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Encyclopedia > Sports Authority
Sports Authority Inc.
Image:Sports Authority Logo.gif
Type Sporting goods
Founded 1928
Headquarters 1050 West Hampden Avenue, Englewood, Colorado 80110
Key people J. Doug Morton, CEO and President
Greg Waters, COO
David Campisi
Industry Retail
Products Apparel, sports equipment, shoes, exercise equipment
Website http://www.sportsauthority.com/
A location in Eden Prairie, MN
A location in Eden Prairie, MN

Sports Authority is a full line sporting goods retailer. The company is headquartered in Englewood, Colorado. It operates over 400 stores in 45 U.S. states under the Sports Authority name. Total sales for the fiscal year ending January 29, 2005 were $2.44 billion. Image File history File links Sports_Authority_Logo. ... Sports equipment includes any object used for sport or exercise. ... 1928 (MCMXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... Englewood is a city located in Arapahoe County, Colorado. ... Drawing of a self-service store. ... This page as shown in the AOL 9. ... Image File history File linksMetadata 11-16-06-EPMN-SportsAuthority. ... Image File history File linksMetadata 11-16-06-EPMN-SportsAuthority. ... Eden Prairie is a city located in Hennepin County, Minnesota. ... Sports equipment includes any object used for sport or exercise. ... A drawing of a self-service store Retailing consists of the sale of goods/merchandise for personal or household consumption either from a fixed location such as a department store or kiosk, or away from a fixed location and related subordinated services (Definition of the WTO (last page). ... Englewood is a city located in Arapahoe County, Colorado. ... January 29 is the 29th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


The company's e-tailing website (located at sportsauthority.com), is operated by GSI Commerce, Inc. under license and e-commerce agreements. Because the e-commerce website is operated under a company separate from Sports Authority, the website often carries a wider selection than what is available in the stores. Because of the licensing agreement, unfortunately, returns from the website may not be processed in the stores. In addition, a joint venture with ├ćON Co., Ltd. operates "Sports Authority" stores in Japan under a licensing agreement. ÆON Co. ...

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History

Gart Sports

The Gart Sports name had been synonymous with the top tier of sporting goods retailers in the United States for over 70 years. The Gart tradition started in 1928, when Denver Post newspaper carrier Nathan Gart started the company with $50 in fishing rod samples. The Denver Post is a daily newspaper published in Denver, Colorado. ...


In 1971, Gart Sports Company opened it's first "Superstore" with the opening of the world famous "Sportscastle" store in Denver, Colorado at the corner of 10th Avenue and Broadway Avenue. The 1980s proved to be an exciting time for the company, during which the company grew through a series of acquisitions. These mergers included Hagan's Sports Ltd., Dave Cook and Stevens Brown of Salt Lake City. Nickname: The Mile-High City Location of Denver in Colorado Coordinates: Country United States State Colorado City-County Denver (coextensive) Founded November 22, 1858 Incorporated November 7, 1861 Mayor John Hickenlooper (D) Area    - City 401. ...


At the same time that Gart Sports Company opened the Sportscastle, the Hochberg family opened their first Sportmart in Niles, Illinois, and the company grew to 60 stores in nine states. Gart Sports and Sportmart merged in 1998.


Oshman's

Oshman's was opened in 1919 when Jake Oshman opened the first Oshman's Sporting Goods store. By 1965, Jake Oshman had built his business to become the largest sporting goods chain in Texas. The company operated 43 Oshman's SuperSports USA stores and 15 traditional stores when it merged with Gart Sports Company in 2001.


Sports Authority

The Sports Authority, Inc. opened its first store in November 1987 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. In 1990, with approximately nine stores in six states, the company was acquired by Kmart. Five years later, The Sports Authority had expanded to 136 stores in 26 states, and was spun-off from parent Kmart. Fort Lauderdale, known as the Venice of America, is a city located in Broward County, Florida. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Kmart is a chain of department stores in the United States. ...


Gart Sports merge with Sports Authority

Gart Sports, which also operated Oshman's and Sportmart, completed a merger with Sports Authority on August 4, 2003. At the time of its merger with Gart Sports Company, The Sports Authority was the largest full-line sporting goods retailer in the United States, and had 205 stores in 33 states. The combined company took The Sports Authority name. With the merger, each share of Sports Authority was exchanged with 0.37 shares of Gart Sports which gave investors in each about 50% of the new merchant. The new company is based in Englewood, Colorado, which was home of Gart Sports. August 4 is the 216th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (217th in leap years), with 149 days remaining. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Englewood is a city located in Arapahoe County, Colorado. ...


As of May 2006, the remaining stores that were not operating under the Sports Authority name re-branded to the Sports Authority name. There are no longer any stores operating under the name of Gart Sports, Sportmart or Oshman's. Some stores still have some remnants of the name, including some stationary or forms.


Return Policy

The store's return policy is 90-day return/exchange with a receipt. All returns will be refunded in the original method of purchase (if a customer uses a Mastercard, then the refund will be processed back to the Mastercard. If the original card is missing or unavailable, credit is issued to a Merchandise Credit. To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...


If a receipt is not available, merchandise credit will be issued for the lowest price sold in the last 30 days. A valid government issued ID will be required for tracking no-receipt returns.


The only exception to the return policy applies to footwear. Footwear may only be returned for 30 days after the original purchase. A original receipt is required as well as the original box. The exception to the box requirement applies to clearance footwear, which is often un-boxed and coiled together. Footwear must be unworn.


Competitors

Main competitors based in the United States include the for-profit national and regional stores Bass Pro Shops, Cabela's, Eastern Mountain Sports, Gander Mountain, Sierra Trading Post, Sport Chalet, and Sportman's Warehouse, as well as national sporting goods retailers such as R.E.I., Big 5 Sporting Goods, and Dick's Sporting Goods, web retailers such as Moosejaw.com, Altrec.com and Backcountry.com, and a host of local independent retailers. Bass Pro Shops is a privately held sporting goods and outdoor goods store headquartered in Springfield, Missouri. ... Cabelas (NYSE: CAB) is a Sidney, Nebraska-based direct marketer and specialty retailer of hunting, fishing, camping and related outdoor merchandise. ... The new EMS logo Eastern Mountain Sports (or EMS) is an outdoor apparel and equipment retailer in the U.S. Northeast. ... Based in Cheyenne, Wyoming, Sierra Trading Post sells outdoor and adventure gear, shoes and boots, casual clothing, fine suits and apparel, childrens clothing and home decor. ... Modern R.E.I. Logo The REI store in Mountain View, California REI (Recreational Equipment Inc. ... Big 5 Sporting Goods (NASDAQ: BGFV) is a sporting goods retailer headquartered in El Segundo, California with 309 stores in ten western states. ... Dicks Sporting Goods (NYSE: DKS) is the largest full-line sporting goods retailer in the world. ... Moosejaw. ... Backcountry. ...


Trivia

  • Sports Authority is home to the World's Largest Ski and Snowboard sale, known as SNIAGRAB (Bargains Spelled Backwards)
  • Sports Authority currently operates stores in every US state with the exception of North Dakota,South Dakota,Vermont,Kentucky and West Virginia.
  • Sports Authority is a major contributor to the National Sports Center for the Disabled.
  • The company sponsors both the New York Mets and Boston Red Sox.
  • Sports Authority's logo is featured near the "Green Monster" in Fenway Park in Boston.

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External links

  • Official website
  • 10-K filing, containing merger information

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