European lifestyle retailer Snipes acquired Detroit, MI-based Mr. Alan’s Men’s Bootery Inc., a lifestyle specialty retailer of urban-inspired footwear, apparel and accessories. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

J.C. Penney hired advisers to help the company explore options to restructure its debt, according to a report from Reuters late Thursday.

Accell Group N.V., the parent of Haibike, Koga, Batavus and Raleigh, reported sales in the company’s core businesses in the first half were up 8.8 percent to €650.9 million. EBIT in its core businesses expanded 12.6 percent to €57.8 million.

Freemotion, the commercial fitness manufacturer, appointed Apostolos Seintis as sales director for Europe.

Decathlon announced that it will open another major brick & mortar store in the Bay Area, its third location in the U.S.

Puma is close to an agreement on a club-record, 10-year deal worth more than €300 million (US$336 million), according to SportBild.

And1’s national Paint the Park initiative, hosted by the footwear and apparel brand’s newest ambassador NBA Star Montrezl Harrell and fueled by Walmart, has restored a popular community park in the Central City section of New Orleans.

Fleet Feet has signed on as the official retail and sporting goods partner of SoleMates, a Girls on the Run (GOTR) program that empowers women to achieve fitness and running-related goals while raising money, support, and awareness for GOTR.

HanesBrands, the parent of Hanes and Champion, earned the CSR Footprint Social Impact Award for supporting at-risk youth in El Salvador.

Varsity Brands, the parent of BSN Sports, Varsity Spirit and Herff Jones, announced that the company has accelerated its investment in a digital, technology-enabled future with the addition of Jaime Jaramillo as the company’s first chief technology officer.

Legends announced the acquisition of MainGate LLC, the event retail and merchandise company.

Dick’s Sporting Goods and The Dick’s Sporting Goods Foundation announced at the company’s Sports Matter panel event a pledge to provide access to sports for one million youth athletes over the next five years.

Nike settled a racial discrimination lawsuit initially filed in 2017 by a 15-year company veteran just before the case was heading for trial.

Nike’s “Dream Crazy commercial, supporting Nike’s 30th-anniversary “Just Do It” campaign and controversially narrated by Colin Kaepernick, is nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Commercial.

Lululemon Athletica Inc. announced Stephanie Ferris, CFO of payment processing leader Worldpay Inc., has been appointed to the company’s board of directors, effective immediately.

Winmark Corp., the parent of Play It Again Sports, announced that net income for the second quarter ended June 29 of $7.3 million, or $1.79 per diluted share, up slightly from net income of $7.1 million, or $1.73 per diluted share, in the year-ago period.

The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) celebrated 100 years of leading high school sports and other activity programs nationwide with a new logo.

Echelon Fit, the maker of Echelon Fit connected spin bikes and on-demand digital workouts, announced a growth capital infusion from North Castle Partners.

PeopleForBikes announced the company’s latest round of community grants totals $50,000 and includes eight projects in seven states.

Kate’s Real Food, the maker of hand-rolled energy bars made from organic ingredients, announced that company sales manager, Matt O’Rell, has been promoted to the position of EVP of sales.

Quality Bicycle Products (QBP) has been named the new U.S. wholesale distributor of Fox bike forks, shocks, dropper posts and service parts.

The 2019 Colorado Classic presented by VF Corp. launched the “Equity in Cycling Pledge” that asks worldwide fans to show their support for gender equality in professional cycling.

Major League Soccer and Adidas announced a new partnership with the German Football Association (DFB) to train MLS academy goalkeeper coaches and goalkeepers through a series of immersive year-long development courses.

Messe Friedrichshafen has decided not to go ahead with the premiere of OUTDOOR Friedrichshafen scheduled for September 17 -19, 2019 and to postpone the new format.

The National Ski & Snowboard Retailers Association (NSSRA) selected Gordon Geiger of Geiger’s (Lakewood, OH) as chair and Tom Fuerst of Pedigree Ski Shop (White Plains, NY) as vice-chair at its June 11 board of directors meeting.

The NCAA issued a Notice of Allegations against North Carolina State, accusing the Wolfpack of two Level I violations and two Level II violations tied to college basketball’s recruitment scandal.

Approximately 2,700 pairs of VO2 S skates (in addition, about 740 pairs sold in Canada) from K2 Sports are being recalled.

BSN Sports, a division of Varsity Brands, announced their acquisition of Hillock Sports LLC, based in Murray, UT.

Nautilus Inc. named FIG as the creative agency for the company’s Bowflex brand.

Hibbett Sports Inc. appointed  Lorna Nagler and Dorlisa Flur to the company’s board of directors.

Whatever It Takes (WIT) Fitness and CrossFit Inc. announced that they have partnered to have WIT take over the CrossFit online store.

Delta Apparel Inc. digital print subsidiary, DTG2Go LLC, will open two new facilities—one in the Dallas, TX area and one in Cranbury, NJ.

The National Retail Federation said Retail sales were up 0.6 percent in June seasonally adjusted from May and up 2.3 percent unadjusted year-over-year.

Tecnica Group SpA, the parent company of Tecnica Group Canada, announced the restructuring of the Canadian leadership team as part of a global initiative to integrate strategic markets around the world.

Prana appointed Marcie Peters as vice president of global sales. Before joining Prana, Peters was the director of department store sales at Under Armour.

Varsity Spirit announced the launch of Varsity Pro, a new brand centered around professional dance and cheer teams in the NBA and NFL.

The North Face is launching a campaign to engage 18-to-25-year-olds in Arctic advocacy in partnership with Alaska Wilderness League.

The seventh annual Future Industry Leaders Scholarship Program was awarded to Tommy Acchione (STX), Brian Dietrich (Rapsodo), Kelsey Ping (Riddell), Susan Riley (BSN Sports), Hewan Teshome (VICIS), and Matthew Weiss (Brooks Running).

Ironman, a Wanda Sports Group company, acquired the Musselman Triathlon, an independent race that takes place annually in Geneva, NY.

Kohl’s Corp. board of directors increased the size of the board to 11 members and elected Michael Bender to fill the new board seat effective immediately.

Sotheby’s will partner with streetwear e-tailer Stadium Goods for the companies first sneaker auction.

Tough Mudder Inc. recently announced that Kyle McLaughlin, the company’s president, has been promoted to CEO.

DMSE Sports announced a new partnership with Lululemon for the inaugural Lululemon San Diego 10K, set to run on Sunday, November 10.

SportsEngine Inc., an NBC Sports Group company and the leading provider of sports relationship management software, announced its sponsorship of National Youth Sports Day on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

This year marks the 20th Anniversary of the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) Project ChildSafe program, which has increased awareness of safe firearms handling and storage practices among millions of gun owners and has helped to reduce accidental firearms deaths to historic lows.

BRG‘s 2019 back-to-school survey finds that over half of respondents (58 percent) said they plan to buy or have already bought, the majority of their items in a store and some online for apparel and footwear.

WellBiz Brands Inc., a franchise portfolio company operating three distinct wellness, fitness and beauty brands, Elements Massage, Fitness Together and Amazing Lash Studio, appointed Sherin Sakr to general counsel and Chris Glodé as chief digital officer.

Nike Basketball 3ON3 Tournament, California’s largest street basketball tournament, now in its 11th year, will return to the streets of downtown Los Angeles and L.A. LIVE on August 3 -4.

United Sports Brands, the parent of Shock Doctor, McDavid, Nathan and Cutters, announced the addition of Greg Houser to the company’s senior leadership team.

Sports Direct announced that the publication of the company’s preliminary results for the period ended April 28 will be delayed due to the “complexities” involved in integrating the acquisition of House of Fraser and the uncertain outlook for the struggling department store business.

Barneys hired Kirkland & Ellis LLP to restructure the retailer’s debt and is weighing a potential bankruptcy filing, according to a report from Reuters.

Research commissioned by the Cotton Council International and led by Harris Insights and Analytics finds that 86 percent of world’s population are considering sustainability and the impact their decisions have on the environment across various parts of day-to-day living.

Amazon and MuscleTech, the nutrition performance brand, announced their collaboration to launch the MuscleTech Prime Series, a new and exclusive line of private-label sports nutrition products on Prime Day.

Designer Brands Inc., formerly DSW Inc., said they had received two recent recognitions for the company’s commitment to women in leadership positions.

Outdoor Sportsman Group and Realtree extended the existing partnership between the two brands.

O.F. Mossberg & Sons Inc., the firearms manufacturer based in North Haven, CT, appointed Douglas Bell as company president and COO.

Fred’s Inc. announced that they will close an additional 129 retail stores and hold inventory clearance sales across all stores in an effort to refocus product mix, simplify the company’s store portfolio and repay debt.

Accell Group N.V. agreed to sell its Canadian brand registrations of Raleigh, Diamondback, Redline, and IZIP to Canadian Tire Corp. Ltd. for U.S. $16 million.

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