Monthly Archives: September 2011

Sports Authority Field

September 30, 2011

Earlier this month, The Sports Authority unveiled their new sign for their naming rights to Sports Authority Field at Mile High, home of the Denver Broncos. This is a 25 year partnership at $6 million per year, which totals $150 million. The Sports Authority’s corporate headquarters is located in downtown Denver. The naming rights transferred from Invesco to Sports Authority on August 16.

There are only a few retailers in the Sporting Goods space that could put something this together. Dick’s Sporting Goods, which is located in Pittsburgh, is another that could pull something like this off. Not sure this will pay off for Sports Authority, one thing is for sure, it was not universally accepted inside the company and may have played a part in the recent resignations of CEO David Campisi and CMO Jeff Schumacher.

Lifetime Products Enters Another New Market

September 25, 2011

Lifetime products is expanding their portfolio significantly recently, from the paddleboards I wrote about earlier this summer, to a new sector of business- Health and Wellness. Lifetime recently acquired LiveWell Home Safety Solutions, and is picking up where that company left off with products targeted towards seniors making their home safer for them to use.

The Utah based company hopes to expand on the health business it started with the Tru-Motion Walking Cane, and will now pick up where LiveWell left off, making in-home accessories for Seniors, such as bath and shower safety bars. The goal of the product line is to look trendy and blend in to the design of the room, rather than looking like medical equipment.

The interesting thing to me in the story is that Lifetime is a giant industry leader with its fingers in a lot of different pies, and that this expansion, logical and savvy, may open the door for more Heath and Wellness product lines from Lifetime. Lifetime is a manufacturing giant, and their aptitude to create is undoubtedly concerning to anyone else in the industry. Lifetime already has a solid chunk of sporting goods, with the aforementioned paddleboards and also a full line of basketball systems, so the jump to a line of heavy duty fitness products isn’t out of the question.

Whatever Lifetime decides to do, their new Heath and Wellness line will surely help many seniors in need, and that’s a good thing. To find out who carries Lifetime products near you, search Sportrabbit.com.

Stop in to Richardson Bike Mart Today

September 23, 2011

They say if you can find work that fits your passion, you’ll never actually work a day. This must be true for the staff of Richardson Bike Mart, a small chain of bicycle stores in North Texas. They seem to have a passion for bikes that is limitless, and their stores reflect that.

Richardson Bike Mart’s website has an incredible amount of information and product, showing off the amazing amount of variety they offer in their stores. BMX Bikes, Comfort Bikes, Racing Bikes, Mountain Bikes and even Unicycles(yes, unicycles) with dozens of vendors are just the beginning. A complete line of apparel and accessories provides you literally everything you could ever need for biking.

The focus of Richardson Bike Mart is the Customer Experience, and they use their knowledge and passion for the sport to build, sell and service every bike custom tailored to your needs. The focus is really on quality, not only of their products but of their service and advice to those purchasing bikes. The list of vendors they carry includes Cervelo, Gary Fisher, Specialized, Trek and many more of best names in the business, along with several independent brands with a reputation of quality.

Along with all of their products and services online, they offer tips and advice for riders, along with photos, events, industry news, links and even vendor safety recall information. This kind of all encompassing attention to detail is what you should come to expect from their in store experience as well.

If you want to see what products they carry or get a coupon for Richardson Bike Mart, search SportRabbit.com.

Here are the three Richardson Bike Locations with links to store coupons:

Richardson Bike Mart Dallas
9040 Garland Rd.
Dallas, TX 75218
(214)321-0705

Richardson Bike Mart Frisco
8820 John Hickman Parkway
Frisco, TX 75034
(972)335-7600

Richardson Bike Mart Richardson
1451 W Campbell Rd
Richardson, TX 75080
(972)231-3993

Maryland's New College Football Uniforms

September 20, 2011

Ok, let’s get this one out of the way- What is the deal with Maryland’s uniforms this season? After hearing everyone complain about them, and seeing the less than compelling photos, I’m here to defend the aesthetic atrocity.

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not a fan of the jerseys themselves, especially the matching helmets, but I like what they were trying. Or that they were trying. To me the pinnacle of college sports fashion IS the Oregon Ducks, and what Nike has done to spice up the look, especially recently(I wasn’t a huge fan of the diamond plate look, however). So, Under Armour said two can play at this game, came up with a zany look, and voila! We have the two faced uni’s debuted Monday. On a side note, I was very entertained when two Maryland players faced each other, and instead of looking like a teammate discussion, it looked like NFL Europe smack talking.

So where do they go from here? Under Armour has some other interesting designs on deck for Maryland, which is the birthplace of Under Armour, by the way, but luckily for us, none are quite as crash dummyish as this initial set was. I applaud UA for what they’ve done, unlike their mouthguards, and hope to see more uniform excitement from them in the future.

Also worth mentioning in this topic of drastic uniform changes is the upgrade received by Arizona State, who went from Disneyesque devils to a pretty fierce design with multiple color options. This change was brought to you by Nike, which is why it has such an Oregon feel to it. Now if they could just work the same type of magic on my Golden Gophers, we might win a Big Ten game this year….

If you want to find awesome/hideous NCAA football jerseys near you, as always, search SportRabbit.com.

Pick up Hockey Equipment Now at Westwood

September 19, 2011

The Twin Cities most sought after specialty hockey store awaits you!!!

Yes, Westwood Sports offers more than hockey, but why talk about anything but hockey….it is hockey season, well close enough!

As your Pee-Wee, Bantam, Midget or Junior hockey players prepare for the upcoming Minnesota winter, why not give them the highest quality of hockey gear & apparel they deserve by visiting Westwood Sports!

This multi-location retailer has stores that sell it all! With over 35 years of experience, their stores are more than dedicated to the safety and play of your children.They have been delivering the Twin Cities hockey players with great products, competitive pricing & a level of customer service that is almost non existent these days!

Personal experience….As I walked through the Bloomington location (which is 1 of 3 Westwood Sports locations), I was instantly greeted by a smiling employee. They actually asked how my day was going, what I was in the market for, what type of hockey player my son was (age, skill level etc.), and walked me through all the offerings of skates for what would work best. The sales associate actually knew the product, had a personal experience with relating to what he was showing us, and actually listened to what you say. Even better, the employee was open to questions. All of which were unexpected from my wife and I.

In regards to the product selection, well that was ideal as well. They had a great selection of composite and wood youth hockey sticks, junior hockey sticks, intermediate hockey sticks, senior hockey sticks, hockey stick shafts, hockey skates (Youth, Junior & Senior), skate repair parts, a huge selection of protective gear (elbow pads, helmets, masks, shin guards, breezers, shoulder pads), and everything needed for hockey goalies!

I was also impressed with their top-notch selection of manufactures! Bauer, Easton, CCM, Reebok, Warrior, & Nike Bauer!

They also have the latest technology for hockey skate sharpening and figure skate sharpening…good news is, the pricing is good and the turn around time is even better!

I rate this store a 9-10 for my hockey experience – customer service, product selection, customer engagement, pricing etc…..and my wife agrees.

Drive a few extra miles for a local brick and mortar – mom and pop shop that has it all!

They have three locations that all offer a $5.00 of a $50.00 purchase at www.sportrabbit.com! Share it with your friends, let them have a great experience, save money, and keep your dollars circulating in the local Twin Cities economy!

Westwood Sports Chanhassen – Coupon Click Here
445 W 79th St
Chanhassen, MN 55317
952-934-3300

Westwood Sports Bloomington – Coupon Click Here
9601 Garfield Avenue South
Bloomington, MN 55420
952-881-2222

Westwood Sports Apple Valley – Coupon Click Here
14805 Granada Avenue South
Apple Valley, MN 55124
952-431-5590

Visiting Tahoe Dave's

September 13, 2011

Tahoe Daves CouponHumble beginnings often make for great success, and that is very true in the case of Tahoe Dave’s. Started in 1977, Tahoe Dave’s was not only a budding business, but a place to live for Dave Wilderotter, as paying the bills for a place to live became too tough. Things have changed greatly for Dave, and he now uniquely has 5 shops at 4 locations in the northern Lake Tahoe area.

Tahoe Dave’s are a proud rental expert, offering universal rentals between his five stores and a huge line of rentals and demos available. Ski Packages include Skis, Boots, Poles and Snowboard Packages include the Board, Boots and Bindings. Ski brands include: Atomic, Dynastar K2, Line, Nordica, Praxis, Rossignol, Salomon, Blizzard, Elan, Roxy and Volkl. Snowboard brands include:Lib Tech, Burton, Rome, Smokin, Arbor, Jones Academy, Ride, Salomon, Rossignol, Palmer and Head.

Their website also provides a guide to several resorts around Lake Tahoe, including restaurants and hotels. They also offer deals for surrounding resorts, an email newsletter and contests for avid fans of the store. Along with the fun extras, the site also offers the full compliment of their rental packages, along with an online reservation option.

If you plan on visiting the north shore of Lake Tahoe, stop in to Tahoe Dave’s. If you’d like more info or a great coupon, click a link above or visit SportRabbit.com.

Here are the locations located in California:
8299 N. Lake Blvd, Kings Beach, CA 96143
3039 Highway 89, Squaw Valley, CA 96146
590 N. Lake Blvd, Tahoe City Ski Shop, CA 96145
600 N. Lake Blvd, Tahoe City Board Shop, CA 96145
10200 Donner Pass Rd, Truckee, CA 96161

Kulae Yoga Mats

September 11, 2011

This day in age, our concentration has shifted from singular goals and focuses to more expansive outlooks and intentions. Kulae Yoga is a prime example of this modern school of thought, blending a passion for yoga with an eye towards improved materials and green technology. Perusing the Kulae website, I find loads of function and form in their products with a generous sprinkling of eco-friendly and community. Not coincidentally, Kulae is Sanskrit for ‘communities’ and their mantra is ‘karma is real’ resounds their focus on going green.

No doubt the staple of their lineup is the line of tpECOmats, built with closed cell technology(which keeps out bacteria and germs out) and no alergentic materials such as PVC, rubber or latex. This also makes these mats 100% recyclable and biodegradable. Kulae also offers a wide range of other yoga accessories, from outdoor mats made from bamboo to towels and blocks also made from green materials.



With all of this green talk from an independent company, you’re probably expecting a shocking price tag, and make no mistake, they do offer high end equipment for serious yoga followers, but they also do offer some very affordable products and better yet, complete yoga kits that offer great savings. Starting at $44 for a simple setup, to around the $100 mark for a much more complex package. The line of tpECOmats also start at $44, and go up to $74.

To find out who carries Kulae Yoga near you, search Sportrabbit.com, or under ‘find a retailer’ function on the Kulae website.

Charm City Run Store in Maryland

September 9, 2011

Charm City Run is a running store chain in Maryland, specializing in running shoes, apparel, and accessories. The company was started with a family of runners from Texas who had a local running store that was more like a friendly gathering place for runners than a business, and they decided to bring that line of thought with them to Maryland, and Charm City Run was started.

XhRM City Run CouponThey offer a full line of running shoes from Asics, Brooks, Mizuno, New Balance, Newton, Nike, The North Face, and Saucony. The sales staff is focused on finding the shoe that is right for your running style, whether you pronate, supinate, or are balanced. Their apparel department also features Brooks, Champion, Moving Comfort, Nike, North Face, Patagonia and Under Armour to suit your needs. Couple that assortment with a full, diverse line of running accessories and you have a one stop shop for everything running. If you are not in the Maryland area, but like the vibe of this family owned runner’s haven, they offer a full online store.

The website has some cool features to check out, such as advice from runners, links to running community pages, and a full events calender for marathons and other running events. Another neat feature is the Runner of the Month, a social media function for local runners to be recognized.

They have four locations in Maryland; Annapolis, Bel Air, Timonium, and their newest location that just opened in Clarksville. To find out if Charm City Run carries the specific shoe you’re looking for, search Sportrabbit.com.

The Best Fitness Retailer in the Northeast

September 8, 2011

Starting in 1990 by brothers Gordy and Glenn Gronkowski, G & G Fitness has grown by leaps and bounds into a Northeastern US fitness giant spanning three states with 15 locations. Gordy was a Syracuse football player who was looking for home fitness equipment but could not find it in his hometown of Buffalo, NY. After visiting a store in Pittsburgh, he start G & G, and has turned it regional. Gordy took the experience from Pittsburgh and turned it into a store with an enormous showroom with state of the art fitness equipment and a well trained staff.

G&G Fitness CouponTheir website is an impressive display of internet shopping and style, and features many different ways for customers to become familiar with their products and services. One impressive feature is the portion of the site devoted to commercial sales, helping you plan out your specific floorplan. They also offer a full catalog of the products featured in their stores. G & G carries Life Fitness, Horizon, Precor, Vision Fitness, Schwinn and Landice products, just to name a few. They carry everything needed for a great workout including Treadmills, Ellipticals, Exercise Bikes, Rowing Machines, Home Gyms and more. Service is the key at G & G, and they have a specific call center and certified technicians to provide the utmost in service after the sale is made, along with delivery and assembly professionals that will set you up without a worry.

G & G being the giant that they are, you can expect the most competitive prices and buying power from them, along with a network of support not found with much smaller operations. On the same token, G & G is a regional company, and provides you with the service you just can’t find at a national big box retailer. They truly offer the best of both worlds.

The scope of G & G fitness is wide, so here are the stores broken down by state- to find out more, or to get a great coupon for G & G, search SportRabbit.com.

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