According to new poll from Quinnipiac University, American voters approved, by a ratio of 49-to-37 percent, Nike’s decision to include Colin Kaepernick in the company’s “Just Do It” anniversary ad campaign. The results showed a wide age gap as voters 18 to 34 years old approve 67-to-21 percent while voters over 65 years old disapprove by a narrow 46-to-39 percent.

Sears Holdings Corp. reported a net loss of $508 million, or $4.68 a share, compared to a net loss of $250 million, or $2.33, for the second quarter of 2017. Total sales were down 25.6 percent due to store closings. Comps slid 3.9 percent.

The mayor of Kenner, LA, who banned his city’s recreation department from buying Nike products after news of Nike’s controversial Colin Kaepernick ad, is rescinding his order.

PGA Tour Superstore announced the grand opening of the company’s newest store in Indianapolis on Saturday, September 22.

Beyond Coastal, manufacturer of premium sun care products, recently welcomed three new athletes to the company’s Athlete Team including skier Hadley Hammer, endurance runner Joseph Gray and ultrarunner Ian Sharman.

Helinox, a designer of collapsible chairs, tables, cots and accessories for the outdoors, has announced a new partnership with In-Sport Fashions Inc. for sales and distribution in Canada.

Upventur on Thursday announced the completion of the company’s acquisition and integration strategy of Yonder, an outdoor adventure social media mobile app and company.

CCM Hockey on Thursday announced a four-year partnership extension with John Tavares of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Cheerleading and dance team company Varsity Spirit has announced a partnership with BAND, a leading group communication service that makes it easy for teams and groups to stay connected.

Apparel and accessories brand Duluth Holdings Inc., dba Duluth Trading Co., announced the grand opening of a store in Golden, CO, the company’s third location in the state and 40th location overall.

Perry Ellis International Inc. announced that the company filed a definitive proxy statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission in connection with the Feldenkreis transaction and commenced mailing the proxy statement to shareholders.

Nike said the Jordan Brand launched its first collection with a football club, Paris Saint-Germain.

PGA Tour Superstore has launched a new e-commerce store that enables customers to discover products, get recommendations and trends based on their interests and buy right from their phones or tablets.

ElliptiGO Inc., the pioneer and leader in stand-up cycling, announced that 25,000 of the company’s bikes are now on the road.

Andrew Pemberton, a 20-year veteran of publishing and former executive of Panache Cyclewear, has been named chief executive officer of Pocket Outdoor Media, the holding company that publishes VeloNews, Triathlete, Women’s Running, Competitor and VeloPress books.

With retail sales continuing to grow, imports at the nation’s major retail container ports are expected to remain strong this month after setting three new records this summer according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates.

GSM Outdoors LLC, the maker of hunting and shooting products, announced the company’s acquisition of CoyoteLight, the predator light hunting brand.

Chaos Headwear added the Baratti Marketing Group Inc. to the company’s U.S. national sales team.

Back in expansion mode, JackRabbit announced the company has completed the acquisition of Nashville-based Rhythm Running. In addition, the company is opening two new stores in Houston, TX, and Tampa, FL.

The 2018 SFIA State of the Industry Report indicates the American sports and fitness products industry grew 2.4 percent in 2017, up from 2 percent growth in 2016 and 2015.

Dæhlie, the leading Nordic apparel company in Scandinavia, hired Verde Brand Communications as the company’s agency of record for integrated media relations and brand communications.

Warrior Dash, the obstacle course race that more than 3 million people have completed since 2009, announced additional race distance options beginning in 2019.

Nite Ize has secured one of the last available 160,000-square-foot warehouses in Boulder County to serve as the company’s new global distribution headquarters to support growth.

Croakies, the original manufacturer of industry-leading outdoor retention products, announced the company has expanded the company’s relationship with all-pro tight end and serial outdoorsman Tyler Eifert.

Thermacell Repellents Inc. announced a new partnership with Outtech Inc. Effective September 1, Outtech is representing Thermacell’s Mosquito and Tick products across the United States, including Alaska and Hawaii.

JBL renewed the company’s multi-year relationship with the NBA and expanded the company’s footprint among players and teams.

Macy’s Inc. on Wednesday announced plans to hire approximately 80,000 seasonal colleagues for positions at the company’s Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s stores, call centers, distribution centers and online fulfillment centers nationwide for the 2018 holiday season.

Chris Melillo, who formerly served as senior director of stores North America for Nike Inc. and VP of stores for DTLR/Villa, has joined Curaleaf, a vertically integrated cannabis operator based in Wakefield, MA.

Prana, which is owned by Columbia Sportswear, named Jam Collective as the company’s public relations agency of record.

Sports Direct said Keith Hellawell plans to step down as chairman and as a director of the company, having served since November 2009.

Adidas is planning to sign a record-breaking endorsement deal with U.S. open champion Naomi Osaka, according to The Times.

JD Sports said its acquisition of The Finish Line in June resulted in a small contribution to both earnings and sales in the first half ended August 4.

The National Retail Federation announced a series of new programs, guest events and networking opportunities at this week’s annual conference in Las Vegas.

The Rossignol Group, home of the iconic bicycle brands Felt, Rossignol and Time, announces the departure of co-founder and president of Felt, Bill Duerhing. Coinciding with this departure, the Rossignol Group has announced the appointment of Scott Rittschof as senior vice president, Global Bike Division.

Castanea Partners, a private equity firm, made an investment in West Coast Fitness LLC, a leading franchisee and area representative of Orangetheory Fitness that operates 10 Orangetheory studios and oversees an additional 17 studios owned by other franchisees in Los Angeles and San Francisco’s South Bay area.

REI Co-op is opening the company’s first location in the state of Alabama with a store in Huntsville in fall 2019.

The floorplan for Outdoor Retailer Winter Market is now live. The event will be held at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver November 8-11.

With the recent announcement of Alterra Mountain Co.’s intent to purchase Crystal Mountain Resort in Washington, Frank DeBerry, currently of Snowshoe Mountain, will be named president and COO of the destination upon the closing of the transaction.

Skechers USA Inc. in a statement denied the allegations in the recent alleged shareholder class actions filed by Laborers Local 235 Benefit Fund as frivolous and without merit and plans on defending them vigorously.

Teton Gravity Research (TGR) has announced the highly anticipated digital release of Andy Irons: Kissed By God.

Effective Tuesday, Meteorite PR has partnered with Snowsports Industries America (SIA) to be its public relations agency of record overseeing all PR efforts for the industry trade association.

Camping World Holdings Inc. announced that the Overton’s showroom in North Carolina will continue to operate with a multi-branded offering showcasing Overton’s water sport products, Gander Outdoors and Camping World products and services for the outdoor enthusiast in addition to Gander RV Sales.

Project High Five (PH5), an online community designed to help keep kids engaged in team sports longer, announced the official launch of the community’s online platform.

OrderMyGear, the e-commerce enabler for the team channel, hired Matt Kaplan as the head of enterprise sales, a new position at the growing company.

Riddell and brand ambassador Peyton Manning announced the 18 recipients of the 2018 Smarter Football equipment grants and congratulated each program with a personalized video message from Manning.

The German Football Association (DFB) and Adidas announced the extension of their partnership.

Lem Helmets, the inclusive cycling helmet brand, named industry veteran Michael Grim as general manager. He was most recently director: helmets & accessories business unit at Specialized Bicycle Components.

Dick’s Sporting Goods will be opening four new Dick’s Sporting Goods stores in September. The stores are in Sarasota, FL; North Port, FL; Tucson, AZ and Schererville, IN.

China said Monday it would retaliate against the U.S. if President Donald Trump imposes more tariffs on Chinese goods, further escalating the global trade war between the two nations.

Community organizations in Baltimore, Los Angeles and Philadelphia will receive grants totaling $330,000 from ESPN, Under Armour and LISC to help transform vacant lots into sports, recreation and play spaces.

Universal Tennis announced that Larry Ellison, the executive chairman and chief technology officer of Oracle, has become an investor and partner with the company.

Yue Yuen Industrial Holdings Ltd. reported sales in August reached $799.5 million against year-ago revenues of $761.3 million, a gain of 5 percent.

London-based luxury online marketplace Farfetch expects to raise approximately $446.5 million in the company’s initial public offering, according to an updated regulatory filing.

The National Retail Federation and more than 150 organizations representing U.S. retailers, manufacturers, farmers, technology companies, natural gas and oil companies and other industries urged the Trump administration to avoid further escalation with China and warned of the negative impact of tariffs on American businesses, families and workers.

Retail industry employment in August increased by 89,100 jobs unadjusted over the same time last year despite a seasonally adjusted drop of 9,700 jobs from July, the National Retail Federation said Monday.

Surf Technicians LLC welcomed Mark Mertens to the team. Mertens will be focused on the state of Florida and will be the lead sales rep for all surf and stand up paddle product lines under the Surftech and NSP brands.

The Federal Circuit affirmed a Delaware federal court’s determination that Lululemon’s Run: Stuff Your Bra did not infringe on intellectual property covering a sports bra with an “innovative storage compartment,” according to Law360.

Steelo Sports, a baseball start-up company out of Los Angeles, became the first modern-day, black-owned baseball glove brand to be used in a Major League Baseball game.

Untuckit, the creator of the original untucked shirt, announced today the opening of the company’s first international retail location in Toronto.

Motiv Group, an active lifestyle, sports and entertainment company, announced the appointment of Sam Renouf as the company’s chief executive officer, effective immediately.

Michael Greenberg, co-founder and president of Skechers; Katie Butler, general manager at Franco Sarto, and Zappos are being honored by Two Ten Footwear Foundation.