The National Football League has named New Era Cap as the official outfitter of the NFL Scouting Combine. Under Armour had held exclusive rights as the NFL Scouting Combine’s official apparel outfitter since 2009.

Lululemon Athletica Inc. announced that it has agreed to repurchase one million shares of its common stock in a private transaction with funds affiliated with Advent International Corporation.

Hastings College, based in Nebraska, entered into a multi-year partnership agreement with BSN Sports to supply athletic apparel and equipment through Nike.

Talkoot, a cloud-based content production platform that works with Adidas, Mountain Hardwear, Dr. Martens, and other active lifestyle brands, announced that it has closed a $1.65 million seed round of finance to accelerate sales and marketing and drive product development.

Momentum behind the Personal Health Investment Today (PHIT) Act continues, as 24 members of the House and Senate have signed on as cosponsors in the two weeks since it was introduced.

ClubReady and Mayweather Boxing + Fitness announced a strategic partnership to enhance the fitness club experience for all Mayweather members and franchisees.

NBCUniversal on Thursday launched a content commerce platform with Golf Channel called “Shop with Golf.” The new e-commerce venture offers brands an alternative to reach massive and targeted audiences while presenting shoppers with a new way to engage with their favorite brands, shows, personalities, players and network.

Athleta on Thursday announced the launch of Wellness Collective, a new take on wellness experiences created in partnership with Well+Good.

Sportsbook operator William Hill US on Thursday announced a strategic partnership agreement with the National Hockey League (NHL), naming William Hill as an “Official Sports Betting Partner of the NHL.”

Stage Stores Inc. on Thursday announced that, following strong results for both the nine off-price conversions completed in 2018 and the 37 off-price conversions completed in the first quarter of 2019, the company is accelerating and expanding the rollout of its off-price growth strategy.

Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) on Thursday announced the election of two new directors-at-large—Lynne Rolley and Martin Van Daalen—to the PTR board. Leo Alonso was re-elected to another three-year term, and Karl Hale was named president.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has selected Hanesbrands Inc. as the university’s primary licensee for apparel products.

Sports lifestyle brand ’47 has opened its official team store in Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, PA.

Fishing tackle company KastKing has created the position of vice president of business development and appointed Al Noraker, previously director of product development, to this new role.

Linn-Benton Community College, based on Albany, OR, announced a multiyear agreement with Nike and BSN Sports.

Gildan Activewear Inc. announced that it expects to take a charge of approximately $19 to $23 million in the first quarter of 2019, related to the impairment of a trade receivable from Heritage Sportswear, one of the company’s U.S. distributor customers within the imprintables channel.

PVH Corp. reported fourth-quarter revenue and earnings beat behind an “outstanding” quarter from Tommy Hilfiger and a “healthy” quarter from Calvin Klein, according to Emanuel Chirico, chairman and CEO.

REI Co-op will open its new location along the banks of the Chicago River on April 5. REI Lincoln Park was previously located at 1446 North Halsted Street but has moved to a new 40,000-square-foot space on West Eastman Street.

According to Golf Datatech, golf rounds played in the U.S. were down 12.1 percent in February.

Technogym’s revenues climbed 53 percent to €93 million in 2018. Revenues reached €634 million, up 8 percent on a reported basis and 10 percent at constant exchange rates.

Philadelphia, PA-based N3rd Street Gamers (NSG), an amateur esports network, on Wednesday announced a strategic partnership with Esports Stadium Arlington (ESA), North America’s largest dedicated esports stadium.

Seattle, WA-based drinkware maker MiiR, a Product to Project company, has named Dan Dahl as president of global sales.

OrderMyGear, the sporting goods and custom apparel platform, on Wednesday announced the appointment of Wade Williams, former CTO of Paylease, to the position of chief technology officer.

Dick’s Sporting Goods is seeking to move all its software in-house as opposed to relying on third-party vendors, in an attempt to particularly help its online push, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.

Banana Republic announced a new partnership with professional quarterback Jared Goff.

Lululemon has signed Nick Foles as its first major league sports ambassador to supports its men’s line.

AXS has announced that Taylor Kern has joined the company as senior vice president of sales for sports.

Digital video distribution platform SendtoNews (STN) announced today a multi-year agreement with Major League Soccer (MLS) that gives STN exclusive distribution of MLS video content to local digital publishers across North America.

The Conservation Alliance sent grants totaling $945,000 to 29 organizations working to protect and defend wild places throughout North America. The grants came from the group’s regular grant fund ($860,000), Public Lands Defense Fund ($45,000), and a board-driven discretionary fund ($40,000). The grants put the organization on track to contribute $1.9 million in 2018, another record.

Sea to Summit, maker of backpacking, camping, paddling and adventure travel gear, has named Ben Howard to its Boulder, CO-based North American team as marketing manager.

J.C. Penney Company Inc. on Tuesday announced that Bill Wafford has been named executive vice president, chief financial officer, effective April 8.

Columbia Sportswear Company on Tuesday announced that its board of directors has elected Kevin Mansell to serve as a director and member of the nominating and corporate governance and audit committees, effective March 25.

The National Independent Soccer Association announced its Los Angeles club as a founding member. The club, the first West Coast team to join NISA, will begin to play in August of 2019.

Firewire Surfboards has acquired Carve Sports, a longboard company known for its Thunderbolt Technologies, according to ShopEatSurf.

Sportsman’s Warehouse plans to open a new store in Fort Wayne, IN, in the summer of 2019.

NBA Experience, the new destination coming to Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort, officially opens August 12, 2019.

Playtri, the triathlon store, opened a store in Middleton, WI. to bring its store count to 17.

USA Football announced members of its Football Development Model Council to guide the formation of the first national application of a long-term athlete development model for the sport.

REI Co-op is adding its second location in South Carolina in spring 2020 with a store in Columbia’s BullStreet District.

Goal Zero, a leader in portable power, light, and solar solutions, has named the Rose Sales Agency out of the Rocky Mountain region as its first-ever Agency of the Year for 2018.

Fitbit Inc. has dismissed auditor PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP after a review of its fees and appointed Grant Thornton LLP, according to a regulatory filing.

The European Union fined Nike $14 million for violating antitrust rules for allegedly preventing many of its licensees from selling soccer team merchandise across European borders.

Sports Direct said it was considering a takeover bid for Debenhams, a last-ditch attempt to avoid creditors seizing control of the struggling department store chain.

The Buckle announced that Robert E. Campbell will not stand for re-election and will retire from the board of directors effective with the company’s annual meeting to be held on June 3.

Under Armour will open a regional headquarters in Hong Kong this year to jumpstart growth in Asia, according to a report in the South China Morning Post.

Oboz Footwear has selected Love Communications of Salt Lake City, UT, as its digital agency of record.

PVH Corp. on Monday announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to reacquire from Dickson Concepts (International) Ltd. the license for the Tommy Hilfiger brand in Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Singapore, and Malaysia, along with certain related leases and retail assets.

D.G. Yuengling & Son Inc. on Monday announced its partnership with Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Aaron Nola. Aaron is one of the first active, MLB players to have a partnership with a beer brand.

Swanson Russell recently promoted eight people in its Lincoln and Omaha offices.

Attorney Michael Avenatti was arrested Monday on federal charges of attempting to extort millions of dollars from Nike Inc. with threats of bad publicity last week right before the footwear and apparel giant reported third-quarter earnings and the NCAA basketball tournament began.

For the third year in a row, Canada Running Series is partnering with Lululemon for the Lululemon Toronto 10K, to be held on Saturday, June 15, 2019.

Yue Yuen Industrial (Holdings) Ltd. reported earnings declined 40.3 percent in the year ended December 31 to $307.1 million. Revenues were down 6.3 percent to $9.7 billion.

Li Ning reported earnings in 2018 rose 39 percent on an 18 percent revenue gain.

Alpha Guardian is recalling about 1,250 Stack-On Sentinel gun safes because a bolt malfunction can cause the safe to open without the use of a key or combination, allowing access to any firearms stored inside, posing an injury hazard.

PXG has signed LPGA Tour winner Celine Boutier to its ambassador roster.

Patrick Mahomes II, the MVP quarterback, has become the first ever football player to sign on as an ambassador for Oakley.

MEC, Canada’s leading outdoor retailer, confirmed its relocated Toronto flagship store will open April 13, 2019.

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