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About the NBS Markets

An NBS Market is a unique trade show experience where the exhibiting vendors show their products and Members write orders while the Market is in session in order to receive the pricing approved in the submitted program. Exhibiting vendors offer special pricing programs that are only available to NBS Members, ensuring that vendors walk away from the Market with a high volume of purchase orders in hand. NBS partners with key vendors, so competition between vendors is less than in the open market.

Retailers who attend these Markets are a diverse group of independent retailers and are the local market specialists in their communities. From team athletic retailers to ski shops, shooting ranges to general or outdoor sporting goods stores, NBS Members represent a large cross-section of the sporting goods industry.


How to Become a Preferred Vendor

There is no cost to becoming an NBS preferred vendor, but vendors must contact the merchandiser for your specific category and complete a Prospective Vendor Form in order to become an NBS preferred vendor and attend our Markets. Once you have submitted a Prospective Vendor Form, your category manager will contact you. Your category manager works closely with the NBS Committees, staying abreast of the needs of the Membership, and coordinating those needs with the offerings from vendors. Once you have been approved as a vendor, you will receive a login, which will allow you access to vital information. To find out more information about exhibiting at the Markets, please contact your category manager.


Market Information

Vendors and Members can find the most up-to-date information about our current and upcoming Markets by visiting our Markets page. If you’re unsure about which Markets you should attend, review the categories for each Market, and contact your category manager for further information or to discuss secondary Market options.

Once you receive purchase orders from NBS Members, vendors bill and ship to each Member directly.

Featured Industry News

Welcome Great American Sports to the NBS Family!
Posted 7/18/18: We are happy to welcome Great American Sports from Jackson, Tennessee, to the Nation's Best Sports Family! Great American Sports, is a team and retail athletic dealer selling a variety of apparel and equipment for many sports. See more >
Athletic Dealers of America (ADA) to Merge with Nation's Best Sports
Posted 7/11/18: On July 10, 2018, it was announced that ADA and NBS will be merging, effective September 1, 2018. ADA Members voted unanimously to join NBS to build a stronger team dealer organization. This past weekend, NBS and ADA Members attended the ADA/NBS Summer Athletic Market in Jacksonville, Florida where Members from both groups were able to meet and spend time with their new colleagues. Both NBS and ADA are excited about their future as one entity under the NBS identity. See more >
Does The Online Tax Ruling Even The Playing Field?
Posted 7/10/2018: Many brick-and-mortar retailers hailed the Supreme Court’s ruling in late June that finally gave states the authority to require online retailers to collect sales tax. But interviews with a number of independent specialty retailers show many in the industry still face uphill battles competing with online selling. See more >
NFHS Agrees to Delay Implementation of NOCSAE Standard on High School Baseballs
Posted 7/6/18: On July 5, 2018, the NFHS Rules Review Committee decided to extend implementation for the new NOCSAE baseball standards until January 1, 2020, after having the date previously set for January 1, 2019. See more >
NBS Hosts Fishing Business Development Meetings
Posted 6/25/18: NBS hosted the Fishing Business Development Meetings from June 18-20, 2018, where our Committee Members & Advisors met with dozens of vendors negotiating programs and finding opportunities for the Membership for the upcoming Fall Semi-Annual Market in August. See more >
NBS Hosts Firearms & Ammunition, Shooting Accessories, and Hunting BDMs
Posted 6/18/18: From June 12-14, NBS hosted the Firearms & Ammunition, Shooting Accessories, and Hunting Business Development Meetings at the NBS office in Fort Worth, Texas. See more >
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