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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

NBS Insider: March 30, 2021
Posted 3/30/2021: NBS Insider: Summer Athletic Market Registration, Sports Connection Featured in Team Insight Magazine, NSSF News and Events, & More! || Market Registration Now Open for the 2021 Summer Athletic Market - We are excited to announce that registration for the NBS 2021 Summer Athletic Market is now open! This Market will be held from June 24-26, 2021, at the new Oklahoma City Convention Center in Oklahoma City. If you plan to attend that Market, please log in to either the NBS Member Website or the NBS Vendor Website now to register. See more >
NBS Insider: March 16, 2021
Posted 3/16/2021: NBS Insider: 2021 Fall Semi-Annual Market Dates, 2 New Members Join NBS, Mission Ridge Range Training Session with Crimson Trace, NICS Background Checks Surge, & More! || Welcome Top Cat Sales to the NBS Family! - We are excited to welcome Top Cat Sales to the Nation's Best Sports Family! Top Cat Sales is a team athletic dealer located in Madison Heights, Michigan. We look forward to seeing our new Member at our upcoming Markets! See more >
NBS Insider: March 3, 2021
Posted 3/3/2021: NBS Insider: 2021 Fall Semi-Annual Market Dates, 2 New Members Join NBS, Mission Ridge Range Training Session with Crimson Trace, NICS Background Checks Surge, & More! || SAVE THE DATE: NBS Announces Dates for 2021 Fall Semi-Annual Market - We are excited to announce that the NBS 2021 Fall Semi-Annual Market will be an in-person event that will take place from August 23-25, 2021, at the Fort Worth Convention Center in Fort Worth, Texas! Registration is not open yet, but we will share more information regarding registration in the coming weeks. See more >
NBS Insider: February 2, 2021
Posted 2/2/2021: NBS Insider: Spring Virtual Market Registration Deadline, Kendall Whitley Featured in Team Insight Magazine, Two New NBS Members, Winter Sport Trends, & More! || Kendall Whitley Featured in Team Insight Magazine Article - Team Insight Magazine recently launched its The 1-On-1 Project which kicked off with a series of interviews with a diverse collection of team dealers, association and buying group executives, and even an independent sales rep. Our very own Kendall Whitley, NBS Vice President of Team and Retail Athletics was interviewed for this article and we encourage you to check it out! See more >
NBS Insider: January 19, 2021
Posted 1/19/2021: NBS Insider: Spring Market Registration, Maine Sports Outfitters Opens Third Location, GSM Acquires TRUGLO, Outdoor Retailer Winter Online Open, & More! || Maine Sport Outfitters to Open Third Location - One of our NBS Members, Maine Sport Outfitters, will soon open a third store location in Rockland, Maine. Maine Sport Outfitters currently operates two other locations, one in Rockport and one in Camden. According to the Bangor Daily News, Maine Sport Outfitters announced it is purchasing a building at 279 Main Street and plans to open the location there. See more >
NBS Insider: December 23, 2020
Posted 12/23/2020: NBS Insider: Winter & Spring Virtual Market Registration, Len Hale of The Sportsman's Headquarters Passes Away, NPD Sales Reports, & More! || Registration Now Open for the 2021 Winter Specialty Virtual Market - Registration is now open for both the 2021 Winter Specialty Virtual Market! This Virtual Market will be held from January 11-30, 2021. See more >
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