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Buy.com, Toysrus.com 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 Buy.com and Toysrus.com 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.

    Buy.com plans to add a sports store to its established network of 10 online shopping sites. This fall, Toysrus.com said it plans to launch Sportsrus.com, 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.

    Buy.com recently has expanded its online retail offerings. Just last week, the company started offering office products, including furniture, janitorial supplies and phone systems.

    Buy.com also bought Telstreet.com, an online store that sells cellular phones and related services, adding wireless devices to its offerings.