A number of former Cabela’s employees, led by Matt Highby, have officially launched Highby Outdoors, an e-commerce site focusing on outdoor gear. Read more.

At the state’s annual tourism conference in St. Paul, Explore Minnesota announced a new “Find Your True North” tourism marketing campaign.

Dow and USA Luge have announced the renewal of Dow as the Official Technical Partner of the USA Luge team through 2022.

Tissot, the Swiss watch brand, celebrated the official opening of its fourth New York City boutique, a concept store dedicated to the brand’s status as Official Watch and Official Timekeeper of the NBA.

Reebok appointed Deutsch as its new global creative agency of record.

New Wave Group AB, the Swedish-based owner of Craft, Cutter & Buck and a number of other sports brands, reported sales amounted to SEK 1.94 billion in the fourth quarter against SEK 1.63 billion, a gain of 19 percent year over year.

Sears Chairman Eddie Lampert’s $5.2 billion bid to buy the retailer’s assets and keep the chain alive was approved Thursday afternoon by U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Robert Drain in White Plains, N.Y., according to reports.

The Buckle Inc. announced that comparable store net sales, for stores open at least one year, for the 4-week period ended February 2, 2019 decreased 2.2 percent in January.

The Evans Group—an award-winning sales force team of top outdoor sporting, shooting and hunting goods—announced the launch of theevansgroup.net that will serve as an innovative resource to better connect the top manufacturers and quality dealers in the hunting, outdoor, shooting and law enforcement industries throughout North America.

Ikon Pass is renewing its partnership with Protect Our Winters (POW) through a Summit Level donation. The $25,000 donation aims to support industry-led programs that unite and mobilize the global snow sports community against climate change and enhance education, advocacy and community-based activism.

Foot Locker Inc. announced that it is making a $100 million strategic minority investment through its subsidiary in 1661 Inc., d/b/a GOAT, a managed marketplace for authentic sneakers operating the GOAT and Flight Club brands.

Shopko, which filed for bankruptcy last month, said it will close 251 stores, or 70 percent of its overall store base.

FBI background checks, as adjusted by the NSSF, improved 3.4 percent in January to 988,160 from 955,466 in December 2017. The gain marked the first year-over-year improvement since March 2018.

Inov-8 for the second straight year will be the official footwear brand for the he Obstacle Course Racing World Championships in the U.K.

USA Triathlon and the USA Triathlon Foundation announced a partnership with Newton Running to serve as the exclusive running shoe of both organizations through 2021.

The American Alpine Club, the country’s oldest and largest climbing advocacy organization, in partnership with The North Face will give away $50,000 in grant money to climbers as part of the 2019 Live Your Dream Grants.

Liv Foods Inc., maker of LivBar, organic superfood energy bars, has hired Wade Brooks as its new CEO.

Rip Curl, celebrating its 50th anniversary, announced a lifetime contract 3x World Champion Mick Fanning.

OwnWay Apparel announced a new partnership with multiple Ironman champion athlete, Matt Russell.

Axon, a maker of connected public safety technologies, announced the appointment of Hans Moritz as Axon’s new vice president of Hardware Research and Development.

GoPro Inc. reported a profit against a loss in the fourth quarter as sales climbed 13 percent. Results benefited from expense controls and strong demand for the HERO 7 action camera.

Zumiez Inc. on Wednesday announced that total net sales for the four-week period ended February 2, 2019, decreased 18.3 percent to $53.9 million, compared to $66 million for the five-week period ended February 3, 2018.

Vail Resorts Inc., Sun Valley Resort and Snowbasin Resort jointly announced today that both resorts will join the Epic Pass in a multi-year alliance beginning with 2019-20 winter season.

The National Retail Federation forecast that retail sales during 2019 will increase between 3.8 percent and 4.4 percent to more than $3.8 trillion despite threats from an ongoing trade war, the volatile stock market and the effects of the government shutdown.

Kupper Mounts, the bicycle carrier manufacturer, appointed Jason Morris as VP of sales.

BSN Sports announced that that Jessica Hardy Meichtry, Olympic swimmer and 12-time World-Record holder, has joined the company as a brand ambassador for the Swim Division.

Nike signed its first European clean energy deal with Iberdrola, the Spanish utility, with a goal of having all its offices in Europe powered by renewable energy by 2020.

Sir George W. Buckley, the former CEO of 3M, is joining the Munich-based sports technology company eGym as its chairman.

Crocs Inc. on Tuesday announced that it will relocate its corporate headquarters in 2020, from Niwot, CO, to Broomfield, CO. The move is part of the company’s strategy for long-term, sustainable growth, including employee retention and recruitment.

NBC Sports Group and global golf superstar Rory McIlroy on Tuesday announced the launch of GolfPass, a new digital membership delivering comprehensive benefits tailored to the modern golfer’s lifestyle.

Foot Locker Inc. on Tuesday announced a realignment of its organizational operating model into three distinct geographical regions: Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA); Asia Pacific; and North America, to better align its resources across its international businesses, and to develop an infrastructure to support an expansion plan within the Asian market.

Designed to ignite consumer interest and drive traffic to RV dealers nationwide as the spring/summer vacation season approaches, Go RVing is launching a new multimillion-dollar Kick Off to Camping Season campaign that will run February through mid-July.

Boot Barn Holdings Inc. on Tuesday reported that net sales for the third quarter ended December 29 increased 13 percent to $254 million, narrowly missing analysts’ expectations by $0.54 million. The company raised fiscal year EPS guidance to $1.31 to $1.33, compared to the company’s prior outlook of $1.16 to $1.24.

BikeCo LLC, a joint venture consisting of Tiger Capital Group and Advanced Holdings Co. Ltd., has acquired the assets of Advanced Sports Enterprises (ASE). The winning bid, approved by the bankruptcy court on February 1, exceeded $23 million.

Academy Sports + Outdoors announced that Steven P. Lawrence has been appointed executive vice president and chief merchandising officer, effective February 11. He was most recently CEO of Francesca’s and has also been chief merchandising officer at Stage Stores.

Mossy Oak announced that J Scott Judy is their 2018 ProStaffer of the Year. Mossy Oak’s winner is chosen from nearly 1,000 ProStaff members.

Fila has extended its Premier Sponsorship agreement with the BNP Paribas Open, the largest ATP Tour and WTA combined two-week event in the world.

Unifi Asia Pacific (Hong Kong) Co. Ltd. (UAP) announced Tuesday that it has entered into a strategic commercial agreement with Kipas Mensucat Isletmeleri A.S. (KIPAS) for the supply of REPREVE staple fibers into the Republic of Turkey.

Gladiator Lacrosse LLC announced the acquisition of St. Louis-based All Ball Pro, which currently manufactures and distributes commercial-grade and professional-grade rebounders for lacrosse and a variety of other sports.

Under Armour plans to continue its sponsorship of Lindsey Vonn after her retirement. On Friday, the legendary skier announced she planned to retire after the World Championships this week in Sweden.

Stage Stores Inc. announced the promotion of Jason Curtis to executive vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer.

Outdoor Voices, the cult women’s activewear brand, announced the appointment of Pamela Catlett, a f former Nike and Under Armour executive, as president and chief operating officer.

Genesco Inc. announced that the company has completed the sale of its Lids Sports Group to FanzzLids Holdings for $101 million.

Delta Apparel Inc. took a $2.5 million charge in the first quarter ended December 29 in connection with the resolution of litigation stemming from The Sports Authority’s March 2016 bankruptcy. Earnings grew strongly excluding the charge as sales advanced 12.5 percent.

Adidas announced it was pulling a shoe from its Black History Month lineup following social media uproar.

Zift partnered with PHIT America to develop a mobile app that encourages physical activity. The app provides screen time parenting tools, as well as insights and resources to families.

The United States Tennis Association (USTA) and Life Time announced an alliance to grow the sport of tennis, especially among younger players.

Purus Labs, the sports nutrition company, announced that Shawn Moe will join the Purus Labs team as a partner and will be the new president and CEO.

Roark Capital, an Atlanta-based private equity firm, acquired a majority stake in Fitness Connection from LNK Partners.

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