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  • CNBC.com's Sports Toy Of The Year: Sky Ball+Bat Friday, 28 May 2010 | 2:15 PM ET
    Sky Ball and Bat

    After 57 years of going virtually unchallenged, the Wiffle Ball is going to face some serious competition from what I think is one of the best sports play products to ever be invented.

  • Crons Enters Nutrition Space Friday, 28 May 2010 | 11:45 AM ET

    Crons Come Ready Performance Protein Bars will be marketed directly to the same high school and college market the company makes uniforms for. Cavanaugh's pitch: Sports nutrition is still an untapped part of the sports performance equation.

  • In the late 90s, a company called Broadband Sports was signing athletes to Web site deals, with the idea being to empower the athlete to take control of their own brands by disseminating their own news and selling their own merchandise. But, in the end, athletes weren’t really on board with writing about themselves frequently enough for fans to make their sites worthwhile destinations and the retail space never was fully developed.

  • Business Of Tiger Woods: Six Months Later Wednesday, 26 May 2010 | 12:37 PM ET

    Tomorrow marks the six-month anniversary of Tiger Woods’ car accident and the revelation of the affairs that followed. With the half-year mark upon us, we take a look at Brand Tiger and the companies that are and were affiliated with him.

  • Did American Needle Just Help Under Armour? Tuesday, 25 May 2010 | 3:44 PM ET
    Gavel

    Yesterday, the Supreme Court unanimously ruled that the NFL was not a single entity and therefore judges in a lower court must now decide if the league has the right to sell the licensing rights to all 32 of its teams. And while much has been talked about the labor ramifications of this, which were actually never truly in play, fewer have talked about what happens if the NFL actually loses this case.

  • SportsGrid Debuts With A Robust Offering Tuesday, 25 May 2010 | 2:10 PM ET
    Sportsgrid

    Sports fans love lists and that means that a new offshoot of Dan Abrams’ Mediaite site called SportsGrid has a pretty good chance of being a highly trafficked site. SportsGrid.com, which will launch Wednesday morning, borrows the PowerGrid system built for its sites like Mediaite, the main site that includes rankings of media members and Styleite, a fashion and beauty culture site, and translates it to the sports world.

  • The Horrible Idea of ‘Premium Ticketing’ Tuesday, 25 May 2010 | 1:18 PM ET
    Cleveland Indians fan holding up a banner prior to a game

    I get it, selling tickets is tough. Tougher in a down economy, and worse yet if you’re a bad team in said down economy. dd an existence in a small or mid-market and a job in the ticket sales department can be akin to selling funeral plots. The Cleveland Indians know this all too well.

  • FedEx Orange Bowl

    The recent announcement that FedEx would not be back as title sponsor of the Orange Bowl is noteworthy for the reason why the 21-year relationship ended.

  • Cold Weather Super Bowls Have Happened Before Tuesday, 25 May 2010 | 9:48 AM ET
    Rendering of the new Giants Stadium

    Later today, NFL owners could give New York the nod for the 2014 Super Bowl. It’s being reported that it will be the first Super Bowl in a cold weather environment. Not true. It would be the first Super Bowl game being PLAYED in outdoors in a cold weather city, but the Super Bowl is so much more than the game itself for those that actually attend the game.

  • To date, no major sports franchise has implemented a sustainable business model where they give away a substantial portion of their tickets away for free to all of their home games. Here are the reasons why I think it could work.

  • Football stadium seats

    As the cost of constructing these buildings continues to climb, how do you offset the need for greater revenue generation when there is an inherent lack of ability to accommodate additional event days for other uses in these custom, single purpose designs?

  • Football

    Flash-forward to 2011. The NFL is within the throes of a lockout. Players have formed picket lines. Stadiums, once teaming with fans, sit silent. Instead of CBS, FOX, NBC, ESPN and the NFL Network showing you games, you’re getting the likes of tennis or bowling as part of replacement programming.

  • Sports is Part of Our Corporate Culture Friday, 21 May 2010 | 11:09 AM ET

    Companies are like people. They all have personalities. A company can be viewed as either staid and stiff or exciting and vibrant, based on what customers, employees and shareholders see the company doing.

  • Dynamic Pricing Is The Key To Sporting Industry’s Woes Thursday, 20 May 2010 | 11:43 AM ET

    While often overlooked and underappreciated in the world of big sports sponsorships and premium entertainment, tickets remain the lifeblood for any viable professional sports franchise.

  • Hispanic Millennials: The Future of the MLS Thursday, 20 May 2010 | 9:34 AM ET
    Goalkeeper Kasey Keller of Seattle Sounders FC kicks the ball into play.

    Major League Soccer’s future success is contingent upon its ability to market its game to first and second generation Hispanic-Americans.

  • The Sports Industry: Not as Sexist as You Might Think Wednesday, 19 May 2010 | 12:16 PM ET
    Erin Andrews of ESPN interviews California coach Jeff Tedford

    When I was 14, I wrote a high school essay about why I wanted to be coach of the New York Rangers. At the time, the Rangers were going through their revolving door of coaches: Ted Sator, Tom Webster, Phil Esposito, Michel Bergeron, Phil Esposito again. I figured, I had a chance.

  • Sports Teams Can Make Money By Eliminating Waste Wednesday, 19 May 2010 | 9:28 AM ET

    But what is “waste?” It’s more than just trash and junk. It’s in processes and procedures that the customer doesn’t want to pay for. The first step in reducing waste is being able to identify the eight types of waste.

  • Will 'Red Dead' Rev Up Video Games? Tuesday, 18 May 2010 | 2:58 PM ET
    Grand Theft Auto IV

    Video game sales may have plummeted 26 percent in April, but now there's hope that a new game will get the industry moving. "Red Dead Redemption" goes on sale today, and based on rave reviews and some anecdotal reports of huge lines outside Game Stop stores, this game could be a blockbuster.

  • Seven of America’s Most Awesomely Bad Failed Leagues Tuesday, 18 May 2010 | 1:00 PM ET
    XFL

    What it was, why they thought it would work, where they went wrong and what - if anything - we all learned from these failed sports leagues.

  • The LeBron Effect Monday, 17 May 2010 | 4:33 PM ET
    LeBron James during Game 6 of the Cleveland Cavaliers v Boston Celtics playoff game.

    King James may have left the court and gone home for the season, but it doesn’t mean he’s finished impacting the NBA playoffs - at least not where ticket prices are concerned.

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