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  • CBS Looks To Blogs And Social Networks For Revenues Monday, 17 Mar 2008 | 3:51 PM ET
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    CBS has a couple strategies to make its shows widely available online. It's the only one of the major networks distributing its shows (ad supported of course) on YouTube. And nearly two years ago CBS created Innertube, the online video player on CBS.com that streams sports, news, and sitcoms.

  • St. Paddy's Day Sports: NBA, Tiger, NCAA Monday, 17 Mar 2008 | 11:04 AM ET
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    St. Patrick's Day retail spending is supposed to be down this year, according to the National Retail Federation, but I'm not sure that's going to be the case in the sports world, which has experienced a major bump in recent years.

  • Endorsements: Follow The Athlete Or The Trainer? Friday, 14 Mar 2008 | 9:53 AM ET
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    So let's say you're a 14-year-old kid. And you want to be the next LaDainian Tomlinson. So you start to look into how he trains. You notice that LaDainian is part of Nike's new SPARQ training campaign. Then you're doing some research online and you find out that Todd Durkin, Tomlinson's trainer, has a web site and his web site is sponsored by Under Armour.

  • Retailers: You Need More Than Celeb Name For Customers Thursday, 13 Mar 2008 | 3:15 PM ET
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    I declare the celebrity fashion line trend over to be over at this moment. Please, let it be over. Let me explain. Rachel Bilson, the 26-year old actress from the former Fox teen drama "The OC," now has her own line of denim with DKNY jeans.

  • Sports Biz Roundup Wednesday, 12 Mar 2008 | 3:06 PM ET

    I've been so engrossed in the Minor League Baseball logo contest that I haven't filled you in on everything else that's going on in the sports business world. Here are a couple of notes worthy of mentioning.

  • Lululemon Looks Sweeter After Upgrade Tuesday, 11 Mar 2008 | 3:21 PM ET
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    An upgrade? In the retail sector? Other than Wal-Mart and the trade-down retailers, it is hard to find a store that analysts have faith in during this consumer slowdown. Today, though, Credit Suisse surprised with an upgrade of fashionable sportswear company Lululemon Athletica.

  • Why Your Daughter May Work for Caterpillar Tuesday, 11 Mar 2008 | 2:24 PM ET
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    I am at the biggest trade show in Vegas, at least by square footage (2.3 million) and weight (17 billion pounds of equipment). It's ConExpo, for the construction industry, which meets once every three years. What's changed since they last met in 2005? Residential construction has imploded, hurting many of the firms here. But the world's their oyster...

  • Dead Air: Why Radio Stocks Should Not Be Touched Monday, 10 Mar 2008 | 7:24 PM ET

    Even if the market comes back, do not expect the terrestrial radio companies to follow suit. Here's why.

  • Cable Firms Join Forces to Attract Focused Ads Monday, 10 Mar 2008 | 1:09 PM ET

    The six largest cable companies are planning to form a jointly owned company that would allow national advertisers to buy customized ads and interactive ads across the companies’ systems.

  • Carl Edwards Could Be Next Big Star Of NASCAR Monday, 10 Mar 2008 | 9:22 AM ET
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    He has to consistently win, but these past few weeks have made me realize that Carl Edwards has all the ingredients of being the next big NASCAR marketing star. He speaks well, he's good looking and he's the only guy who has a ridiculous gimmick.

  • Needless to say, the newspaper business is struggling with declining ad revenues and circulation. Just look at the stock charts for the New York Times Company or Gannett. The big challenge for all these companies---including Tribune, now controlled by billionaire Sam Zell and Dow Jones, now owned by the Wall Street Journal, is growing the business of newspapers...

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    About a year ago, I started the first annual CNBC Minor League logo awards. It was just my opinion of what were the coolest logos in minor league sports. Then I got an avalanche of email from team executives complaining that they never had a chance. Many advocated for an open vote. So here it is.

  • Sell Block: Even For Print Biz, McClatchy Is Terrible Thursday, 6 Mar 2008 | 7:22 PM ET

    The CEO of this dying newspaper company is a one-man black hole for shareholder value.

  • Your Brain on Krispy Kreme Thursday, 6 Mar 2008 | 3:00 PM ET
    A customer orders doughnuts at a Krispy Kreme store in Tokyo's Shinjuku district during a lunch break. Since opening in December, Japan's first Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc. store is drawing long lines for an hour long wait, or longer, just to get in. In the first three days, 10,000 people came to the shop. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

    More earth-shattering research news from our nation’s universities! Northwestern U has come out with a study which reveals that-- old your breath!--we are more attracted to food when we are hungry than when we are not. What. A. Breakthrough.

  • How Aspen's Rich Homeowners Get Bigger Thursday, 6 Mar 2008 | 10:51 AM ET

    Aspen, Colorado is a special place. And you need a lot of money to live here. There are 88 homes listed on the market for $20 million or more. Those are just the ones officially listed. But even here, the economic slowdown is starting to affect prices.

  • Randy Moss: Can He "Ride" Pony Back To Success? Thursday, 6 Mar 2008 | 9:06 AM ET

    Thirty years ago, Pony was on fire. The brand, founded in 1972, was on the feet of Pele, Muhammad Ali, George Foreman and Reggie Jackson, among others. But as Nike, adidas and Reebok rose up, Pony fell behind the times and for decades has been bought out over and over and over again, with revivals failing every time.

  • How the Very Rich Think and Spend Wednesday, 5 Mar 2008 | 3:05 PM ET

    "When the economy gets tough, the mood changes for the wealthy first." So said Maryam Saghatelian, assistant VP for Cartier’s west coast operations.

  • Brett Favre's Best Stat: Jersey Sales Wednesday, 5 Mar 2008 | 1:41 PM ET
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    Brett Favre, as you've come to know over the last 24 hours or so, holds many records. But, to me, a sports business reporter, the most important one is all-time jersey king.

  • Same Store Sales: What To Look For On Thursday Tuesday, 4 Mar 2008 | 1:53 PM ET

    Find me an analyst or an investor who's excited about this week's same store sales results. Literally, the expectations are so low for this first month of the first quarter, that any indication of a rosier March may cause volatility around share prices when the nation's biggest stores report same store sales results for the month of February on this Thursday.

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    I like to think that we inspire some good debates on this blog. Sometimes I think I know what I'm talking about, like how well Will Ferrell's "Semi Pro" is going to do, and you show in the poll that plenty of you thought the movie would pull in less than $100 million gross. With the movie's measly take on opening weekend, look who's laughing now.