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  • Arnold Palmer Finally Making Big Money Off His Drink Thursday, 13 May 2010 | 4:07 PM ET
    Arnold Palmer

    Ten years ago, Mark Dowey and his two friends in the dairy business were sitting in a country club dining room when one of them ordered an Arnold Palmer, the half lemonade, half iced tea drink combination made famous by the golfing legend.

  • QUIZ: Google Inc. Thursday, 13 May 2010 | 1:14 PM ET

    Google runs over one million servers and processes one billion searches a day. How much do you know about the most successful search engine in the world?

  • The "SportsBiz" Guest Blog Winners Thursday, 13 May 2010 | 11:16 AM ET

    Last week, we announced we were allowing our readers to take over the site by inviting you to submit your blog to be published on “SportsBiz.” We received over 100 submissions and it certainly was a tough cut.

  • Is it Time to Abolish the NFL Combine? Wednesday, 12 May 2010 | 1:46 PM ET

    If you’re into the NFL Draft, you might have heard of the data put together by University of Chicago economist Richard Thaler and Yale professor Cade Massey. The two say that high-end draft choices are overvalued. Their great piece of data? In their first five years on the field, the odds that a higher pick will outperform the guy selected before him is just 52 percent.

  • LeBron No Closer To New York Wednesday, 12 May 2010 | 11:50 AM ET
    LeBron James

    If you’re a New York Knicks fan, the Daily News is telling you to cheer for the Celtics. Their cover this morning? “Boston Lee Party: Why Knicks fan Spike is rooting for hated Celtics.” The story inside goes on to explain that the filmmaker believes that New York has a better chance of getting LeBron if the team, which was smoked by 32 points last night in Game 5, loses.

  • Phil Disclosure: Mickelson Owns Five Guys Rights Tuesday, 11 May 2010 | 4:04 PM ET
    Phil Mickelson and Five Guys

    At The Players Championship last week, Phil Mickelson made a big statement when he told the press that he preferred Five Guys over In-N-Out Burger. “I grew up on In-N-Out,” said Mickelson, who admitted he had gone to Five Guys for six days in a row. “I thought that was the best burger until I had Five Guys. That is hands down the best burger I’ve ever had.”

  • How To Announce A Sponsorship Deal—The Right Way Tuesday, 11 May 2010 | 1:36 PM ET
    Bottle of Gentleman Jack to Darren Rovell compliments of Trevor Immelman

    Every week, I get at least 10 announcements from companies telling me about what their latest product is or something about their latest endorser. The problem is, there’s more clutter than ever before and a lot of people in the industry have failed to change their ways.

  • Preakness Uses All-You-Can-Drink To Bring Crowd Back Tuesday, 11 May 2010 | 12:59 PM ET
    134th Running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course

    For years, you could bring your own alcohol into the Pimlico infield for the Preakness. Until last year that was, when the race track decided to change up the rules after the drunks caused a ruckus.

  • Parents Naming More Kids Colt Tuesday, 11 May 2010 | 10:29 AM ET
    Colt McCoy of the Cleveland Browns

    The greatest rise seen in a baby name attributed to a sports figure is Colt, as in former University of Texas quarterback Colt McCoy.

  • One-on-One with UFC’s Dana White Monday, 10 May 2010 | 4:26 PM ET
    UFC president Dana White

    Fresh off UFC 113 this weekend in Montreal, we decided to get an update on the state of the premiere mixed martial arts organization with UFC president Dana White.

  • Bad Play, Free Ticket Is Marketing Ploy Of Future Monday, 10 May 2010 | 11:34 AM ET
    Leonardo Gonzalez of the Seattle Sounders FC battles Chris Klein of the Los Angeles Galaxy on May 8, 2010 at Qwest Field in Seattle, Washington.The Galaxy defeated the Sounders 4-0.

    After a bad loss to the Los Angeles Galaxy, the Seattle Sounders said they’d refund their season ticket holders for the game because of how poorly the team played. The idea reportedly came from a player, Steve Zakuani, who said that the fans shouldn’t have to pay. Remarkably, the Sounders soon announced that the game would in fact be refunded to the team’s 32,000 season ticket holders.

  • Can Rugby Break Through? Monday, 10 May 2010 | 9:32 AM ET
    USA Sevens Rugby Collegiate Championship Invitational

    Rugby is one of the most popular sports in the world. But it hasn't really gotten its chance on television here in the United States.

  • Your Chance To Write For "SportsBiz" Friday, 7 May 2010 | 1:50 PM ET

    We don't normally accept submissions for this blog, but from May 14-25, we're giving you a chance to have your say. We are looking for smart observations about the state of the sports biz industry. Pick any topic, ranging from stadium naming rights to endorsements to collegiate conference expansion.

  • When the Truth is Not Enough Friday, 7 May 2010 | 11:48 AM ET

    We've had our hearts broken lately by some of the most known and trusted brands — Tiger Woods, Toyota, GM and Goldman Sachs. We're now so jaded that for some of us - even the truth is not enough.

  • Taylor Sacked By Nutrisystem Friday, 7 May 2010 | 9:57 AM ET
    Lawrence Taylor

    Weight loss brand Nutrisystem has confirmed it has dropped troubled football great Lawrence Taylor.

  • NFL's Beer Deal Doesn't Add Up Thursday, 6 May 2010 | 11:50 AM ET

    Earlier this week, Anheuser Busch agreed to make Bud Light the official beer sponsor of the NFL starting in 2011, taking over for current sponsor Coors Light. SportsBusinessJournal put the bill at $1.2 billion, which averages out to $200 million per year - double what its predecessor paid for the deal. So the question is, is it worth it?

  • CBS Earnings: In-line with Expectations on Ad Strength Thursday, 6 May 2010 | 11:07 AM ET

    What a difference a year makes." That's how Sumner Redstone, chairman of CBS kicked off the company's first quarter earnings call.

  • One-On-One With Nike's Charlie Denson Wednesday, 5 May 2010 | 2:00 PM ET

    Nike is holding its first investor conference in three years and they've announced some pretty startling numbers.

  • A screen capture from MLB 2K10

    Video game marketing, which frankly has been stale for several years, finally has its home run. Actually, make that its perfect game success.

  • What's A Jockey Worth In The Betting World? Tuesday, 4 May 2010 | 9:35 AM ET
    Calvin Borel celebrates atop Super Saver after winning the 136th running of the Kentucky Derby on May 1, 2010 in Louisville, Kentucky.

    Phil Jackson coaching the Lakers or Joe Torre managing the Dodgers won't do much to budge a betting line, but a jockey? It makes a difference in certain situations.

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