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  • Lindsey Vonn Talks Sponsors, Olympic Rules Friday, 19 Mar 2010 | 11:47 AM ET

    On "Squawk On The Street," I went one-on-one with the very marketable alpine skier Lindsey Vonn. Here's my complete interview, with some highlights below.

  • Big East Loses $4 Million Yesterday Friday, 19 Mar 2010 | 11:39 AM ET
    The Georgetown Hoyas mascot.

    The Big East came into the NCAA Tournament with eight teams and a chance to make a whole lot of money. But with three of its four teams –- Notre Dame, Marquette and Georgetown -- going down yesterday, the Big East lost nearly $4 million.

  • The Smallest Coaching Buyout? Friday, 19 Mar 2010 | 10:57 AM ET
    Guard Donte Poole #11 of the Murray State Racers.

    With a 66-65 victory over the No. 4 seed Vanderbilt yesterday, suffice it to say that Murray State head basketball coach Billy Kennedy is going to be on some prospective head coaching lists around the country.

  • Why Michael Strahan Is Pitching Baseball Bats Thursday, 18 Mar 2010 | 4:09 PM ET

    I was sitting on my couch the other night when I saw Michael Strahan with a baseball bat in his hand endorsing a new Easton Stealth Speed bat for Sports Authority. Michael Strahan? Really? A former defensive end is better than anyone else out there? Better than any active or retired baseball player?

  • Tourney Gives Birth To A Fascinating Travel Story Thursday, 18 Mar 2010 | 12:33 PM ET

    Short's Travel Management, a travel agency out of Waterloo, Iowa, has received plenty of publicity as a result of its role in planning the travel for tournament bound teams since 2004. But the story of how it comes together hasn't completely been told.

  • Tiger's Return Hardly Moving Masters Ticket Price Wednesday, 17 Mar 2010 | 4:33 PM ET
    Tiger Woods hits out of a bunker on the eighth green during a playoff round at the US Open golf tournament, Torrey Pines Golf, San Diego, California.

    Tiger Woods is coming back to the Masters, an event whose exclusivity has always made it one of the toughest tickets in sports. That might lead you to believe that, given the magnitude of his return, prices are skyrocketing to never-before-seen levels.

  • What A 96-Team Bracket Would Look Like Wednesday, 17 Mar 2010 | 2:58 PM ET

    As many of you know, there's been plenty of talk about expanding the NCAA men's basketball tournament from its current 64 teams (not including the play-in game) to a 96-team tournament. Who knows if it will happen, but it didn't stop us from dreaming. I commissioned our graphics designer here Florence Zaitoun to give us an idea what would a 96-team bracket look like.

  • Is Your Bracket A Guessing Game Or A Science? Wednesday, 17 Mar 2010 | 2:06 PM ET

    Hardcore gamblers will tell you that betting can be reduced down to a science. And people who subscribe to that philosophy aren’t wasting time watching any of these tournament preview shows, they’re evaluating what service can deliver the best analysis. The quantitative analysis business among bettors has grown in recent years and guys like Paul Bessire are hoping those that gamble will find comfort in his numbers.

  • Biggest Beer-Buying Holidays Tuesday, 16 Mar 2010 | 5:24 PM ET
    The Super Bowl and beer seemingly go together, but that’s not always so.

    St. Patrick's Day and beer are seemingly made for each other, but not as much as you might think. Check out which holidays moved the most beer.

  • Did Coin Flip Cost Jets Money? Tuesday, 16 Mar 2010 | 4:03 PM ET
    NY Jets

    The NFL announced yesterday that, thanks to a coin flip performed by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, the New York Giants will be the team that will open the new stadium they share with the Jets this fall.

  • Big Masters Winner? Badge Holders Tuesday, 16 Mar 2010 | 3:03 PM ET
    Tiger Woods hits out of a bunker on the eighth green during a playoff round at the US Open golf tournament, Torrey Pines Golf, San Diego, California.

    It will be the greatest ratings we’ve ever seen. But ESPN and CBS are already restricted to the number of hours they can show the Masters and more importantly, the number of commercials they can sell.

  • London Olympic Plan Criticized by Report Monday, 15 Mar 2010 | 1:09 PM ET

    The London Olympics lacks a clear co-ordination plan to ensure the various bodies responsible for a successful 2012 Games know what each other are doing, according to a report published on February 25 by the government’s finance watchdog.

  • Breaking Down The Brackets From A Financial Standpoint Monday, 15 Mar 2010 | 10:39 AM ET

    The brackets were just released last night and you’ve seen about every tale of the tape you can possibly absorb. But we have one you haven’t seen. Here are some of the more interesting numbers behind the tournament.

  • Did Duke Basketball Really Lose $2 Million? Sunday, 14 Mar 2010 | 6:29 PM ET
    Duke Head coach Mike Krzyzewski directs his team during last year's NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament.

    Rarely does any tournament team report that its basketball team lost money and Duke's filing certainly suggests that the team did spend more than others in expenses.

  • You’ve all heard the speculation. Tiger Woods could return at Bay Hill. He could return at the Masters. Or he could even show up for the first time at the Tavistock Cup, a competition between two high-profile Florida clubs, Isleworth –- where Tiger belongs -– and Lake Nona.

  • F1 Highlights the Real Gulf Competition Friday, 12 Mar 2010 | 9:34 AM ET
    Bahrain skyline

    Four former world champions line up on the starting grid to start one of the most exciting and intriguing Formula One seasons for years. Personally, my head is supporting Button or Hamilton, but (as the years tick by) my heart is rooting for the old guy, Schumacher.

  • A rendering of Jerry Remy’s Sports Bar & Grill near Fenway Park

    Jerry Remy’s Sports Bar & Grill is opening near Fenway Park next week with a twist. It’s selling season tickets. For a one-time $500 fee, patrons will get a guaranteed table during Red Sox games. A same “ticket” for Patriots games costs $350 and $250 for Celtics games.

  • One Shining Moment Gets An Update Wednesday, 10 Mar 2010 | 4:00 PM ET

    Since 1987, the NCAA men's basketball tournament on CBS has concluded with a video montage backed up by David Barrett's original song "One Shining Moment." Barrett sang the song for the first decade before his voice was replaced by Teddy Pendergrass and then Luther Vandross.

  • Basketball Tourney Gets A New Official Car Wednesday, 10 Mar 2010 | 11:23 AM ET
    2011 Infiniti M Series

    For years, the official car of the NCAA men's basketball championship was Pontiac. This year, Infiniti takes over.

  • The Power Of Maybe: LeBron Selling Knicks Tickets Tuesday, 9 Mar 2010 | 1:24 PM ET
    LeBron James

    In just a couple of weeks, the New York Knicks have taken deposits on 1,800 new season tickets. For those keeping score at home, that's the fastest the team has sold this many new season tickets in its storied history. Considering the team is heading for another losing season and hasn't won a playoff series in a decade, it can be assumed that all this excitement has to do with the anticipation of the free agents the team is going to sign for next season.

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