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    CNBC has learned that despite the fact that Pontiac is the official car of the NCAA and the final games are being played in the city of GM's headquarters, the car company is not inviting anyone to watch the action from the luxury suites at The Palace at Auburn Hills.

  • Checking In With Ty Votaw Thursday, 26 Feb 2009 | 11:23 AM ET

    Given the Northern Trust situation and the subsequent pullback from tournament sponsors Morgan Stanley and Wachovia, we thought it would be a good time to check in with Ty Votaw, executive vice president of the PGA Tour.

  • Tiger's Caddie Sponsor Suffering Most Wednesday, 25 Feb 2009 | 12:55 PM ET
    Tiger Woods hits out of a bunker on the eighth green during a playoff round at the US Open golf tournament, Torrey Pines Golf, San Diego, California.

    Since Tiger Woods last played, the stock of some of his sponsors have plummeted along with the rest of the market. But the biggest loss we've seen doesn't have to do with one of Tiger's sponsors. It's actually the main sponsor of his caddie Steve Williams.

  • TJX Profit Falls Partly on Stronger Dollar Wednesday, 25 Feb 2009 | 10:45 AM ET

    TJX said Wednesday that its fiscal fourth-quarter profit fell 17 percent partly because of the stronger dollar, but adjusted results still managed to top analysts' estimates.

  • Talking Tiger with Nike Golf’s Cindy Davis Tuesday, 24 Feb 2009 | 2:25 PM ET

    With Tiger Woods returning to the course for the first time since he won the U.S. Open in June, the folks at Nike are gearing up, literally.

  • Phelps Speaks Today, Three More Events Canceled Tuesday, 24 Feb 2009 | 11:45 AM ET
    Michael Phelps

    Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps will make his first big public appearance today at a "Get Motivated!" seminar in Sacramento, but.....

  • Is this the Year of the Recessionista? Tuesday, 24 Feb 2009 | 4:20 AM ET

    The current global slowdown is hitting those in every economic category, as even the very wealthy rein in spending.

  • Yankees Should Make The Most Of Pitcher's Name Monday, 23 Feb 2009 | 4:28 PM ET

    The New York Yankees don't have names on the back of their jerseys, but that doesn't mean that the team can't use Phil Coke to advertise their official soft drink deal with the Coca Cola Company.

  • Five Teams Don't Care If You're Irish Monday, 23 Feb 2009 | 3:39 PM ET

    St. Patrick's Day has turned into a huge merchandising opportunity for both Major League Baseball and the NBA. And while you can get gear of any NBA team in that famous green to celebrate the holiday on March 17, there are some baseball teams that aren't exactly participating.

  • Amazon.com CEO Optimistic About New Kindle Monday, 23 Feb 2009 | 3:12 PM ET

    There is no secret to Amazon.com’s continuing success except “focusing on the basics,” said Jeff Bezos, chairman and CEO.

  • Mickey Mantle's "F-Bomb" Ball For Sale Monday, 23 Feb 2009 | 1:06 PM ET

    While surfing auction sites last night I stumbled across a pretty unique item -  a ball signed by New York Yankees great Mickey Mantle, but instead of the normal inscription like "536 HR's," Mickey drops the "F-Bomb."

  • Andre Smith Is “The Biggest Loser” Monday, 23 Feb 2009 | 9:19 AM ET
    Andre Smith

    I spent much of the weekend watching the NFL Combine on the NFL Network. When you know who the players are, it’s actually pretty compelling television. Why? Because, for some people, fortunes are made or lost here.

  • How Much Did Johnny Damon Have Invested In Stanford? Friday, 20 Feb 2009 | 8:37 PM ET

    A little more than an hour ago, FoxSports.com's Ken Rosenthal broke the story that New York Yankees outfielder Johnny Damon said he couldn't pay his bills because he had money invested with Stanford Financial.

  • Consumer Prices Scale Up In January Friday, 20 Feb 2009 | 9:55 AM ET

    The Labor Department reported that the Consumer Price Index, a key measure of retail prices, was up 0.3% in January after declining 0.8% in December.

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    We recently noted that Sports Illustrated "airbrushed" Danica Patrick's tattoo, removing it from the small of her back for pictures in their recent Swimsuit Issue. This afternoon, a spokesperson for the magazine responded.

  • Phelps, A-Rod Should Call Barkley A "Role Model" Thursday, 19 Feb 2009 | 2:34 PM ET
    Charles Barkley

    Charles Barkley, in an interview with his TNT colleague Ernie Johnson on NBA.com, had the best apology we've seen in recent weeks.

  • IMG Says It Didn't Direct Golfers To Stanford Financial Thursday, 19 Feb 2009 | 12:30 PM ET

    Earlier today, the New York Post reported that IMG "quietly agreed to steer clients looking for investment advice to Stanford Financial Group, potentially exposing them to millions of dollars in losses resulting from the financial firm's alleged fraud.

  • How Does A-Rod Move On? Wednesday, 18 Feb 2009 | 2:00 PM ET

    A-Rod's reflection about his youth and having not gone to college presents a potentially unique opportunity for Alex from both a personal growth and public relations standpoint. My advice to Alex…go to college, says Kathy Connors, a veteran sports and entertainment publicity consultant.

  • Vijay Singh Will Continue To Wear Stanford Financial Logos Wednesday, 18 Feb 2009 | 12:52 PM ET

    CNBC has learned that golfer Vijay Singh, who just a month ago signed a big sponsorship deal with troubled firm Stanford Financial, will continue to endorse the company for the foreseeable future.

  • Combine Invite=Free Stuff Wednesday, 18 Feb 2009 | 11:51 AM ET

    The NFL Combine starts today in Indianapolis. It's where players, who are best at the skills tests, can see their NFL draft stock rise.