Wilson Sporting Goods may be best known for supplying "Wilson," the volleyball in the movie Cast Away. Along with the accolades on the big screen, the company is well respected for producing the gear to tear it up on courts, courses, and athletic fields worldwide. It makes and markets sports equipment and apparel for golf, racquet sports (badminton, racquetball, squash, tennis), and team sports (baseball, basketball, football, soccer, volleyball). Wilson brand balls are used by the NFL, the NCAA, and various professional and collegiate soccer and tennis teams. The company, which serves players in more than 100 countries, is owned by Amer Sports.
Finland-based Amer Sports purchased Wilson Sporting Goods in 1989 from PepsiCo. The sporting goods maker has since become the world's top maker of sports balls, in terms of market share. Its largest revenue generator is the US, thanks to the company's strong brand reputation among consumers in baseball, basketball, and football. In recent years its soccer offerings have gained a footing in Europe and the Asia/Pacific region (including Japan, South Korea, and Australia), as well as Latin America.
Wilson has also taken steps to increase its visibility in racquet sports, tennis, and particularly golf. Once the top brand of golfers 45 to 65, the company saw sales slip as rivals like Callaway and NIKE began to aggressively promote their equipment. NIKE began paying Tiger Woods to endorse its products when the iconic golfer was 20 years old. Although the Wilson golf unit has had an uphill battle, Woods and his off-course woes prompted retailers and golfers to retry the Wilson brand. In 2011 Wilson sealed an endorsement contract with pro golfer Kevin Streelman. The company has held deals as well with Padraig Harrington and Ricky Barnes, helped in part by its fall 2009 rollout of a new premium line of pro golf equipment. – less
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