Academy Ltd., d/b/a Academy Sports + Outdoors, has opened its first store in Georgetown, TX.

Adidas has partnered with Universal Standard, a U.S. brand focused on creating apparel for women of all sizes, on creating

a collection of inclusive and fashionable performance apparel.

Anta Sports announced it is cutting off contract renewal negotiations with the NBA in the wake of Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey‘s tweet about Hong Kong, according to Reuters.

Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. announced the appointment of Mark J. Tritton as president and CEO.

Big 5 Sporting Goods Corporation announced the appointment of Stephen Carley to its board of directors.

The Board Retailers Association (BRA), a non-profit organization representing independently owned surf, skate, snow, sup, and wake retailers, announced a Regional Retailer Roundtable to be held at the Surfing Heritage and Culture Center ( in San Clemente, CA.

Bob’s Sports Chalet, one of Connecticut’s longest-standing snowboard and ski shops, will open a second location at 195 Main St. in Avon. The store currently operates a Bristol location.

The Buckle Inc. announced that comparable store net sales, for stores open at least one year, for the 5-week period ended October 5, 2019, increased 3.0 percent.

At the conclusion of the 2020 Reebok CrossFit Games Open in October, CrossFit Inc. will find the fittest man and woman in every eligible country participating in the worldwide CrossFit Open and crown them national champions.

Making the rounds with the press to support his new book, Ed Stack, CEO of Dick’s Sporting Goods, is earning wide attention for saying the retailer destroyed more than $5 million worth of assault-style rifles following its decision to stop selling the weapons.

Dick’s Sporting Goods announced that it will host its second-annual “National Signing Day” on October 16 to support the company’s hiring efforts for seasonal teammate positions nationwide.

Family RV Group, a specialty retailer of new and used recreational vehicles and related services, announced Tuesday the acquisition of Candys Campers Inc.

About 95,000 SPRI Resistance Bands-Ultra Heavy rubber from Fit For Life are being recalled.

Fitbit announced that it has undertaken a plan to shift its manufacturing operations outside of China for effectively all of its trackers and smartwatches.

FlexIt, the pay as you go gym app, announced its partnership with Theragun, a leader in percussive therapy and recovery technology.

The Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America (FDRA) and Munich-based TÜV SÜD have updated the Global Footwear Product Safety Guide.

Gap Inc. brands Athleta and Banana Republic launched an in-store pick-up service. Buy Online, Pick Up In Store, or “BOPIS,” is now available at all U.S. stores for both brands.

Garmin International Inc. announced its involvement in the National Runners Alliance, an advocacy initiative to help fight the harassment that female runners experience while exercising.

GK Elite, a division of Elite Sportswear, has signed up as the official competition apparel partner of USA Gymnastics and provider of the training and competition apparel worn by the 2019 U.S. Men’s and Women’s World Championship Teams.

The Governors Challenge, the largest holiday basketball tournament in the country that’s held in Salisbury, MD, announced a new partnership with Under Armour.

Iconix Brand Group Inc. announced a ten-year extension of Umbro‘s licensing agreement with long-time partner Grupo Dass.

ICSC forecasts 4.9 percent increase in holiday spending over last year for a total of $832.3 billion, with 90 percent of shoppers spending in physical stores.

Imports at the nation’s major retail container ports are expected to hit their highest level of the year again next month just before more tariffs take effect in December.

The Ironman Group, a Wanda Sports Group company, announced the addition of Ellen Newberg as the company’s new chief marketing officer.

LeagueApps, a sports-tech company focused on youth sports, will launch NextUp: The Youth Sports Industry Conference this fall.

Leki, the maker of trekking, ski and trail running poles, appointed sales rep Rick Thompson, of Rick Thompson and Associates, to cover the Upper Midwest trekking and outdoor retail territory.

Major League Fishing (MLF) announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire Fishing League Worldwide (FLW), the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization.

Mirror, which makes a reflective LCD display for following workouts at home, announced the launch of one-on-one personal training.

For the first time, Motionwear gymnastics leotards will be worn by a national gymnastics team at a competitive event.

Canada-based cannabis extraction company Neptune Wellness Solutions Inc. announced a new strategic partnership with American Media LLC to help support the growth of Neptune’s brands in the U.S., including Forest Remedies and OceanO3.

Nerd Street Gamers, the esports infrastructure company dedicated to building the facilities (Localhost) that house leagues, training camps, tournaments, and showcases on professional-grade equipment, has completed a $12 million Series A financing round.

Nester Hosiery, a U.S. manufacturer of performance merino wool socks and home to the Farm to Feet brand, has promoted Katie Kumerow to the director of sustainability.

New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu has signed legislation to establish the Office of Outdoor Recreation Industry Development within the New Hampshire Department of Business and Economic Affairs (BEA).

The Nike Oregon Project, Nike’s elite track and field training program, is being shut down. The news came 10 days after Oregon Project head coach Alberto Salazar was given a four-year ban by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) for doping conduct.

Amy Allison on Thursday was named director of the North Carolina Outdoor Recreation Industry Office.

Otis Technology has acquired DRD Tactical, a specialist in tactical rifles.

Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) named Eagle Creek Co-founder, Steve Barker, as interim executive director. He replaces Amy Roberts, who left her post last week to join The North Face.

Puma signed a  multi-year partnership with the Fédération Royale Marocaine de Football, adding the country to its increasing portfolio of national team federations.

REI Co-op said this month it would enable select brand partners to ship orders directly to customers.

The RV Industry Association announced that its board of directors has unanimously selected Craig Kirby to serve as president of the association.

Sequential Brands Group Inc., the parent of Avia, And1 and Gaiam, announced that Karen Murray, its CEO, has stepped down. The company has engaged Stifel to review strategic alternatives, including the sale of certain brands.

Snowsports Industries America (SIA) said Monday it is opening its membership to retailers, reps and resorts, allowing each board eligibility, voting rights and other benefits.

SportsEngine Inc., an NBC Sports Group company, announced that it has partnered with TrueSport, a positive youth sports movement powered by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), to launch the Champion Coach Recognition Program.

Teamworks, a leading athlete engagement platform for collegiate and professional organizations, announced an investment in INFLCR, the premium social media content delivery platform in sports.

Theragun Inc. announced that Life Time Fitness selected the brand as its exclusive handheld percussive therapy massage device for its entire portfolio.

Topgolf International Inc. is exploring an initial public offering (IPO), according to a report from Reuters.

Topo Athletic, the maker of natural running footwear, recently announced the appointment of Michael O’Brien as its new marketing director.

Topsports, the Chinese sportswear retailer, raised roughly $1 billion and achieved a market cap of $6.74 billion after pricing its shares at HK$8.50 (about $1.08) apiece in a Hong Kong IPO, according to Reuters.

Two-time Olympic swimmer and TYR Sport Co-founder, Steve Furniss, announced his retirement after 34 years at the company.

USA Cycling announced an official partnership with apparel and lifestyle brands Champion Athleticwear and Levi’s brand.

USA Football will host a national flag football championship in 2020 titled, “The One.”

U.S. Olympic and Paralympic athletes will be able to thank personal sponsors, appear in advertisements for those sponsors and receive congratulatory messages from them during next year’s Tokyo Games under guidance released by the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee.

VF Corp. retained Arezzo & Co. to handle Vans‘ suppliers, logistics, distribution, franchising, e-commerce, and store expansion in Brazil.

Vineyard Vines announced a new concept store at Pebble Beach featuring the Jim Nantz by Vineyard Vines collection.

Apparel brand Voormi is opening its second company-owned retail store in Bozeman, MT.

Walmart announced that John Furner, Sam’s Club CEO, would become the president and CEO of Walmart U.S.

The University of Florida (UF) baseball and softball programs announced an exclusive partnership with the Wilson Sporting Goods family of brands, including Wilson, DeMarini and EvoShield.