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Last year, Academy Sports ran a week-long Black Friday event from Nov. 20 – Nov. 26, 2022. Here’s what to expect for 2023.

So what’s included in the Black Friday sale? Get ready for up to 50% off online and in stores on everything from fleece jackets and T-shirts to outdoor gear like fire pits, tents, all-terrain vehicles for kids, and more. We’ve even seen discounts on big-ticket items like hoverboards and bikes, where your potential savings can really stack up.

During Black Friday, you’ll get free shipping on orders of $25 or more if you have an Academy Sports account (sign up now if you haven’t yet)! Without an account, you’ll get free shipping on orders of $35 or more.

You can also skip the shipping fees entirely with free two-hour in-store or curbside pickup.

Here’s everything you need to know about this year’s Academy Sports Black Friday sale and don’t forget to check out all the best Academy Sports Black Friday deals from their 2022 ad!

Text BLACKFRIDAY to 57299 and get real-time text alerts when Black Friday deals go live.


1. Will Academy Sports be closed on Thanksgiving 2023?

Yes, Academy Sports will be closed on Thanksgiving 2023. But you can still shop their Black Friday sale online on Thanksgiving Day.


2. What time does Academy Sports open on Black Friday?

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Academy Sports stores will open at 5 a.m. local time on Black Friday.

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3. The Academy Sports Black Friday ad dropped on November 9, 2022.

The Academy Sports 2022 Black Friday advertisement on a table with autumn decor

Academy Sports dropped their 24-page Black Friday ad on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2022. The ad is stuffed with tons of outdoor, fitness, and recreational things for up to 50% off regular prices.

TIP: If you haven’t already, sign up for the Academy Sports email list to get 10% off your next online purchase of up to $200. You’ll also be in the know about all things Black Friday!


4. You actually have a whole week to shop their Black Friday sale (Nov. 20 – Nov. 26).

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In 2022, the Academy Sports Black Friday sale ran for a whole week. The deals started on Sunday, Nov. 20, and run through Saturday, Nov. 26. So you have seven days to save big with all the Black Friday deals Academy Sports has to offer.


5. Shop online at Academy.com or in stores — the Black Friday deals are the same.

If you don’t want to leave the comfort of your home, you’re in luck. You can shop Academy Sports’ 2023 Black Friday deals online or in stores. The deals are exactly the same.



6. Get up to 50% off select items during Black Friday, plus up to $20 off a $100 purchase.

jacket, bag, hat, exercise bike, and basketball hoop

During Academy Sports’ Black Friday sale, you can get a ton of bang for your buck. The store drops prices by up to 50% on most — if not all — of their inventory. I’ve seen great sales on game tables for ping pong, foosball, and air hockey, with prices slashed by 50%. Here are some other hot deals I’ve seen on Black Friday:

Prices for equipment like basketball hoops are usually reduced by 30%, while spin bikes and cookware are knocked down by a couple of hundred dollars. Select clothing items (like Adidas Tiro track pants and fleece Puma jackets) are also offered at a discounted price.

You’ll also get an automatic discount of $10 off a purchase of $50 or more or $20 off a purchase of $100 or more — no coupon code needed.


7. You have 60 days to return anything you buy during Academy Sports Black Friday.

Return anything you purchase during Academy Sports’ Black Friday sale for a full refund within 60 days of purchase. You can return items either in stores or by mail. Academy will refund your money back to the original form of payment.


8. Create a free Academy Sports account to get free shipping on orders over $25.

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You’ll get Academy Sports free shipping on orders of $25 or more when you sign in to your Academy Sports account, even if it’s not Black Friday. If you don’t have an account, you’d have to spend at least $35 to get free shipping. Don’t want to sign up? You can also get free Academy shipping by opting for curbside pickup as long as you live near an Academy Sports store.

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9. Academy Black Friday leads straight into Cyber Monday with a whole new set of deals.

Missed Black Friday? You can still get major deals during Academy Sports’ Cyber Monday sale which they call “Cyber Week.” During this time Academy Sports cuts prices from 20% to 50% sitewide for people who sign in with their Academy login. Unlike their Black Friday sale, the Cyber deals are only available online.

The deals during Academy Sports’ Cyber Monday sales are different from what they offered during Black Friday. While you can still score up to 50% off select merchandise, new items have price cuts each day. In 2021, I saw price cuts on trampolines, playsets, and hunting boots — and none of these items were discounted for Black Friday.

TIP: We put together a big list of all the Cyber Monday sales worth shopping this year.


10. Score more deals around other major holidays at Academy Sports + Outdoors.

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Can’t get enough of the deals? Academy Sports has other savings events throughout the year. After Black Friday and Cyber Week, they offer Christmas deals where you can get up to 25% off footwear and other items, 20% off coolers, and up to $50 off grills. The Christmas sale lasts for four days, and I predict it’ll happen from Dec. 8 through Dec. 11, 2022. Additionally, Academy has other holiday sales for Presidents Day, Labor Day, Memorial Day, and Independence Day.

You can also score major markdowns during “End of Season” storewide clearances, which happen about once every quarter. These “End of Season” sales (naturally) happen before a season ends. You can score deals on seasonal items like snow boots, jackets, hats, and more.

TIP: Academy Sports has a “Hot Deals” Section online which highlights clearance items. Check the site daily if you’re on the hunt for great new deals on clothes, outdoor gear, home gadgets, and more.

Shop the Academy Sports Black Friday Sale for Price Drops Up to 50%