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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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ESPN's Traug Keller Talks Talent

ESPN Senior VP/Productions & Business Divisions Traug Keller believes it is important for on-air talent to push their own opinion out there, "even if it makes people uncomfortable," including their own bosses, but that "doesn’t mean you need to be nasty or you need to be degrading," accord ...

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Galaxy Get New Radio Deal For '15

In L.A., Kevin Baxter reported the Galaxy have a "new radio partner," as KFWB-AM "will broadcast a minimum of 20 games this season, beginning with Friday's scheduled season-opener." The team said that Joe Tutino "will handle the play-by-play call for games not broadcast on Time Warner Cable SportsNe ...

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TNT's Craig Sager Talks Return To Sidelines

TNT's Craig Sager on Thursday "will be right back where he is most comfortable -- on the sidelines in the face of NBA coaches and players" -- as he is scheduled to return to work for Thunder-Bulls, according to I.J. Rosenberg of the ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION. Sager, who has been absent from TNT ...

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Fox Promising Strong MLS Broadcasts

MLS returns to Fox this year after a three-year absence, and studio host Rob Stone said fans "should expect a stronger product on the screen" than they have seen in the past, according to Jonathan Tannenwald of PHILLY.com. Stone said preparations "are in full gear right now" despite the league and ...

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Albert's Hire May Be Winner For NBC

It "might seem a curious choice on the part of NBC and the Premier Boxing Champions" to name Marv Albert their No. 1 voice, but "on so many levels, it was a brilliant idea," according to Kevin Iole of YAHOO SPORTS. The soon-to-be 74-year-old "hasn't called a boxing match since" the '8 ...

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Media Notes

The GLOBE & MAIL's David Shoalts writes TSN "was the clear winner over Sportsnet in the annual battle for best telecast on the NHL’s trade-deadline day." TSN’s presentation "on a deadly dull day as far as the trades went ... was a clear artistic success." The net "did make ...

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March Madness YouTube Channel Launching

Turner Sports, which manages the NCAA’s digital rights, later today is launching a March Madness YouTube channel for the first time. The new channel -- YouTube.com/MarchMadness -- will feature real-time highlights and video recaps from all 67 games of the NCAA men's tournament. Press conferenc ...

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FS1, AT&T U-verse Entangled In Dispute

FS1 "will continue to be shown" on AT&T U-verse, but "some of its bigger events may not," according to Brian Steinberg of VARIETY. The network on Friday announced that it "would not show some major events to AT&T U-verse subscribers, including Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series race from ...

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Media Notes

The SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS noted the A's have "worked out an agreement" with KGMZ-FM to "have their games broadcast on that radio station" through at least '18. KGMZ has been the A's flagship since '11, and the new deal includes "all 162 regular-season games." Ken Korach "will continue as the team's ...

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Pacers RSN Ratings 35% Lower This Season

The Pacers have seen game ratings on FS Indiana drop 35% compared to last year at this time, which is the "third biggest TV ratings decline" among NBA teams, according to Anthony Schoettle of the INDIANAPOLIS BUSINESS JOURNAL. Only the T'Wolves (54%) and Nuggets (53%) "have seen steeper declines." B ...

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