This Sports Authority Coupon For 20% Off Cannot Be Used For Anything

Sports Authority misses you so much that they sent out a 20% off coupon that doesn’t apply to sports equipment or 68 named brands. You might, might be able to get 20% off a pair of socks.
Offer valid only while supplies last and not applicable to canceled orders due to out-of-stock merchandise. Discount applied when TSAWIN is entered as the promo code at checkout. Order must be confirmed by 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time on February 24, 2008 to receive discount. Discount does not apply to
taxes, shipping and handling charges, gift wrapping or similar charges.
Discount not applicable with returned merchandise; total discount will be deducted from the value of any returned item to which the discount applied. Discount excludes the following:
Coleman Boats,
Etyomic Research,
Fly Flot,
Front Porch Classics,
Future Beach,
Ground Control,
Leisure Life,
Louisville Slugger,
Miken Sports,
Muzono Golf,
Nike Golf,
Pro Feet,
Spring Step,
Taylor Made,
The North Face,
Trend Sports,
Under Armour,
World Industries,
and Worth brands,
Home Gyms,
select table games,
trampolines & accessories,
and electronics/optics.
Cannot be combined with any other promotional offer nor is this offer valid on previous purchases. Entire order must be shipped to a single address and customer is responsible for all shipping costs for returned merchandise. Any illegal posting of this promotional code will result in immediate disaffiliation. This promotional offer may be modified or terminated at any time without notice.

This post probably constitutes an “illegal posting,” so sorry everyone for ruining your terrible coupon. Do tell us though, what would you have possibly bought?

Related: After reading this post a former Sports Authority manager wrote in with 9 confessions, including “the coupons are always a sham.”


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  1. astrochimp says:

    It’s only illegal insofar as you’re worried about disaffiliation (whatever that is).

  2. Sherryness says:

    I dunno – do they sell those little chemical-pack hand-warmy things?

  3. jeffjohnvol says:

    What a PATHETIC company. They would save more paper if they just showed what it *was* good for. Very unconsumerish.

  4. Part-Time-Viking says:

    Sports Authority is still around?

  5. …wouldn’t people get tipped off by the SIZE of the coupon?

  6. Scout says:

    Immediate Disaffiliation?

    Did this post just get me kicked out of my church?

  7. Dead Wrestlers Society says:

    I actually got lucky and bought a weighted dip belt a few months with one of these coupons. I believe Altus was the brand.

    Of course, neither they nor Dick’s had then in the store, so I had to order it online so the shipping wiped out the coupon.

  8. azntg says:

    Typical store coupon. Rare are coupons where can get a discount for anything.

  9. kjsnider says:

    If you like golf, I see Adams isn’t listed. You can get an awesome set of irons (a3 or a3 OS) for 200 bucks off. I don’t think you’ll find a deal for these anywhere else like that.

  10. chiieddy says:


    disaffiliate – to sever affiliation with; disassociate: He disaffiliated himself from the political group he had once led.

    So, they won’t have anything to do with you? The coupon? What?

  11. disaffiliation…isn’t that one of the stages in the Kubler-Ross’ “stages of grief”

    pretty harsh terms & conditions sporta authority

  12. Quellman says:

    select table games,

    Whose selection is that? How will I know which ones are included? I know the pimple-faced guy behind the counter won’t care.

  13. cde says:

    Illegal posting? What makes it illegal? And since this was posted under a fair-use news/reporting reason, does that mean it is a legal posting and the coupon will not be disaffiliated? Or just not immediately?

  14. gmanj says:

    Yes you can get 20% off an overpriced pair of socks and pay probably about $6 shipping to boot, thus approximately tripling what they would cost you if you ran down to the local target.

  15. Grrrrrrr, now with two buns made of bacon. says:

    Wow..that’s absolutely pathetic. I know I’m certainly disaffiliated over the whole thing.

    Check out [] for all sorts of online coupon codes that might actually be good for something (or not!).

  16. ironchef says:

    in another words…Cliff Bars are 20%.

  17. DeltaPurser says:

    Didn’t see Adidas on there… Or Reebok. Still, pretty damn lame if you ask me.

  18. thirdbase says:

    It’s like those coupons Macy’s used to send out. They would arrive in the morning mail and by the time you read everything that you could not use the coupon for it was evening and the stores were closing.

  19. Bourque77 says:

    @DeltaPurser: Taylormade is and adidas owns them so wtf?

  20. Chase says:

    This coupon? The only way to break the bonds of Scientology.

  21. forgottenpassword says:

    I know of a craft store that does something similar to this. They routinely offer 20% off coupons & in the fine print it is for only items that are regularly priced. Problem is… you cant easily tell which ones are regularly priced.

  22. MissPeacock says:

    @forgottenpassword: Or like Michael’s, where they have coupons for 40% off all regular priced items, and then put the whole store on sale for the week.

  23. forgottenpassword says:


    LOL! THAT is the exact store chain I was referring to! LOL!

  24. HOP says:

    i’ve seen some crummy coupons, but so far this one takes the cake………………..

  25. thelushie says:

    Do they have some sort of store brand this would be good on. And how are they going to prove that joe shmoe customer is the one who posted it on the web?

  26. Sudonum says:

    I’ve gotten a coupon like this from ShoeBuy. Except you don’t find out that the discount isn’t valid on a particular brand until you go to check out.

  27. B says:

    @HOP: Not only that, but cake is one of the things restricted by the coupon.

  28. DeltaPurser says:

    @Bourque77: You said it best: WTF?!?!?!?!

  29. bohemian says:

    There are a couple of stores that use this same coupon scheme. Nothing already on sale or discounted in any manner is allowed, most of the name brands said store carries are usually excluded as are any big ticket items.

    I also notice that since Bed Bath & Beyond has been doing the 20% perpetual coupons everything there is about 20% more than elsewhere.

    I have been burned by so many coupons where you think you have interpreted the fine print appropriately then at the register you find out otherwise and have to decide if your going to buy the items without the discount or walk. Most people go ahead and buy the item anyway because they have already committed themselves that far they go ahead or they feel socially engineered into buying it cause they are at the register holding up the line.

    I think the true intent of these coupons are to get people to the store knowing that they will most likely impulse buy something not on sale or try to use the coupon, fail and buy the item anyway.

  30. humphrmi says:

    Respect mah Authoratae!

  31. reykjavik says:

    Wow! Thanks for the coupon! 20% of New Balance!!!! (not listed on the coupon)

  32. jfischer says:

    “I think the true intent of these coupons are to get people to the store knowing that they will most likely impulse buy something not on sale or try to use the coupon, fail and buy the item anyway.”

    Yeah, and that’s like… um, FRAUD, now isn’t it?

    The offer “20% off any single item” is directly contradicted by the many exceptions to to the point of becoming a “bait and switch” offer. The phrase “ANY single item” should be not used when the bulk of the items offered for sale are excluded by the microscopic fine print.

    And Sports Authority is going to get nasty letters about trademark infringement from the Tennessee Valley Authority, the Metropolitan Transit Authority, the Chicago Transit Authority, The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, and South Park’s Cartman (“respect ma authoritah!”)

  33. BoorRichard says:

    Went shopping Friday for some mother-effing khakis. Both Old Navy and JC Penney cash register associates directed my attention to a survey offer. ON offers 10% off next purchase if you do survey. You do survey, get a word, write it on your receipt, and that can be used as a 10% off coupon for anything. JCP offers 15% off. Did JCP survey and got printable coupon just like about, 15% off except EVERYTHING listed in fine print, and the JCP coupon was only good for 4 weeks vs. the ON coupon good forever.

    Needless to say I was pretty disappointed in JCP for so wasting my time.

  34. thelushie says:

    Don’t even bother with JCP. It is such a joke. The clothing is crap and the customer service is a joke.

  35. bigdtbone says:

    I would be interested to see if anyone has tried to use this coupon on one of those brands. This sort of disclaimer is probably in place because the 20% is in serious violation of SA’s reseller agreement dealing with minimum advertised prices. In other words, they have to tell you it doesn’t work, but it actually would.

  36. V-effekt says:

    Typical Macy’s coupon

  37. y2julio says:

    New Era is not listed, so you could get some MLB hats. Wilson is not listed so you could get some baseball gloves. Majestic Athletic is not listed so you could pick up some nice Baseball jerseys. This coupon ain’t half bad.

  38. lovelygirl says:

    @thirdbase– haha, they still send out those coupons!

    @grrrrrrr– RetailMeNot is a really good site for online shopping! Consumers can also leave feedback as to whether the promotion is still active, before you go and enter all your credit card information and get stuck because you can’t enter the coupon code. Everyone should look into! =)

  39. Grrrrrrr, now with two buns made of bacon. says:

    @lovelygirl: Hmm, that’s a good point.

    It seemed like a good idea at the time I came across it.

    Oh well.

  40. BugMeNot2 says:

    looks like someone made a real shitty hire with the clown who wrote that. or who ever hired his boss who may have approved it for that matter.

  41. lastingsmilledge says:

    i’m in school but work part-time at dicks…. if you just ask (nicely) you’ll get $10 off a $50 purchase anytime.

  42. bigsss says:

    Perhaps they should have saved some print and listed only what the coupon applies to.
    Would save me a ton of time.

  43. chocxtc says:

    I think they should have just posted it in the store to save paper and us the headache of translating all that fine print. I bet the tactic was to get customers in the store to buy stuff they really want only find out there is no discount, but just buy the items anyway

  44. puka_pai says:

    The coupon says “online only”, so you won’t be caught out at the store. Unless you can’t read.

  45. acasto says:

    @thelushie, yeah, JCP makes sure that the name brand clothes in their store is sub-par to the exact same name brand clothes in all the other department stores, and specifically trains each and every associate to give the same level of reprehensible customer service since it is impossible that a case(s) of bad service could be isolated incidents…. in case you didn’t get it I was being sarcastic, I’ve had nothing but good experiences shopping there.

  46. thelushie says:

    @acasto: I am happy you have had great experiences shopping there. I have had great experiences at Macys but I know people who won’t set foot in the place. I have been in JCP in four different cities and it has been consistent bad. Of course I am not going to go into every one in every city as I just don’t have the time. Besides there are sales at Nordstroms and Saks to hit. I think it makes a difference that I have worked in both places and having worked retail (you know, done thier job) I know what to expect in customer service. JCP is nonexistent. They have cashiers which to me doesn’t mean customer service. Macys is marginal. I have one person in one store that I do love going to. BTW, what city do you shop in. Maybe if I am in the area I will check out the JCP that you shop at. (and I am not being sarcastic…that would be a waste of my time.)

  47. coold8 says:

    Hope you wear adidas!

  48. sakanz says:

    @Grrrrrrrrr: That was an awesome link. I just bought a game from Gamestop for 25% off at their online store.

  49. Smashville says:

    Asics, Adidas, Puma, Spalding and Reebok aren’t on here.

  50. marsneedsrabbits says:

    I knew there was a reason I buy all my stuff at Dicks.

  51. bluewyvern says:

    I think they mean disaffiliation with Dealhack or Fat Wallet or whatever bargain/coupon site you post the coupon on, because everyone there will be mad at you for wasting their time with such a crappy “deal” and they’ll ban you.

  52. kalmakazee says:
  53. jnorris441 says:

    Post this coupon, and you will receive a full disagellation.

  54. gamblore says:

    Wow, great, now I can get an official Reebok NHL jersey for just $200 instead of $250.

  55. BartClan says:

    This is THE reason why I won’t ever shop at Sports Authority again–their damned coupons! Went two years ago, looking for a deal on a Columbia jacket for my bride. We actually found one that she liked (color, size, etc) and took it to the register with our coupon. “I’m sorry, sir, but we cannot honor the coupon for Columbia merchandise.”

    Every now and then, I’ll read the Sunday SA ad just to read the fine print and see what else has been excluded!

  56. SayAhh says:

    Well, since I don’t see “Spalding” or “Wilson” on there, I’ll probably be safe. Wait….”accessories”? A basketball is equipment, not an accessory. Damn, Sports Authority, you’re good. “We’re not worthy!”

  57. LoLoAGoGo says:

    Ha ha! Speedo swimsuits are still fair game!

  58. typetive says:

    I got a lame coupon once from JJill right after I placed an order. It was 20% off and free shipping if over $50. Well, I’d just placed an order but still wanted some other items that weren’t on sale, so I attempted to make another purchase that day and was met with “expired coupon.” Seriously? I just got the coupon the day before and the email had no expiration on it (but a click through did reveal that it was good until the next day).

    Anyway, I sent a testy email to the customer service line. They responded, actually, you know, in context – not some automated thingy. In the end they applied the 20% off on the order I already placed.

    I’m pretty quick to send companies emails when their online service disappoints (I had similar problems with Site59 last year using a birthday discount). Usually I get what I want or better.

  59. immunity says:

    lol that’s so funny, i work for this company and for your future knowledge, the online store is a separate company the leases out the names of Dick’s Sports, Sports Authority, Big 5, etc. Online orders are always strict by the book. The list that has been posted of brands not permitted to have the coupon applied are the brands who their company (such as Nike) will not allow coupons applied to their product.

    Go into a store and watch any manager give you 20% off of at like 90% of those items because they’d rather take care of you than screw you over.

  60. levenhopper says:

    What happened to the Sports Authority Manager’s confession that was on here earlier?

  61. LikeYourFace says:

    Nothing. It’s right here: []

  62. Dr.Ph0bius says:

    Can I buy gum?

  63. rmz says:

    This is sounding more like “20% off A particular item,” rather than “any.” :P

    There’s probably only one physical item in any given store that’s not exempt from this.

  64. fever says:

    This coupon doesn’t list North Face as a disallowed brand, which means that they $300 jacket I was looking at, which wasn’t on sale while all the other North Face stuff was, would have saved me a nice $60, bringing it in line with their next cheapest (in features and price) offering. So, not useless to me, although I can’t find the jacket I want on their very poorly functioning website.

  65. Jayus says:


    Except, unfortunately, North Face is excluded; it’s listed under “The North Face.” This coupon is a depression machine.

  66. thisisjacked says:

    @Sherryness: I think those hand warmy packs are made by Coleman… SOL there…