KATY, Texas – Academy Sports + Outdoors (d/b/a Academy), a premier sports, outdoor and lifestyle retailer, will open its first store in Memphis, TN on Sept. 27, 2013 at 8 a.m. in the Collierville area. In conjunction with the opening, Academy has signed a multi-year partnership with The University of Memphis and its athletics multimedia rights holder, Learfield Sports’ Tiger Sports Properties.

“Not only are we excited to open our first store in Memphis, but we’ve also added a great community partner in the Memphis Tigers,” says Anita Sehgal, Academy Sports + Outdoors’ senior vice president of marketing and advertising. “We look forward to highlighting our everyday low prices and broad product selection that keeps families and Tigers fans active.”

The new 73,000 square-foot Collierville store brings approximately 150 new jobs to the Memphis area and is located at 275 New Byhalia Road. This will be Academy’s eighth store in Tennessee.

“We really appreciate Academy Sports + Outdoors’ support of our athletics program and congratulate them on opening their first store in our area,” says Tiger Sports General Manager, Brad Harrison. “Tigers fans will have a great new destination for all of their sports, outdoor, and recreation gear for years to come.”

Academy Sports + Outdoors is a Proud Partner of the University of Memphis.

About Academy Sports + Outdoors
Academy Sports + Outdoors is a premier sports, outdoor and lifestyle retailer with a broad assortment of quality hunting, fishing and camping equipment and gear along with sports and leisure products, footwear, apparel and much more. The Texas-based company operates 166 stores throughout Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas. The Academy Sports + Outdoors philosophy is to deliver an unparalleled shopping experience by providing convenience, offering a broad selection of quality products, delivering exceptional customer service and selling the right stuff at every day low prices. For more information about Academy Sports + Outdoors visit academy.com, facebook.com/academy, twitter.com/academy, pinterest.com/academy and youtube.com/academy.

About Tiger Sports Properties
Tiger Sports Properties is a property of Learfield Sports, which manages multimedia rights and sponsorship for more than 50 collegiate institutions and associations and titles the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup with award co-founders NACDA and USA Today. The company’s multimedia rights encompass numerous content distribution platforms to deliver the passion of college athletics across radio, television and digital networks to fans globally. Today, Learfield Sports’ exclusive sports programming reaches more than 50 million television households nationally and delivers nearly 17,000 hours of radio programming on more than 1,100 radio stations. For additional information about the company’s 40-year history and complete collegiate portfolio, visit www.learfieldsports.com.