The Coronavirus Challenge
Team Insight is here as a resource for the team sports business to deal with this health and business crisis.
Even in this important annual Girls’ and Women’s Sports Issue, where every article focuses on some aspect of women’s sports, I feel compelled to connect with our readers around the country who, like everyone in America, are adjusting to a new normal as the impact of the coronavirus hits home both professionally and personally.
As we navigate through the unprecedented impacts of the COVID-19 virus, we are, as always, opening our pages and our resources up to you. Team dealers are impacted greatly by the cancellation of pro, college and, most importantly, youth sports in America and we are feeling your pain.
We can be your way to communicate with your vendors and customers – through the pages of Team Insight and in our bi-weekly TeamInsightExtra newsletter. Feel free to let us know what you’re doing to protect yourselves and your businesses, what you’d like to be reading more of and what kind of coverage will help you the most, and what we can be doing to keep our community connected and supported. You can write me directly at
firstname.lastname@example.org or give me a call at 201-396-7005.
It’s been a chaotic and unnerving time for everyone, and I know a lot of us are worried — about our health, our families, our businesses, our customers. The speed at which the COVID-19 crisis has unfolded has seemed to accelerate daily, and I know a lot of you have revised your plans on an hourly basis. Heck, there’s a very good chance this editorial will be obsolete by the time you read it — things are moving that fast.
We still don’t know what the longer-term impacts of this crisis will be, and I know from the last few days that I don’t know enough to guess. So in the meantime, I want to send our thoughts out to all of the team dealers, vendors and reps I’ve been talking to, following on social media and observing as they rise to this challenge. You guys impress me and, not to sound too emotional, we will all be able to get through this together.
There will certainly be this new normal on the other side of this crisis and some businesses will not be around to enjoy it. Others will be vastly different than what they were at the beginning of 2020. The one thing that is certain is that things will never be the same again — in our neighborhoods, around the country and, yes, even in our little world of team sports.
I’ve been inspired by the creative things I’ve seen dealers around the country doing – and how their vendors seem so far to be working with, not against, their dealer partners – to keep serving their customers while protecting their employees and community. That’s what our very personal business is all about.
— Michael Jacobsen