1050 West Hampden Ave.
Englewood, CO 80110
CEO: Michael Foss
The Sports Authority, is one of the nation's leading sporting good retailers. It operates over 450 stores in 45 U.S. states under The Sports Authority name. The Company's e-tailing website, located at thesportsauthority.com is operated by GSI Commerce, Inc. under license and e-commerce agreements.
Sports Authority stores range in size from
25,000-50,000 square feet and offer a broad range of sporting
equipment including golf, football, baseball, basketball and
tennis products as well as clothing, sneakers and exercise equipment.
The company was taken private in 2006 and
is no longer publicly traded.
Michael Foss became the new CEO in June 2013.
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. 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 Sports Authority, Inc. announced on
May 3, 2006 that it had completed the going-private transaction
approved at a special meeting of Sports Authority's stockholders
on May 2, 2006. As a result of the transaction, each issued and
outstanding share of The Sports Authority, Inc. common stock
was cancelled and converted automatically into the right to receive
$37.25 in cash, without interest. The transaction was led by
Leonard Green & Partners, L.P. and members of The Sports
All Gart Sports stores were converted to
Sports Authority in 2006.
Updated November 25, 2014