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  • Dodgers in the throwback jerseys

    Has the divorce of owners Frank and Jamie McCourt finally driven the team out of town? Are they heading east because of California's $26 billion deficit and a sports scene dominated by "The Black Mamba"?

  • Kia's Blake Griffin Ad To Air Tomorrow Thursday, 24 Feb 2011 | 5:57 PM ET
    Blake Griffin from the L.A. Clippers in the All-Star Dunk Contest.

    As I talked about yesterday Blake Griffin's dunk over a Kia in the All-Star Slam Dunk contest was great product placement for the official car of the league. Now, the marketers at Kia are about to make the association a bit more formal.

  • Outsourcing Keeps NASCAR's Smaller Teams In The Race Thursday, 24 Feb 2011 | 3:51 PM ET
    Daytona 500 winner: Trevor Bayne

    How does a 20-year old driver, in only his second Sprint Cup start, get in a car for a have-not team and even have the chance to beat the likes of Jimmie Johnson, Kurt Busch and Carl Edwards?

  • CNBC Quiz: The History of Tobacco Thursday, 24 Feb 2011 | 11:21 AM ET
    Cigarette in ashtray

    Most people know that tobacco is America's original cash crop, that smoking is stigmatized in modern American society and that tobacco farmers are a dying breed. But did you know that there's a thriving black market for cigarettes? And that 50 million Americans a day light up?

  • More Car Buyers Consider Kia Thanks To Griffin Slam Wednesday, 23 Feb 2011 | 4:34 PM ET
    Blake Griffin from the L.A. Clippers in the All-Star Dunk Contest.

    One of the most interesting pieces of product placement was seen in the finals of the Slam Dunk Contest on Sunday when Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin dunked over the hood of a car.

  • Deron Williams

    There has been much ado about Carmelo Anthony heading to the New York Knicks and significantly less buzz when news broke earlier today (Wednesday) that the New Jersey Nets had acquired Utah Jazz point guard Deron Williams.

  • Irina Shayk Caption Contest Winners Wednesday, 23 Feb 2011 | 11:26 AM ET

    Last week, we had SI Swimsuit cover model Irina Shayk at CNBC. While she was here, we of course took a couple photos and launched a caption contest.  We received plenty of entries, but gastroenterologist Jason Klapman submitted three stellar captions, we thought we'd use them all.

  • Mikhail Prokhorov

    I spent some time over NBA All-Star Weekend with Mikhail Prokhorov, Russia’s second richest man and owner of the New Jersey Nets, who bought the team nine months ago. I had watched the “60 Minutes” piece on Prokhorov and have obviously read up on what made him a successful business man, but that didn’t prepare me for what I encountered when I entered his suite at the Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills on Sunday.

  • Knicks Tickets Soar With Carmelo Acquisition Tuesday, 22 Feb 2011 | 2:52 PM ET
    Anthony Carmelo

    Welcome back, New York Knicks, you're the hottest ticket in town again, thanks to the acquisition of Carmelo Anthony.

  • Carmelo ‘Apple’: Are MSG Shares A Good Buy? Tuesday, 22 Feb 2011 | 11:04 AM ET
    Carmelo Anthony

    MSG shares were up 1.7 percent in the first 10 minutes of trading on Tuesday morning, thanks to the trade to get Carmelo Anthony. The stock, not so surprisingly, calmed down by 10 a.m. ET as the stock was basically flat on the trading session.

  • NBC Sports Group Secures Triple Crown Rights Tuesday, 22 Feb 2011 | 9:00 AM ET
    Calvin Borel atop Super Saver races to the finish line to win the 136th running of the Kentucky Derby on May 1, 2010 in Louisville, Kentucky.

    NBC Sports Group, which includes NBC Sports and Versus, networks now majority owned by Comcast, will announce on Tuesday that it will own the rights to all three legs of horse racing's most famous races for the first time since 2005.

  • Mikhail Prokhorov

    From his hotel suite in Beverly Hills, New Jersey Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov was playing coy on Sunday afternoon when asked what exactly happened in his short meeting with Denver Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony yesterday.

  • New Ruling Gives College Athletes Edge Over NCAA, EA Friday, 18 Feb 2011 | 4:12 PM ET
    NCAA Football 2011

    A ruling by a federal district court of appeals earlier this week might have significantly affected the lawsuit brought about by former NCAA college football and basketball players against the NCAA, Collegiate Licensing and Electronic Arts for including their likenesses in EA games without being compensated.

  • LeBron James

    Six years ago, Quicken Loans founder Dan Gilbert bought the Cleveland Cavaliers for $375 million. If Gilbert wanted to sell it today, one sports investment banker, who requested anonymity because he helps clients buy and sell sports teams, told CNBC that Gilbert could get about $275 million for the team.

  • 12 Devastating Sports Departures Friday, 18 Feb 2011 | 11:45 AM ET
    When LeBron James left the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers in the summer of 2010 and became a free agent, many teams tried to gain his services. A media frenzy ensued and in the hours leading up to the announcement of James’ new team, speculation reached a fever pitch. Finally, he ended the suspense and announced that he would sign with the Miami Heat. The Cavaliers were forgotten in the chaos and without him they became just another team, at one point losing 25 games in a row and, according to analys

    Many sports teams have seen their fortune go from good to bad when a star athlete jumps ship. Click to see some of the most painful defections in sports history.

  • For many sporting and music fans, live events are a must. But rising ticket prices and a fragile economic recovery have made attending live events prohibitively expensive for some. Saturday is NASCAR's coveted Daytona 500 but if you want to go, the access comes at a hefty price.

  • NFL Labor Agreement Still Possible: Packers' CEO Wednesday, 16 Feb 2011 | 4:25 PM ET
    Green Bay Packers fans react after watching the Green Bay Packers defeat the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Super Bowl at Stadium View Bar.

    As the March 4th deadline approaches for a collective bargaining agreement to be reached between the National Football League Players Association and the NFL, the Greenbay Packers' president and CEO told CNBC Wendesday he is confident an agreement can happen.

  • You Give Us The Caption To Our Irina Shayk Photos Wednesday, 16 Feb 2011 | 3:57 PM ET

    On Tuesday, we had Irina Shayk. new SI Swimsuit cover model in studio. We had some trouble writing some captions for these photos. You come up with the best ones, we'll credit you on the blog tomorrow.TBA

  • Is Pujols Worth $300 Million? No; Does It Matter? No Wednesday, 16 Feb 2011 | 10:59 AM ET
    Albert Pujols

    St. Louis Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols is asking to be the richest player in baseball, topping the 10-year, $275 million the New York Yankees gave to Alex Rodriguez. Should the Cardinals pay him that money? Probably. Is he WORTH it? Heck no.

  • There's Nothing Like Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Buzz Tuesday, 15 Feb 2011 | 3:16 PM ET
    Irina Shayk

    David Letterman got scooped on his SI Swimsuit cover announcement yesterday when a woman, who says she is in an office building across from the show, took a picture of the billboard of Irina Shayk when the white sheet dropped for the taping of the show.

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