October 29, 2012 at 17:30 PM EDT
Big 5 Sporting Goods Corporation Reschedules Fiscal 2012 Third Quarter Earnings Announcement and Conference Call to Thursday, November 1, 2012

EL SEGUNDO, Calif., Oct. 29, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Big 5 Sporting Goods Corporation (Nasdaq:BGFV), a leading sporting goods retailer, today announced the postponement of its third quarter fiscal 2012 earnings announcement and associated conference call, previously scheduled for Tuesday, October 30, 2012, due to the expected severe weather conditions associated with Hurricane Sandy.

The Company's third quarter fiscal 2012 earnings announcement has been rescheduled for Thursday, November 1, 2012, after the market close. Following the release, the Company will host a conference call and audio webcast with analysts and investors at 2:00 p.m. Pacific (5:00 p.m. EDT).

To access the conference call, participants in North America should dial (888) 364-3108, and international participants should dial (719) 325-2281. Participants are encouraged to dial in to the conference call ten minutes prior to the scheduled start time. The call will also be broadcast live over the Internet and accessible through the Investor Relations section of the Company's website at www.big5sportinggoods.com. Visitors to the website should select the "Investor Relations" link to access the webcast. The webcast will be archived and accessible on the same website for 30 days following the call. A telephone replay will be available through November 8, 2012 by calling (877) 870-5176 to access the playback; passcode is 1847251.

About Big 5 Sporting Goods Corporation

Big 5 is a leading sporting goods retailer in the western United States, operating 407 stores in 12 states under the "Big 5 Sporting Goods" name. Big 5 provides a full-line product offering in a traditional sporting goods store format that averages 11,000 square feet. Big 5's product mix includes athletic shoes, apparel and accessories, as well as a broad selection of outdoor and athletic equipment for team sports, fitness, camping, hunting, fishing, tennis, golf, snowboarding and roller sports.

CONTACT: Big 5 Sporting Goods Corporation
         Barry Emerson
         Sr. Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
         (310) 536-0611
         
         ICR, Inc.
         John Mills
         Senior Managing Director
         (310) 954-1105
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