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  • Nets

    The New Jersey Nets are without a doubt one of the most creative teams and judging from their last invention, reversible jerseys that have the opposing players names and numbers, they sure know how to create some buzz.

  • Jordan's Retro Rookie Jersey Finally Hits Monday, 19 Oct 2009 | 9:51 AM ET
    Michael Jordan Box

    Retro jerseys aren’t as hot as they were six years ago, but there’s at least one jersey that figures to bring us back to the old days. Next Monday, retro jersey specialist Mitchell & Ness will release a limited edition of Michael Jordan’s rookie Bulls jersey. The launch date, Oct. 26, is the 25th anniversary of Jordan’s first NBA game.

  • What And How Is Stephen Ross Doing? Friday, 16 Oct 2009 | 4:01 PM ET

    When you look at the roster of minority partners of sports teams, you mostly see names you don’t know. Regular rich people who weren’t rich enough to buy most of the team or who didn’t care for the publicity that comes along with being the managing partner.

  • Team Picks Flying Squirrels Over Hush Puppies Friday, 16 Oct 2009 | 11:11 AM ET

    Earlier this month, the newest minor league team in Richmond, Va., allowed us to submit one name as a finalist in naming its team. We received over 9,000 submissions and agreed that reader Jeff Dunn’s submission of Hush Puppies gave us our best chance over the other names that had been selected by the community.

  • South Bend Here I Come Friday, 16 Oct 2009 | 11:09 AM ET

    From fighting the flu yesterday to fighting on this weekend. Three words: Beat...the...Irish!

  • Premium Seats Worth Less Than 50 Percent Of Cost Thursday, 15 Oct 2009 | 10:50 AM ET

    It was obvious that much of corporate America wasn’t showing up at the sporting events that they had tickets for, but many readers were shocked when they saw our report earlier this month that revealed that an estimated 43 percent of sports tickets went unused.

  • Don't Expect Rush To Get A Second Chance Wednesday, 14 Oct 2009 | 4:55 PM ET
    Rush Limbaugh

    ESPN is reporting that Rush Limbaugh is expected to be dropped from a group bidding for the St. Louis Rams. Can’t say I’m shocked. The bottom line is that, over the past few days, it has become very clear that Limbaugh’s racist comment he uttered on ESPN six years ago was not forgotten about.

  • More Things About Chicken Wings Wednesday, 14 Oct 2009 | 1:06 PM ET

    Yesterday's article about the absurd price of chicken wings certainly got a response. Reader Mike Kramer wanted to know why, if the wings now cost more than the breast, restaurants seem to be charging more for boneless wings. "Are they losing margin on the real wings or just ripping off the customer who prefers white meat?" Mike asked.

  • When Does Dale Earnhardt Jr. Become Unmarketable? Wednesday, 14 Oct 2009 | 10:32 AM ET

    How long can an athlete endure a losing streak without it significantly affecting his or her marketability? The auto racing world has put that question to the test.

  • One Silverdome For Sale Tuesday, 13 Oct 2009 | 3:46 PM ET

    Anyone want to buy a football stadium? If you have the cash, you might be lucky enough to be the high bidder for the Pontiac Silverdome, where the Detroit Lions played for 26 years.

  • Buffalo Wing Prices Get Out Of Control Tuesday, 13 Oct 2009 | 11:07 AM ET
    Buffalo Chicken Wings

    We told you in January about the plight of the chicken wing. The nation’s largest producer of wings filed for bankruptcy and the demand of the playoffs and the Super Bowl just drove prices through the roof, or so we thought.

  • Sports Teams Awaiting Spongetech Audit Monday, 12 Oct 2009 | 12:30 PM ET
    SpongeTech sponges

    In the history of sports marketing, there has never been a brand that has gone from zero to everything like SpongeTech, the infomercial sponge company that is now sponsoring at least 35 sports teams.

  • Buy Sports Tickets Now For The Next 50 Years? Friday, 9 Oct 2009 | 4:01 PM ET

    A company called Stadium Capital Financing Group is working with sports teams to sell tickets for the future –- as in decades. Fans can now buy tickets well into the future, something that appeals to teams because it provides them with financing without the debt. Here’s my interview with Stadium Capital Financing Group CEO Lou Weisbach.

  • Man Who Submitted Winning Hush Puppies Name Surfaces Friday, 9 Oct 2009 | 11:11 AM ET

    Out of the more than 9,000 names we received as the wild card entry for the new Richmond minor league baseball team, only one person had our winner, the Richmond Hush Puppies. Twenty four hours after we announced our name, which will be one of six considered for team, we received a phone call from Jeff Dunn.

  • Against All Odds, UFL Kicks Off Tonight Thursday, 8 Oct 2009 | 4:28 PM ET

    The United Football League kicks off tonight with the California Redwoods taking on the Las Vegas Locomotives at 9 p.m. ET on Versus. It’s hard enough to start a new football league from scratch and it’s even harder  to do that during these trying economic times. I sat down with the league’s chief operating officer Frank Vuono.

  • Nets

    Forest City Enterprises, presumably as part of their deal with Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov for the New Jersey Nets, filed a 10-K amendment last month that provided the most inside look at a professional sports franchise I've ever seen.

  • CNBC’s Minor League Team Name Wildcard Winner Thursday, 8 Oct 2009 | 9:34 AM ET
    Name That Team

    Yesterday we told you that the new minor league baseball team in Richmond, Va., had graciously agreed to allow us to come up with a name for their team. The team had already asked fans their picks though the local paper, the Richmond Times-Dispatch, and came up with a top five list.

  • Help Name The Newest Minor League Team! Wednesday, 7 Oct 2009 | 9:23 AM ET
    Name That Team

    Last year, we found out just how much our readers loved minor league baseball logos. Our search to find the best logo in the minors - the Southern Illinois Miners - yielded more than 700,000 votes from our readers. So when we heard that the San Francisco Giants Double-A club, the Connecticut Defenders, were moving to Richmond, Va., we contacted the team's leaders to find out how much we at CNBC.com could be involved in the process.

  • Favre's Matchup Against Packers Breaks Cable Record Tuesday, 6 Oct 2009 | 5:07 PM ET

    Monday Night's game between the Minnesota Vikings and the Green Bay Packers has broken the record for the most watched sporting event on cable television.

  • How You Can Get An Endorsement Deal With Nike Tuesday, 6 Oct 2009 | 3:40 PM ET

    There's a new company called Udorse. It allows you to get paid - in cash and in product - by companies whose products you wear in pictures you tag on social media sites.

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