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  • Upper Deck Offers Tiger's '08 Open Used Shirts Tuesday, 16 Jun 2009 | 9:41 AM ET
    Tiger Woods Autographed and Inscribed 2008 U.S. Open Tournament-Worn Polo Shirt (Round 1)

    Over the past decade, I've seen way too much game-worn memorabilia hit the market. That translates into these items having very little value. But I was floored last night by the shirts I saw hit the market.

  • How Much Is Beer Worth? Monday, 15 Jun 2009 | 4:53 PM ET

    If you haven’t heard, there’s a lot brewing over brew in Minnesota. You see, the University of Minnesota is moving into its spanking new TCF Bank Stadium this season and part of the expectation was that there was going to be alcohol served in the premium seating and suite areas.

  • Bryant Is NBA's Most Marketable Again Monday, 15 Jun 2009 | 9:34 AM ET
    Kobe Bryant

    285 weeks. That’s exactly how long it took Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant to get to become the league’s most marketable player again. Sure, it’s a subjective ranking, but it’s harder to argue with a fourth, and Shaq-less, title in Kobe’s hands.

  • Let's All Stop Vacating Games—Hear Me NCAA? Friday, 12 Jun 2009 | 8:55 AM ET

    You've probably heard by now the University of Alabama was penalized by the NCAA for giving away textbooks to its athletes. The major penalty was a whole lot of vacating of games. Yes, the official record books will now show that the Crimson Tide football team did score more points than its opponents for 21 games between 2005-2007, but those wins will not count in its overall record.

  • What Athletes Would Pose Nude In ESPN Shoot? Thursday, 11 Jun 2009 | 11:48 AM ET

    USA Today is reporting that ESPN The Magazine will have a "Body Issue" on Oct. 19 that could include athletes posing nude. Here are the top athletes who we think will be willing to take most of it off.

  • NBA Finals: This Year Is Outrating 2008's Matchup Wednesday, 10 Jun 2009 | 4:57 PM ET

    What a disaster that the Orlando Magic beat the Cleveland Cavaliers! Poor David Stern and the NBA! Well, we just got the ratings from the folks at Nielsen and check out this news bulletin: Lakers-Magic is outrating last year's ultimate matchup of the Lakers-Celtics.

  • If Lakers Win, Sportsbook Loses $400K Wednesday, 10 Jun 2009 | 9:58 AM ET
    Los Angeles Lakers

    Sick of seeing all the action on the Los Angeles Lakers to win the championship, Bodog Sportsbook manager Richard Gardner decided to do something about it.

  • Most Marketable MLB Draft Names Wednesday, 10 Jun 2009 | 8:55 AM ET

    The first few rounds of the Major League Baseball Draft took place last night. We here at "SportsBiz" admittedly know nothing about most of these guys. But we do know whose names seem to be the most marketable.

  • Iconix Using Romo To Resurrect Starter Tuesday, 9 Jun 2009 | 12:19 PM ET
    Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo

    Tony Romo is one of the most marketable players in the NFL. But he doesn’t have a shoe and apparel deal with Adidas, Reebok or Nike.

  • Strasburg Cards Hit Stratosphere Tuesday, 9 Jun 2009 | 10:53 AM ET
    Stephen Strasburg

    Today, the Washington Nationals are expected to take Stephen Strasburg as the first overall pick in the Major League Baseball draft.

  • UFC Orders A Slice Of Kimbo Monday, 8 Jun 2009 | 6:13 PM ET

    The UFC prides itself on real fighting, but that doesn’t mean that the mixed martial arts organization isn’t in a constant search for characters. That’s why UFC president Dana White buckled and gave Kimbo Slice a chance to associate himself with White’s organization as part of a deal that will put him on Season 10 of Spike’s Ultimate Fighter.

  • Off The Court, Federer Is Trumped Monday, 8 Jun 2009 | 4:20 PM ET

    Roger Federer might be the greatest tennis player ever, but he’s hardly at the top of the list in the sports endorsement world.

  • Birdstone Wins Belmont...Again! Monday, 8 Jun 2009 | 12:15 PM ET

    Saturday’s Belmont Stakes wasn’t a victory for Mine That Bird, Calvin Borel or horse racing in general. And Summer Bird might have won the race, but the real winner might have actually been Marylou Whitney and Gainesway Farm in Lexington, Ky.

  • Anyone for an Ochocinco? Monday, 8 Jun 2009 | 10:18 AM ET
    Ochocinco Jersey

    Looking at the list of the top selling jerseys on NFLShop.com, where the league's public tally comes from, you'll see the usual names: P. Manning, E. Manning, Brady and Romo. A name you won't see in the top 100 best-selling jerseys since the NFL's new fiscal year began on April 1 is Chad Ochocinco.

  • Exclusive Interview With Leroy Smith Friday, 5 Jun 2009 | 4:44 PM ET
    Leroy Smith

    Many of you have undoubtedly seen the recent commercials from Leroy Smith, “the man who motivated Michael Jordan.” For those who haven’t, check out the YouTube clip below and check out Smith's Web site.

  • Borel's Move Not Good For Horse Racing Friday, 5 Jun 2009 | 11:27 AM ET
    Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird

    There are going to be people who will celebrate jockey Calvin Borel should he lead Mine That Bird to a Belmont win this weekend. If you can’t get a Triple Crown for another year, you might as well celebrate the first-ever “Jockey Triple Crown,” right?

  • The Lie Of The Tiger Thursday, 4 Jun 2009 | 4:47 PM ET
    TJ Maxx Advertisement

    Times are tough. Everyone is looking for an edge. So maybe companies will start to do what discount retailer T.J. Maxx is doing: Hire lookalikes!

  • Adidas Gives Howard New Shoe For Finals Thursday, 4 Jun 2009 | 3:32 PM ET
    Dwight Howard shoe

    Superman might spend plenty of time flying, but he needs to be light on his feet when he is on the ground. With that rationale in mind, Adidas has provided Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard with a lighter size 18 pair of shoes for the NBA Finals.

  • Howard Stars In New Vitaminwater Spot Thursday, 4 Jun 2009 | 9:55 AM ET

    Sick of hearing the Kobe vs. LeBron debate in ads by Nike and Vitaminwater, Dwight Howard, a Vitaminwater spokesman himself, called the brand's chief marketing officer Rohan Oza and told him that when the Magic made the finals he wanted his own ad.

  • Is Competitive Eating The Best Bang For The Buck? Wednesday, 3 Jun 2009 | 5:04 PM ET
    Joey Chestnut after winning the 2008 Nathan's Hot Dog Eating contest.

    Those of you who know me, know I love the world of competitive eating. I'm credited with bringing the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest to ESPN (I did sideline reporting for the live broadcast for two years) and I'm recognized by most of the stars of the Major League Eating tour.

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