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November 28, 2015 8:05 PM ET

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Company Overview of Wilson Sporting Goods Co.

Company Overview

Wilson Sporting Goods Co. manufactures sporting goods and sports equipment for ball sports. It offers tennis products, such as rackets, bags, balls, strings, grips, accessories, apparel, and shoes; and baseball products, including gloves, baseballs, protective gear, gear bags, accessories, stock uniforms, custom uniforms, and bats. The company also provides golf products, including irons, drivers, woods and hybrid products, wedges, putters, complete sets, balls, bags, accessories, and gloves; and football products, such as footballs, custom footballs, protective gear, gloves, mouth guards, accessories, stock uniforms, and custom uniforms. In addition, it offers basketball products, such as b...

8750 West Bryn Mawr Avenue

Chicago, IL 60631

United States

Founded in 1913





Key Executives for Wilson Sporting Goods Co.

Chief Executive Officer of Amer Group and President of Amer Group
Age: 59
Chief Financial Officer of Amer Sports Corporation and Senior Vice President of Amer Sports Corporation
Age: 65
Executive Officer
Executive Officer
Executive Officer
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2015.

Wilson Sporting Goods Co. Key Developments

Wilson Sporting Goods Co. Launches Wilson X Connected Basketball

Wilson Sporting Goods Co. announced the launch of highly-anticipated Wilson X Connected Basketball is now available at company website. The company designed the ball and an app to help players further develop their shooting skills by infusing gaming mechanics into two hallmark training avenues that help clutch shooters perform in those heart pounding minutes at the end of a close game: relentless repetition and high pressure game experiences. The Wilson X Connected Basketball retails for $199. The ball is available in Official (29.5 inches) and Intermediate (28.5 inches.) sizes. The Wilson X Connected Basketball will be sold exclusively at company website at launch, and via select online retail partners during the holiday season. The Wilson X Connected Basketball is a smart basketball (a small sensor is embedded in the ball) that connects to an app on a player's phone; no other attachments are needed. Through the Company's proprietary Make/Miss Technology, the ball knows when a player makes or misses a shot, and it tracks every shot that player takes so he/she can see how their personal shooting performance changes over time. The Wilson X app features four modes that focus on pure shooting drills and game-like experiences, like Buzzer Beater, that challenge a player under game-winning countdown pressure. In real-time, the sensor in the basketball delivers data to the player's smart phone or tablet. Players using the Wilson X Connected Basketball can track their shooting and performance stats, including shots taken, shots made, two-pointers, three- pointers, and free throws, and share them with friends, via social media, or with their coach. And when a player hits milestones and celebrates shooting streaks, he/she can unlock special badges. Wilson Labs constructed the Wilson X Connected basketball for use on any indoor and outdoor surface – from the gym to the driveway – with a 10 foot regulation hoop and net. The ball never needs charging, as the sensor has been designed to track every shot up to approximately 100,000 shots (this equates to approximately 300 shots a day, seven days a week for 52 weeks). To bring the Wilson X Connected Basketball to market, Wilson partnered with SportIQ, a sports technology and analytics company, and the creator of a groundbreaking player and sports equipment tracking solution. Over the past three years, Wilson and SportIQ have collaborated to explore how sensors and gamification technology could be embedded into sports equipment to enhance athlete performance. Basketball has been a project that is at the center of the Wilson/SportIQ partnership.

Wilson Sporting Goods Co. Introduces New High Performance Tennis Rackets and String Technology at US Open

Wilson Sporting Goods Co. announced the launch of three new high performance, next generation tennis products designed for today's modern game. The new products include the Pro Staff 97S, which was developed in collaboration with Wilson Advisory Staff Member Grigor Dimitrov, a line of extreme power rackets called ULTRA XP, and Element string. Wilson and Luxilon developed Element to achieve optimum power and comfort, while offering increased spin potential. THE PRO STAFF 97S: Wilson Labs, the innovation hub at Wilson, and recently re-signed Wilson Advisory Staff member Grigor Dimitrov, worked collaboratively for 24 months to develop a new Pro Staff racket to round out the highly popular Pro Staff franchise. The result is the new Pro Staff 97S, which is a high performance racket designed for the competitive attacking-style, or 'Attacker,' player, per the Wilson PlayerID system. The racket offers hallmark features of the Pro Staff franchise including pure, classic, and consistent feel. In addition, the Pro Staff 97S features the Company's patented Spin Effect Technology. This technology allows players to produce significantly more spin without changing their swing. The Pro Staff 97S will be available at specialty retailers and via on October 1, 2015. THE ULTRA XP: The UTLRA XP line of rackets is the most powerful available to players. The franchise is comprised of four rackets, the ULTRA XP 100S, 100LS, 110S, and 125. All four rackets are loaded with technologies and constructed with a lightweight design that allow players to hit more powerful and explosive shots with more spin. Wilson Labs designed the ULTRA XP for the All-Courter, or a player who hits from all corners of the court. The rackets in this franchise feature a fundamentally new, cutting-edge frame design that offers extreme power, while the Company's patented Spin Effect Technology delivers maximum spin from anywhere on the court. The technology in this line is complimented by a super-premium design and luxury touches, including pearlized paint finishes. To create this unique racket franchise, Wilson engineers, industrial designers and performance product developers scoured Company design archives for the most successful racket designs in its 100+ year history. The team then evolved and maximized their best wide-body frame geometries to construct the ULTRA XP into a racket that is modern and sleek, while also maximizing power potential and stiffness. The ULTRA XP 100LS is lightweight and maneuverable, and built for All-Courter players at any level. And like the ULTRA XP 100S, this racket's technological innovations and cutting-edge frame design, pack a powerful punch and provide versatility for players. The ULTRA XP 110S delivers maximum power and sweet spot size with an oversized head, while the Ultra XP 125 offers a larger hitting area with the ultimate sweet spot. The ULTRA XP is the first All-Courter franchise to emerge from the Wilson PlayerID system this year. The UTLRA XP 100S, 100LS and 110S, will be available at specialty retailers on September 1, 2015. The Ultra XP 125 launches on December 1 and will be available in the US only. ELEMENT STRING: In order to provide the most advanced string to today's athletes, Wilson and Luxilon collaborated to create the new Element string. This string achieves optimum power and comfort, while offering increased spin potential, making it ideal for competitive juniors and club level players. Element features Luxilon's patented Multi-Mono Technology. This technology provides greater flex, which is not available in a traditional mono string, while offering spin (resiliency to propel the ball). This added level of flexibility also translates in to greater power. Element is significantly softer than traditional monofilament polyester string. This places less stress on the muscles and tendons in the forearms, helping minimize play negatively affected by tennis elbow. With Element, players can now experience the added spin and power benefits of polyester strings in a softer string. Element will be available in the following gauges: 17/1.25mm, 16/1.30. The string will be available at retail stores starting September 1, 2015. THE WILSON PLAYERID SYSTEM: The Wilson PlayerID system allows tennis players to easily identify the appropriate Wilson performance racket model based on their individual style of play. Through extensive player research, Wilson identified three core playing styles in relation to the modern tennis game: Baseliner – the player who battles from the baseline with consistency and speed; Attacker – the player who attacks the ball early to dictate play inside the baseline; and All-Courter – a versatile player, who hits from all corners of the court.

FIBA And Wilson Sporting Goods Co. Enter Global Partnership for FIBA 3x3

Wilson Sporting Goods Co., and FIBA announced they have entered into a four-year agreement for FIBA 3x3. As part of the agreement Wilson will provide the Official Game Ball for all FIBA 3x3 Competitions through 2018. Wilson will supply FIBA with a new basketball designed and engineered by its Wilson Labs innovation team that responds to the speed of the game and enhances shooting, ball handling and grip for players. The Wilson Labs innovation team and FIBA 3x3 collaborated to construct a new and game ball that would enhance player performance on the court. The new Official FIBA 3x3 Game Ball is now the same size as an intermediate basketball, also known as a size 6 basketball. However, it weighs as much as an official game basketball, known as a size 7.

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