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Ana Ivanovic, who my blog readers know is my favorite tennis player has switched rackets. The 20-year-old Serbian beauty will play the Australian Open--which begins Monday--with a Yonex racket in her hand. Ivanovic had played her entire career with Wilson racket.
Depending on whether you're long or short a position in Macy's stock, you might find some relief in watching CEO Terry Lundgren try applying his retail executive skills to another job. He'll make his network TV debut tonight on NBC's "Celebrity Apprentice" as a guest judge.
I went to the Portland Trail Blazers game last night. These guys, who won their 12th straight home game and 17 of their last 18, are inexplicably good. By scoring more than 100 points and winning, the team ensured, for the ninth time this season, that fans would get Taco Bell Chalupa coupons.
Yesterday, frustrated University of Georgia president Michael Adams proposed an eight-team playoff as a remedy to what he called a flawed BCS system. It's obviously not the first time the playoff system has been mentioned. But the question I always get is, how much would a playoff system be worth to schools and conferences that participate in 2011, the first year something like this could happen?
You know that bad news is coming when even the industry groups (like Shoppertrak and ICSC) report that traffic/sales results are falling below their expectations. Today, Shoppertrak really tried to push a merry headline on its report that showed that holiday foot traffic slipped 2.7 percent versus 2006 and fell more dramatically than forecast (down 4.7 percent in December.)
One of my most favorite pieces of e-mail I receive every year is the Minor League Promotions tracker from a company called Plan B Branding. They basically evaluate the promotions that go on in the minors and show what works and what doesn't. Well, I just got the latest report and here's the data you need to know.
French media stocks jumped following a speech from French President Nicolas Sarkozy Tuesday in which he proposed banning advertising on public television channels. The loss of income would be replaced by a levy on the advertising revenue of private television channels, according to the plans.
The legendary investor just finished his second bad year in a row. So LM's a sell. But there's more to it than that, Cramer explains.Investing can be confusing. Luckily, Cramer has mapped out some road rules for all you Home Gamers trying to navigate the jungle that is Wall Street. Think of it as "Mad Money 101" –- some fundamental advice to keep in mind as you play the market. Whether you're a first time investor or a seasoned financier, it's always good to remember the basics.
Here's the lamest New Year's Eve idea ever: The Ladies' Home Journal took a poll on which Presidential candidate you'd like to take to a New Year's Eve karaoke party. I'm not kidding! Plus: Wooing McDreamy!
Round One of what I consider to be one of the greatest stories in sports business history is over: Gabibbo has beaten Big Red. But if the legal system one day does what it's supposed to do, Western Kentucky University will be flush with cash. Unfortunately, I'm not sure that's ever going to happen.
Most healthy people do not drink before 5pm. And the age of the three-martini lunch has passed. However, I started this past Friday morning surrounded by champagne bottles at Moet & Chandon's Soho pop-up boutique...
OK, ok, ok: I know I said I was going to stop with the Southwest Airlines boarding system e-mails, but I can't help myself. I have rarely gotten so much response (other than my Ann Coulter rant and the Xbox 360's problems!). Don't miss the last e-mail on this page -- my fave!
California was home to the gold rush, and now it's home to the Moon rush. Google is offering $20 million dollars to the first private team that can move a rover on the Moon by 2012. Enter Team FREDNET.
I received many holiday cards. Thank you, to all of you who prove every time around this year that e-mail isn't the only option. Here are the best of the best.
Thursday night, Holiday Bowl referees ruled that a person on the Texas sideline touched a ball in play. After ESPN showed the offender's face more than 25 times in five minutes, his name was confirmed -- and "Chris Jessie" now has over 2,000 Google hits. Also: CBS fans overturn Pats-Giants poll.
Today, I posted the weirdest poll ever: Given the choice to watch the exact same game, same announcers, same graphics, on a variety of networks, which net would you choose? (E.g., this Saturday night's Patriots-Giants game.) So far, NBC is leading by 7 percent over CBS. Readers, tell me why.
Flying Southwest Airlines again today. Getting the hang of the new boarding system. Maybe it's not so stupid. Maybe I'm not so stupid. I'm flying to Sacramento and driving to Stockton to check in again on America's Foreclosure Capital.
Now that we know that the Patriots-Giants game is going to be on CBS, NBC and the NFL Network, I have a suggestion for a different contest: Let's make history by letting each network broadcast the game -- and not just take the NFL Network feed.
Bill Belichick has been called a lot of things: Defensive wizard. Boring. Alleged cheater. But today, we're giving the NFL coach a new nickname: Revenue Killer. Why? Well, if his New England Patriots beat the New York Giants on Saturday night, they'll finish the season undefeated...
On Wednesday afternoon, the NFL Network decided to give in on what will turn out to be the greatest bargaining chip in its entire history. Whatever happens from here on out, there will be nothing greater than the exclusive rights to this Saturday night's Giants-Patriots game...