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  • News Story

    Honoring a Legend

    8/11/2014


    Earl Lloyd was one of a handful of basketball players who broke the racial barrier and helped integrate the NBA. In 1950, with the Washington Capitals, he became the first African American to play in a NBA game. As a top defensive player, Earl later joined the Syracuse Nationals and became the first black player to win a NBA championship. Later with the Detroit Pistons, he was the first African American to be named an assistant coach and later became head coach of the Pistons. Lloyd has been enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame, and saw February 9, 2001, named Earl Lloyd Day by Virginia's governor. Mr. Lloyd has been honored by many throughout the years, most recently by his alma mater (West Virginia State University) with a life-size bronze statue set in place earlier this year. And now we too honor him by recognizing his many accomplishments and thanking him for making the game we love and the world we live in better places for having known him.

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    Dudley Softball Line Extension

    8/11/2014


    The spring sales meeting was impressive in many ways. No one got hurt at the company softball game, BK swung the bat like a pro, and all of the new Dudley softball product looks great! The PD and Marketing teams have really outdone themselves and word on the street is that the product is being well received by the market too, with many claiming the durability of our bats is the best available on the senior softball market. It’s exciting to know that what we’ve launched this year isn’t the end, but is just the beginning of many more exciting things to come in diamond sports products. We look forward to really getting the ball rolling with the new bats at the SSUSA World Tournament at Las Vegas in late September. Look for the Dudley and Spalding brands to grow in softball and baseball by continuing to launch innovative products with tangible, easy to understand benefits over the coming seasons.

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    Strong Baseball Heritage

    8/11/2014


    Spalding will play a critical part this summer in the 75th anniversary of the Little League World Series (LLWS). Having been the official baseball of the LLWS for a few years now, and recently extending our agreement for several more years, Spalding is proud to be on the eld with the best young baseball players that Little League has to offer. To many, there is simply no better baseball available anywhere, at any level. Passionate fans, families and players travel across the globe every August to take part in the most prestigious Little League baseball tournament played. We believe that the best athletes deserve to play with the best sports equipment available and gladly take on the responsibility of keeping up our end of the bargain. Make sure to tune in August 14th through 24th for all of the action.

  • Press Release

    Spalding is the King of the Beach

    8/6/2014


    Spalding, a trademark of Russell Brands, LLC, will again be associated with the King of the Beach® (KOB) Volleyball tour, the most recognized brand in the sport of outdoor volleyball which will ascend to the beaches of Southern California, Florida, NY, NJ, Chicago, Virginia, Seattle, and Colorado...

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    @NBA Represents League’s Global Social Community

    7/31/2014


    The NBA announced today that the @NBA handle will be added to the official Spalding game ball beginning with the 2014-15 NBA season. The NBA is the first professional sports league to include its social media handle on its official game ball...

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    Jennie Finch resigns with Dudley Softball

    1/13/2014


    Dudley has announced the renewal of its association with two-time Olympic Medalist and 2010 Amateur Softball Association Female athlete of the year Jennie Finch, resigning the most dominant and recognizable women’s fast pitch softball player of her era to a multi-year endorsement deal for its Dudley brand...

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    Spalding Launches New Footwear Division

    11/25/2013


    Russell Brands, LLC, owner of the Spalding® trademark (“Spalding”), and the world's largest basketball equipment supplier, is launching a new footwear division and looks to become a total solution for the basketball category spanning equipment (backboards, inflatables, accessories), footwear and apparel...

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  • News Story

    Spalding Baseball


    The entire UNC Asheville baseball team is wearing Spalding fielding gloves this year and the feedback has been great. Reports are that the players have been impressed with the quality of the leather and the shape they are able to get from the gloves once they are broken in for game play. The branding exposer gained here and the play feedback is extremely valuable to us. Add to that, our big leagures Adam Warren with the Yankees and Chris Tillman with the Orioles are both off to a fantastic start wearing the Spalding brand as well.

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    Spalding Celebrates 30 Years with the NBA

    10/28/2013


    Throughout the 2013-14 NBA season, Spalding, a division of Russell Brands, LLC, and the world's largest basketball equipment supplier, will celebrate 30 years as the Official Game Ball of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Today, Spalding launched the “Only1Ball” campaign to celebrate its relationship...

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    Spalding Catalog App


    We recently launched a new, free app on Apple's App Store which will host Spaldings digital product catalogs. The app is called "Spalding Catalogs" and you can expect updates as new catalogs are made available.