Sports Authority Return Policy (Return By Mail or In-Store)

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What's Sports Authority's return policy?

Toby Sembower

Toby Sembower

DealCrunch Editor

Toby answered on 4.5.16:

Update: Please note that Sports Authority has gone out of business as of August 2016. According to Forbes, the brand was purchased by Dick’s Sporting Goods.

Sports Authority offers a laidback return policy because certain sports apparel and equipment just don’t work out. You shouldn’t hesitate to shop at because online returns are just as simple as in-store returns.

We’ll show you how to return your Sports Authority purchase either online or in-store.

You Can Return Your Sports Authority Merchandise Within 30 Days of Purchase or Delivery

If you’re unhappy with your Sports Authority purchase, you can take back most unused, unopened merchandise within 30 days of purchase (or 30 days of delivery for online orders) for a refund or exchange.

How to Return Your Purchase

You have the two options when it comes to returning items to Sports Authority — you can stop by any store location or you can send the items back by mail if you placed an online order. Sports Authority requires you to show your receipt (or packing slip/order confirmation email for online orders) when making a return.

Photo of a Sports Authority store

Sports Authority requires you to show your receipt (or packing slip/order confirmation email for online orders) when making any return, so make sure you hang on to it until you’re certain you won’t need it for a return.

Option #1: In-store Returns

To return your merchandise in-store, just bring in your items (including all parts, accessories, and packaging) to the nearest Sports Authority store location, and a store employee will be happy to help you out.

A photo of Sports Authority logo

Sports Authority accepts merchandise in original condition within 30 days of purchase or delivery.

Option #2: Online Returns

If you wish to send your items back by mail, Sports Authority provides a pre-paid return label with each online order. Simply follow these instructions below so you can quickly get your money back or an exchange.

  1. Pack up your merchandise in the original box.
  2. Fill out the Return Reason Questionnaire (located on the packing slip).
  3. Place the included return label on the outside of the package.
  4. Drop your return off at a U.S. Postal Service, UPS, or FedEx location.

Once the return is processed, you’ll receive your refund or exchange within 1 billing cycle (e.g., about 30 days).


Some items are non-refundable, such as firearms and ammunition, bats (if opened), customized products and collectibles, electronic media, athletic supporters, mouth guards, gas scooters, pools, swimwear, and undergarments. Sports Authority will refuse any of these returns.

For those seeking more information regarding the policy, unfortunately, the Sports Authority website just goes to Dick’s Sporting Goods. However, if you’re curious, you can read more about the Dick’s return policy here.