Bass Pro Shops announced it will be closing a distribution center in Sidney, NE, the former hometown of Cabela’s, as well as a merchandise return center in Oshkosh, NE. A total of 162 jobs will be affected.

Amer Sports Corp. in a statement that its shareholders had provided overwhelming support for its merger with a consortium led by China’s Anta Sports.

Stage Stores Inc. reported a loss of $7.8 million in the fourth quarter as same-store sales slid 2.9 percent. The department store operator also said it is committed to shifting its focus to expanding the Gordmans off-price concept.

The Blaser Group has promoted Christian Socher to head of sales and CEO of Blaser GmbH. After almost seven years as CEO of Blaser USA, Socher is returning to Germany to lead the global sales efforts of Blaser GmbH. Industry veteran Jason Evans has been hired as the new CEO of Blaser USA.

Technogym, a producer of design and technology-driven fitness smart connected equipment, participated in the PGA Tour‘s unveiling of a new state-of-the-art mobile fitness center featuring Technogym smart connected equipment, during a presentation by PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan at The Honda Classic at PGA National Resort & Spa.

Edelrid has appointed Vertical World Sales as its new sales leadership responsible for serving the Rockies Territory, covering Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, and New Mexico.

Sports Direct International PLC said it has requisitioned a general meeting of Debenhams PLC to remove most of the department store chain’s directors and install Sports Direct’s founder and CEO, Mike Ashley, to lead the company. If appointed, Ashley will step down from his current roles as a director and CEO of Sports Direct.

Duluth Holdings Inc. (dba, Duluth Trading Company) on Thursday announced the grand openings of stores in Friendswood, TX, and Katy, TX.

Edelrid, the manufacturer of technical climbing gear, announced the promotion of Blair Williams to vice president of their North American operations, effective immediately.

The Buckle Inc. announced that comparable store net sales, for stores open at least one year, for the 4-week period ended March 2, 2019 decreased 6.8 percent.

Smith has added Conner and Parker Coffin to its team of surf athletes.

Pittsburgh Three Rivers Marathon Inc. (P3R) announced that Fleet Feet Pittsburgh is the new title partner of the Liberty Mile, Pittsburgh’s only nighttime downtown road race.

Visitation to America’s national parks in 2018 exceeded 300 million recreation visits for the fourth consecutive year. The 318.2 million recreation visits total is the third highest since record keeping began in 1904.

Easton announced its partnerships with over 96 college fastpitch programs across the country, including 59 Division I NCAA and 5 programs in the pre-season top 25 rankings.

The Copp-Dash Inspire Award on Wednesday announced the 2019 winners of the climbing grant established in memory of American climbers Jonny Copp and Micah Dash, who were killed in an avalanche in China in May 2009 along with filmmaker Wade Johnson.

Southern Wesleyan University, based in Central, SC, said Adidas would become the official outfitter of the Warriors beginning with the 2019-20 academic year. Vision Sporting Goods will design and service the athletic department exclusively.

Puma Golf and Arnold Palmer Enterprises announced a multi-year partnership to design, develop and distribute co-branded apparel, footwear and accessories, that will honor the legendary golfer’s legacy for years to come.

Academy Sports + Outdoors announced a partnership with B.A.S.S. that will help both organizations continue to grow the sport of fishing for years to come.

Urban Outfitters Inc. reported income on an adjusted basis rose 20.2 percent to $90.2 million, or 83 cents a share, from $75.0 million, or 69 cents, a year ago. Wall Street’s consensus estimate was 78 cents.

Ross Stores Inc. on Wednesday reported sales for the 13 weeks ended February 2 were $4.1 billion, with comparable store sales up 4 percent over the 13 weeks ended February 3, 2018. This increase was on top of a 5 percent gain in last year’s fourth quarter.

Peak Resorts Inc. on Wednesday announced the debut of the Peak Pass—its multi-mountain season pass—for the 2019/20 season.

VF Corp. has appointed Luis Benitez to the newly created position of vice president of governmental affairs and global impact.

Eastern Tennessee State said Nike and BSN Sports have partnered to become as the official apparel, footwear & equipment provider for Buccaneer athletics.

Fitbit and Solera Health, an integrated benefit network, announced they have expanded their partnership to reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes by using the Fitbit platform through Solera Health’s model to encourage positive behavior changes.

Callaway Golf Co. announced that Francesco Molinari, the reigning Open Champion, has joined its Tour Professional Staff.

Former Adidas executive James Gatto was sentenced to nine months in prison Tuesday for his role in the widespread college basketball recruiting scandal that has tainted two dozen schools. Co-defendants Merl Code, an Adidas consultant, and basketball middleman Christian Dawkins, each received six months.

BSN Sports, a division of Varsity Brands, announced that it has finalized the acquisition of H&L Sporting Goods Inc., based in Everett, WA.

Nike is close to completing a deal to become the first major sponsor of the 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Los Angeles, according to the Sports Business Journal.

Schuylkill Valley Sports has been selected as one of Target’s specialty retail partners representing multiple sports departments for Target’s new expanded website Target+.

Patagonia said it has hired Avi Garbow, the Environmental Protection Agency’s longest-serving general counsel, as environmental advocate.

FBI background checks, as adjusted by the NSSF, were down 12.8 percent in February to 1.11 million, a decrease of 12.8 percent compared to the February 2018 NSSF-adjusted NICS figure of 1.27 million.

Pertex has appointed former Marmot outerwear category manager Brian Loveless as U.S. sales representative for the brand’s fabrics and technologies.

Park City Bike Demos has been acquired by Robert DeMartini, the former CEO of New Balance who was recently appointed CEO of USA Cycling.

Harley-Davidson Inc. has acquired StaCyc Inc., producer of the 12 and 16 EDRIVE, electric-powered two-wheelers specifically designed for kids.

CBD manufacturer Extract Labs and professional skateboarder Andy Macdonald will be partnering in 2019 to spread knowledge about the benefits of CBD to the action sports community.

In new research from global staffing firm Robert Half, 72 percent of senior managers said college basketball tournament activities have a positive impact on staff morale. More than half of survey respondents (52 percent) also see productivity benefits.

Planet Fitness Inc. partnered with Kohl’s to initially open up to 10 Planet Fitness stores adjacent to select Kohl’s stores across the country in 2019 with the opportunity for additional locations in the future.

Lindsey Vonn, a long-time Under Armour athlete who recently retired from competitive skiing, will join Team Project Rock alongside fellow Under Armour athlete, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, as a global ambassador for the Project Rock collection.

Vail Resorts Inc. on Tuesday introduced the Epic Day Pass, a customizable pass for skiers and riders who may not need the unlimited skiing offered by traditional season passes.

Belle International, the Chinese footwear retailer, has hired Bank of America Merrell Lynch to help prepare for a Hong Kong listing of its sportswear business this year, sources told Reuters.

Target Corp. reported fourth-quarter earnings rose 12.5 percent on an adjusted basis and exceeded Wall Street’s expectations. Fourth quarter comps grew 5.3 percent on traffic growth of 4.5 percent.

Academy Sports + Outdoors announced that it will be opening new stores in Terrell, TX, and Frisco, TX, this year.

Rocky Brands Inc. announced that its board of directors has approved a new share repurchase program of up to $7.5 million of the company’s outstanding common stock.

Gaia, the lifestyle media company, widened its loss in the fourth quarter despite a 47 percent hike in revenues.

Xenith, the Detroit-based football equipment provider, has partnered with women’s tackle football league Women’s Football Alliance (WFA) as their preferred protective equipment provider.

FlexIt, the mobile solution that allows users to only pay for the gym time they use, on Monday announced the introduction of its app in the Phoenix, AZ, area.

University of Cincinnati, in collaboration with its exclusive trademark licensing agent, IMG College Licensing, on Monday announced an agreement with Hanesbrands Inc. to serve as the University’s primary licensee for apparel products.

Denver, CO-based Alterra Mountain Co. said it will invest $181 million in capital improvements across its 14 North American mountain destinations for the upcoming year.

Berkshire Hathaway reported apparel and footwear revenues increased 4.6 percent in 2018 to $4.3 billion, primarily due to increased sales volume at Brooks Sports and Garan.

Winmark Corp., the parent of Play It Again Sports, reported net income for the fourth quarter of $7.65 million, or $1.83 per share diluted, compared to net income of $7.64 million, or $1.86, for the same period last year.

The U.S. and China are close to a trade deal that could lift most or all U.S. tariffs, according to multiple reports.

Skechers ran an in Sunday’s New York Times lampooning Nike’s widely covered shoe malfunction that saw star recruit, Zion Williamson, injure his knee when a Nike model ripped apart.

New York City-based Bandier, the women’s activewear retailer, has raised $34.4 million in funding. The investors included C Ventures and Eurazeo Brands, which is taking a minority stake in Bandier. Adrienne Lazarus, who formerly led Frye and Intermix, has been hired as CEO.

Wolverine World Wide Inc. announced the company has entered into a joint venture agreement with Xtep International Holdings Limited, a Chinese sportswear retailer, to develop, market and distribute Merrell and Saucony products in mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

Under Armour is laying off 50 people at a headquarters in Baltimore as part of the cuts it announced last year.

Century 21 Stores announced an exclusive collaboration with FUBU, the sportswear brand of the ’90s.

Nautilus Inc. announced that, effective March 1, 2019, CEO Bruce Cazenave has resigned from the company. M. Carl Johnson III, chairman of the board of Nautilus Inc., has assumed the role of interim CEO.

Iconix Brand Group Inc. announced that John T. McClain has been appointed chief financial officer.

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