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

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    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.

  • Auto Branding: Hold That Thought, You Might Be Wrong Wednesday, 19 Dec 2007 | 9:35 AM ET
    2008 Saturn Aura

    Just for a minute, I want you to block out the opinions you have about certain auto brands. So if you always see BMW's as refined and stylish, stop. Or if you think Hyundai's are overrated, hold it. OK, now that you have a clear mind, think about this: Saturn, Suzuki, and Buick are changing their acts and are increasingly being seen in a positive light by car buyers.

  • Web Retailers Race vs. Christmas Clock Tuesday, 18 Dec 2007 | 4:48 PM ET
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    It's later than you think: Today is the last day to buy online at big box.com stores like Sears, Target, Wal-Mart and Amazon in time for regular Christmas delivery. E-commerce is drawing more customers than ever before.

  • So, "Where America Shops," Trees Are Dying? Monday, 17 Dec 2007 | 3:11 PM ET
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    I haven't leafed through a catalog all year. In fact, catalogs go straight from my mailbox to the recycle trash bin. Take away the catalogs and the other junk mail I ignore, and I'd blissfully have nearly no mail at all.

  • Google Takes On Wikipedia with Online Encyclopedia Sunday, 16 Dec 2007 | 12:52 PM ET
    Google Headquarters

    Google is working on a new Internet encyclopedia that will consist of material submitted by people who want to be identified as experts and possibly profit from their knowledge.

  • Paris goes green!

    First, you know the green movement has "jumped the shark" when Paris Hilton wants to reduce her carbon footprint. While in Germany, she told the Associated Press, "I changed all the light bulbs to energy safe light bulbs (energy safe???), and I'm buying a hybrid car right now."

  • Sports Biz with Darren Rovell Thursday, 13 Dec 2007 | 9:54 AM ET
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    It's that time of year again. That time of year to tell you what's going to happen next year in the sports business.

  • Funny Business with Jane Wells Wednesday, 12 Dec 2007 | 1:55 PM ET
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    Fake Jane is very excited about 2008! She hopes to afford major reconstructive surgery which will turn back the hands of time. Or maybe she can at least afford better skincare products. Maybe she'll even go on a date! She's very optimistic that, even if she doesn't meet Mr. Right, she'll meet Mr. Desperate. Yes!

  • Mike Ditka Finds Out Charity Work Has Its "Costs" Wednesday, 12 Dec 2007 | 11:17 AM ET
    Mike Ditka

    Mike Ditka will get crucified today for the negligence over his Hall of Fame Assistance Trust.  He dissolved it yesterday and gave out the $600,000 in the coffers after it was discovered the organization spent more than it distributed. Ditka lent his name to the charity, which made sense because of his drive to boost the pensions of retired NFL players.

  • The Office Christmas Party

    Sad. There are no new episodes left of "The Office" because of the strike, which means we will instead have to experience the real-life insanity of communing with colleagues at the holiday office party.