Accenture‘s 13th annual holiday shopping survey found the vast majority of U.S. consumers plan to spend at least as much this year on holiday gifts as they did last year and will be turning to stores for holiday gift inspiration.

Alberto Salazar, the former star runner and a coach to top runners, has been banned from the sport for four years for doping violations.

Alex Brands Inc., the maker of Poof foam sports balls, announced its intention to acquire U.S. Foam Corp.

For the second year running, the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) has included foreign domains owned and operated by Inc. in its submission for the 2019 Special 301 Out-of-Cycle Review of Notorious Markets.

Belt brand Arcade Belts announced three outside sales force members would join the team to build out multiple retail territories in the United States and Canada. The Raven Workshop will lead growth in Utah, Josh Kearney in Los Angeles, and Nickson Agencies in Ontario, Canada.

Asics and the IAAF announced Monday the renewal of their partnership and Asics’ commitment to the world of athletics with the signing yesterday of a new 10-year agreement as an official IAAF partner.

Barrett announced a partnership with distributor Zanders, one of the largest independently owned, single location firearm distributors in the country.

Moody’s Investors Service revised Bass Pro Group LLC‘s outlook to stable from positive to reflect “revenue and earnings weakness relative to the plan that has reduced the pace of debt reduction.”

Blink Fitness said that an upgrade to its app would allow members to take full advantage of their benefits at any time with added utilities like the ability to book a training session.

Canopy Growth Corp. announced that it had completed an all-cash transaction to purchase a majority stake in BioSteel Sports Nutrition Inc., a leading producer of sports nutrition products.

Citi Trends Inc. announced that it had hired Lisa Powell as executive vice president and chief merchandising officer.

Clarus Corp. announced Monday it had created a performance sports division to accelerate the development of sport-enhancing products like skincare, supplements, nutrition and other personal health products for performance-driven athletes. Clarus appointed Taylor West as general manager.

Coke, which earlier this year launched Coke Energy in several overseas markets, including the U.K. and Germany, said it would bring the product to the U.S. in January.

The Collegiate Challenge powered by Under Armour will return and take place Saturday, January 4, 2020, at the Anaheim Arena at Anaheim Convention Center.

The Conservation Alliance held its 12th annual Backyard Collective event in Boulder, CO, on Friday, September 27.

Delta Apparel Inc. expects sales to climb in the range of 12 percent to 14 percent in the fiscal fourth quarter ended September 28.

Dick’s Sporting Goods will be expanding its nationwide footprint with the opening of five Dick’s Sporting Goods stores and two Golf Galaxy stores in October.

Ed Stack, Dick’s Sporting Goods CEO who has earned acclaim for his company’s controversial stance on gun control, has written a new book, “It’s How We Play The Game: Build a Business. Take a Stand. Make a Difference.”

Dorel Industries Inc. announced that the impact of increased U.S. imposed tariffs, as well as a review of the preliminary third-quarter results, have prompted Dorel’s board of directors to suspend its dividend.

Drive Shack Inc., an owner and operator of golf entertainment venues and traditional golf courses, appointed Hana Khouri as president.

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has expanded its partnership with New Balance, which becomes the official kit supplier for the Hundred’s inaugural season.

Famous Footwear is opening a new store in Macon, GA.

Fenwick Brands, a private equity fund, has led a $5 million growth financing round for Ursa Major, a pioneer brand in the clean skincare market.

Firearms background checks, as adjusted by the NSSF, reached 1,011,636 in September against 919,979 in September 2018, a gain of 10.0 percent.

Fitplan, a personal training app, is joining forces with 12-time Olympic medalist Ryan Lochte to launch a new training program inspired by Lochte’s workout regimen.

Footwear sales in the U.S. are forecasted to increase through 2021 due to strong growth in the sports leisure category, according to The Future of Footwear, a new report from The NPD Group forecasting growth and declines across key categories.

Frank Hugelmeyer started his first day as NMMA president delivering his inaugural industry address at this morning’s International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference (IBEX) annual Industry Breakfast & Awards Presentation in Tampa.

Genesco Inc. announced that its board of directors had authorized it to repurchase up to $100 million of the company’s common stock.

GMR Marketing announced that Ken Black, the former vice president of digital design transformation and global Olympic creative director at Nike, has joined the agency as chief creative officer.

GoPro Inc. cut its revenue and profit forecasts for the rest of the year due to a delay in the production of its latest Hero8 Black cameras.

Head/Tyrolia has appointed Finn Eriksen to its U.S. marketing team as a marketing coordinator.

The Ikon Pass, with its latest addition of Arapahoe Basin in Colorado and Zermatt in Switzerland, will increase in price on October 17, 2019.

Imperial Headwear announced the addition of seven new sales representatives for its action sports division, a new venture for Imperial Headwear.

In-Shape Health Clubs announced a new Chief Growth Officer, Bruce Edwards, as part of its focus on accelerating growth. He was COO at CrossFit.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) said Christopher Carroll would become the director of digital engagement at the IOC next month.

Leather manufacturer ISA TanTec on Thursday announced that Ronda de Bie, current director of U.S. sales and product management, has been promoted to senior vice president of sales of the ISA TanTec Group.

Magnum Research Inc. announced that its Kahr Firearms Group has officially acquired a trademark for the BFR logo.

Mammut North America hired Ben Eagleton as a marketing coordinator, Nash Welch as a customer service and internal sales representative, Tiffany Fox as a key account manager, and Dave Bottomley as North American sales manager.

Michael Johnson Performance (MJP), a provider in athletic performance training, has partnered with Technogym, the designer and producer of technology-driven smart connected sports performance equipment.

Monkey Knife Fight, a North American Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) platform, hired Danny Tawiah, formerly head of global digital brand innovation at Nike, as CMO.

Moody’s Investors Service downgraded the debt ratings of Vista Outdoor Inc. following the company’s “continued weak operating performance and relentless social pressure regarding possible future gun regulations.”

The NFCA (National Fastpitch Coaches Association) announced that Wilson Sporting Goods would continue its relationship with the association, signing a multi-year deal that focuses on education for the high school, travel ball and youth coaching communities.

The National Retail Federation said it expects holiday retail sales during November and December to increase between 3.8 percent and 4.2 percent over 2018 to a total of between $727.9 billion and $730.7 billion.

The National Women’s Hockey League named American Giant the official apparel sponsor of the NWHL.

The New York Yankees, along with Fanatics, announced an exclusive, multi-year partnership to market the team’s game-used memorabilia and collectibles.

Outdoor Equipped appointed Tim Knowlton as vice president of marketplace development.

Patagonia hired Marty Pomphrey as general manager of Patagonia Japan.

Pensole Design Academy, in partnership with Kenan Family Trust and Champs Sports, announced the six-state launch of Pensole High School (PHS), a multidiscipline pre-college design program called Sneakerhead of State (S.O.S) for high school students.

The Phoenix Suns named Dean Stoyer, most recently vice president of global brand communications for Under Armour, as chief marketing and communications officer.

PowerBilt Holdings announced that Paul Boe had joined the company as its president.

The Professional Triathletes Organisation released a letter it sent to the board of directors of Wanda Sports Group Co. Ltd. on September 20 proposing to enter into discussions to acquire its Ironman business.

Puma signed Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma to a five-year endorsement deal, according to The Athletic.

Riddell has partnered to promote TackleBar Football.

Roc Nation has named leading sports and entertainment executive Brett Yormark as co-CEO of Roc Nation Unified and president of business operations & strategy.

Ross Dress for Less will open a new store in Kearney, NE, on October 12.

Running USA announced a three-year partnership with Los Angeles-based Alanic Activewear.

RYU Apparel Inc. announced a collaboration with actress, author and activist, Elisabeth Rohm.

S&P Global Ratings revised its debt ratings outlook Wolverine World Wide to negative from stable. The negative outlook reflects the potential for a downgrade if the company’s leverage is sustained at or above 3x.

Skechers announced that it is teaming up with Los Angeles Dodgers all-star ace Clayton Kershaw on a new multiyear partnership.

Ski Haus has opened its third store in Framingham, MA, with the acquisition of Summit Ski and Snowboard.

Sportsman’s Warehouse on Wednesday launched its exclusive Explorewards Visa card via Alliance Data.

Stance, the maker of socks and underwear, has promoted Co-Founder John Wilson to CEO.

TheMaven Inc., which earlier this year licensed the rights to Sports Illustrated’s print and digital publications, laid off as many as 40 staff members, or 25 percent of its staff, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Tilly’s Inc. announced Monday that Tricia D. Smith had been appointed to serve as the company’s executive vice president, chief merchandising officer, effective September 30.

Topgolf Entertainment Group will open its latest location in the Richmond, VA area on October 4.

Topgolf Studios, a brand expression of Topgolf Entertainment Group, and Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith’s Westbrook Inc.’s newly launched content studio Westbrook Media, have joined forces in a multifaceted partnership to create original entertainment.

TRX, the developer of functional training equipment and training content, has significantly expanded its product line and product development capabilities with the acquisition of XD, a leader in Kevlar-based fitness equipment manufacturing.

A University of Wisconsin soccer study shows that Unequal Halo headgear significantly reduced the incidence or severity of sport-related concussion (SRC), in U.S. high school athletes by 100 percent for boys and 35 percent for girls.

USA Wrestling named EarSplintz will be an official sponsor through the 2021 season.

U.S. Polo Assn., the official brand of the USPA, United States Polo Association, (has unveiled its new global digital website.

The inaugural Vans Global Custom Culture competition is entering its next phase. Vans is calling for the public’s help to cast their vote and help determine the top 10 finalists in each market.

Wacoal America Inc., the intimate apparel company that owns the CW-X activewear brand, announced its CEO succession plan. Bob Vitale is retiring and handing the reins to Mitch Kauffman, who was previously the brand’s senior vice president of sales and marketing.