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Vail Resorts reported season-to-date total lift ticket revenue at the company’s North American mountain resorts, including an allocated portion of season pass revenue for each applicable period, was up 9.3 percent compared to the prior year season-to-date period.

Eastern Illinois University agreed to a new five-year apparel contract with Adidas that runs through 2024.

Trust Performance, known for its bike suspension systems, announced the formation of partnerships with six independent, outside sales rep groups.

ACE Media, the content development and production subsidiary of the NFL Players Association, Thursday announced a strategic investment by Allied Global Marketing, the entertainment, sports and lifestyle marketing agency.

LakePoint Sports, a youth travel sports destination located in the Metro Atlanta area, announced Thursday it has named Mark O’Brien as its new president and CEO. O’Brien recently served as president of Mizuno USA and chairman of Mizuno Canada.

Smith on Thursday announced that Mark Phares has re-joined the company as the new vice president of global sales.

Ironman has announced a new multi-year global partnership with sports apparel company ViewSport to become the Official Recreational Apparel Partner of Ironman. ViewSport will also be the title sponsor for the Ironman Lake Placid triathlon.

Under Armour is ending its kit deal with the Welsh Rugby Union four years ahead of schedule, according to

The University of Kansas and Adidas announced the extension of their footwear and apparel agreement through 2031. The university said the deal is one of the largest apparel partnerships in college athletics.

Burlington Stores Inc., the off-pricer, announced a leadership succession plan. The changes include Michael O’Sullivan, formerly president and COO of Ross Stores Inc., joining the company as CEO in September.

Arcis Golf has acquired Austin, TX-based Dominion Golf Group’s portfolio of clubs, marking a significant enhancement to the Arcis Golf collection of 65 properties nationwide.

ACT Lab, which conducts safety and compliance testing for the bicycle, motorcycle, outdoor and other industries, announced an exclusive partnership with Consumer Testing Technology (CTT) of China.

AllTrails, a digital guide to the outdoors, has announced the acquisition of iFootpath, the No. 1 paid travel app in the UK. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

World TeamTennis (WTT) announced a new multi-year agreement with Geico (Government Employees Insurance Company) as the league’s official auto insurance provider.

Winmark Corp. announced that its board of directors has approved an increase in its regular quarterly cash dividend to shareholders.

BSN Sports, the nation’s largest direct marketer and distributor of sporting goods to the school and league markets and a division of Varsity Brands, announced that it has acquired T&T Sportsman’s Shop Inc., based in Charleston, SC.

Grassroots Outdoor Alliance, the national organization dedicated to the health and growth of specialty outdoor retail, this spring welcomes Tecnica and Fjallraven to their national vendor partner network.

Shimano Inc. reported earnings decline 6.9 percent in the first quarter ended March 31 as sales gained 2.9 percent. Operating earnings declines at Bicycle Components segment offset gains in the Fishing Tackle segment.

Vista Murrieta High School in Murrieta, CA announced it will equip its entire varsity football roster with the Vicis Zero1 helmet for the 2019 football season.

Nike plans to move its U.K. headquarters from Soho to a larger location north of the regeneration zone in King’s Cross, the Evening Standard reports.

Nike Inc. announced that Dr. John C. Lechleiter, a director of the company since 2009 and former chairman, has decided to retire and will not stand for re-election.

CMR Lands LLC last week acquired 49° North Mountain Resort, a ski area located on Chewelah Mountain in Northeast Washington.

The Conservation Alliance this week welcomed its newest member, textile company Concept III.

Outdoor apparel brand Mountain Khakis on Tuesday announced that Gerten Outdoors has become the sales representative for the Central Territory, which includes, Missouri, Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota.

Kohl’s announced that all Kohl’s stores will be accepting free, unpackaged returns for Amazon customers starting in July.

AllCore360, the maker of abdominal exercise equipment, welcomed John Brenkus, the six-time Emmy-Award winning creator, host, and producer of ESPN’s Sport Science, to serve on the company’s advisory board.

CrossFit has lifted a rule barring athletes from wearing footwear other than Reebok when competing in the CrossFit Games.

Saucony, a division of Wolverine Worldwide Inc., announced the appointment of Nike veteran Shawn M. Hoy to vice president of global product, effective immediately. In his new role, Hoy will be responsible for guiding Saucony’s global brand footwear and apparel strategies, including design, development, and product innovation.

Tonal, the fitness startup that uses intelligent technology, announced a $45 million Series C fundraising round led by the Growth Fund of L Catterton. Evolution Media, Shasta Ventures, Sapphire Ventures and Serena Williams via Serena Ventures also participated.

Rack Room Shoes has appointed Brian Minnix as chief information officer.

Oboz Footwear, the outdoor footwear company headquartered in Bozeman, MT, announced that Freestone Sales Group will be representing the brand in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming.

Topgolf opened the doors to its second South Carolina location in Greenville.

StockX is close to securing a new funding round provides a valuation for the sneaker re-seller website of at least $1 billion, according to a report from Recode.

Fischer Skis U.S. LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of privately held Fischer Sports GmbH, has announced Sergio Kiehl as CEO and president.

Bass Pro Shops announced that Jamie Sohosky has been appointed as chief marketing officer for the Great Outdoors Group of companies. In her most recent role as VP, marketing, customer experience at Walmart U.S.

Foot Locker will open its first “Power Store” in New York City in the Washington Heights neighborhood at 605 W. 181st St.

In honor of Earth Day, Columbia Sportswear will match all customer donations made to Planet Water Foundation at its U.S. retail stores on April 22, Earth Day.

Adidas has formed a partnership with Utah Jazz Youth Camps and Clinics.

Pocket Outdoor Media has added six industry veterans to its sales staff for VeloNews, Bicycle Retailer & Industry News, Triathlete, PodiumRunner and Women’s Running.

The Outdoor Industry Association’s Trade Advisory Council was able to get 10 footwear-related Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB) petitions approved, some of which reduced import duties from 37.5 percent to zero.

Active at Altitude, organizers of the 2019 US Trail Running Conference, has announced the theme for this year’s edition of the annual event, Diversity and Inclusion: Trail Running for Everyone.

Tech Gear 5.7 Inc., makers of Fieldsheer Performance Motorcycle Gear and Mobile Warming Heated Apparel, announced the hiring of Eric Creagh as the company’s new chief operating officer.

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