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  • Golf Collectibles of the Greatest Players Thursday, 5 Jan 2012 | 2:06 PM ET
    With more than 15 million U.S. golfers, the market for collectibles has expanded greatly in recent years. Such memorabilia can make good investments that increase in value over time. Experts suggest buying pieces attached to golf’s biggest names, especially those who figure prominently in the sport’s history. Autographed golf clubs, balls, shoes and gloves fall into this category, as do signed tournament pin flags, action photos or award medallions.“When you consider acquiring golf collectibles

    With more than 15 million U.S. golfers, the market for collectibles has expanded greatly in recent years. Such memorabilia can make good investments that increase in value over time.

  • Buffalo Wild Wings Stats I Wanted To Know Thursday, 5 Jan 2012 | 9:32 AM ET
    Buffalo Wild Wing

    Thanks to the fact that the threat of the NFL and NBA lockouts are over, the 800 restaurant chain hit all time stock highs in late December.

  • The 10 Best-Selling NFL Jerseys 2011 Wednesday, 4 Jan 2012 | 4:29 PM ET
    It's the end of the NFL regular season, and that means it's time to find out who is among the most popular players this season. In a year where the National Football League was embroiled in its longest labor dispute ever, the popularity of this multibillion-dollar sports juggernaut has still managed to grow. An important component of football merchandising is jersey sales — which can be seen as a proxy for the most popular players in the sport. It's better than a poll because people have voted w

    Each year, NFLShop.com releases the best-selling jerseys in the NFL and their list is presented here. This list represents jersey sales from April 1 to Sept. 30, 2011.

  • Weight Watchers Shaking Off the Lean Times: CEO Tuesday, 3 Jan 2012 | 2:22 PM ET
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    After some lean times in 2009, Weight Watchers decided to "take destiny by the horns" and become more aggressive in getting the overweight to lose pounds using its program.

  • If Browns Shut Out Steelers, Kia Buyers Get Car Free Wednesday, 28 Dec 2011 | 1:03 PM ET
    Cleveland Browns Stadium

    The last week of the calendar year is traditionally the Super Bowl for car dealers. And Bill Doraty, who owns a single Kia dealership in Medina, 30 miles south of Cleveland, is doing his part to try to make it even bigger. If the Cleveland Browns shut out the Pittsburgh Steelers this Sunday, everyone who bought a Kia at his dealership this week gets their car for free.

  • GNC is IPO Star Of 2011 Wednesday, 28 Dec 2011 | 10:01 AM ET

    When GNC hit the market in April, it had its fair share of critics. But GNC has emerged as the top IPO in a year where six percent less money was raised than 2010, according to the Wall Street Journal.

  • Did a Mistake In New Age Ice Bath Set Back NBA Player? Tuesday, 27 Dec 2011 | 1:06 PM ET
    Cryon-X machine

    In November, Cleveland Cavaliers guard Manny Harris got into a Cryon-X machine on Nike’s campus in Beaverton, Ore. When he came out, he had a nasty freezer burn on the side of his right foot. The machine is the new age version of an ice bath and is the latest in athlete recovery methods. In just three minutes, the company that makes it, Millennium ICE, says the machine cranks the temperature inside to minus 166 degrees Fahrenheit, thus oxygenating the blood, helping to reduce fatigue and muscle soreness.

  • NCAA President: No Pay For Players on Jersey Sales Thursday, 22 Dec 2011 | 3:51 PM ET
    Denard Robinson

    Should college players get paid for their jersey sales? NCAA president Mark Emmert says no. But the top-selling jersey list suggests they deserve to get a cut.

  • Athlete Getaway Homes Thursday, 22 Dec 2011 | 3:32 PM ET
    Athletes don’t work in offices, restaurants or big box stores like most of us, but that doesn’t mean that their lives are stress-free. They need a place to retreat to in the off-season, a sanctuary where they can escape from the anxiety that would plague anyone who’s paid millions of dollars to surf for a living.What follows are homes where some of the leading athletes flee after the arena goes dark and the crowd roar becomes a distant echo. Some of these houses are on the market, awaiting buyer

    These are homes to which some athletes retreat after the arena goes dark. Some are on the market and others were just purchased.

  • Kim Jong il, the Sportsman Wednesday, 21 Dec 2011 | 11:17 PM ET
    This photo taken on September 24, 2010 shows the Ariang mass gymnastics featuring 100,000 performers to depict the development of North Korea and its origins under the leadership of Kim Il-Sung at May Day Stadium in Pyongyang to mark the 65th anniversary of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea.

    In the political world, Kim Jong il of North Korea was a despot and nuclear antagonist. In the sporting world, he might have been the only guy ever to wear platform shoes, a bouffant hairdo and “Dear Leader” embroidered on his bowling shirt.

  • Results of CNBC's 2011 Winners & Losers Poll Wednesday, 21 Dec 2011 | 12:35 PM ET
    Winners & Losers - A CNBC Special Report

    For the first time in our survey, not one newsmaker emerged a winner. See how President Obama, Bernanke, Brian Moynihan and others fared.

  • Miami Bar To Pay Heat Fans $25 For Every Loss—Again Wednesday, 21 Dec 2011 | 8:54 AM ET
    (L-R) Chris Bosh #1, Dwyane Wade #3, and LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat are introduced at the HEAT Summer of 2010 Welcome Event at AmericanAirlines Arena on July 9, 2010 in Miami, Florida.

    When John Todora announced last season that he’d be offering every customer who came in to watch Miami Heat games at his bar a $25 bill credit if the team lost that night, many people thought he was crazy.

  • Quitters Never Win Sponsorship Game Wednesday, 21 Dec 2011 | 7:01 AM ET
    Tower Bridge and City of London financial district

    Olympic sponsorship must be a long-term commitment and the cost will almost certainly outweigh the benefits if it is not partnered with "œactivation" or marketing activities such as the launch of a new product, experts say.

  • As Costs Go Down, Will Nike Continue To Charge More? Tuesday, 20 Dec 2011 | 2:11 PM ET
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    In March, Nike, for the first time in five years, missed analysts’ expectations and its stock plummeted more than nine percent on a single day. The company couldn’t achieve the margins it wanted because of the high costs of making and shipping its shoes and clothes.

  • football-money-200.jpg

    NBC is paying $950 million a year to extend its rights to Sunday Night Football through the 2022 season. But NBC Sports Group Chairman Mark Lazarus told “CNBC SportsBiz” that he’s confident the entire NBC Universal family will make a profit off the investment.

  • Top 10 Luxurious Ski Homes Friday, 16 Dec 2011 | 3:49 PM ET
    Some people avoid winter, either by living in warmer climes or fleeing when winter looms. Others embrace it and head for the hills to strap on the skis or snowboards. These people need places to unwind after a day of romping in the powder.The editors at  put together a list of some prime ski homes, all of them for sale.The houses typically reflect a love for the outdoors, often featuring walls of windows, fireplaces and rustic beams and stone fireplaces. They’re all great for groups and have ent

    Click on to see these luxurious mansions, ranked from least expensive to most, many of which are ski-in/ski-out.

  • Sunday Ticket In Your Car? DirecTVAuto Has Arrived Friday, 16 Dec 2011 | 1:11 PM ET
    Direct TV Auto

    For $3,995, Firestone's company will provide you with the equipment -- a dish and receiver -- and DirecTV is only $6 more a month if you are already a DirecTV spacersubscriber. The programming you get in your car mirrors what you get in your house.

  • Paying a ‘Sports Tax,’ Even if You Don’t Watch Friday, 16 Dec 2011 | 8:14 AM ET
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    Although “sports” never shows up as a line item on a cable or satellite bill, American television subscribers pay, on average, about $100 a year for sports programming — no matter how many games they watch, the New York Times reports.

  • The man running near the river

    Using the allure of the Olympics to get more children to play sports is a top target of the London 2012 Olympic Games organizers, but figures from a UK government agency show the number of 16- to 19-year olds playing sports at least three times a week has fallen sharply.

  • CNBC's Winners & Losers of the Financial World in 2011 Thursday, 15 Dec 2011 | 11:20 AM ET
    Yahoo! CEO Carol Bartz

    As we seek your votes on this year's candidates, you’ll note that we have few repeats from 2010 and only one person who  also made our inaugural list of 2009.

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