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Tech Industry, add sporting goods to lineups

The e-tailers cut separate partnerships with Global Sports, a company that specializes in online sporting-goods retailing, to expand their online offerings.

    Online retailers and today cut separate partnerships to offer sporting goods online.

    Both companies today agreed to work with Global Sports, which specializes in sporting-goods retailing online. plans to add a sports store to its established network of 10 online shopping sites. This fall, said it plans to launch, a new e-commerce site geared for young athletes ages 3 to 12.

    According to Forrester Research, spending in the e-commerce sporting-goods category reached $165 million in 1999 and is expected to grow to $4.2 billion by 2004.

    King of Prussia, Pa.-based Global Sports will develop and host Toysrus' new site, including managing the site's customer-service support. recently has expanded its online retail offerings. Just last week, the company started offering office products, including furniture, janitorial supplies and phone systems. also bought, an online store that sells cellular phones and related services, adding wireless devices to its offerings.