The Oberalp Group, which owns Salewa, Dynafit, Pomoca and Wild Country, has acquired Evolv, the American climbing shoe brand, from BRS Outdoor Holdings, an investment platform of BRS & Co.

Bill Sells, SFIA‘s senior vice president of government & public affairs, will testify on behalf of the sports & fitness industry on Tuesday, June 25, 2019.

Winnebago Industries announced several important updates related to key leadership positions within the organization.

A pair of Zion Williamson‘s Nike sneakers he wore as a college player at Duke University are being offered for sale in the Goldin Auctions 2019 Summer Auction beginning on July 8 at

Mattel Inc. announced its second annual Global Day of Play, a company-wide community service initiative that brings the power of play directly to children around the world.

Amazon unveiled its Off-to-College store, a destination for college shopping needs.

Rue21 appointed Michael Cingolani, formerly division merchandising manager for men’s and boys apparel at Tillys, as its vice president of guys merchandising.

The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) and THINK450 announced a partnership with Hanesbrands Inc. that will recognize Champion as the official sport style partner of the union.

The winners of the ninth annual Outdoor Retailer Inspiration Awards presented by Adidas Outdoor were announced by Outdoor Retailer on the first night of Summer Market, Tuesday, June 18, in Denver.

Academy, Ltd. d/b/a Academy Sports + Outdoors, opened its first store in Mooresville, NC.

SPY announced that Tony Larson is returning to the fold in his previously held position as creative director.

National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) President and CEO Kim Glas is testifying at a public hearing on June 20 in support of the administration’s efforts to crack down on China’s abuse of intellectual property rights through the use of the Section 301 mechanism.

REI Co-op is launching a new venture to lift up environmental and outdoor journalism through the debut of its own print magazine this fall, and a new partnership to channel matching funds directly to local, nonprofit newsrooms covering crucial issues facing the outdoors.

The Topps Company Inc., the maker of sports cards, entertainment and confectionery products, announced the hiring of Stephen Chriss as vice president, global head of partnerships & integrated marketing.

FishAngler, the maker of the highest-rated free fishing app, introduced a new feature, FishAngler Page, that provides businesses, organizations and brands a place to connect with nearly a million anglers globally.

Bemis Associates Inc., a maker of plastic film used for adhesives, selected Michael Johansen as its new president.

The market for wearable devices is on track to reach global shipments of 222.9 million units in 2019, growing to 302.3 million units in 2023 with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.9 percent, according to a new forecast from International Data Corporation (IDC).

The Trump administration’s proposed 25 percent tariff on $300 billion in goods imported from China would increase the prices Americans pay for cell phones, laptops, tablets and video game consoles, according to a new study commissioned by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA).

Offering the fun and fitness of football to young athletes, USA Football‘s 2019 Protection Tour kicks off its national schedule on June 23.

SHRED, a first-in-the-category approach to exercise, recently brought its innovative ski-inspired workouts to a new 2,000 sq. ft. location in Scarsdale.

American Specialty Health Incorporated (ASH) now offers Garmin sports and fitness wearable devices to members enrolled in its ChooseHealthy consumer discount program.

New packaging from Marmot starting in Spring 2020 will put sustainability front and center in the outdoor shopping experience.

Hibbett Sports Inc. announced Wednesday that, as expected, it received a standard notification letter dated June 19, 2019, from Nasdaq. The letter states that, as a result of not having timely filed its quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the period ended May 4, 2019, the company no longer complies with Nasdaq Listing Rule 5250(c)(1), which requires timely filing of periodic financial reports with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Winnebago Industries Inc. on Wednesday reported revenues for the fiscal third quarter of $528.9 million, a decrease of 5.9 percent compared to $562.3 million for the year-ago period, and shy of Wall Street’s expectations by $31.8 million.

Arc’teryx launched of a recommerce program called Rock Solid Used Gear.

VJ Shoes USA, the North American distributor for Finland-based VJ Sport, has signed as Tough Mudder’s official North American shoe partner and the first participating brand in the Tough Mudder Incubator program.

Dorel Industries Inc. said it plans appointed one or more independent director and entered into a five-year senior unsecured financing.

Best Buy announced it will start selling a new collection of connected fitness products from exercise companies.

Cherokee Global Brands on Tuesday announced that at the end of June it will rebrand to Apex Global Brands to “appropriately reflect the company’s expanded brand portfolio and design services.”

The Maven, a small Seattle-based publicly-traded digital media company, has purchased the rights to publish Sports Illustrated.

Imperial Headwear announced the addition of Blair Wheeler as sales manager of Action Sports, a new venture for Imperial Headwear.

L.L.Bean is bringing its L.L.Bean Backyard Campsite to major cities across the U.S. and partnering with rideshare company Uber to support its S’more Out of Summer campaign.

Standard & Poor’s lowered its issuer credit rating on Academy Sports to ‘SD’ (selective default) from ‘CCC+’ and the issue-level ratings on the term loan facility to ‘D’ from ‘CCC+’ due to the retailer’s repurchase of debt.

At hearings before the U.S. Trade Representative’s Office, Rich Harper, manager of international trade, OIA, said the proposed List 4 tariffs on $300 billion worth of Chinese imports would “raise costs for outdoor companies, cut already thin profit margins, hamper innovation and new product development and depress U.S. job growth.”

Hibbett Sporting Goods Inc. will host a special N7 Until We All Win contest on social media between 6/17 and 6/21 around the launch of the Nike N7 Until We All Win 2019 collection.

Under Armour Inc. announced the appointment of Sean Eggert as its new senior vice president of global sports marketing.

MeatEater Inc. announced its expansion from media into direct-to-consumer retail with the acquisition of hunting technical apparel and gear company First Lite.

New Balance, which has previously backed President Donald Trump’s trade policies, submitted a letter to the USTR strongly opposing President Trump’s latest threat to expand tariffs on China.

The American Sportfishing Association’s (ASA) president, Glenn Hughes, along with many ASA members, made the case before the office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) that sportfishing equipment should be excluded from the next round of proposed tariffs on Chinese imports.

Cathy Pryor, senior vice president of operations at Hibbett Sports, made history on June 1 when she officially began her three-year term as NSGA chair of the board of directors. Pryor is the first female to lead the NSGA board since the association was founded in 1929.

Fila has partnered with Counter Logic Gaming to become the official apparel provider for its Fortnite team.

Varsity Brands on Monday announced that Martha May has joined the company as chief human resources officer.

Primus, the Swedish outdoor equipment brand, and Brunton, the U.S.-based outdoor navigation instrument manufacturer, on Monday announced the hiring of Chris Clark as director of sales and marketing.

Delta Apparel Inc. announced that it has been included in the preliminary list of additions to join the broad-market Russell 3000 Index after market close on June 28, 2019.

Bluegreen Vacations, the timeshare marketer based in Boca Raton, FL, will pay more than $40 million to Bass Pro Shops to settle a dispute over Bluegreen’s alleged high-pressure sales tactics.

Lord & Taylor‘s president, Vanessa LeFebvre, is leaving.

Neptune Mountaineering announced plans to launch of Neptune LAB, a first-of-its-kind product experience that allows customers to discover a diverse and highly curated mix of ‘crowdfunded’ products.

Champs Sports, which is owned by Foot Locker Inc., has created an in-store shop concept called Champ Sports Women offering lifestyle-inspired footwear, apparel and accessories, with an emphasis on an active, healthy lifestyle, according to a report from Women’s Wear Daily.

A group of more than 600 companies and trade associations have signed a letter to the president asking him to end the trade war with China and to drop tariffs.

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