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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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Sky Sports To Carry MLS Matches

Learn more about Sky Sports MLS today announced that it has partnered with Sky Sports to televise league matches live in the U.K., marking the first time Sky Sports will own MLS broadcast rights. As part of the four-year multimedia deal beginning next month, Sky Sports will broadcast ...

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Olbermann's Tweets Lead To Suspension

ESPN yesterday in a statement said that the network and Keith Olbermann have agreed that he will not host his show for the remainder of the week and will return on Monday. ESPN in the statement said, "We are aware of the exchange Keith Olbermann had on Twitter [Monday] night regarding Penn State. It ...

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MLB Considers Partial MLBAM Spin-Off

MLBAM is "quickly becoming the go-to vendor for companies looking to stream TV over the Web," according to Shalini Ramachandran of the WALL STREET JOURNAL. MLBAM has "become an expert in online video by powering baseball’s digital products," and now is "putting that know-how to work for other ...

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Back9Network Suspends Operations

Golf lifestyle channel Back9Network announced yesterday that it has "run out of money and suspended operations indefinitely," according to Pete Madden of GOLF.com. The Hartford-based network's hiatus "comes less than five months after the beleaguered state-funded startup finally launched its channe ...

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Columnist: FS1's Nolan Deserves New Show

In California, Michael Lev writes it is "hard to do funny," but FS1's Katie Nolan "can do funny." Her "No Filter" videos for FoxSports.com are "superb -- clever, biting and self-deprecating," and Fox Sports "recognized that she deserved a bigger platform." They are "giving her one in the form of a ...

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Daytona 500 Overnight Down From Recent Years

Fox drew a 7.3 overnight for the Daytona 500 yesterday, which saw Joey Logano win the race for the first time. That overnight is down 28% from a 10.2 overnight in ’13, when Jimmie Johnson won the event. The '13 race also had significant pre-race interest with Danica Patrick in pole position. L ...

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D-Backs' TV Deal Reportedly 20 Years, $1.5B

The D-Backs’ new deal with Fox Sports Arizona is believed to be "for 20 years and guarantees the club" more than $1.5B as well as "an equity stake in the network," according to Nick Piecoro of the ARIZONA REPUBLIC. D-Backs President & CEO Derrick Hall called the deal a financial "game-ch ...

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Skratch TV Targets Millennials For PGA Tour

The recently launched Skratch TV is the PGA Tour’s "boldest foray into the new Wild West media landscape -- so much so that the treasured PGA Tour brand will not be prominently associated with Skratch TV, for fear of alienating pro golf’s core audience," according to John Paul New ...

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Media Notes

Univ. of South Carolina AD Ray Tanner on Friday said that the SEC Network has "exceeded expectations and each school will receive a payout this summer." Tanner told the school's BOT, "When we first started talking about the network, they said we’d probably realize a benefit in Year 3. Obviousl ...

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NFL Network Kicks Off Combine Coverage

NFL Network starts its coverage of the NFL Combine on Friday, marking the first time the net has begun covering the event on the final day of the work week. Its coverage will run through Monday. NFL Network has covered the event for 11 years; for the past eight years, the net ran its coverage from S ...

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