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Hibbett Sports Announces Appointment of New Independent Chairman


Hibbett Sports, Inc. (NASDAQ:HIBB), a leading athletic-inspired
fashion retailer, today announced the appointment of Anthony F. Crudele
as its independent Chairman of the Board of Directors. Mr. Crudele
assumed this role from Michael J. Newsome, who retired from the Board,
as planned, following the Company's annual meeting of stockholders held
on May 23, 2019. In addition, the Board of Directors bestowed upon Mr.
Newsome the honorary title of Chairman Emeritus for his 54 years of
service with Hibbett.

Mr. Crudele has been a member of the Company's Board since May 2012 and
served as its Lead Director and Chairman of the Nominating and Corporate
Governance Committee since February 2017. He has extensive retail
experience, including having been the Chief Financial Officer at Tractor
Supply Company (TSCO), a high-growth Fortune 500 retailer. He joined
Tractor Supply Company in 2005, having served most recently as Executive
Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer before retiring in
2017. Prior to joining Tractor Supply Company, Mr. Crudele served as
Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at The Sports
Authority and Gibson Guitar. Mr. Crudele, a certified public accountant,
began his career in 1978, spending the majority of his public accounting
tenure at the international firm of Price Waterhouse. He holds a
Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting from the
University of Notre Dame.

In commenting on his retirement from the Board, Mr. Newsome said, "It
has been my pleasure to work with the Hibbett family and the Company's
Board of Directors and watch the Company grow from a single store to the
retailer and brand we are today with over 1,100 retail locations in 35
states. I want to thank all our current and past employees and Board
members for their hard work and support over these many years. I also
want to congratulate Tony on his appointment as Chairman of the Board. I
am confident that with his extensive retail and strategic experience, he
will do well and find the position as rewarding as I have."

Mr. Crudele, commenting on his appointment stated, "I am honored to be
named Chairman and want to thank my fellow Board members for this
opportunity. I am also very grateful for Mr. Newsome's dedication and
commitment to this Company and our Board, having joined Hibbett as an
outside salesman in 1965 and serving as a member of our Board since 1996
when the Company went public and as Chairman of the Board since 2004. We
will miss his expertise in sporting goods retail and his friendship. We
wish him well in his much-deserved retirement."

Hibbett, headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, is a leading
athletic-inspired fashion retailer with more than 1,100 stores under the
Hibbett Sports and City Gear banners, primarily located in small and
mid-sized communities. Founded in 1945, Hibbett has a rich history of
convenient locations, personalized customer service and access to
coveted footwear, apparel and equipment from top brands like Nike,
Jordan, Adidas, and Under Armour. Consumers can browse styles, find new
releases, shop looks and make purchases online or in their nearest store
by visiting
Follow us @hibbettsports and @citygear.

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differ materially, including economic conditions, industry trends,
merchandise trends, vendor relationships, customer demand, and
For a discussion of these factors, as well as others
which could affect our business, you should carefully review our Annual
Report and other reports filed from time to time with the Securities and
Exchange Commission, including the "Risk Factors," "Business" and "MD&A"
sections in our Annual Report on Form 10-K filed on April 18, 2019. In
light of these risks and uncertainties, the future events, developments
or results described by our forward-looking statements in this document
could be materially and adversely different from those we discuss or
We are not obligated to release publicly any revisions to
any forward-looking statements contained in this press release to
reflect events or circumstances occurring after the date of this report
and you should not expect us to do so.

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