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Fast Break - July 2006

Let's Kick Their . . . Tails!; Second-Hand Sales

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Let's Kick Their . . . Tails! The Federal Communications Commission came down hard on CBS after airing Janet Jackson's now-infamous "wardrobe malfunction" during the network's coverage of Super Bowl XXXVIII's halftime show, assessing a record $550,000 fine. But now the FCC's crackdown has expanded from the sideshow talent to those roaming the sidelines.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, in July agency commissioners requested numerous tapes from broadcasters that they suspect include vulgar remarks from unruly spectators, coaches and athletes at live sporting events. Tapes requested by the commission include live broadcasts of football games and NASCAR races where the participants or the crowds let loose with an expletive. In recent years, broadcasters of live sports have invested a significant amount of money in efforts to give audiences a better feel for the action, incorporating in their broadcasts such technological innovations as on-field microphones and in-car cameras.

But after "Nipplegate," such moves have increasingly put live sports broadcasters at risk of airing what the FCC considers indecent speech, and thus drawing the agency's ire. In 2004, the FCC was empowered by new laws that now allow it to levy fines of as much as $325,000 per violation, up from a previous maximum of $32,500.

While FCC officials refused to publicly discuss its requests, one broadcast company executive confirmed the commission's demand for 30 tapes of live sports and news programs. "I don't know how they are going to rule, but they asked us for tapes with a specific emphasis on crowd noise," the executive, who spoke only on the condition of anonymity, told the Reporter. "If some bozo in the crowd calls the ref an a--hole, the commission is asking for a copy of the tape."

Second-Hand Sales According to a newly released report by the National Sporting Goods Association (NSGA), United States consumers purchased $885 million in used sporting goods equipment in 2005, a 3.5 percent increase over the previous year's expenditures.

Spending on used outdoor sports equipment for camping, fishing and shooting sports totaled $507 million, the largest single category. Meanwhile, there were almost $194 million in purchases of used exercise equipment, including more than 800,000 treadmills and stationary exercise bicycles.

"With the rise in the number of sporting goods stores that emphasize used equipment sales and the growing use of auctions on the Internet, it is important for NSGA to look at this market more closely," said NSGA vice president of information and research Thomas B. Doyle in a prepared statement. "The purchase of used equipment is a two-edged sword. It may take away from new equipment purchases initially, but it also may provide the entry point for future purchasers of upgraded equipment."

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  • G2i -- the exclusive agent for Taraflex Sports Flooring by Gerflor (Atlanta, Ga.) -- will offer "The Fundamentals of Indoor Sports Flooring," a one-credit course for members of The American Institute of Architects. More information: www.aecdaily.com.
  • Scotts/Landmark Seed (Marysville, Ohio) will donate $5 to the Wee One Foundation for every 25-pound bucket of its new Memorial Creeping Bentgrass that is sold. The Wee One Foundation was established in memory of Wayne Otto and his dedication to the betterment of the golf maintenance profession.
  • Spacesaver Corporation's Eclipse Powered System™ was honored with a Best of NeoCon® 2006 Silver Award last week at the NeoCon World's Trade Fair 2006 in Chicago. The Best of NeoCon 2006 honored new commercial interiors products in 28 categories.
  • Robbins Sports Surfaces is proud to have played a small role in the Miami Heat's first NBA championship title. Miami competes on Robbins' premier portable basketball floor system - the Robbins All-Star Plus™.
  • Prime Play by Whitewater is pleased to announce the signing of an exclusive worldwide license agreement with Big Idea, Inc. of Franklin, Tennessee for use of the VeggieTales characters on their play systems.

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The group exercise program offers more than 60 classes per week, including aerobics, studio cycling and yoga. The IP offers over 60 sections in each semester to include swim lessons, salsa dancing lessons, tai chi, Pilates and self-defense and generates over $100,000 each year. The position is responsible for hiring, training and supervising 25 to 30 casual workers and 15 to 35 student instructors. Position requires varying work hours including early mornings and evenings. Bachelor's degree in exercise science or related field and two years experience.

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