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  • American Idol's Sour Notes Wednesday, 14 May 2008 | 12:59 PM ET
    David Cook

    Can you imagine if Syesha is not sent home tonight? Don't care anymore? Fox is losing viewers from its reality TV category killer, but the show is still #1. That's enough to keep Ford ponying up money to force contestants to make those dorky music videos.

  • Olympic Sponsors: Some Pulling Back On Hospitality Wednesday, 14 May 2008 | 12:11 PM ET
    2008 Olympics Beijing

    Everyone has been focused on the Olympic sponsors and whether any one of them that ponied up tens of millions of dollars would dare pull out as a sponsor to the Olympics in Beijing in protest.

  • Mr. Potato Head Update Tuesday, 13 May 2008 | 6:35 PM ET

    Today we received his eyes in the mail!! IT'S GOOD TO BE KING...OF ALL MEDIA Looks like Big Media is not suffering from an economic downturn (except for Time Warner). Steve Wonsiewicz runs Fresearch.

  • Fresh off his donation to Syracuse University, his alma mater, and the sports management school there, super agent David Falk criticized the sports agent industry in which he still works in for an interview with me ten days ago.

  • Icahn May Launch Proxy Fight with Yahoo Tuesday, 13 May 2008 | 2:42 PM ET
    Carl Icahn

    Billionaire investor Carl Icahn is considering launching a proxy fight at Yahoo, according to people who have spoken with Icahn.

  • Ads. Hate 'em, love 'em ... gotta have them. Tuesday, 13 May 2008 | 12:56 PM ET

    Some of you write in complaining about various ads from time to time, be they on the Web or on TV.

  • As I’ve said before, I think the “There Can Only Be One” NBA playoffs spots are ingenious I mean how many ad campaigns were copied for the cover of Time Magazine? And like good spots, there’s now a wave of imitators and spoofs.

  • NBC

    NBC kicked off the upfront ad presentations this week, but the network did it differently. NBC (parent network of CNBC) already unveiled its primetime lineup six weeks ago, so NBC's upfront week extravaganza wasn't a presentation, but more of a theme park-like interactive attraction.

  • Coke And Why It Chose Kobe Bryant For Endorsement Tuesday, 13 May 2008 | 9:21 AM ET
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    After we reported that Kobe Bryant had signed with Vitaminwater, we wanted to hear from the folks at Coca-Cola's Glaceau division as to why they decided to go after Bryant. It was intriguing because Coca-Cola was one of the companies that let Bryant's deal expire following his sexual assault charge about five years ago.

  • Online Banking Grows in Europe Tuesday, 13 May 2008 | 5:19 AM ET

    Up to 60 percent of Europeans may bank online by 2020, a level already reached by Sweden and Denmark today, Deutsche Bank said in a report on Tuesday.

  • Upfronts: What's Up With Them For TV Season Monday, 12 May 2008 | 4:13 PM ET
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    Today kicks off the upfront ad sales period--the week in which the broadcast networks traditionally aim to sell the majority of their primetime ad inventory. But this year you won't see the traditional star-studded red carpets, screenings of strings of pilots or post-presentation extravaganzas at New York landmarks like Tavern on the Green.

  • Clear Channel Surges on Buyout Financing Hopes Monday, 12 May 2008 | 2:50 PM ET
    Clear Channel's headquarters in San Antonio.

    Shares of Clear Channel Communications surged on media reports that a revised deal has been reached to finance the radio and media company's buyout by Thomas H. Lee Partners and Bain Capital.

  • Evista

    So, I admit I watched a lot of television last night and saw a commercial for a relatively new osteoporosis-breast cancer prevention combo drug from Eli Lilly called Evista. Actually, I saw it three times.

  • Future of Television

    TV advertisers are preparing for the 52 week season.

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    As a fan of competitive eating, and first sideline reporter to ESPN's coverage of the Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest, I'm proud to let you know that, as of today, competitive eating can be downloaded on your Wii.

  • Papa John's Gets Pizza Price Wrong -- Way Wrong Friday, 9 May 2008 | 5:49 PM ET
    Lebron James

    As I could have predicted, Papa John's 23-cent pizza idea backfired yesterday. So many people showed up at the 86 stores throughout Ohio that mayhem reportedly ensued. Meant to be a goodwill gesture after a Washington D.C. Papa John's location printed LeBron James "Crybaby 23" shirts for the first round of the playoffs against the Wizards, someone tried to be cute with the "23" and got the decimal point wrong...

  • Thousands of Northrop Grumman workers are celebrating their tanker win today in Los Angeles -- even though the deal is on hold as the U.S. Government Accountability Office examines a Boeing challenge. We're at the party and I hope to post video later. As I've blogged many times, Boeing isn't rolling over on this one.

  • When Is Michelle Wie Done? Friday, 9 May 2008 | 1:42 PM ET
    Michelle Wie

    Michelle Wie shot four over par Thursday at the Michelob Ultra Open. Doesn’t sound like a total breakdown... We’ll assume she’s not going to shoot about four under today to make the cut. So let’s say you are responsible for making the Michelle Wie decision at Nike, Sony and Omega. When do you say, “We’re outta here.”

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    Atom Films is again hosting a contest for "Star Wars" fan films, except this year the winners will be aired on Spike TV. Fans have been spoofing or reconfiguring the movies for years, and, at some point, George Lucas realized copyright be damned! The smartest move was to embrace the love. Also: Your e-mails re Boeing.

  • Google Sees Hope for Long-Term Ad Deal with Yahoo Friday, 9 May 2008 | 10:08 AM ET
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    Google's top executives expressed hope that the Internet search leader will be able to form a potentially lucrative advertising partnership with Yahoo -- a deal that would lower the odds of Microsoft renewing its attempts to buy Yahoo.