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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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Overnight Nielsen Ratings

The Kentucky Derby on NBC and NBA Playoff telecasts on ABC led all weekend overnight Nielsen ratings. CBS' final round of the PGA Tour Wells Fargo Championship yesterday earned a 2.0 overnight for Lucas Glover's victory. That figure is down 28.6% from Rory McIlroy's victor ...

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Kentucky Derby Ratings Trend On NBC

NBC will televise its 11th Kentucky Derby this Saturday, with the race segment of the telecast having held steady at a 9.8 rating over the last two years. Last year's 16.5 million viewers who tuned in for Super Saver's victory marked the best Kentucky Derby audience since ABC averaged 17.0 mill ...

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Cable Sports Net Distribution For May

With the NHL and NBA Playoffs in full swing, the leagues' respective cable TV partners are seeing year-over-year gains in distribution in May. ESPN enters the month in 100.2 million U.S. TV homes, up slightly from the same period last year. The NBA's other cable TV partner, TNT, is in 100.4 mil ...

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Alabama Sees Top NCAA Spring Game Attendance

Alabama topped all BCS schools for the third straight season with 92,310 fans at its annual spring football game, topping the school record set last year. Oregon drew 43,468 fans for its game this year, marking a school and Pac-10 record. Among other schools setting spring game attendance recor ...

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NCAA D-I Basketball Attendance Down Slightly

Division I men's basketball teams averaged 5,025 fans per game at home this past season, down slightly compared to last year's average of 5,038, according to data from the NCAA. It marks the fourth consecutive year that attendance has seen a decline for D-I teams. Attendance for neutr ...

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Overnight Nielsen Ratings

ABC earned a 7.0 overnight Nielsen rating for Celtics-Heat NBA Eastern Conference Semifinals Game One yesterday. It marks the highest-rated non-Finals NBA Playoff telecast since the net earned a 7.1 overnight for Lakers-Spurs Western Conference Semifinals Game Five in '04. The game is up 48.9% ...

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NLL Regular-Season Attendance Up 1.7%

National Lacrosse League clubs averaged 9,722 fans per game during the '11 regular season, up 1.7% from last year. The league played with 10 teams this season after the Orlando Titans ceased operations following the '10 campaign, marking the smallest number of teams since '05. The Buffalo Bandits ...

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Team Sports Participation Levels On The Rise

After two years of negative participation growth for most mainstream team sports, there was a turnaround in participation for sports like tackle football, soccer, basketball and baseball last year, according to SGMA's annual report on participation in sports, fitness and recreational activities ...

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Overnight Nielsen Ratings

ABC's NBA Playoff overnights led all Easter Sunday sports telecasts with Celtics-Knicks Game Four and Heat-76ers Game Four. Sunday’s final round of The Heritage PGA Tour event on CBS earned a 2.0 overnight for Brandt Snedeker’s playoff win over Luke Donald. That rating is down slightly from a ...

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ECHL Regular-Season Attendance Down 3.3%

The ECHL, considered the Double-A level of North American hockey, saw its clubs average 4,339 fans per game during the regular season, down 3.3% from the '09-10 campaign. Thirteen of 19 clubs saw a drop in attendance this season, lead by the South Carolina Stingrays' decline of 29.5% at North Cha ...

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