please visit

About the NSGA Management Conference & Team Dealer Summit 
The NSGA Management Conference and Team Dealer Summit was first held in 1965 and is the longest-running and most successful leadership event in the sporting goods industry. Top executives and decision makers from sporting goods retailers, team dealers, manufacturers, sales agencies and industry supporting vendor companies gather for education, best-in-class networking, dynamic speakers and industry recognition at the Sporting Goods Industry Hall of Fame induction. For more information, visit