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Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Against NFL Over Painkiller Distribution

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 12 / 17 / 14

A federal court judge today dismissed a lawsuit against the NFL brought by former players alleging the league failed to oversee the distribution of prescription painkillers. Judge William Alsup ruled that the lawsuit was preempted by federal labor law, as the NFL had contended, because the pl...

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01/09/14
ESPN Viewership Lowest Since '08

ESPN averaged 2.21 million viewers in primetime during '13 and 975,000 viewers on a total-day basis, marking the net's lowest figures since '08. ESPN was down 6% in primetime compared to '12, while down 4% for total-day viewership. Despite the drop, ESPN was third among all cable nets in primeti ...

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01/07/14
Bowl Attendance Continues Trending Lower

College bowl games averaged 48,793 fans per game during the '13-14 season, marking the lowest average attendance since the '78-79 season (48,404 for 15 games). This season also marks the third straight year of declining bowl season attendance. The total attendance of 1.71 million fans at the 35 b ...

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01/06/14
Overnight Ratings: College Basketball, FA Cup

NFL Wild Card games led overnight ratings among weekend sports telecasts. One beneficiary was the San Diego State-Kansas men's basketball game that followed the Chargers-Bengals AFC Wild Card game yesterday. While that rating was the best college basketball figure of the weekend, it was down from t ...

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01/03/14
Dolphins Lead NFL In Attendance Gains

The Dolphins led all NFL teams during the '13 regular season with a 12% increase in average home attendance. However, the club filled Sun Life Stadium to just 85.5% capacity -- a low mark among AFC clubs. The Chiefs also saw a double-digit percentage gain at Arrowhead Stadium (+10%). Also seeing st ...

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01/02/14
NFL Attendance Rises 1.2%

NFL teams averaged 68,401 fans per game in '13, up just over 1% from last season. The Cowboys once again led all teams in the league with 88,043 fans per game, filling AT&T Stadium to 110.1% capacity. Among NFC clubs, the Packers saw the biggest gain, up nearly 11% as the club unveiled a renova ...

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12/30/13
Overnight Ratings: EPL, College Basketball

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12/23/13
Overnight Ratings: College Bowl Season Begins

College bowl season began this past weekend with four games on Saturday. ABC led the way with a 2.3 overnight for the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl featuring USC-Fresno State. That figure is down from a 3.0 overnight for the same bowl game last year on ESPN, which featured Boise State-Washington. ESPN ...

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12/16/13
Overnight Ratings: UFC, "30 For 30"

"UFC on Fox 9" earned a 1.8 overnight rating on Saturday night, down 36% from "UFC on Fox 5" last December. Both telecasts aired up against the Heisman Trophy ceremony . Saturday night's two-hour telecast, which saw Demetrious Johnson defeat Joseph Benavidez in the main event, was up 12.5% fro ...

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12/13/13
North American Sports Market Growing

The North American sports market will grow at a compound annual rate of 4.8% through ’17 across gate revenues, media rights, sponsorship and merchandising, according to a recent report from PricewaterhouseCoopers. The four segments analyzed by PwC will grow from $53.6B in ’12 to $67. ...

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12/11/13
Kings Lead NBA Teams In Attendance Gains

After nearly departing Sacramento for Seattle following last season, the Kings' new ownership has helped the club achieve the biggest attendance gain among all NBA teams through Dec. 8. The club is averaging 15,969 fans per game, up 24% from last season. Sleep Train Arena is being filled to just ov ...

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