A sporting goods superstore, The Sports Authority has everything from bikes to tents, from softball socks to basketball nets. It's a large store, surprising bright and airy, pleasantly uncluttered and boasting a helpful and knowledgeable staff. They've got soccer shoes for the kids, camping equipment for the entire family and a huge selection of tennis racquets and golf clubs for everybody. What really impresses us, however, is the fact that they have the little, hard-to-find items, like referees' whistles and scorebooks for basketball season.
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