Joe Prebich, who was appointed managing director of Mammut North America in April, is no longer with the company, according to the company’s public relations team, who declined to disclose the reason for Prebich’s exit. “Mammut and Joe ended their relationship professionally this week,” a representative of Mammut North America’s PR team told SGB Thursday. Click here to read more.

Celerant Technology, a leading provider of innovative retail and e-commerce solutions, announced that Schuylkill Valley Sports (SV Sports) has become the company’s first client to integrate their weekly SSI Data point-of-sale data reporting through Celerant’s new integration tools that connect seamlessly with SSI Data. Through this integration, SV Sports has easy access to robust marketplace trend reporting tools and reports to help the company compete and grow business.

Goat, the marketplace for sneakers, announced a partnership with the Los Angeles Lakers’ Kyle Kuzma as the company’s first brand ambassador.

Puma has officially signed DeMarcus Cousins of the Golden State Warriors after Nike declined to exercise the company’s match rights according to ESPN.

Perry Ellis International Inc. announced that based on the vote tally from the Special Meeting held Thursday, Perry Ellis shareholders have approved the proposed transaction with George Feldenkreis in which Perry Ellis will become a private company through a $437 million transaction.

Jim Scholefield, Nike Inc.’s global CIO, is joining Merck & Co. as chief information and digital officer effective October 29.

Caleres announced the company has acquired Vionic Group for $360 million subject to certain adjustments. The acquisition of Vionic allows Caleres to continue to expand the company’s brand portfolio and gives the company additional access to the growing contemporary comfort footwear category.

Mountain Khakis has announced that Brian Accola, president of Great Lakes Apparel Sales, has joined the company as the principal sales representative for the Great Lakes region, which includes Michigan, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky.

The German Football Association (DFB) announced a partnership with Fanatics. Beginning in January 2019, the new long-term partnership will see fans of the national team provided with a greater range of products and wider availability around the world.

The Aspen Institute Project Play Summit, designed to address the cost barriers kids from lower income households increasingly face participating in youth sports, will be held in Washington, D.C., on October 16.

On Thursday, October 11, The Conservation Alliance celebrated the association’s 10th annual Backyard Collective stewardship event in Bend, OR.

Ortovox, a leader in avalanche safety and wool-based mountain wear since 1988, announced the company’s partnership with Rand Whitney, principal of Alpin Sport Group in the Northeast territory, covering Maine to Maryland.

Big 5 Sporting Goods reported Robert Galvin, who was just named CEO of Iconix Brand Group, has resigned from the company’s board of directors.

Moody’s affirmed the ratings of Bass Pro after due to improving margins as synergies from the company’s merger with Cabela’s have arrived ahead of plan. Bass Pro’s debt repayments have also been higher than expected since the acquisition closed.

Nordica announced the hiring of Joe Cavallaro as the company’s marketing and sales support specialist.

Adidas announced a voluntary recall of kids’ swimwear products of the Infinitex 3-Stripe range.

Under Armour signed Orlando Magic rookie center Mo Bamba and Oklahoma City Thunder rookie guard Hamidou Diallo.

Winmark Corporation, the parent of Play It Again Sports, reported net income for the quarter ended September 29, 2018 of $8.36 million, or $2.01 per share, compared to $5.86 million, or $1.36, in the third quarter of 2017.

The Kansas City Marathon presented by Garmin has entered into an apparel partnership with Lululemon.

US Lacrosse has announced a multi-year extension with Sisu Mouthguards as the official mouthguard of US Lacrosse and Team USA.

According to a trade alert sent out Wednesday by Rich Harper of the Outdoor Industry Association, legislation supported by OIA that will lower costs on certain outdoor footwear products officially went into effect on Saturday, October 13.

Outdoor Industry Association (OIA), the nonprofit trade association for the outdoor industry, released the Outdoor University education schedule for Outdoor Retailer Winter Market.

Wilson Sporting Goods Co. and RecycleBalls announced they are partnering to collect, recycle and repurpose tennis balls across the United States. The Wilson/RecycleBalls partnership aims to recycle 20 million tennis balls in the U.S. over the next three years.

Fisher + Baker has more than doubled the amount of retailers carrying the company’s versatile line of premium menswear in 2018 as well as expanded the company’s staff in marketing and product management.

Nike and the United States Olympic Committee, as part of the committee’s commitment to Project Play 2020, announced the release of How to Coach Kids, a free, 30-minute training course on coaching kids ages 12 and under.

Kerry Chandler, chief HR officer for Under Armour since 2015, has joined Endeavor, the talent agency based in Los Angeles.

Leki, maker of trekking, ski and trail running poles, has announced the appointment of sales rep Mike Felix of Midcoast Outdoors to cover the South-Central trekking and outdoor retail territory (TX, AR, OK, KS, LA), effective January 1, 2019.

LifeStraw, a maker of water filtration and purification products, announced Tuesday the company is joining The Conservation Alliance and introducing a special edition LifeStraw Go bottle, “Big Adventure, Small Footprint,” with 5 percent of sales going to the group’s public lands programs.

RYU Apparel Inc., creator of urban athletic apparel, has announced that the company’s RYU trademark application in Canada, including the RYU logo, is now complete and the logo has been successfully registered.

National Stores, which operates the Fallas and Factory 2-U discount stores, will begin a store closing sale at 184 of the company’s remaining locations as part of bankruptcy proceedings.

Consumers adopting new health care technologies like Fitbits and DNA testing are way ahead of their primary care physicians according to a new Zeldis Research and Schlesinger Group study, “The Consumerization of Health Care.”

The National Fitness Foundation, the official nonprofit of the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition, has announced LaRhonda Burley as the company’s new vice president of partnerships & marketing.

Chinese sports brand Anta said Gordon Hayward, the Boston Celtics’ star forward, has officially signed an offer sheet with the company.

St. Joseph Regional High School in Montvale, NJ, announced the school will offer its entire football roster the Vicis ZERO1 helmet as an option for the balance of the 2018 football season.

Fleet Feet announced the opening of a store in Flowood, MS, later this fall. Lesley and Matthew Holleman, co-owners of the Fleet Feet location in Ridgeland, MS, will own the 1,956-square-foot store.

Snowsports and outdoor industry accessory maker Seirus Innovation is rolling out PlumRiver’s Elastic Suite wholesale procurement and B2B digital merchandising platform as part of a major enhancement of the company’s commercial sales process.

Sporting goods retailer Dick’s Sporting Goods has announced that the company will host the company’s own “National Signing Day” on October 24 to support the company’s hiring efforts for seasonal teammate positions nationwide.

Macy’s Inc. on Tuesday announced the appointment of David Abney, chairman and CEO of United Parcel Service Inc., to the company’s board of directors, effective October 25.

The American Sportfishing Association (ASA) appointed a new executive committee as well as ex-officio members to the board of directors during the 2018 Sportfishing Summit, the recreational fishing industry’s annual business meeting held October 9-12, just outside Charleston, SC.

Yeti Holdings Inc.’s initial public offering values the company at $1.7 billion, according to an updated filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The high-end cooler maker is selling 2.5 million shares and current shareholders are selling 17.5 million shares.

Bass Pro Shops is looking to hire approximately 7,000 seasonal workers to prepare for the holiday shopping season and the return of the company’s popular Santa’s Wonderland experience. Cabela’s locations will be participating in Santa’s Wonderland for the first time this year.

New Balance announced the signing of Sydney McLaughlin to a multi-year endorsement contract.

Retail sales in September increased 0.4 percent over August on a seasonally adjusted basis and were up 3 percent year-over-year unadjusted, according to calculations released by the National Retail Federation. Sporting goods stores sales were down 6.3 percent unadjusted year-over-year and up 0.7 percent seasonally adjusted from August.

Hillsound Equipment, a producer of winter traction equipment and gaiters for outdoor enthusiasts, has partnered with Mullins Outdoors to further the distribution of the company’s products in the Midwest markets.

Tissot, the Official Watch of the NBA, has signed partnership deals with the Chicago Bulls and Washington Wizards as well as with NBA players Klay Thompson and Trae Young.

The board of directors of Iconix Brand Group Inc. on Monday announced that Robert Galvin has been appointed CEO, president and a member of the board of directors of the company effective October 15.

Huron Capital announced the company’s socks and apparel accessories platform, IQ Brands, has acquired Wheel House Designs, a producer of novelty socks to specialty stores and boutiques throughout North America. The deal marks the fourth add-on acquisition for the IQ Brands platform.

Duluth Holdings Inc. (dba, Duluth Trading Company) announced that Senior Vice President Allen L. Dittrich will assume the role of chief operating officer, a new position within Duluth Trading.

The Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) announced that Patricia Rojas-Ungar will lead the company’s advocacy agenda as the vice president of government affairs.

StockX, the sneaker re-seller website, officially launched the company’s expansion to the European market.

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