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  • Nothing But The Nets (New Jersey Nets That Is) Tuesday, 2 Oct 2007 | 9:39 AM ET
    Nets guard Vince Carter with the garment bag.

    There is no team in professional sports that works harder to get season ticket holders than the New Jersey Nets. I’ve been to homes where they’ve catered a party for a high net worth season ticket holder to try to convince his friends to buy seats. And I’ve been to a playoff game where Nets general manager Ed Stefanski gave a speech to wavering season ticket holders at halftime to convince them to commit to another season.

  • Online Advertising Spending Surges 41% in Britain Tuesday, 2 Oct 2007 | 1:17 AM ET

    Online advertising spend in Britain grew 41% in the first half of 2007 to give it a market share of almost 15%, new data showed on Tuesday.

  • NY Mets: How They Really Lost (Out) To Yankees Monday, 1 Oct 2007 | 4:16 PM ET

    Let's start by saying that, technically, the New York Mets didn't lose anything. That's because any financial loss assumes that they would have made the playoffs to begin with. While that's a good assumption, considering that they were up by seven games with 17 games to go, I'm just pointing out that any losses aren't coming directly out of owner Fred Wilpon's pocket

  • Prince And Wii: Getting Players Back In The Game? Monday, 1 Oct 2007 | 9:58 AM ET

    For those of you who are living under a rock, the Nintendo Wii is pretty much taking over the world. And frankly, I'm not sure I'm going to be writing this blog after Oct. 22, because the next night "Wii Playground" comes out. Yes, folks it's dodgeball and tetherball on the Wii.

  • China Bans Sexy Bra, Underwear Ads Sunday, 30 Sep 2007 | 11:30 AM ET

    China has banned television and radio ads for push-up bras, figure-enhancing underwear and sex toys in the communist government's latest move to purge the nation's airwaves of what it calls social pollution.

  • BusinessWeek's Sports Power 100: Let's Debate! Wednesday, 26 Sep 2007 | 3:36 PM ET
    Phil Knight

    Congratulations to ESPN The Magazine and BusinessWeek for putting together an awesome sports business issue. It's a must-read if you like the business of sports. Their Power 100 is of course meant to be debated, so I'm going to make a couple comments here.

  • GM: How Best To 'Rev Up' Its Bottom Line Wednesday, 26 Sep 2007 | 3:17 PM ET
    2007 GMC Acadia

    Just a few hours after I reported the new contract between GM and the UAW, I started hearing this question: "Can GM really boost its bottom line now that its costs have been lowered?" My gut says it can do it, IF the company builds on the improvement of its products in the last couple of years.

  • EyeBlack Out To Give Business A "Black Eye" Wednesday, 26 Sep 2007 | 2:54 PM ET

    Just when you thought that all the advertising space was occupied on the field, here comes the folks from EyeBlack.com. The company will sell millions of pairs of EyeBlack--yes, the stuff that's supposedly used to cut down on glare--with college and high school logos on it this year.

  • Drugs On TV: My Review Of What's Playing Now Wednesday, 26 Sep 2007 | 8:55 AM ET

    A couple of days home sick with daytime television as your nursemaid can tell you a lot about the current state of multi-billion dollar pharmaceutical advertising. Yeah, we all know it's ubiquitous, but there are at least a couple of noticeable new players and an older one hitting the airwaves.

  • NY Knicks Trial Proves Fans Only Want Winners Tuesday, 25 Sep 2007 | 5:08 PM ET

    No matter what happens with the New York Knicks sexual harassment trial, the fans won't turn away. All the crisis PR people who keep going on television and talking to the newspapers, whining that the Knicks "brand" is getting damaged, should challenge themselves to come up with a number of people they think will not renew their season tickets solely because of this.

  • Credit Crisis: Causing Concern For Consumers? Tuesday, 25 Sep 2007 | 3:11 PM ET

    Consumer crisis or not, we're three months and counting until Christmas. Americans will still shop for the holidays but the question is just where they'll buy and how much they'll pay for this year's presents. Will we have a merry or mediocre Christmas?

  • Facebook: Is It Really Worth Microsoft's Offer? Tuesday, 25 Sep 2007 | 1:38 PM ET

    Rumors are flying about Microsoft's interest in investing in a 5% stake in Facebook--a stake that would value the social networking upstart at some $10 billion dollars. Viacom and Yahoo  have both made bids for the company, Google is reportedly interested (though co-founder Sergey Brin told me back in July that they weren't pursuing Facebook) and now Microsoft's offer is shaping up.

  • Ad-Funded Mobile Operator Opens in Britain Monday, 24 Sep 2007 | 10:15 AM ET

    Blyk, the world's first fully advertising-funded mobile telecoms operator, launched in Britain on Monday in what is seen as a major test of the potential of advertising on mobile phones.

  • Microsoft has launched a campaign behind the scenes to persuade internet companies, advertisers and regulators to oppose Google's planned $3.1 billion acquisition of online advertising group DoubleClick, the Wall Street Journal reported.

  • The Best O.J. Memorabilia Wednesday, 19 Sep 2007 | 2:37 PM ET
    O.J.'s Gloves

    EBay is exploding with all things O.J. In the past week, 770 Simpson-related items have been sold compared to 337 items in the three months before that time. Not everything is going to come to market, but I thought it would be fun to throw out the best of what might one day emerge.

  • Facebook: 'Paying' Money To Make Money? Tuesday, 18 Sep 2007 | 1:11 PM ET

    Facebook had a pretty smart deal: get innovative kids to create applications for its site--the kind of cool functions that they want to use, which means higher traffic and more ad dollars. But now, Facebook is going to start compensating those innovators, launching a $10 million fund.

  • No. 755 Also "Going Public" Tuesday, 18 Sep 2007 | 8:42 AM ET

    You know the guy that spent $752,467 for Barry Bonds' home run ball No. 756? He's designer Marc Ecko and he's allowing fans to vote  on whether the ball should be sent to the Hall of Fame, branded with an asterisk and then sent to the HOF or launched on a rocket ship. 

  • Time To Lose All Those Boring Trophies! Monday, 17 Sep 2007 | 3:03 PM ET
    Longs Drugs Challenge Trophy

    At the end of every golf and tennis tournament, the champion gets a trophy. Unless it's the grand slams, these trophies don't have any tradition. So it's a clean slate: Do anything you want, but make sure it's something that gets attention for the big sponsor.

  • O.J. Simpson Memorabilia: What's It Worth Now? Monday, 17 Sep 2007 | 1:00 PM ET

    So the media has spent countless hours talking about O.J. Simpson's latest--potentially being the ringleader in an armed robbery that involved taking items from a sports memorabilia store in Las Vegas. But I still haven't seen a complete list of what he stole.

  • InfoSpace to Sell Assets to Idearc for $225 Million Monday, 17 Sep 2007 | 11:37 AM ET

    Idearc said Monday it is purchasing Switchboard.com and other online directory assets from InfoSpace for $225 million in cash.