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The US retail sporting goods industry includes about 20,000 companies with combined annual revenue of about $35 billion. The 50 largest companies account for about 55 percent of revenue. Only about 170 companies have more than five stores, which leaves plenty of room for online stores to grow and flourish.

The sporting goods industry involves companies that sell, manufacture and distribute sporting and athletic products in popular categories such as: Baseball, Basketball, Boating, Bowling, Boxing, Camping, Canoeing, Fishing, Football, Hockey, Soccer, Softball, Tennis and Volleyball among other sporting goods. Sporting goods used for team sports, exercise products and gym equipment make up the majority of sales in this industry that contribute to revenue.
In the sporting goods industry, demand is driven by popular trends and the income of consumers. Manufacturers focus on producing high quality products that will attract different consumer markets while the reseller markets and sells the products to the consumer. And despite the competition online, sporting goods e-retailers have continued to benefit from their ability to offer consumers specific brands, high quality products and convenience shopping as well.

“The sales also support our belief that Americans depend on the outdoors for healthy lifestyles and will always spend money and time on outdoor pursuits.” Frank Hugelmeyer, president of Outdoor Industry Association.
Top Selling Categories for Sports
Airsoft, Archery, Athletic & Outdoor Clothing, Badminton, Baseball, Basketball, Bikes & Scooters, Billiards, Boating & Water Sports, Bowling, Boxing, Camping & Hiking, Canoeing, Car Sports Racks, Cheerleading, Climbing, Coaches' & Referees' Gear, Cricket, Curling, Cycling, Dance Equipment, Darts & Dartboards, Disc Sports, Diving & Snorkeling, Dog Sledding, Equestrian Sports, Exercise & Fitness, Fencing, Field Hockey, Figure Skating, Fishing, Football, Footwear, Game Room, Golf, Gymnastics, Handball, Hunting & Shooting, Ice Hockey, Inline & Roller Skating, Kayaking, Kitesurfing, Lacrosse, Lawn Games, Martial Arts, Paintball & Airsoft, Racquetball, Racquet Sports, Rodeo, Rugby, Running, Sailing, Scooters, Skateboarding, Skiing, Sledding, Snowboarding, Snowshoeing, Soccer, Softball, Sports Electronics & Gadgets, Sports Medicine, Squash, Surfing, Swimming, Table Tennis, Tactical & Duty, Team Sports, Tennis, Track & Field, Volleyball, Water Bottles, Water Polo, Waterskiing & Towsports, Windsurfing, Wrestling, Yoga

Top Selling Categories in Exercise & Fitness
Clothing, Footwear, Fitness & Yoga DVDs, Exercise Balls, Bands, Heart Rate Monitors, Jump Ropes, Mats, Pedometers, Stopwatches, Cardio Training, Bike Trainers, Elliptical Trainers, Exercise Bikes, Rowers, Step Machines, Treadmills, Strength Training, Ankle Weights, Balance Trainers, Benches, Core & Abdominal Trainers, Dip Stands, Dumbbells, Hand Strengtheners, Home Gyms, Inversion Equipment, Kettlebells, Pull-Up Bars, Pushup Stands, Weights, Boxing, Cycling, Martial Arts, Pilates, Running, Trampolines, Triathlon, Yoga

Top Selling Brands in Exercise & Fitness
ACCUSPLIT, adidas, ASICS, Altus Athletic, Black Mountain Products, Body Max, Bowflex, Brooks, Cap Barbell, Danskin, Everlast, FDW, Fitness IQ, GAIAM, Gazelle, GoFit, Harbinger, Horizon, IronMind, Ironman, Isokinetics Inc., Kinetic by Kurt, LifeFitness, LifeSpan, Marcy, Max Fitness New Balance, Nike, OPTP, Polar, Power Balance, Precor, Pro Fit, Pro-Form, ProSource, Reebok, Saucony, Schwinn, SOLE Fitness, SPRI, Speedo, Stamina, Suunto, Teeter Hang ups, Theraband, TKO, Under, Armour, Valeo
Top Selling Categories in Outdoor Recreation
Clothing, Footwear, Backpacks, Camp Kitchen, Camping Furniture, Sleeping Bags & Accessories, Sleeping Pads, Tents, Trekking Poles, Air Mattresses, Climbing, Harnesses, Helmets, Cycling, Adult Bikes, Components, Eyewear, Sport Sunglasses, Ski & Snowboard Goggles, Field Instruments, Binoculars, Two-Way Radios, Weather Monitors, Hunting & Fishing, Fishing Rods, Fly Fishing Gear, Hunting Optics, Hydration, Water Bottles, Water Treatment, Knives & Tools, Fixed-Blade Knives, Folding Knives, Multitools, Lights, Flashlights, Headlamps, Lanterns, Navigation Compasses, GPS, Topographic Maps, Personal Care, Insect Repellent, Sunscreen, Safety & Survival, First Aid Kits, Hand & Body Warmers, Locator Beacons, Snow Sports, Skis, Snowboards, Snowshoes, Water Sports, Boat Accessories, Kayaks, Canoes

Top Selling Brands in Outdoor Recreation
3M, Abu Garcia, Accushot, Acu-Rite, Acurite Deluxe, Adult, Alki'I, Alpen, Allen, Ambient Weather, American Science & Surplus, Amod, AMP, ASP, Aqua Lung, Army Universe, ATN, attwood, Bad Elf, Barnett, Barska, Bayer, Bear Archery, Bell, Berkley, Bianchi, Blackhawk, Body, Bolle, Beartooth, Browning, Brunton, Buck Knives, Buck's Bags, Burris, Bushnell, Camelbak, Cammenga, Canon, Cannon, Celestron, Chain-Mate, Champion, Chaney Instruments, Chopper, Cobra, Cobra Bows, Columbia, Cold Steel, Coleman, Contour, Crimson Trace, Crosman, Dakine, Datrex, Davis, DeLorme, Do-All Outdoors, Dorcy, Eagle, eagle creek, Elite, Energizer, EOTech, Fenwick, Finis, FireStik, Flying Fisherman, Fobus, Garmin, Golf Buddy, GoPro, Gould & Goodrich, Green Trails Maps, HDE, Hogue Grips, Hornady, HUMCO HOLDING GROUP, HumminBird, Hydro Flask, Instapark, Intex, Jabsco, JanSport, JiMarti, Johnson Outdoors, Julbo, Ka-bar, Katadyn, Kavu, Kelty, Kershaw, Kids, klean canteen, Kowa, Kwik Tek, La Crosse Technology, Lamiglas, Lansky, Leatherman, Magellan, Mako Group, Marinco, Martin Sprocket & Gear, MINN KOTA, Maui Jim, Maxpedition, McNett, Midland, MSR, Moeller, Motorola, Moultrie, Mountain Smith, Mtech, Nebo, Neiko, Night Owl, Nikon, NiteIze, Oakley, Okuma, Olympus, Oneill, Oregon Scientific, Osprey, Otg, Palco Sports, Para-Cord, Penn, Pentax, Plano, Planet Bike, Polarized, Police, Potable Aqua, PrimaCare Medical, Professional Bull Riders, Pyramex, Quakehold, Quake Kare, Quantum, Rapala, Remington, Rothco, Sabre, Sawyer, Sea to Summit, SE, Serfas, Schampa, Schwinn, Shakespeare, sherpani, Shimano, Sierra Designs, Sigg, Sightmark, Silva, SKB, Small, Smith & Wesson, SPY, Smith & Wesson, Sony, South Bend, Spyderco, Stearns, Streamlight, Steiner, Stren, Sunbelt, Suunto, Swarovski, Talstar, Taylor Made, TimBuke, Thermacell, Topeak, Trademark Global, Travel John, Trijicon, Tritium, TriSquare, Trophy Ridge, TUBBS, Uniden, U.S. Divers, U.S. Forest Service, UTG, Victorinox, Winter, Womens, Yakima, Yaktrax, Zanheadgear, Zebco, Zeiss, Zero Tolerence, zippo
Top Selling Categories in Athletic & Outdoor Clothing
Baseball, Basketball, Cycling, Exercise & Fitness, Fan Shop, Golf, Outdoor Recreation, Skateboarding, Soccer, Tennis, Volleyball, Yoga

Top Brands in Athletic & Outdoor Clothing
adidas, Arc'teryx, Ashworth, ASICS, Beyond Yoga, Brooks, Callaway, Canari, Cloudveil, Columbia, CW-X, Everlast, ExOfficio, Gore Bike Wear, The GORE-TEX Store, Helly, Hansen, Horny Toad, Icebreaker, Isis, Kavu, Life is Good, Lole, Majestic, Marmot, Mizuno, Mountain Khakis, Moving Comfort, New Balance, New Era, Nike, Outdoor Research, Patagonia, Pearl iZumi, PUMA, prAna, Reebok, Royal, Robbins, Saucony, Skins, Skirt Sports, Speedo, Spyder, Sugoi, Under Armour

Top Selling Categories in Team Sports
Baseball, Basketball, Cheerleading, Field Hockey, Football, Hockey, Lacrosse, Rugby, Soccer, Softball, Track & Field, Volleyball, Water Polo, Wrestling

Top Brands in Team Sports
adidas, Air Horn, Alpha Shirt Company, Alta Industries, ASICS, Baden, Bangerz, Beeman, Brain Pad, Brine, BSN, Canterbury of New Zealand, Championship Productions, Champion, Cheerleading Company, Cliff Keen, Clover, Converse, CranBarry, Diadora, Easton, Franklin, FuelBelt, GOGO, Gilbert, GRYPHON FIELD HOCKEY, Halex, Harrow, Huffy, IACHIKARA, Jugs, Lifetime, Louisville Slugger, Macgregor, McDavid, Mikasa, Mizuno, MJ Soffe, Molten, Mueller, MTM, Mylec, Nfinity, Nike, Polar, Phiten, Pro Impact, Pro Performance Sports, Pro-Tec, PUGG, Rawlings, Robic, Regent, Reusch, Riddell, Russell Athletic, schutt, Shock Doctor, SKLZ, Spalding, Spirit, Sport-Tek, Soffe, Star Line Baton Co., STX, Tachikara, Tape Brothers, TapouT, Tiger Claw, Titanium Sports, Under Armour, Vizari, Warrior, Wilson
Top Selling Categories in Bikes & Scooters
Adult Bikes, Mountain Bikes, Road Bikes, Cruiser Bikes, Comfort Bikes, BMX Bikes, Hybrid Bikes, Specialty Cycles, Help Me Decide, Kids' Bikes, Tricycles, Bicycles, Ride-Ons, Pedal Cars, Wagons, Electric Ride-Ons, Scooters, Electric Scooters, Kick Scooters, Three-Wheeled Scooters, Clothing, Cyclocomputers, Helmets, Lights, Locks, Trainers, Knee and Elbow Pads, Child Seats, Trailers, Car Sports Racks, Bike Carrier Racks, Tools & Lubes, Cleaners, Hand Tools, Components & Parts, Brakes, Chains, Tires

Top Brands in Bikes & Scooters
Avenir, Allen Bike Racks, Biciclo Turbo USA, Cadillac, Cateye, Columba, Crank Brothers, Currie Technologies, Dahon, DiamondBack, DK, Eastern Bikes, Finish Line, Fisher-Price, Giro, GMC, GT Bicycles, Hollywood Racks, Huffy, InStep, ISAD, Jeep, KAZAM, K2, Kent, Kink, klean canteen, Kryptonite, Mantis, Micargi, Michelin, Mirrycle, Mongoose, Nirve, Nitrous, Origin 8, Pacific, Park Tool, Pearl iZUMi, Planet Bike, Polaris, Saris, Schwinn, Serfas, Shimano, Sky Enterprise USA, Slime, Sonoma, Sram, Strider, Sun, SunLite, Swagman Bicycle Carriers, Thule, Tommaso, Topeak, Torker, Tour, Triton, Yakima, Zefal

Top Selling Categories in Golf
Golf Clubs, Golf Club Parts, Golf Balls, Golf Carts, Golf Cart Accessories, Golf Club Bags, Golf Club Bag Accessories, On-Course Accessories, Accessories, Gloves, Training Equipment, Footwear, Clothing

Top Brands in Golf
adidas, Bionic, Blue Foot Products, Bridgestone, Bushnell, Callaway, Champion, CKB products, Cleveland, Club Glove, Confidence, ECCO, Forgan, Formosa Covers, Garmin, Golf Gifts & Gallery, GustBuster, Haas-Jordan, Intec, IRON GLOVES, Izzo, King Par, Nelson Sports Products, New Balance, Nike, Nitro, North, Polara Golf, Pro Active, Samsonite, ShedRain, SKB, SKLZ, Skycaddie, Soft Spikes, TaylorMade, Texan Classics, Titleist, Tom, Watson, Top Flite, Under Armour, V Series, Valencia Wine Co., Valentine, Variety Gift Shop, VedaloHD, Venchinni, Verdina, Victorinox, Visol, Vista, Voit, Volvik, Warrior, Well Go Usa, WELLZHER, Wellzher, West, West Ham United F.C., Wheeleez, Williams, Wilson, WinCraft, Winn, Winning Edge, World of Golf, XPC, Yamaha, Yes Golf, Yes! Yonex, Young Gun, Zero, ZTech
Top Selling Categories in Boating & Water Sports
Boat Motors, Marine Electronics, Safety & Floatation Devices, Canoeing, Canoes, Paddles, Diving & Snorkeling, Masks, Packages, Snorkels, Kayaking, Kayaks, Paddles, Sailing, Hardware, Rigging, Surfing, Bodyboards, Surfboards, Wetsuits, Swimming, Goggles, Swim Caps, Swimwear, Wakeboarding, Wakeboards, Lines, Waterskiing & Towsports, Waterskis, Towables

Top Brands in Boating & Water Sports
303 Products, 3M, adidas, Airwalk, ALOKSAK, Alpine, Aqua Lung, Aqua Sphere, ATC, attwood, Barefoot, International, Block Surf, Body Glove, Boone Blue, Cascade, Clarion, Classic Accessories, Coleman, Conntek, Cressi, crocs, Davis, Dockers, Dual, Emotion Kayaks, FINIS, Garmin, Grind Water, Harmony, Hawaiian, Havaianas, Helly Hansen, Humminbird, Hydro Slide, Hyperlite, Intex, Jabsco, Jaws, Johnson Outdoors, Keen, Kwik Tek, Lewis N. Clark, Mack's, Malone, Malone Auto Racks, Marinco, McNett, Meguiar's, Minn Kota, Moeller, Moeller Marine, MTX, Nike, NOAA, O'Brien, ONEILL, Permatex, Pioneer, Plano, Plexus, Polo Ralph Lauren, Power Acoustik, Pro, Pyle, Racelite, Rainbow, Rainbow Sandals, Reef, Rescue Tape, Rockport, Ronix, Rule, Sanuk, Seattle Sports, Sea-Band, Sea to Summit, SEACHOICE, SealLine, SeaSense, Sebago, Shoreline, Shoreline Marine, Speedo, Sperry Top-Sider, Star Brite, Stearns, Stohlquist, Suncor, TaylorMade, Thule, Timberland, Tilos, TMS, TYR, U.S. Divers, Vintage, X20
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