Sports Authority is going away. A chain that was once at the front end of sporting goods retailing will more than likely liquidate its assets as it has been unable to strike a deal with Modell's Sporting Goods. This follows news in April that west coast sporting goods retailer, Sports Chalet, was closing all of its stores and liquidating its assets.
There are a number of reasons that these chains have struggled: Debt was a problem for both chains but I think that something more may be at play. Sporting goods used to be about baseball bats, barbells and hockey sticks. Of course it still is but its also about yoga pants and sports bras.
In other words, women have become increasingly a bigger part of the sporting goods market. The trend in sporting good sales has been up with sales increasing annually since 2009. The difference appears to be that consumers have become splintered in where they purchase.