Founded as Gart Sports in Denver by Nathan Gart in 1928, Sports Authority is now one of the largest retail sporting-goods chains in the nation, with more than 450 stores. Sports Authority opened its first store under that name in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in 1987 before merging w... Read Moreith Gart Sports in 2003 to create the company as it's known today. Sports Authority sells fitness gear, clothes, shoes, accessories, equipment for team sports and action sports, golf and racquet necessities, games, outdoor supplies, and fan-shop items from many different brands and vendors. It sells products under its private labels -- Alpine Design, Sims, Aspire, SA Gear, Tommy Armour and Ram, Parkside, and Bodyfit by Sports Authority. Big-name brands it carries include Nike, Adidas, The North Face, Under Armour, Asics, New Balance, UGG Australia, and Columbia. Sports Authority's athletic apparel for boys and girls includes jackets and outerwear, sweatshirts and hoodies, shirts and tops, pants, capris, shorts, skirts and skorts, dance and gymnastics apparel, swimwear, underwear, socks, hats, tanks and bra tops, as well as athletic apparel for babies. The store also sells shoes for a variety of children's activities, such as running, soccer, basketball, baseball and softball, wrestling, lacrosse, tennis, and outdoor games.