Cliff Freeman Gets Sports Authority

Sports Authority last week awarded creative and media planning chores on its ad account to independent Cliff Freeman and Partners, the client said. The New York agency bested independents Heil-Brice Retail Advertising in Newport Beach, Calif.; Ziccardi Partners Frierson Mee in New York; and SBC Advertising in Columbus, Ohio. Estimated billings are $80 million. WestWayne in Tampa, Fla., was the incumbent. The client recently merged with Gart Sports, which owns Sportmart and Oshman’s.