Jesper Johansson

Jesper Johansson

I started my career as a golf journalist at Svensk Golf. From there, I took over the Swedish publication Sportfack as Editor In Chief. When EDM Publications called, it was an easy decision to come and join SGI Europe. In my spare time I watch way too much football, play golf or ride on my road bike.

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    Puma expands supervisory board, elects two new independent members

    2024-05-28T11:06:00

    Puma has expanded its Supervisory Board with the election of Harsh Saini and Roland Krüger as independent members during its annual general shareholders meeting. Their election follows the departure of long-time board member Thore Ohlsson and marks an increase in the board’s size from six to seven members. The pair ...

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    Nidecker Group acquires iconic skate brands, expands legacy in action sports

    2024-05-28T09:30:00

    The Nidecker Group has announced the acquisition of the skate brands Etnies, éS, Emerica and ThirtyTwo from Sole Technology. The deal sees Sole Tech’s founder, Pierre André Senizergues, remain CEO while retaining a minority interest in the brands. Under the leadership of Senizergues, the brands have become pioneers in the ...

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    Are helmets about to be normal gear for every surfer?

    2024-05-28T06:29:00

    Surfing has traditionally shunned helmets, but rising concerns about head trauma are changing attitudes in the sport. At this year’s Lexus Pipe Pro, an increasing number of Championship Tour surfers wore helmets, recognizing the risks posed by dense crowds and dangerous breaks over shallow reefs. While helmets remain optional at ...

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    Nike unveils ‘Nike Jam’ sneakers for breakdancing debut at 2024 Summer Olympics

    2024-05-28T06:28:00

    With the 2024 Summer Olympics on the horizon, Nike is set to make a splash in the debut of breakdancing as an official competition sport. Introducing the Nike Jam, a performance sneaker crafted specifically for breakdancers, which was unveiled at Nike’s “Nike on Air” Olympic preview event last month.

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    FootBalance wins at 2024 Sports Technology Awards with 3D foot scanning tech

    2024-05-28T06:28:00

    Finnish company FootBalance clinched the top spot in the Medical category at the 2024 Sports Technology Awards with its MyFootBalance 3D foot scanning technology. The awards ceremony, held in London on May 9, 2024, celebrated the forefront of sports technology innovation, recognizing leaders across 23 different categories. The company’s founder, ...

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    Castore opens first London outlet store at The O2

    2024-05-27T10:15:00

    Castore has launched its first London outlet store at Outlet Shopping at The O2. This new storefront occupies 121 square meters on the upper level of the complex, nestled next to Reiss. The store features a range of Castore’s women’s and men’s athletic wear and includes a special section for ...

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    Laura Miele joins On’s Board of Directors

    2024-05-25T07:02:00

    On Holding announced the election of Laura Miele to its Board of Directors as an independent member. Miele will also contribute to the Audit Committee. “We are thrilled to welcome Laura to the On Board of Directors and could not be happier for such a qualified and dedicated individual to ...

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    Retail resilience: physical stores prove crucial for driving growth in digital era

    2024-05-25T07:00:00

    The retail landscape, deeply transformed by the Covid-19 pandemic, is demonstrating resilience and a symbiotic relationship between physical stores and online sales. Despite the surge in digital shopping during the pandemic’s peak, recent data indicates that brick-and-mortar stores remain essential for driving growth in the retail sector.

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    Adidas CEO faces backlash over use of kangaroo leather amid protests at annual meeting

    2024-05-24T07:56:00

    Adidas CEO Bjørn Gulden is facing scrutiny over the company’s use of kangaroo leather following a protest at the annual general meeting. Activists from Animal Rebellion disrupted the event with signs declaring, “Kangaroo leather is cruel,” highlighting the contentious issue surrounding the use of wild Australian animals for products. Australia’s ...

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    Imperial acquires Pukka, bolsters position in custom headwear market

    2024-05-23T12:31:00

    Imperial, now under the ownership of CPC, announced the completion of its acquisition of Pukka, Inc., a custom headwear company based in Findlay, OH. Known for its designs in golf, action sports, and team sporting goods markets, Pukka’s existing management team and operational structure will remain intact.

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    Champion unveils weighted hoodie to enhance mental health support

    2024-05-23T12:31:00

    Champion has unveiled its latest product, the Champion Weighted Hoodie. This adaptive apparel prototype is designed to promote mental health and provide comfort. The hoodie integrates weighted technology commonly used in therapeutic blankets, inspired by a brand survey where over ninety percent of 19 to 35-year-olds expressed interest in ...

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    Fanatics secures retail and merchandising partnership with golf’s R&A

    2024-05-23T12:31:00

    Fanatics has secured an extensive omnichannel retail and merchandising partnership with the R&A, the governing body for golf outside of the USA and Mexico. This long-term agreement encompasses e-commerce, event and physical retail, memorabilia, and licensing rights for The Open and AIG Women’s Open.

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    Lululemon announces organizational restructure following Chief Product Officer’s departure

    2024-05-22T13:39:00

    Lululemon has announced significant organizational changes following the resignation of Sun Choe, its Chief Product Officer, who is departing later this month to pursue a new opportunity. Choe’s exit marks the end of her seven-year tenure with the company, during which she significantly bolstered Lululemon’s product-focused leadership. Calvin McDonald, CEO ...

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    Peloton shares drop as company announces $275m debt offering and refinancing plans

    2024-05-22T13:39:00

    Shares of Peloton Interactive, Inc. tumbled by 16.3 percent following the announcement of the company’s plans for a comprehensive global refinancing effort. The fitness giant revealed it would issue $275.0 million in convertible senior notes due in 2029 as part of a private offering. Additionally, Peloton plans to secure a ...

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    Norwegian sports chains see 9.5 percent sales decline in Q1 2024

    2024-05-22T07:20:00

    Sports chains in Norway, including XXL, Sport1, Intersport, Anton Sport, Löplabbet, Stadion, Obs!, and Stadium Outlet, reported a significant sales downturn in the first quarter of 2024, with revenues dropping 9.5 percent compared to the same period in 2023, totaling 2.7 billion Norwegian kroner (€233.2 million). The decline is attributed ...

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    Superdry prepares for emergency sale amid restructuring plan uncertainty

    2024-05-22T07:20:00

    Superdry, the British fashion retailer, is facing a pivotal moment as it braces for the potential rejection of a restructuring plan proposed by CEO Julian Dunkerton. If creditors do not approve the plan, Superdry is set to launch a four-week emergency sale process, which could lead to a pre-pack administration ...

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    Aston Villa secures kit deal with Adidas, ends controversial partnership with Castore

    2024-05-22T07:20:00

    Aston Villa, the Premier League soccer club, has announced a significant multi-year kit supply agreement with Adidas, starting from the 2024-25 season. This partnership marks the end of Villa’s current association with Castore, which has been marred by player complaints over the quality and functionality of the kits. The deal ...

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    Zwiebler appointed permanent CEO of WFSGI, set to advance global sporting goods initiatives

    2024-05-21T08:01:00

    The World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry (WFSGI) has officially named Emma (Mason) Zwiebler its permanent Chief Executive Officer, effective May 1, 2024. This decision follows her interim CEO role, which started on Nov. 1, 2023, and was confirmed during a recent WFSGI Board meeting in London.

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    Adidas announces more affordable versions of popular sneakers

    2024-05-21T06:20:00

    At Adidas 2024 Annual General Meeting in Fürth, Germany, CEO Bjørn Gulden announced that Adidas would make its sneakers more affordable. This strategy involves launching cheaper versions of top-selling models such as the Samba, aiming to cater to consumers attracted to trends but deterred by high prices.

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    Nike faces decline in running shoe website traffic as rivals gain ground

    2024-05-21T06:20:00

    Nike has seen a notable decline in website traffic for its running shoe category, falling behind in a fiercely competitive market. According to Similarweb’s data, traffic to Nike.com’s running segment has steadily decreased from March 2022 to March 2024, a period during which rival brands like Brooks have caught up, ...

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