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    Station Casinos has announced that it will file for bankruptcy protection in the next month. Why do you care as a sports fan? Because the Fertitta brothers, who own in between 20 and 25 percent of Station, own 90 percent of the UFC.

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    Executives with a fledging Web site called have managed to break through the March Madness bracket clutter.

  • Devin Hester

    We've written about the marketability of Chicago Bears kick returner Devin Hester many times before.

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    He might have only won one grand slam title, but we're happy that the folks at Reebok and Tennis Warehouse think that Michael Chang is worth commemorating.

  • While the guys on Capitol Hill continue to focus with their hate campaign on sports marketing expeditures by entities that have received bailout money, one federally backed company slipped under the radar this week by inking a pretty sizable sponsorship.

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    Yesterday, we wrote about how we thought that M&M's badly whiffed on its new Magic Johnson-Larry Bird ad.

  • So one of the crazy things about the economic downturn is that all-of-a-sudden you start hearing about these strange sponsorship deals that are now being undone.

  • Nike

    It's pretty safe to say that Nike, once again, dominates the March Madness shoe landscape. The shoe and apparel company has contracts with 52 of 65 teams.

  • Over the years, we've heard some crazy Wall Street office pool stories. They are classic tales that get passed around the water cooler.

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    The folks at the AVP, the professional beach volleyball league, know that the first key to drawing a crowd in this economic environment is to get people to look.

  • Among those young people coming of age today, we can see a shift in goals from just a few years ago. Gifting is creative: kids donating their big events for causes rather than spending on lavish parties. There’s less desire among graduates to plunge into big-money-making endeavors rather, there is genuine interest in giving back.

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    So kudos to the folks at M&M's who came up with a really cool idea by dressing up Larry Bird and Magic Johnson as M&M's.

  • $0: Amount that North Dakota State will make from the NCAA for playing in the tournament. When the team joined the Summit League, it agreed to wait until 2010 to receive a half of a share of postseason money and 2011 to get their full share.

  • With the March Madness brackets set, we're breaking down the best names you'll hear during this year's NCAA basketball tournament. Actually, some of these names might not get called, as anyone on a roster on a team that made "The Big Dance" was eligible.

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    We were wrapping up our Friday when we saw this YouTube clip referenced in the SportsBusiness Daily. It's a video made by Ben Gullett, the 14-year-old son of Mark Gullett, a marketing director of the Tampa Bay Lightning who recently got laid off.

  • Tiger Woods

    When Tiger Woods returned from knee surgery a couple weeks ago, it seemed a bit strange that virtually everyone thought he immediately would be in championship form.

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    New York Knicks guard Nate Robinson is quickly turning into a marketing icon. After all, it's hard to avoid the little guy when he puts up 30 points every night.

  • Tim Finchem

    Earlier today, I spoke with PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem about golf and the economy and Capitol Hill's reaction to bailed out banks sponsoring tournaments.

  • Panini Group

    A couple months ago, we were surprised to see that the NBA awarded the exclusive rights to its trading card business to Italian company Panini. Today, Panini announced it has acquired Donruss Playoff, the second oldest card company in the United States.

  • As of this morning, the average Final Four ticket on StubHub is going for $446. How cheap is that? Well, here are the last three averages from the secondary ticket company.