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  • New England Patriots fans wait in line to pick up their Super Bowl tickets at Gillette Stadium.

    ConvergExMarket Group’s Nicholas Colas takes an annual look at “Super Bowl economics” to get a peek into the mind of the luxury consumer and this year there is very little inflation in ticket prices. What gives?

  • The 10 Biggest Super Bowl Ad Spenders Tuesday, 31 Jan 2012 | 9:33 AM ET
    A Super Bowl advertisement is the most expensive ad in television, and with the game between the New York Giants and New England Patriots expected to be the most-watched event of the year, there’s no doubt consumers will be paying attention. It’s a unique opportunity for advertisers, since Super Bowl ads have virtually become in-game content: for fans watching at home. This year’s ads on cost $3.5 million on average for every 30 seconds. Which advertisers have believed that the Super Bowl ad is

    Here are the top 10 Super-Bowl advertisers, ranked by total ad dollars spent in the past 10 years (2002-2011), according to media valuation firm Kantar Media.

  • 10 High-Priced Super Bowl Rings Monday, 30 Jan 2012 | 4:14 PM ET
    The winners of every Super Bowl get to share the coveted Lombardi Trophy for their victories, but they also get a more personal keepsake from the game — a golden-laced, diamond-studded ring. The National Football League contracts for 150 rings, paying up to $5,000 for each. The basic design includes the team name, logo, and the Super Bowl game number. However, if some teams want a fancier look, such as player names, more gems, or detailed designs, team owners have to foot the bill for the differ

    Find out which golden-laced, diamond-studded Super Bowl rings are - or have been - the most valuable on the open market.

  • CNBC Poll: Would You Bet on the Super Bowl? Monday, 30 Jan 2012 | 1:13 PM ET
    Super Bowl, Super Sports, Super Bucks - A CNBC Special Report

    If you want to bet legally on the outcome of Super Bowl, then you better live in Nevada, Delaware, Montana or Oregon.

  • CNBC Poll: Are Pro Sports Ticket Prices Too High? Monday, 30 Jan 2012 | 1:13 PM ET

    Fancy stadiums, sky-high salaries. What's the average fan to do?

  • Bet You That ... Monday, 30 Jan 2012 | 1:12 PM ET
    Football Coin Toss

    There are now some 350 betting lines, or propositions, on smaller outcomes or scenarios in the Super Bowl, including which player scores first, accounting for half of all money wagered on the game in Las Vegas.

  • The Ring Is the Thing Monday, 30 Jan 2012 | 1:10 PM ET
    Eli Manning

    Cash bonuses for winning the big game may seem like a lot of money to the average fan, but players really want to kiss the king.

  • How Small-Market Teams Survive Baseball Economics Monday, 30 Jan 2012 | 1:10 PM ET
    Jason Motte #30 and Yadier Molina #4 of the St. Louis Cardinals celebrate after defeating the Texas Rangers 3-2 during Game One of the MLB World Series at Busch Stadium on October 19, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri.

    It's not easy, but  teams in places like St. Louis, Milwaukee, Tampa and Minneapolis-St. Paul have found ways to win on the field, as well as economically, against their big-market competitors.

  • Luxury Suites Rule Revenue Monday, 30 Jan 2012 | 1:09 PM ET
    Met Life Stadium luxury box.

    Across the NFL and MLB, team owners know wealthy individuals and big corporations are willing to pay big bucks for a private box. It's an unbeatable formula.

  • Fighting Middle Age? Try a Triathlon Monday, 30 Jan 2012 | 1:09 PM ET
    Luke Bell, leads triathletes exiting water after the 2.4 mile swim portion of the Ford Ironman World Championship on October 8, 2011 in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.

    Some two million Americans compete in the three-activity sport — swimming, biking and running — which can cost a lot more than a pair of running shoes.

  • Princess, a Bactrian camel picks the Super Bowl winner.

    Princess, the star of New Jersey's Popcorn Park Zoo, has correctly picked the winner of five of the last six Super Bowls. She went 14 and 6 predicting regular season and playoff games this year, and has a lifetime record of 88-51. Her pick this year: The New York Giants.

  • Die-Hard Celebrity Sports Fans Friday, 27 Jan 2012 | 2:17 PM ET
    Sometimes the spectators at sporting events can draw as much attention as the players. It’s now common to find celebrity sports fans in the spotlight during telecasts of their favorite teams.These avid and loyal fans spend big bucks to sit up close – often in the first row. Take "Sopranos" actor Steve Schirripa , a longtime New York Yankees baseball fan who likes to sit behind home plate, where tickets cost up to $2,500a game. Or “Fantastic Four” star Jessica Alba, who often sits courtside at Go

    Who are these die-hard celebrity sports fans? Find out who made our list and how much just one of their tickets might cost.

  • Cramer Interviews NFL Exec Eric Grubman Wednesday, 25 Jan 2012 | 6:54 PM ET

    The “Mad Money” host gets the lowdown on the world’s most profitable sports league.

  • Videogame Football Fights and Furors Wednesday, 25 Jan 2012 | 5:36 PM ET
    While the video game industry courts its share of controversy, you might expect sports games to generally avoid ruffling feathers. Uh-uh. Some of the industry's biggest controversies have involved football video games. While they have fallen short of the furor that surrounded the hidden sex in the “Hot Coffee” minigame in "Grand Theft Auto," football games have had their share of head-scratching moments for investors and fans over the years. Here' are some of the polarizing and odd moments of th

    While the videogame industry courts its share of controversy, you might expect sports games to generally avoid ruffling feathers. Here are some polarizing and odd moments of the industry's most popular sport.

  • Playing Field Shifting for Football Video Game Industry Wednesday, 25 Jan 2012 | 3:45 PM ET
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    The 'Madden' franchise remains a sales juggernaut with little real competition in the console area. The mobile platform, however, still seems up for grabs.

  • In Videogames, Even Football Isn't Without Controversy Wednesday, 25 Jan 2012 | 3:38 PM ET
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    The NFL has been a part of the landscape for about as long as videogames have been around – and anything with such longevity tends to ruffle some feathers among both players and publishers.

  • Myths & Facts About The Super Bowl Ticket Market Tuesday, 24 Jan 2012 | 12:58 PM ET
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    I’ve received plenty of e-mail and tweets over the last couple days asking me about the Super Bowl ticket market that’s currently seeing tickets listed and sold in the $4,000 range. So let’s address some of the myths and facts.

  • Murdoch’s Trusted Outsider Takes a Larger Role Monday, 23 Jan 2012 | 5:31 AM ET
    Chase Carey, Deputy Chairman and Chief Operating Officer of News Corporation.

    Last August, as News Corporation scrambled to contain a phone-hacking scandal at its British newspaper unit, Chase Carey, the company’s president and chief operating officer, proposed an idea to his boss, Rupert Murdoch: buy back $5 billion worth of stock, the New York Times reports.

  • Fantasy Football, Real Opportunity Friday, 20 Jan 2012 | 2:39 PM ET
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    The game is not only a chance for more revenue, but also a way to entice a new generation of fans to telecasts and league-related internet content.

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    When I’ve gotten a trainer in my life, I’ve done it for two reasons. The first reason is obvious. They get me to work out harder. The second reason always sounds a little strange to people: I’m paying someone a lot of money, so I have to show up. Yifang Zhang studied Behavioral Economics and found out that my second thought is actually quite rational and common. So instead of having people pay a trainer at all, Zhang decided to have people fine themselves if they didn’t show up at the gym. The result? An app called Gym-Pact.

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