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Report: Dick’s Won Auction For Golfsmith’s Intellectual Property, U.S. Stores

According to “a person familiar with the matter,” Dick’s Sporting Goods picked up the U.S. business and intellectual property of bankrupt specialty retailer Golfsmith for $70 million, as expected. Serving as its caddies for this round were well-known names in the retail liquidation business, Hilco Global and Tiger Capital Group. [More]

Nicholas Eckhart

Report: Dick’s Wins Sports Authority Brand, Including Domain Names

In the future, when you forget that Sports Authority went out of business and type in their website address, you’ll end up on a page owned by the defunct retailer’s biggest competitor. Dick’s Sporting Goods reportedly scooped up the Sports Authority name, including its domain names and customer mailing lists, for $15 million in the company’s intellectual property auction. [More]

Nicholas Eckhart

Dick’s Will Bid For Maybe 2 Dozen Sports Authority Leases After Stores Close

When Sports Authority locations and their merchandise went up for sale in the first round of auctions after the retailer filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, experts thought that the chain’s biggest competitor might bid for up to 100 stores to snap up areas where it doesn’t already do business. Dick’s did bid for some stores, but ultimately lost out to liquidators. That’s okay, though, the company’s CEO explained during an earnings call this week: they’ll go for the store leases after the locations they want close. [More]

Mike Mozart

Analysts: Dick’s Could Take Over 80-180 Sports Authority Stores

How many sporting goods stores does this country really need? Two outdoors-oriented chains are reportedly considering a merger, and two companies in the sector have filed for bankruptcy protection in the last few months. Sports Chalet is shutting down, and Sports Authority stores are all closing or for sale: the buyers could be liquidators that would simply sell everything off and close down. According to a recent report by some investment analysts, though, market leader Dick’s may take over some of those stores. [More]

Dick’s Sporting Goods Clearing Out All Livestrong Items For Some Reason

Dick’s Sporting Goods Clearing Out All Livestrong Items For Some Reason

What’s that, you say? People just aren’t flocking to athletic equipment endorsed by Lance Armstrong since he admitted that his professional cycling career was full of doping and lies? That makes sense. That’s bad news if you’re Dick’s Sporting Goods, and half of the pricey fitness equipment you sell is Livestrong-branded. It is, however, great news for consumers. [More]

It Was Inevitable That These Two Businesses Would Someday End Up Next To Each Other

It Was Inevitable That These Two Businesses Would Someday End Up Next To Each Other

Considering the large number of strip mall vacancies, you might think that the proprietors of the two businesses pictured in this reader-submitted photograph would have had ample opportunity to find locations that did not abut each other. Our inner adolescent thanks the universe for making this happen.

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American Family Association Calls Off Boycott On Dick's Sporting Goods Over 'Christmas'

American Family Association Calls Off Boycott On Dick's Sporting Goods Over 'Christmas'

My how things change overnight. Yesterday, we told you about the far-from-loony folks at the American Family Association who had called for their members to boycott Dick’s Sporting Goods because the retail chain used the word “holiday” instead of “Christmas” for its November and December sales circulars. Now the AFA has announced that it’s called off the boycott because Dick’s will be using that word after all.

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American Family Association Calls For Boycott On Dick's Sporting Goods For Not Using The Word "Christmas"

American Family Association Calls For Boycott On Dick's Sporting Goods For Not Using The Word "Christmas"

UPDATE: The AFA has called off the boycott after Dick’s decided to use the word “Christmas” after all.

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We Don't Get Why This Sign Is So Funny

We Don't Get Why This Sign Is So Funny

People keep sending us the link to this sign outside a shopping center somewhere in Massachusetts and saying things like, “LOL” and “So f-ing hilarious.” But we can’t figure out just what is so humorous about it. After all, it’s just a combination sign for a Pumps gym and a Dick’s sporting goods store.

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NJ Man Wants Filet-O-Fish, Crawls Into Drive-Thru Window To Get It

NJ Man Wants Filet-O-Fish, Crawls Into Drive-Thru Window To Get It

McDonald’s: Taking his cue from both Cheeseburger Josh and that irritating “Gimme That Filet-o-Fish” ad, a dude in South Brunswick, NJ, got so impatient with the service at the drive-thru that he crawled through the window, slapped the employee and then escaped with his precious fish sandwich.

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TextDrive: Don’t Be a Dick

TextDrive: Don’t Be a Dick

I don’t think it’s necessary at any level. It’s really no different then yelling “fat fuck” at a fat person on a treadmill.

That, friends, is how you talk to customers. (Before you .zip up their account and cancel them, like Hoffman did to the customer who was complaining.)