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  • I have spoken to so many football fans that have told me they would love to be a fly on the wall where the NFL negotiations are taking place. I thought that myself so I figured why not talk to someone who has participated in one of the most contentious NFL labor talks? I decided to speak with Susan Tose Spencer.

  • The Lightning Round is extended in this CNBC.com exclusive feature.

  • NFL Loses Major Leverage Issue Over Players Wednesday, 2 Mar 2011 | 9:45 AM ET

    The NFL lost a major piece of leverage in the labor negotiations last night when federal judge David S. Doty ruled that the NFL's extensions with its television partners, that included payments made even during a work stoppage, were not negotiated in good faith.

  • Autograph King Signs Newton, Ingram and Fairley Tuesday, 1 Mar 2011 | 3:52 PM ET
    Cam Newton

    For 15 years, Gary Takahashi has made some of the most bold calls in the sports autograph world. From his office in Kaneohe, Hawaii, he determines whose John Hancock he can sell at a premium price and offers guaranteed cash, sometimes in the seven-figure range. The players that Takahashi’s company, GT Sports Marketing, does deals with are usually the most marketable guys in the draft. So who did he sign to exclusive deals this year? Well, they all played their ball in Alabama.

  • Hot dogs topped with chocolate chips (top), okra, cole slaw and spicy mustard (middle) and peanut butter and jelly (bottom).

    Jason Kerton has made a living disrupting "normal" at the ballpark. In Charleston, he devised the “Homewrecker,” a half-pound, foot-long hot dog with 22 optional toppings. Now the food and beverage director of the Akron Aeros, the Double-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians, he’s upping the ante.

  • A Dream Job for Sports Fans Tuesday, 1 Mar 2011 | 10:18 AM ET

    Hey, there sports fans! If you think you’ve got some golden pipes, here’s a dream job for you!

  • Carmelo Anthony Jerseys Sold Out For The Next Month Monday, 28 Feb 2011 | 5:16 PM ET

    If you want a replica Carmelo Anthony Knicks jersey, you might have some trouble finding it over the next couple days. That’s because supply, in most New York area stores, has been depleted. Sources tell CNBC that Adidas shipped some 17,000 Carmelo Anthony jerseys to retailers in the 72 hours after Anthony was traded from the Denver Nuggets last week and that another 50,000 jerseys are scheduled to be on the shelves over the next 30 days.

  • I love innovative, smart marketing. So when I saw that Jack from Jack In The Box showed up at the Lakers game with his son on Friday, I smiled. Keep in mind, the fact that Jack In The Box is an official sponsor and provides free tacos if the team scores more than 100 points is key to pulling something like this off.

  • Andre Agassi Talks Tennis, Real Estate & Charity Monday, 28 Feb 2011 | 3:10 PM ET
    Andre Agassi

    Tonight, Andre Agassi will take on Pete Sampras as part of the BNP Paribas Showdown, a one-night tennis event at Madison Square Garden. The event, which also features a match between greats John McEnroe and Ivan Lendl, is expected to be a sellout. We sat down with Agassi to talk about a variety of topics.

  • 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.

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