The SportsOneSource Debate: The Election…

Turns out our industry is about as divided as the rest of the country around which Presidential candidate is best qualified to steward our country. Late last week, SportsOneSource queried subscribers asking how the election of John McCain or Barack Obama will impact the industry. The question stirred very passionate responses from across the market, demonstrating just how serious the business community sees this election and the severe challenges facing the economy.  The responses were about 50/50 for the candidates. 

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Thomas J. Ryan

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The SportsOneSource Debate: The Election

Turns out our industry is about as divided as the rest of the country around which Presidential candidate is best qualified to steward our country. Late last week, SportsOneSource queried subscribers asking how the election of John McCain or Barack Obama will impact the industry.


The question stirred very passionate responses from across the market, demonstrating just how serious the business community sees this election and the severe challenges facing the economy.  The responses were about 50/50 for the candidates.  Due to the fervent nature of political discussions, SEW decided to keep all responses anonymous. Here’s a few:


“The biggest impact that I see if Barack wins are minimum wage increases. Raising that to $10, $11 or $12 an hour would be a real hit to our stores.”
– CEO, SPORTS SPECIALTY CHAIN


“Obama is the better choice — but only slightly — because he has the ability with his rhetoric to raise people’s spirits. Words move people.” 
– PARTNER, ADVERTISING AGENCY


“McCain would be better for our industry. McCain would not increase taxes to suppliers and retailers. Obama would increase taxes for business and business owners. Without the added tax burden Obama would levy, it would allow for investment in new products and industry expansion to happen. If Obama put more restrictions on imports from China, it will only mean higher prices and more inflation than we are seeing now.”

– HEAD BUYER,  FULL-LINE SPORTING GOODS CHAIN


“Barack Obama’s policies will benefit the industry by helping rebuild the middle class – you know, the CONSUMERS! John McCain’s policies will only benefit the wealthy, and they already purchase whatever they want. With an Obama administration, the middle class will be rebuilt and more consumer dollars will flow into the market.”
– ACCOUNT REP, SALES REP/AGENCY


“My belief is that if Barack Obama is elected, there will be “even” more trade restriction and regulation/legislation, making it more difficult to navigate an already treacherous economic condition. Barack Obama will do all he can to bring jobs back to the U.S.A., meaning stiffer tarriffs and “penalties” toward those who dont. John McCain, on the other hand will ensure fair regulatory compliance but give as much freedom to companies as possible with the view that the better companies perform, the more jobs theyll create in the long run.”
– PRESIDENT, RUNNING FOOTWEAR SUPPLIER


“I believe the election of Barack Obama will benefit the sporting goods industry more.  Historically the American economy has thrived when the middle class has more disposable income available to them (think middle class tax cuts by Reagan in the 80’s and Clinton in the 90’s). When tens of millions of Americans have more money in their checking accounts they will spend it on electronics, fashion apparel, travel, home products and, of course, sporting and recreational products.”
— OWNER, RUNNING STORE

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The SportsOneSource Debate: The Election

Turns out our industry is about as divided as the rest of the country around which Presidential candidate is best qualified to steward our country. Late last week, SportsOneSource queried subscribers asking how the election of John McCain or Barack Obama will impact the industry. The question stirred very passionate responses from across the market, demonstrating just how serious the business community sees this election and the severe challenges facing the economy.  The responses were about 50/50 for each candidate.  Due to the fervent nature of political discussions, BOSS kept all responses anonymous, except for Amy Roberts at OIA.   Here’s a few:


“The investment community hates uncertainty, so the election will definitely ease a certain amount of “apprehension” in the overall marketplace. That impact, coupled with the mass realization that our current President is FINALLY leaving office will create a sense of optimism, regardless of who the winner in November is. If it happens to be Obama, I think that bodes particularly well for the outdoor industry in the long term. His sensitivity to environmental issues would help energize a generation of outdoor-active, environmental stewards. If it happens to be McCain, I still think it’s a positive step for the economy, but not as positive for the outdoor sector as an Obama victory would certainly be.


Regardless of who is elected, the trade climate in Washington will focus more on how companies doing business overseas are adhering to environmental and labor standards. Regarding recreation, both Obama and McCain support more funding for close-to-home recreation and have committed to tackling climate change in their Administrations. Senator Obama also supports the reinstatement of the Roadless Rule while Senator McCain has not addressed this issue.”
– AMY ROBERTS, VP GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS, OIA

McCain would be better for our industry. McCain would not increase taxes to suppliers and retailers. Obama would increase taxes for business and business owners. Without the added tax burden Obama would levy, it would allow for investment in new products and industry expansion to happen. If Obama puts more restrictions on imports from China, it will only mean higher prices and more inflation than we are seeing now.”
– HEAD BUYER, FULL-LINE SPORTS/OUTDOOR CHAIN


“I believe the election of Barack Obama will be a positive thing for our industry. I believe he will pursue sound environmental and sustainability policies. That’s a key reason why my wife and I, and almost everyone we know, are supporting Senator Obama. It seems respect and honor for the environment can only increase participation in outdoor recreation and thereby strengthen the outdoor retail industry.”
– CO-OWNER, OUTDOOR RETAIL SHOP


“I believe Obama is the better choice — but only slightly — because he has the ability with his rhetoric to raise people’s spirits. Words move people.”
– PARTNER, ADVERTISING AGENCY

“The impact of this election will be felt by small business owners, who will likely pay significantly higher taxes on business profits (if there are any) under Obama. My guess is that there will be significantly more regulation and NAFTA and other trade agreements will be weakened or killed under Obama.”
– PRESIDENT, CLIMBING ACCESSORIES SUPPLIES


“McCain would be disastrous, with no coherent plan for the economy and basically anti small-business. Not to mention an airhead for VP. Obama would have a more positive impact, but the government cant control 100% what the economy will do.”
– ANONYMOUS


“Should Obama be elected, the damage from a “new American socialism” will ripple through our economy like a plague, hurting businesses from the established giants to struggling entrepreneurs. New job growth will be choked off, employment costs will soar, and unemployment levels will rise as companies try to stay profitable. As more workers fall off payrolls, more go on the dole, and up go taxes. You think it’s tough now!”
– SALES SUPPORT, OUTDOOR CATALOG


“After 8 years of George Bush policies I am hopeful for a change in our country’s direction. The Republican Party seems to have a very short sighted view on energy and the environment. For retailers that promote the outdoors what can be more important than the air and water? Barrack Obama is far better qualified to bring our country together to solve our economic problems and to end the war in Iraq. It is time to put money into the U.S.A. than rebuilding Iraq. This is probably the most important election and it is good to see the youth mobilized to make effective change.”
– OWNER, SKI/BIKE SHOP


“I do not believe Obama will be good for the economy with his tax proposals. McCain has not really laid out much of a plan, but that may be good in that government’s function is not retail business – that’s our function as business owners. The exciting part is Palin; she is active, her husband is active, so just due to this and their images it could be good for action retail.”
– OWNER, BOARDSHOP

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