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TORONTO, September 18 2013 – theScore, Inc. (TSX Venture: SCR) (“theScore”) today released a fully optimized iOS 7 experience for its iPhone and iPad app to deliver even faster news, scores and stats along with a stylish new design.

theScore users with devices running iOS 7 will benefit from an attractive new user interface, adopting the eye-catching layers, animations and translucency of Apple’s most powerful mobile operating system ever. theScore also utilizes iOS 7’s powerful multitasking capabilities to deliver sports content faster than ever before.

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“theScore has taken full advantage of the power of iOS 7 to give sports fans a stunning visual experience and instantaneous access to all the news and scores they care about,” said John Levy, Chairman and CEO of theScore. “iOS 7 truly unleashes the full potential of the theScore to deliver the ultimate, personalized mobile sports experience.”

Because iOS 7 learns what time of day users are most active on certain apps, it is able to predict when they want access to certain content. This allows theScore to be updated in the background, so content has already loaded by the time a user opens it.

This, coupled with the increased speed of the A7 chip in Apple’s new iPhone 5S device, enables theScore to deliver the fastest mobile sports content possible, with users also able to easily share news articles using Airdrop.

This is theScore’s second major update for iOS devices in less than a month and follows the transformation of its news offering to provide a truly mobile-first, comprehensive, curated real-time experience for sports fans. News sections across all leagues were completely revamped to deliver up-to-the-minute content, presented in “snackable bites” delivered by theScore’s in-house Content Team.

theScore is available on iOS, Android, BlackBerry and Windows Phone devices and its mobile platforms are used by an average of 4.5 million users a month.

For more information:

James Bigg
Manager, Communications
theScore, Inc.
Tel: 416.479.8812 ext. 2366
Email: [email protected]

About theScore Inc.
theScore is dedicated to providing the ultimate, personalized mobile sports experience. We connect sports fans to what they love, dispensing real-time sports news, scores, fantasy information and alerts while creating and curating mobile-first content that is comprehensive, customizable and seamlessly shareable.

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Statements made in this news release that relate to future plans, events or performances are forward-looking statements.  Any statement containing words such as “may”, “would”, “could”, “will”,  “believes”, “plans”, “anticipates”, “estimates”, “expects” or “intends” and other similar statements which are not historical facts contained in this release are forward-looking, and these statements involve risks and uncertainties and are based on current expectations. Such statements reflect theScore’s current views with respect to future events and are subject to certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions. Many factors could cause the Company’s actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements that may be expressed or implied by such forward looking statements, including among other things, those which are discussed under the heading “Risk Factors” in the Company’s Listing Application as filed with the TSX Venture Exchange and available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com and elsewhere in documents that theScore files from time to time with securities regulatory authorities. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should assumptions underlying the forward-looking statements prove incorrect, actual results could differ materially from the expectations expressed in these forward-looking statements. The Company does not intend, and does not assume any obligation, to update these forward-looking statements except as required by applicable law or regulatory requirements.

– Huge iOS update gives fans the most comprehensive, curated news in real time                                                                                                                                 

TORONTO, August 29 2013 – theScore, Inc. (TSX Venture: SCR) (“theScore”) today announced a major update to its app for iPhone and iPad, transforming its news offering to provide a truly mobile-first, comprehensive, curated and real-time experience for sports fans.

The news sections across every league on theScore will now deliver up-to-the-minute content, presented in “snackable bites” that break down the biggest stories into the most important elements – stacking each update on top of the last, accompanied by richer visuals and multimedia, including videos and tweets.

“Fans want a unique experience when it comes to following the stories, leagues, teams and players that matter to them on their mobile devices,” said John Levy, Chairman and CEO of theScore. “They’re looking for quick, bite-sized bursts of information, updated as soon as something happens. So that’s what theScore now gives them 24/7.”

In preparing for one of the biggest updates since its App Store debut in 2008, theScore has built a 35-strong mobile-first newsroom, powered by an in-house, custom-designed Content Management System (CMS) that allows writers and editors to deliver mobile news to the user quicker than ever.

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theScore’s latest update has also made it easier to follow teams, leagues and players, as well as adding Player Alerts for NFL and MLB – plus a brand new tool to compare fantasy league picks. Updated features include:

The best mobile sports news: Real time – all the time. theScore now delivers the most comprehensive mobile sports news available, with content created and curated from the most trusted sources and updated in real time by theScore’s in-house Content Team.

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Top News & Hot Games: With Top News, theScore gathers all the biggest sports stories in one place, making it easy to stay up-to-date. Want to know what games to keep an eye on? Hot Games gathers all the most popular events, showing what’s trending at that moment and what’s coming-up, so sports fans won’t miss a thing.

NFL and MLB Player Alerts: Already available for NHL and NBA, Player Alerts now arrive for MLB and NFL. Users are notified in real-time when a player they’re following makes a major scoring play or is involved in breaking news – a perfect tool for fantasy league players.

Follow via Star: theScore’s made it even simpler to follow what matters to sports fans. Just tap the star in the top right corner of the screen to instantly follow the league, team, game or player currently being viewed.

Breaking News Alerts for Every League, Team, and Player: Subscribe to Breaking News Alerts for any league, team or player in the app and theScore sends them straight to the user’s mobile device as soon as a major story breaks.

Player Compare: Sports fans can now select players from almost any league and compare their vital stats side-by-side before making any fantasy league roster moves.

Android versions of these features are slated for the fall. theScore is available on iOS, Android, BlackBerry and Windows Phone devices. Its mobile platforms are used by an average of 4.5 million monthly active users.

For more information:

James Bigg
Manager, Communications
theScore, Inc.
Tel: 416.479.8812 ext. 2366
Email: [email protected]

About theScore Inc.
theScore is dedicated to providing the ultimate, personalized mobile sports experience. We connect sports fans to what they love, dispensing real-time sports news, scores, fantasy information and alerts while creating and curating mobile-first content that is comprehensive, customizable and seamlessly shareable.

Forward-looking (safe harbour) statement
Statements made in this news release that relate to future plans, events or performances are forward-looking statements.  Any statement containing words such as “may”, “would”, “could”, “will”,  “believes”, “plans”, “anticipates”, “estimates”, “expects” or “intends” and other similar statements which are not historical facts contained in this release are forward-looking, and these statements involve risks and uncertainties and are based on current expectations. Such statements reflect theScore’s current views with respect to future events and are subject to certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions. Many factors could cause the Company’s actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements that may be expressed or implied by such forward looking statements, including among other things, those which are discussed under the heading “Risk Factors” in the Company’s Listing Application as filed with the TSX Venture Exchange and available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com and elsewhere in documents that theScore files from time to time with securities regulatory authorities. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should assumptions underlying the forward-looking statements prove incorrect, actual results could differ materially from the expectations expressed in these forward-looking statements. The Company does not intend, and does not assume any obligation, to update these forward-looking statements except as required by applicable law or regulatory requirements.

By Jonathan Savage
SVP, Product Development

theScore’s latest update for iPhone and iPad has landed in the App Store, and it’s one of our biggest yet – completely overhauling our news offering to give sports fans the very best way to track all the latest real time headlines from their mobile device.

By Joe Ross
Director of Content

With the trophies given out, and many of the players on the golf course or their summer vacation, fans of NHL and NBA will now be focusing on one thing: Free agent frenzy. They’ll be hoping their favorite team will make a quality, free agency signing – maybe one which makes them a contender next season. Or just stops them from stinking the place out.

theScore is dedicated to making following all of the off season signings and trades for NBA and NHL fans as simple as possible with our Off-Season Trackers, which are available in app on iOS and Android and on mobile web across other platforms.

NEW iPhone Free Agency

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Few NBA players are as well-suited for lockout life than unemployed former Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Baron Davis (notes). In part, that’s because Baron has often seemed more interested in his life off the court over the past few seasons than in what he can do on it, whether it’s been producing films or just generally acting as a Hollywood gadfly.

Not surprisingly, Baron already has a project lined up: a documentary on the sad state of men’s style. A few weeks ago, The Basketball Jones noted that it was in pre-production. On Tuesday, he talked about the film with John Letzing for The Wall Street Journal (via SLAM Online):

The documentary, “American Schlub,” is in pre-production. It takes aim at the poor sartorial standards of the American male, says Mr. Davis, who plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers. “We used to be fashion forward,” he laments. Now, “We’re more of a sweats and Ugg boots type of society,” he says. “We wanted to challenge men, from that perspective.”

You should all go to that link, as well, because Baron’s WSJ sketch portrait must rank among the best the publication’s ever made.

There’s been renewed interest in men’s fashion recently, both on basic cable makeover shows and with more rigorous internet pursuits like Put This On. This documentary should be able to find an audience, especially in urban centers. Which, given the state of documentary filmmaking, are probably the only places in which it’s likely to be shown.

On the other hand, maybe there’s a better person to teach men about style than someone who wore a flannel, ironic glasses, and a winter hat to an NBPA meeting. Part of fashion is knowing the right outfit for the right situation.

Brett Duquette and Bob Gurnett are the type of fans that NHL dreams are made of.

The diehard basketball fans used the NBA lockout as an excuse to check out pro hockey. Now they have plunged headfirst into a whirlwind love affair with all things NHL. The pair is channeling newfound puck-love into whatthehellisicing.com, a blog chronicling their growing obsession with the sport.

“It’s gotten to the point where I seriously am not sure if I want basketball to come back. We’re having so much fun,” says Duquette, 27, who lives in New York, where he is an editor for a children’s book publisher.

The close friends grew up in Omaha, Neb. — college football country — where Gurnett, 27, still lives and works in I.T. They are impressed with the speed of hockey, but admit it was a fight that first hooked them.

“It was amazing how the play-by-play guys switched from talking hockey to being boxing commentators,” marvels Duquette. “Then we were amazed that nobody stopped it. In any other sport, a fight is a huge deal. In hockey, it’s just a part of it.”

Both men speculate that they’ve watched more hockey this year than NFL and the World Series combined and they have nothing but good things to say about the fraternity they have joined.

“One of the things that I think we’ve both been surprised with is how welcoming other fans are. When you are in a sports bar and tell people that you are new fan, they say ‘hey, welcome to hockey,’ ” says Gurnett. “It’s been great.”

Talking to the guys over Skype, it is fun to hear their very fresh perspective on the sport.

Duquette loves Marian Hossa and thinks Vancouver’s Sedin twins have extrasensory perception because of their non-verbal on-ice communication. Gurnett is amazed at how much coverage was generated just because Sidney Crosby’s practice helmet changed colour from white to black.

As newbies, the pair have latched onto the Winnipeg Jets as their team. They say they were in part inspired by their love of The Weakerthans, Winnipeg’s great indie rock group, and plan to make a pilgrimage to the city to see a game.

Admittedly, the movement of the NBA fan to NHL devotee sounds like a stretch to some, as while there are definitely plenty of all-sports fans, these two sports tend to have less overlap. But in the U.S. the narrative of hockey as basketball substitute is starting to gain some momentum.

For example, Stephen Colbert’s Colbert Report recently created a sarcastic pro-NBA-owner commercial which warned of “NBA fans being forced to watch hockey.” As well, Bill Simmons at ESPN’s Grantland has launched a “Behind the Pipes” series. Simmons bought L.A. Kings season tickets and plans to have the site’s staff check it out and file their thoughts.

Duquette and Gurnett say they’ve seen a few other major U.S. media outlets start to talk about the virtues of the NHL as a place for some bored basketball fans to check out.

It’s clear that, particularly in the U.S., the NHL definitely has an opportunity to capitalize during the NBA’s labour dispute, but how to do it is the question. The Icing bloggers say it is still tough to find U.S. TV coverage, despite the $2 billion, 10-year deal the league signed with NBC earlier this year. But in some ways, that helps create the seminal experiences that forge true fandom.

“I went to a sports bar down the street last week during the World Series and it was like, can you please switch one of your 20 TVs to a hockey game? It took some asking but the bartender eventually did it,” says Gurnett.

While things are going great for these neophyte hockey bloggers, it is clearly less rosy for basketball bloggers, which is one reason why The Score’s The Basketball Jones decided to take matters into their own hands and hit the road.

“We were just getting tired of waiting for the NBA to get their act together. If the NBA wasn’t going to provide any content, we know we can still continue to provide a quality product,” says Tas Melas.

Faced with a lost season, they leave Nov. 1 on a six-week, 10-city tour called the TBJ Tour: No Season Required, which ends in Toronto on Dec. 9. They plan to do a show on location in each stop, host a fan meet-up and try to create more of the goofy viral videos they are well known for.

“It should be pretty exciting because, well, nothing else is going on,” says Melas.

Big, awesome, thrilling news: The Basketball Jones blog/podcast consortium has announced that they will be launching a nationwide tour.

Starting Nov. 1, 2011, we will be visiting 10 North American cities over the span of about 30 days for the TBJ Tour: No Season Required. The plan: Shoot video content in each city, as well as record an hour-long audio podcast — with guests — in front of you, our live audience.

Portland will be one of the tour stops!

The TBJ squad of J.E. Skeets, Tas Melas, Trey Kerby and company likely needs no introduction around these parts but suffice it to say that they are some of the funniest, most innovative voices in the basketball blogosphere.

Further details on all of this to come but, for now, save the date: Sunday, Nov. 6.

I will be there and I hope to see you there. You will not want to miss this.

— Ben Golliver | benjamin.golliver@gmail.com | Twitter

As was the case this time in 1998, this weekend is (QUITE FIGURATIVELY) a do or die weekend for the NBA and its players to resolve the lockout. If a deal can be struck by Monday, a truncated collective bargaining drafting period/offseason/training camp/preseason could be scrambled together quickly enough to start the season a month later, working with all 82 games even if the regular season is delayed for a week or two. The heat, as Glenn Frey won’t stop figuratively screaming at us, is on.

It’s not on Bill Walton, though, according to Bill at least. From an interview with the Orange County Register (via The Basketball Jones), the Basketball Hall of Famer seems quite certain that everything is going to be all right:

[Walton] said he didn’t want to comment on it then, hinting anything he said would soon become outdated.

“They’re close,” he said, grinning widely, as if he knew something he couldn’t share about the negotiations between owners and NBA Players Association.

Does that mean he is confident there will be a full season?

“Oh, yeah,” Walton said, grinning again. “They’re close.”

Walton was the keynote speaker during Thursday’s Orangewood Children’s Foundation “Ambassador Luncheon”  at the Westin South Coast Plaza.

That’s it for the other one, I suppose.

First off, nothing Bill Walton says will ever be outdated. Comparing Boris Diaw(notes) to Charlemagne, Emperor of the Romans, will always be relevant; as would his take on a labor negotiation that could move swiftly in a certain direction starting Saturday.

Secondly, Bill isn’t as locked in with the NBA as he used to be now that he’s toned down his TV work. Then again, his son Luke Walton(notes) would seem to have teammate Derek Fisher’s(notes) ear.

Lastly? It’s Bill Walton. Everyone stop and listen.

More and more estimates are coming out that suggest that the lockout isn’t worth the owners’ financial time, and it especially isn’t worth it to the players that will be making absolutely nothing without any games. And while owners and players preen away about how ready they are to lose games (and some awful owners, such as Phoenix’s Robert Sarver, definitely don’t want a season), there is a chance the Basketball Related Income split could be hashed out this weekend once the two sides determine what, exactly, goes into a 2011-era BRI pie.

While Walton might be reading the same tea leaves we are — whether that’s watching our Tweetdeck for updates from hotel lobby-based scribes or actually trading texts with those inside the negotiations as they happen — he’s right to show some confidence. We all are, actually.

And if we’re wrong? Well, forget those guys; and that’s a natural fact.