Complementary philosophies and contrasting strengths, not to mention the sheer size of the deal and the scope of the outdoors market (American hunters spend $34 billion annually and anglers spend another $41.8 billion, according to the most recent United States Fish and Wildlife Service data), could invite a challenge from antitrust regulators, says Scott Wagner, an antitrust expert and partner in law firm Bilzin Sumberg’s litigation group.
“Bass Pro Shops and Cabela's really are the best possible
example of direct competitors," Wagner told Retail Dive. "And that
always raises antitrust concerns, especially in a market of this size
and a transaction of this size.". . . more