Sports Business


  • Budget Crunch Sidelines New Super-Stadium Projects Wednesday, 2 Feb 2011 | 7:38 AM ET
    Dallas Cowboys Stadium

    Cash-strapped cities and states are finding it almost impossible to justify fat financing deals for state-of-the-art football arenas.

  • CNBC Poll: Business of the Super Bowl 2011 Wednesday, 2 Feb 2011 | 7:08 AM ET

    For some, the Super Bowl is as much about the TV commercials as the sporting contest—unless, of course, your favorite team is on the field.  Still, with all the commercials, is the game too long?

  • Why I’m Flying Back From Dallas For The Super Bowl Tuesday, 1 Feb 2011 | 4:46 PM ET
    Dallas Cowboys Stadium

    If weather cooperates, I will be leaving tomorrow to cover the business of the Super Bowl live from Dallas. But Friday night, after I do my last on air appearance, I’m boarding a plane and flying home before the game.

  • Football, Hollywood Style Tuesday, 1 Feb 2011 | 4:32 PM ET

    You know you're in La-La land when you don't have an NFL team, you don't have an NFL-approved stadium, but you do have the most enormous branding deal ever.

  • Sports Jersey Business Rife With Counterfeiting Tuesday, 1 Feb 2011 | 12:53 PM ET
    A man arranging fake NBA jerseys on sale at a market.

    Counterfeiting costs American businesses alone more than $200 billion and, not surprisingly, the sports apparel counterfeiting business is continuing to grow.

  • Rob Neyer

    The baseball columnist known for his in-depth analysis loved by baseball’s stat lovers told CNBC.com he is headed to SB Nation, a network of 295 sports blogs with more than 500 contributors that has raised nearly $24 million in funding since it was started by Tyler Bleszinski and his AthleticsNation blog in 2003.

  • Under the leadership of co-founder Jon Congdon and Carl Daikeler, the company has developed a business model that seems to be Teflon, turning successful converts of its programs into network marketers who ensure that the brands flourish.

  • What Does National Letter Of Intent Look Like? Monday, 31 Jan 2011 | 4:16 PM ET

    On Wednesday, high school football recruits can formally declare their allegiance to a college by signing a National Letter of Intent. The document must be signed in order for a player to get a scholarship.

  • Good Ideas, Bad Ideas (One Kind of Gross) Monday, 31 Jan 2011 | 3:02 PM ET

    Good idea:bacon flavored vodka. Bacon, like chocolate, makes everything better. Bad idea: smoked salmon flavored vodka. Enjoy the rare and complex character ..." That works for a Cab Franc blend, not fish-infused vodka.

  • Mets' Minority Share Won't Sell as Pitched Monday, 31 Jan 2011 | 12:02 PM ET
    Fred Wilpon

    On Friday, the Wilpons, who own the New York Mets, had a press conference to announce that they were exploring the idea of selling up to 25 percent of the team in order to raise funds for a possible settlement in the case brought against them by the trustee in the Madoff case.

  • The Super Bowl and the NFL Monday, 31 Jan 2011 | 10:39 AM ET

    How much do you know about the big game and the business of football?

  • Their Commercials Got Game—Oh Baby! Monday, 31 Jan 2011 | 10:31 AM ET
    E*Trade's commercial that ran during the Super Bowl in 2010.

    It appears so, says one ad industry expert. “It makes sense that the share price would go up because its driven by people’s belief in that company having momentum, being aggressive, and taking their marketing seriously," says one ad industry executive.

  • Plasma TVs: Price Pinches Popularity Monday, 31 Jan 2011 | 10:29 AM ET

    Chances are you'll be watching the big game on a smaller-sized, lower-priced LCD set, even if the picture quality isn't as good as its rival.  In the cutthroat, deflationary world of consumer electronics, the debate over which flat-panel TV technology is superior has taken  a backseat to price.

  • Game Changer Monday, 31 Jan 2011 | 10:28 AM ET

    “It’s like a little litmus test of what the year could look like. We’re seeing good signs at this point,” says one pundit of Super Bowl retail spending. Some $10 billion is expected to be spent on the big game.

  • The least expensive ticket to this year's game is $600, assuming you could get one when first avalable. After that they get marked-up and resold.  Would you pay for one, and, if so, how much?

  • Funny Contests and Some Attainable Goals Monday, 31 Jan 2011 | 9:30 AM ET
    The Demotivator Caption Contest

    The Onion Sports Network has purchased one second of ad time during the Super Bowl. One whole second. It is taking submissions from viewers for an ad that will best promote its SportsDome program on Comedy Central.

  • Jimmer Fever Hits BYU Friday, 28 Jan 2011 | 9:59 AM ET
    Jimmer Fredette jersey

    BYU senior guard Jimmer Fredette proved again this week that he's a one-man scoring machine, draining 43 points in the Cougars victory over previously undefeated San Diego State on Wednesday night. It was his third game in the last four that he scored at least 40 points.

  • Under Armour Is a 'Different Company' Now: CEO Thursday, 27 Jan 2011 | 4:14 PM ET

    After appearing on "The Strategy Session" on Thursday, Kevin Plank, CEO of Under Armour, the performance athletes gear, continued his discussion off-camera, with Darren Rovell.

  • NFL's Best Cheerleaders Squads Thursday, 27 Jan 2011 | 1:16 PM ET
    This year's Super Bowl features the Green Bay Packers against the Pittsburgh Steelers. But there will be no cheerleaders. The Packers and the Steelers are just two of six teams (along with the Cleveland Browns, New York Giants, Detroit Lions and Chicago Bears) that don't field a pom-pom waving squad. Although their seasons are over, cheerleaders are an important part of the NFL offseason for the 26 teams that do have them. Why? Because, when executed well, they provide endless clicks for Web sur

    A ranking of the top 10 teams that take the most monetary advantage of their cheerleaders.

  • Clay Matthews Signs Hair Endorsement Deal With Suave Wednesday, 26 Jan 2011 | 2:19 PM ET
    Clay MTTHEWS

    The Super Bowl promises to be a hair-raising matchup between two former USC Trojans, Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu and Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews.

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