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  • France's Sarkozy Wants to Scrap Ads on Public TV Tuesday, 8 Jan 2008 | 11:10 AM ET

    French media stocks jumped following a speech from French President Nicolas Sarkozy Tuesday in which he proposed banning advertising on public television channels. The loss of income would be replaced by a levy on the advertising revenue of private television channels, according to the plans.

  • Sell Block: Bill Miller's Trip-Up at Legg Friday, 4 Jan 2008 | 11:18 AM ET

    The legendary investor just finished his second bad year in a row. So LM's a sell. But there's more to it than that, Cramer explains.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.

  • Eureka! Ruin Your New Year's Eve! Monday, 31 Dec 2007 | 2:58 PM ET

    Here's the lamest New Year's Eve idea ever: The Ladies' Home Journal took a poll on which Presidential candidate you'd like to take to a New Year's Eve karaoke party. I'm not kidding! Plus: Wooing McDreamy!

  • Mascot Wars: Big Red Loses To Gabibbo Monday, 31 Dec 2007 | 11:26 AM ET

    Round One of what I consider to be one of the greatest stories in sports business history is over: Gabibbo has beaten Big Red. But if the legal system one day does what it's supposed to do, Western Kentucky University will be flush with cash. Unfortunately, I'm not sure that's ever going to happen.

  • Drink More Champagne to Play Forex Futures? Monday, 31 Dec 2007 | 10:33 AM ET

    Most healthy people do not drink before 5pm. And the age of the three-martini lunch has passed. However, I started this past Friday morning surrounded by champagne bottles at Moet & Chandon's Soho pop-up boutique...

  • OK, ok, ok: I know I said I was going to stop with the Southwest Airlines boarding system e-mails, but I can't help myself. I have rarely gotten so much response (other than my Ann Coulter rant and the Xbox 360's problems!). Don't miss the last e-mail on this page -- my fave!

  • Moon Men: Vying for Google's $20 Million Astro-Prize Friday, 28 Dec 2007 | 3:53 PM ET
    Full moon

    California was home to the gold rush, and now it's home to the Moon rush. Google is offering $20 million dollars to the first private team that can move a rover on the Moon by 2012. Enter Team FREDNET.

  • My Holiday Cards: A Great Sports Biz Reporter's Perk Friday, 28 Dec 2007 | 1:17 PM ET

    I received many holiday cards. Thank you, to all of you who prove every time around this year that e-mail isn't the only option. Here are the best of the best.

  • Meet 'Chris Jessie', Football Web Celeb Friday, 28 Dec 2007 | 11:30 AM ET
    Mack Brown

    Thursday night, Holiday Bowl referees ruled that a person on the Texas sideline touched a ball in play. After ESPN showed the offender's face more than 25 times in five minutes, his name was confirmed -- and "Chris Jessie" now has over 2,000 Google hits. Also: CBS fans overturn Pats-Giants poll.

  • NBC

    Today, I posted the weirdest poll ever: Given the choice to watch the exact same game, same announcers, same graphics, on a variety of networks, which net would you choose? (E.g., this Saturday night's Patriots-Giants game.) So far, NBC is leading by 7 percent over CBS. Readers, tell me why.

  • Luddite Jane Update (Second Thoughts on Southwest) Thursday, 27 Dec 2007 | 3:43 PM ET
    Southwest Airlines.

    Flying Southwest Airlines again today. Getting the hang of the new boarding system. Maybe it's not so stupid. Maybe I'm not so stupid. I'm flying to Sacramento and driving to Stockton to check in again on America's Foreclosure Capital.

  • Who Wins Pats-Giants Game: CBS or NBC? Thursday, 27 Dec 2007 | 9:53 AM ET
    NFL Referee's

    Now that we know that the Patriots-Giants game is going to be on CBS, NBC and the NFL Network, I have a suggestion for a different contest: Let's make history by letting each network broadcast the game -- and not just take the NFL Network feed.

  • Bill Belichick: Patriots' Revenue Killer? Wednesday, 26 Dec 2007 | 7:07 PM ET
    Bill Belichick

    Bill Belichick has been called a lot of things: Defensive wizard. Boring. Alleged cheater. But today, we're giving the NFL coach a new nickname: Revenue Killer. Why? Well, if his New England Patriots beat the New York Giants on Saturday night, they'll finish the season undefeated...

  • Giants-Pats Game: Fans 1, NFL Network 0 Wednesday, 26 Dec 2007 | 7:02 PM ET

    On Wednesday afternoon, the NFL Network decided to give in on what will turn out to be the greatest bargaining chip in its entire history. Whatever happens from here on out, there will be nothing greater than the exclusive rights to this Saturday night's Giants-Patriots game...

  • This Xmas, Save The Earth From Your Cat Monday, 24 Dec 2007 | 12:34 PM ET
    Cat

    A last-minute Christmas present idea from a PR department: Potty-train your kitty -- and save the planet! Also: the final Southwest boarding-policy reader responses.

  • 2007's Home-Run Gift of the Year Monday, 24 Dec 2007 | 9:44 AM ET

    But this season's holiday gift of the year -- and a gift that will be popular throughout 2008 -- is Jason Weisenthal's WallMonkeys. Nobody invents things these days; they take an idea and modify it. That's Jason's story...

  • One Shopping Day 'til Christmas... Monday, 24 Dec 2007 | 9:34 AM ET
    Claire Vissichelli of South Setauket pushes a shopping cart inside of a Wal-Mart in South Setauket, N.Y., shortly after the store opened at 5 a.m., Friday, Nov. 25, 2005. The nation's retailers are set to usher in the 2005 holiday shopping season with the usual come-ons_deep discounts and expanded hours_ along with a slew of stores offering early bird specials for the first time. (AP Photo/Ed Betz)

    Down to the final 24 hours, more or less, of shopping before Christmas... We'll get the first reports on how "super" this Super Saturday's sales were when ShopperTrak releases its initial numbers by 3pm ET today

  • Chinese "Lead Scare" Not Real Reason for Slow Toy Sales Thursday, 20 Dec 2007 | 3:43 PM ET
    Parents shop in the toy aisle at a Target store, Kingston, Massachusetts

    I'd like to deconstruct the myth that the China lead-contaminated is responsible for the drop off in toy sales this year. Lead-contamination worries or not, parents are still buying toys and kids are still playing with them this season.

  • Google Gets Go-Ahead to Buy DoubleClick Thursday, 20 Dec 2007 | 2:50 PM ET

    The Federal Trade Commission will not block Google's $3.1 billion dollar deal to acquire Internet advertising company DoubleClick.

  • People who read this blog regularly know that I love lists. I also like to dissect them as evidenced by my criticism of BusinessWeek's Sports Power in September. Here's another list: SportsBusiness Journal's 50 Most Influential People In Sports Business In 2007.