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  • Microsoft Enlists Support Against Yahoo-Google Deal Saturday, 14 Jun 2008 | 9:14 AM ET

    Microsoft sought on Friday to enlist support for its opposition to a new advertising collaboration deal between Google and  Yahoo, two sources familiar with the matter told Reuters.

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    Microsoft is still open to negotiating with Yahoo after offering $1 billion in cash to buy its search business in a deal that would have delivered $1 billion in additional annual operating income to Yahoo.

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    It's more important here than during most tournaments because of the USGA's idea to pair Tiger and Phil together for the first two rounds. When I checked late yesterday at the merchandise tent here at Torrey Pines, they were almost sold out of the standard variety (costs $65) and the zoom lens ($80).

  • Google Snags More Of The Internet Ad Gold Mine Friday, 13 Jun 2008 | 9:34 AM ET
    Yahoo partners with Google

    After Microsoft and Yahoo's drawn-out acquisition dance officially ended Thursday, Yahoo partnered with Google. Yahoo lost out on Microsoft's $47 billion dollar offer and instead made a more modest deal with the online ad behemoth.

  • Yahoo, Google Strike Ad Deal; Microsoft Ends Talks Thursday, 12 Jun 2008 | 6:59 PM ET

    Google announced a non-exclusive advertising services agreement with Yahoo, only hours after a decision by Microsoft to walk away from talks to acquire Yahoo.

  • U.S. Open Logo: I Just Love It Thursday, 12 Jun 2008 | 4:19 PM ET
    2008 U.S. Open Torry Pines

    Out of all the championships, I'd say both U.S. Opens (golf and tennis) are more reliant on logo design than any other championship. Why? Because the same players play in it every year.

  • UFC's Dana White on Big Announcement Tuesday, 10 Jun 2008 | 1:51 PM ET
    Dana White

    I just interviewed Ultimate Fighting Championship President Dana White who talked to us about a variety of topics, including the unveiling of a line of fighter action figures. But many UFC fans tuned in to see if White was going to use our platform to make the big announcement he said told ESPN The Magazine's Ryan Hockensmith he would make.

  • License To Sell: The Video Clips Tuesday, 10 Jun 2008 | 12:50 PM ET

    Here are the video clips of my interviews on American companies licensing overseas. Be sure and check out my blog post on this as well.

  • License To Sell: U.S. Brand Names "For Sale" Overseas Tuesday, 10 Jun 2008 | 10:00 AM ET
    Hannah Montana star Miley Cyrus.

    So many entertainment and toy giants are looking to lend their names to manufacturers who want to sell their name overseas. According to Disney their licensing business will grow to $30 billion dollars in 2008.

  • Network Upfronts Wrap Up--TV Ad Market Not So Grim? Tuesday, 10 Jun 2008 | 9:58 AM ET

    A big surprise considering the economic downturn and the challenges and new competition network TV faces. The broadcast networks are bringing in about $9.2 billion for their primetime lineups, up slightly from last year, while analysts expected total sales to be flat to down.

  • Big Brown's Let Down And What It "Cost" Monday, 9 Jun 2008 | 4:10 PM ET
    Kent Desormeaux rides Big Brown across the finish line to win 133rd Preakness horse race, Baltimore, Maryland

    So what would have happened if Big Brown won the Triple Crown on Saturday? A lot. I just spoke to Frank Vuono of 16W Marketing, who was handling all the licensing for the horse. The firm did a tremendous amount of work leading up to the event to secure almost every memorabilia category possible.

  • Viral Video: Is Disgruntled Office Guy Real? Monday, 9 Jun 2008 | 1:15 PM ET

    AND YOU THINK YOU'RE HAVING A BAD DAY AT THE OFFICE: Here are two videos of one office worker who apparently can't take it anymore. Something sets him off, and he starts throwing things. The videos are making the rounds on the Internet, igniting debate over whether they're authentic, or just well-crafted put-ons. They look pretty real to me. (Note: Content may be considered mature. Viewer discretion advised.)

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    I asked CEO Lee Scott where the tipping point in terms of changing consumer behavior. His answer was an interesting one. Scott said it was undeniable that Wal-Mart's core customers were the first ones impacted by the spike in gasoline prices and they bought less.

  • Big Brown And The Ad FedEx Should Run Monday, 9 Jun 2008 | 11:47 AM ET
    Darren Rovell's Big Brown dream advertisement

    if I'm controlling sports marketing at Federal Express, their chief rival, I would have been more than giddy on Saturday. I would have had an ad ready for today's USA Today marking the end of the run.

  • Gared Sports: Under The Rim And "Radar" In Marketing Friday, 6 Jun 2008 | 10:08 AM ET
    Gared Sports

    While I was at the Garden in Boston, I saw a man putting up new nets. The "Net Changer" told me they now change the nets every game. So while he was changing a net, I wandered over to the scraps and saw that it was made by a company called Gared Sports.

  • O.J. Mayo Will Sign With New Agent, Marketer Thursday, 5 Jun 2008 | 3:08 PM ET
    OJ Mayo

    Multiple sources have told CNBC that Mayo is "99 percent sure" he is going with Leon Rose, the CAA agent who represents LeBron James. In an interesting twist, Mayo is also close to signing LRMR for marketing, the firm that also represents James, run by his long-time friend Maverick Carter.

  • A Potpourri of Thoughts For Your Wednesday Wednesday, 4 Jun 2008 | 10:50 AM ET
    Garnett’s 2008-09 adidas Team Signature Commander shoe

    We'll start with some NBA collectibles news. Adidas is making a special Kevin Garnett NBA Finals edition of his shoes. It's available to the public--sort of. In a super limited edition play, Adidas is making eight shoes per game played and the shoe, should you be able to get your hands on a pair, cost $1,017.

  • Exclusive Interview: MLB.COM CEO Bob Bowman Tuesday, 3 Jun 2008 | 12:49 PM ET
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    I just interviewed MLB.com CEO Bob Bowman about their loss in the fantasy baseball case, as the Supreme Court let stand the appeals court opinion that players names when tied to statistics are not subject to copyright law.

  • Funeral

    Days after the Lake County Captains (the Class-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians) announced they were giving away a funeral prize package worth $6,000 complete with a basic casket and a vault in August, the Grand Prairie AirHogs have joined the fray.

  • The Longest Shot: Big Brown?! Tuesday, 3 Jun 2008 | 9:28 AM ET
    Big Brown

    Big Brown has been so much of a favorite that there's no reason to bet on him at the Belmont, other than to get a collectible ticket should the horse become the first one in 30 years to win the Triple Crown. But there's one man who has a lot riding on a Big Brown bet.