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Written by Francesco Sardone, Partner, Carter, DeLuca & Farrell, LLP

Part I in SFIA’s Legal Task Force Blog Series

Following countless hours of thinking and re-thinking, designing and re-designing, building and re-building, only to go back to the drawing board, over and over again, you’ve just had that ah-ha moment, realizing you may have finally hit on something: creating an innovative sports and fitness-related product for children/adults to enjoy or use for hours, days, weeks and/or years to come. But believe it or not, coming up with your idea was the easy part.

Even though it may have taken a…


Lisa Futterman

SILVER SPRING, MD (August 17, 2021)The Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA) has appointed Lisa Futterman to serve as Marketing and Communications Manager, effective immediately.

Ms. Futterman, formerly the Senior Regional Communications Manager for the American Red Cross of the National Capital & Greater Chesapeake Region, will be overseeing SFIA’s marketing and communications strategies including branding, media relations, social media, advocacy communications and digital marketing.

Ms. Futterman spent the last six years with the Red Cross, serving as Events Manager, Marketing Manager and as Interim Director of Communications, prior…

Written by SFIA’s Chief Business Officer, Bill Patterson

For many of us, COVID has put more than a damper on our business travel. It downright killed it. All of those collaboration meetings, networking events, educational seminars, and client visits went by the wayside and we, collectively, became masters of Zoom, Teams, GoToMeeting and the plethora of digital communication tools that brought new meaning to “working remotely.” While we’re all on differing levels of readiness, we share the desire to get back to interpersonal.. and in-person… contact and communication.

Following an 18 month hiatus, SFIA visited its first trade event this…

SFIA is excited to announce that registration is now open for SFIA’s Virtual Trends & Insights Event! Taking place November 9–11 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the three-day virtual event will give attendees the opportunity to hear insights from Thought Leaders and Industry Executives on key trends impacting sports and fitness.

Topics will include:

· Post-pandemic economic recovery and organizational resiliency​

· Youth sports​

· Sustainability in both manufacturing and packaging​

· Diversity, equity and inclusion​

· Workplace changes and trends​

· Return to gyms and fitness​

· Supply chain challenges and global logistics​

· Intellectual property protection​


Last week, SFIA hosted The Shipping Dilemma webinar, featuring Russ Romine, Vice President, Global Transportation Services at LEGACY Supply Chain Services, a leading 3rd party provider of solutions for companies with dynamic, omni-channel supply chains in North America.

The webinar covered many areas from what led us to where we are today, the current market and COVIDs effect on shipping, best practices and indicators in a post-COVID world, and what to expect moving forward.

The shipping industry is seeing a lot of uncertainty and fragility in the supply chain — many in the industry are out of position due to…

The Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB) and Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) offer manufacturers the opportunity to reduce or eliminate tariffs on imports. The MTB offers tariff relief on products entering the U.S. that are not made domestically. The GSP eliminates U.S. tariffs on eligible products made in 119 countries (list here) with developing economies. SFIA members have used these tariff relief programs to realize 100s of millions of dollars in tariff relief over the years.

The GSP and MTB are reviewed every few years and Congress traditionally renews both programs by wide margins. SFIA submitted petitions on behalf of members…

SFIA filed numerous petitions seeking to have industry products excluded from the China Tariff list in 2019. The USTR routinely rejected exclusion petitions for consumer goods included on List 3 and List 4A with little explanation and regular inconsistencies in the decision making process. “The USTR provided very little explanation for denying exclusion petitions on consumer goods and even reversed course in some instances with not justification.” Explained Bill Sells, SFIA SVP for Government and Public Affairs “Helmets were granted an exclusion from List 3 tariffs only to reappear and remain on List 4A with no explanation for the change…

Washington, DC, July 23, 2021 — The United Stated Trade Representative (USTR) announced Friday that the U.S. will not initiate Section 301 Tariffs of up to 25 percent on Vietnamese imports in response to currency manipulation. A USTR investigation launched in October 2020 found Vietnam intervened in foreign exchange markets using excessive and one-sided policies, and practices that placed an unreasonable burden on U.S. commerce. A subsequent U.S. Department of Treasury investigation did not collaborate the USTR findings and recommended against Section 301 tariffs on Vietnamese imports. …

During the recent meeting the NOCSAE Standards Committee, following on initial research done by the NFL, approved research to determine the possible role of shoulder pads in injuries in American football. Initial research shows that as much as 20% of concussions in football are caused by head to shoulder impacts. NOCSAE’s research will further explore the possible involvement of shoulder pads in concussions as well as other injuries related to the shoulder.

The long discussed revision to the NOCSAE Commotio Cordis standard ND200–19 was approved by the Standards Committee with an implementation date of January 31, 2023. Commotio Cordis protective…

On July 14, 2021, the Senate passed S.65, the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act to address concerns regarding Chinese labor policies in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. The bill would impose importation limits on goods made with forced labor in the region and impose sanctions related to use of forced labor. The Department of Homeland Security must provide Congress with its strategy for preventing the importation of goods produced with forced labor, including information on entities working with the Xinjiang government to move persecuted groups used in forced labor out of Xinjiang.

The bill directs U.S. Customs and Border Control…

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