Sports Authority

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Sports Authority (still known as The Sports Authority' in some locations) is one of the largest sporting goods retailers in the United States. It is headquartered in Englewood, Colorado and operates more than 460 stores in 45 U.S. states under the Sports Authority name.

The company's e-tailing website (located at ), is on the GSI Commerce platform and supports the retail stores as well as other Multi-channel programs. In addition, a joint venture with ├ćON Co., Ltd. operates "Sports Authority" stores in Japan under a licensing agreement.


Sports Authority's major competitor stores include:


Gart Sports

Gart Sports began in 1928, when Denver Post newspaper carrier Nathan Gart started the company with $50 in fishing rod samples.

In 1971, Gart Sports Company opened the "Sportscastle" superstore in Denver, Colorado at the corner of 10th Avenue and Broadway. The 1980s marked a period of substantial growth for the company through a series of acquisitions. These mergers included Hagan's Sports Ltd. (1987) and Stevens Brown of Salt Lake City (1987). In the fall of 1992, Leonard Green & Partners acquired Thrifty and became the company's largest shareholder.


At the same time that Gart Sports Company opened the Sportscastle, the Hochberg family and the Cantor family opened their first Sportmart in Niles, Illinois. The company grew to...
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