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Finish Line Appoints Faisal Masud To Board of Directors


Athletic retailer The Finish Line, Inc. (NASDAQ:FINL) announced today
that its Board of Directors appointed Faisal Masud as a director of the
Company effective September 19, 2017. Masud, Chief Technology Officer
for Staples, Inc. (NASDAQ:SPLS), will serve as a Class II director for
a term expiring at Finish Line's 2018 annual meeting of shareholders. He
will serve on the Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors. With
the appointment of Masud, the Board of Directors increases from 7 to 8

"With his technology expertise across enterprise systems, Faisal will
bring key insight to Finish Line's board as we move through the
ever-changing retail environment," said Glenn Lyon, Chairman of the
Finish Line Board of Directors. "Faisal has held several roles at
leading consumer-focused brands that have positioned him at the
intersection of technology and the retail experience. He will be
integral in assisting us with our long-term strategies related to
e-commerce and online merchandise channels and maximizing value for our

Sam Sato, Chief Executive Officer of Finish Line added, "We value the
vast experience that Faisal carries with him from his work in the retail
industry. His insights related to the customer experience and digital
technology will be incredibly beneficial as we continue to focus on
customer engagement."

"As a member of Finish Line's board," Masud stated, "I look forward to
furthering the impact and direction of the company's unique,
personalized customer experience through its social, mobile and in-store
engagement. I'm proud to be associated with a brand dedicated to
providing industry-leading innovation."

Prior to being appointed to his current position of CTO at Staples,
Masud served as Executive Vice President of Global E-Commerce at
Staples. Before joining Staples in 2013, Masud served as Vice President
and General Manager at Groupon, Inc. responsible for managing Groupon
Goods' strategy and execution in more than 35 countries. His career also
includes key leadership positions as Head of Global Shipping and
Fulfillment at eBay and General Manager, Worldwide Warehouse Deals and
Global Sourcing, at Amazon. Masud earned his Bachelor of Science degree
in business administration from Southeastern University.

About The Finish Line, Inc.

The Finish Line, Inc. is a premium retailer that carries the latest and
greatest shoes, apparel and accessories. Headquartered in Indianapolis,
Finish Line runs approximately 950 branded locations in U.S. malls and
shops inside Macy's department stores. Finish Line employs more than
14,000 associates who connect customers to sneaker culture through style
and sport. Shop online at
or get access to everything on the Finish Line app. Also keep track of
what's fresh by following Finish Line on Instagram,
Snapchat and Twitter.

Forward-Looking Statements

This news release includes statements that are or may be considered
"forward-looking" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities
Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.
These forward-looking statements generally can be identified by the use
of words or phrases such as "believe," "expect," "future," "anticipate,"
"intend," "plan," "foresee," "may," "should," "will," "estimates,"
"outlook," "potential," "optimistic," "confidence," "continue,"
"evolve," "expand," "growth" or words and phrases of similar meaning.
Statements that describe objectives, plans or goals also are
forward-looking statements.

All of these forward-looking statements are subject to risks, management
assumptions and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ
materially from those contemplated by the relevant forward-looking
statements. The principal risk factors that could cause actual
performance and future actions to differ materially from the
forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, the
company's reliance on a few key vendors for a majority of its
merchandise purchases (including a significant portion from one key
vendor); the availability and timely receipt of products; the ability to
timely fulfill and ship products to customers; fluctuations in oil
prices causing changes in gasoline and energy prices, resulting in
changes in consumer spending as well as increases in utility, freight
and product costs; product demand and market acceptance risks;
deterioration of macroeconomic and business conditions; the inability to
locate and obtain or retain acceptable lease terms for the company's
stores; the effect of competitive products and pricing with other local,
regional, and national retailers, as well as many of its own suppliers;
loss of key employees; execution of strategic growth initiatives
(including actual and potential mergers and acquisitions and other
components of the company's capital allocation strategy); cybersecurity
risks, including breach of customer data; a major failure of technology
and information systems; and the other risks detailed in the company's
Securities and Exchange Commission filings. Readers are urged to
consider these factors carefully in evaluating the forward-looking
statements. The forward-looking statements included herein are made only
as of the date of this report and Finish Line undertakes no obligation
to publicly update these forward-looking statements to reflect
subsequent events or circumstances.

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