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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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Close Games Help CBS, Turner NCAA Ratings

Thanks to a single-day record of five games decided by one point, second-round NCAA Tournament play on Thursday averaged a 6.6 overnight rating across CBS, TBS, TNT and truTV. The 6.6 marks the highest opening Thursday for the tourney in at least 24 years. The overnight is up 10% compared to a 6.0 f ...

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Sources Deny Report About MLB Streaming

Sources for both MLB and Fox are denying a N.Y. Post report that the two sides are close to deal to stream games locally. While MLB would not comment on the record, a Fox source said the report does not reflect the conversations the net has been having with MLB about in-market streaming. The source: ...

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Indians Announce STO Broadcast Team

SportsTime Ohio's Indians coverage this year will have "stability," headlined by the return of play-by-play man Matt Underwood and color analyst Rick Manning, according to George Thomas of the AKRON BEACON JOURNAL. Former MLBer Jensen Lewis, who last year appeared part-time on the 'Indians Live ...

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ACC Hoops Finale Gets Boost In Primetime

ESPN’s broadcast of the Notre Dame-North Carolina ACC Tournament championship game Saturday night finished with 3.53 million viewers. That is up from 3.17 million viewers last year for Virginia-Duke, which aired on a Sunday afternoon. The Miami-North Carolina matchup in ’13 drew 2.22 mil ...

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Media Notes

WEEI-FM and the Patriots on Thursday jointly announced that they "will continue their long-running partnership on the branded 'Patriots Monday' and 'Patriots Friday' programming" for three years. In Boston, Chad Finn reports the fundamental format "will remain the same, with quarterback Tom Brady co ...

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Sony's Vue Launches Without ESPN

Sony yesterday "launched its cloud-based TV service, called Vue," but "sports juggernaut ESPN" is not among the networks offered, according to Meg James of the L.A. TIMES. Being offered to PlayStation 3 and 4 owners "in just three metropolitan markets" -- Chicago, N.Y. and Philadelphia -- Vue featur ...

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Webber, Hill Ready To Make Tourney Debuts

SI.com's Richard Deitsch noted former NBAer Chris Webber "debuts as an NCAA game analyst for CBS and Turner this week" during the NCAA Tournament, alongside broadcast partners Marv Albert and Len Elmore. The assignment "comes two years after the end of the NCAA-mandated 10-year disassociation period ...


FS1 MLB Starts With Red Sox-Yankees

Fox’ 20th season of airing MLB games will see a combined 65 games air across the Fox broadcast network and cable net FS1. After beginning last season with Twins-Indians in its first year airing MLB games, FS1 this year will begin with Red Sox-Yankees in the 1:00pm ET window on Saturday, April ...

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ESPN, ABC Add "PBC" Franchise

ESPN and ABC yesterday said that “Premier Boxing Champions” would “air a dozen two-hour live shows” on the nets annually, according to Bob Velin of USA TODAY. The series will replace ESPN2’s “Friday Night Fights,” which “televises its last show May 22 ...

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USA Network To Air NHL Playoffs

NBC Sports Group yesterday confirmed previously announced plans to "air some Stanley Cup playoff games on USA Network this year," according to Jon Lafayette of BROADCASTING & CABLE. NBC "puts all of the hockey playoff games on national channels and has used networks including CNBC as an outlet ...

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