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  • Candidates, Retailers Vie For Attention on TV Tuesday, 27 Nov 2007 | 7:59 AM ET
    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

    In early election battlegrounds like Iowa and New Hampshire,  Sen. Hillary Clinton and other presidential candidates are running more television ads during the holiday shopping season, when retailers want to promote sales.

  • Season-Long Betting Favorites Blow It Monday, 26 Nov 2007 | 4:12 AM ET

    Both the "can't miss" betting favorites went down this weekend. First, Kansas -- which closed as a one-point favorite against Missouri -- lost by eight points.  Up until Saturday night's loss, Kansas had covered 10 straight games (their Sept. 8 game against SE Louisiana did not have a spread). According to R.J. Bell of Pregame.com, the odds of a team doing that were 1,024-to-1.

  • Writers Guild of America

    Third quarter advertising numbers are in and the good news is that online newspaper advertising grew 21 percent to $773 million according to the Newspaper Association of America. The bad news is that even that growth couldn't overwhelm the downward trend in the industry, overall ad revenue dropped 7.4% in the quarter.

  • Isiah Thomas: He'll Be Added To List Of Ex-Knick Coaches Wednesday, 21 Nov 2007 | 12:52 PM ET
    Isiah Thomas

    After last night's loss to the Golden State Warriors, I think it's a foregone conclusion that New York Knicks head coach Isiah Thomas is not lasting another month. (My official guess is Dec. 8 right before the Knicks begin a three-game homestand). I'm sure owner James Dolan and his number crunchers are doing the math right now and let me say, it's not pretty.

  • Matt Leinart, James Blake And Nike's Decision Tuesday, 20 Nov 2007 | 9:59 AM ET

    We begin today by offering you a hodgepodge of sports business commentary. We’ll start with Matt Leinart’s signature. This is the worst part of the collectibles industry right now. I pulled this out of an Upper Deck pack. I realize that penmanship isn’t everyone’s thing, but I have to think if you’re a Leinart fan, you’re disappointed with the way his John Hancock looks.

  • Vizio Big Screen TV's Make For Big Business Friday, 16 Nov 2007 | 11:14 AM ET
    Vizio VM60P - 60" Plasma HDTV

    As we head into the crux of the holiday shopping season, big screen, flat-panel digital televisions will once again be a hot seller; and the hottest company in this sector isn't Samsung, or Panasonic, or Sony  or Pioneer. Prepare for the Vizio invasion.

  • Friday Night Lights: The Real Life Version Friday, 16 Nov 2007 | 9:54 AM ET

    Today is Friday and that means one thing in Southlake, Texas: high school football. The Carroll Dragons--who have lost only two games in six years--will be playing in the playoffs at Texas Stadium.

  • I am sitting at a Starbucks across from Lululemon on the Upper West side of Manhattan. I find this somewhat ironic given that Lululemon has done for athleticwear what Starbucks seems to have done for coffee. No, it didn't just inflate prices and make it yuppie-wear, Lulu glamorized it.

  • Hot up-and-coming retailer Steve & Barry's, which turned heads especially with its $14.98 shoes, could have an issue on its hands. The man whose nickname ("Starbury") is on those shoes has always been seen as a bit controversial, but these last couple months have been quite the ride.

  • Dale Earnhardt: Not "Earnhing" Much, Is He? Wednesday, 14 Nov 2007 | 10:39 AM ET
    Dale Earnhardt Jr.

    If I'm in Budweiser's marketing department right now, I'm feeling fine with losing my primary sponsorship of Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s car next season. (Yes, even with new driver Kasey Kahne having a disappointing year.) On the flip side, I might be sick to my stomach if I'm an executive for Pepsi, which paid boatloads to have its Amp logo featured on his car going forward.

  • Dale Earnhardt: Many Of You Think I Got It All Wrong! Wednesday, 14 Nov 2007 | 10:37 AM ET

    Well, apparently I know nothing about NASCAR. That's what many readers told me just because I dared to say that it was possible that Dale Earnhardt Jr. was losing some of his marketing power after what looks to be his first season without a victory.

  • VeriSign Unveils Plan to Sell Business Units Wednesday, 14 Nov 2007 | 9:27 AM ET
    VeriSign

    VeriSign, which runs the infrastructure that directs most of the world's Internet traffic, said Wednesday it plans to divest several businesses and focus on its Web-site-naming and Internet security services.

  • EU to Launch Review of Google-DoubleClick Deal Tuesday, 13 Nov 2007 | 12:14 PM ET

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  • I haven't purchased a single Christmas gift for ANYONE that I know. For me, this may be inexcusable given the amount of time that I spend in malls for work. I'm trying to rein in my spending and apparently I'm in good company. According to the National Retail Federation, more than 70% of consumers have completed only 10% of their holiday shopping.

  • Who says the insurance business is boring? Ok, it is (although I know a guy who once had to insure Bill Gates' Porsche years ago. He told me they charged him a fortune since they figured a guy like that would eventually want to see what 200 mph is like and wouldn't really care about the repair costs).

  • Stop Trading!: Cramer's Cisco Call Friday, 9 Nov 2007 | 10:56 AM ET

    The tech stock is down after comments from the CEO. But Cramer isn't worried: “I think Cisco is going to come roaring back.” Investing can be confusing. Luckily, Cramer has mapped out some road rules for all you Home Gamers trying to navigate the jungle that is Wall Street. Think of it as "Mad Money 101" –- some fundamental advice to keep in mind as you play the market. Whether you're a first time investor or a seasoned financier, it's always good to remember the basics.

  • Adrian Peterson: Big Business As "Purple Jesus" Wednesday, 7 Nov 2007 | 3:12 PM ET

    Coming off his single game rushing yards record on Sunday, the hype surrounding Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has reached a fever pitch. Perhaps the most remarkable story coming at the water cooler where fantasy sports owners have been talking up Peterson, who was drafted in most leagues as an early-to mid-third round pick.

  • Ford Aims To "Hit The Mark" With The Mustang Bullitt Tuesday, 6 Nov 2007 | 6:14 PM ET
    2008 Ford Bullitt Mustang

    "Bullitt" was a hit cop drama movie in 1968, with two super stars in the cast: Steve McQueen and a hotter than hot Ford Mustang featured in what was then one of the most exciting cars chases ever filmed (by the way, the car McQueen was chasing was a Dodge Charger)

  • Jones Soda

    When sports teams put their pouring rights contracts up for bid, it's pretty much the same battle--Coke vs. Pepsi. But that's not what happened with the bidding for the carbonated beverage and water rights to the New Jersey Nets new arena, the Barclays Center, which will open in the 2009-10 season.

  • Google's Spam Czar Wants YOU! (To Use His Product) Tuesday, 6 Nov 2007 | 8:34 AM ET
    Marg Helgenberger

    Google will someday rule the world. Look, it’s true. I’m just saying this so when it happens you're not surprised. Apparently one of the top priorities of the Google Defense Department (the GD Dept.? The Googagon?) will be fighting SPAM! Email spam is, as we all know, like herpes—the best you can hope for is to keep it in check until the next erupt