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Finish Line Reports Dip In Q4 Earnings Despite Uptick In Revenue

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 03 / 27 / 15

Finish Line reported a decline in Q4 earnings and "warned that profits in the current year may miss expectations," as the sports-apparel retailer has "struggled lately in a retail environment dogged by more promotions and lower mall traffic." The company's earnings fell 5% to $40.8M despite revenues...

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Austin Hopes New Soccer Event Impresses MLS

Expansion USL club Austin Aztex and the Univ. of Texas have combined to create the ATX Pro Challenge in an effort to show a "love affair between the city and sport that one day leads" to an MLS franchise, according to Kevin Lyttle of the AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN. The event will take place this ...

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Secondary ASG Tix Prices Soaring

The "average asking price" on the secondary ticket market for Sunday's NBA All-Star Game at MSG was $1,748.83 as of early yesterday afternoon, up 77% over last year's game in New Orleans, according to TiqIQ data cited by Neil Best of NEWSDAY. The "lowest asking price" was $798, "by far the highest ...

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Manfred: MLB To Create All-Star Bid Process

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said that the league "intends to stop awarding the All-Star Game by alternating leagues and will move toward a Super Bowl-type bidding process," according to Jayson Stark of ESPN.com. That process would begin with the '17 game. The new system "would change a practic ...

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NFL Seeks Perks From Chicago For Draft

The '15 NFL Draft is set for April 30-May 2 in Chicago, but "little has been revealed about the event expected to engulf multiple blocks downtown, including parts of Grant Park, and take residence in the historic Auditorium Theatre for nearly three weeks," according to Jared Hopkins of the CHICAGO T ...

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Coyotes Set Sights On Hosting '18 World Juniors

The Coyotes "are vying to bring not one but two major hockey tournaments to Gila River Arena," pursuing both the IIHF World Junior Championship and the NCAA Frozen Four, according to Sarah McLellan of the ARIZONA REPUBLIC. Coyotes President & CEO Anthony LeBlanc on Thursday said that the team "h ...

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Rojo Sets Venue Record With Super Bowl Per Caps

Rojo Hospitality, operating its first Super Bowl, reported a food and drink per cap of $72.14 for Sunday’s game at Univ. of Phoenix Stadium. That is a record number for all events held over the past eight-plus years at the facility that opened in '06. By comparison, last year's Super Bow ...

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Serena Williams To End Indian Wells Boycott

BNP Paribas Open officials said that they had "been in talks" with tennis player Serena Williams since December about ending her 14-year boycott of the event, but she "did not want to officially announce her return until this week to prevent a distraction during the Australian Open," according ...

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Athletes Have Prominent Presence At Pebble

The PGA Tour's AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am begins next week, and Tournament Dir Steve John saw an "immediate bump in ticket sales" in early December after announcing MLB Giants C Buster Posey would be playing, according to Ron Kroichick of the S.F. CHRONICLE. John "expects Posey to increas ...

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Charlotte To Host '16 Triple-A All-Star Game

The Triple-A Int'l League Charlotte Knights -- who " drew a minor league-best 687,715 spectators " last year during the club's inaugural season at BB&T Ballpark in uptown Charlotte -- have "been selected to host" the '16 Triple-A All-Star Game, according to Seth Lakso of the CHARLOTTE OBSERVER. ...

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Serena To Play Indian Wells After 14-Year Hiatus

Serena Williams this morning announced she will play in next month's BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif., for the first time in 14 years. Williams in a first-person account for TIME.com outlines the reasons why she has not played the event since '01. She was scheduled to face sister Venus in a ...

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