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  • New York Mets: Passing on Lowe Not Related To Madoff Tuesday, 13 Jan 2009 | 7:07 PM ET

    People are starting to speculate that the Wilpons losing millions in the Bernie Madoff Scandal might be having a material impact on their offseason spending. But when asked whether balking at free agent pitcher Derek Lowe had anything to do with the Madoff losses, a team spokesman told CNBC on Tuesday night that it was "categorically unrelated."

  • First Dog Already Upstages Obama Tuesday, 13 Jan 2009 | 3:13 PM ET

    I just got two boxes of the Barack Obama Topps set. It's 90 cards, plus 18 stickers. No offense to our new leader, but the most coveted card in the set isn't of Obama. It's of his pooch.

  • NY Town Needs This Boston Star Monday, 12 Jan 2009 | 3:33 PM ET
    Henderson and Rice

    Jim Rice, the Boston Red Sox outfielder, got into the Baseball Hall of Fame on his 15th and final try today and Cooperstown—a New York town—couldn't be happier.

  • What Is The Greatest TV Product Ever-Vote Now Monday, 12 Jan 2009 | 2:04 PM ET

    I've written a lot in this space about endorsements and commercials that don't work. It obviously involves athletes because that's what I talk about. So I think it's appropriate to talk about an ad that doesn't involve any jocks, but might be the best Made-For-TV commercial of all time.

  • BlackBerry Bold Commercial Badly Misses The Mark Monday, 12 Jan 2009 | 10:09 AM ET
    BlackBerry Bold

    When Hollywood does sports movies, they are always careful to bring in consultants to make sure the action looks authentic. Well, it's only 30 seconds, but it appears like the folks at Research in Motion, parent company of the BlackBerry, should have brought in a sports consultant for its spot that has been running incessantly during NFL games.

  • The “Real” Breakfast of Champions? Friday, 9 Jan 2009 | 12:55 PM ET
    Wheaties box

    I was always waiting for a high-powered Wheaties and rumors are circulating that General Mills is in the planning stages of making that happen. The idea we’re told, is a male-targeted product that would give the brand some more credibility.

  • Retailer Best Buy said it sees sales at stores open at least one year falling between 2 percent and 3 percent for its current fiscal year and said its market share continued to gain, while General Mills raised guidance.

  • Macke On Wal-Mart: "Two Strikes" Thursday, 8 Jan 2009 | 6:05 PM ET

    "I’m starting to see some chinks in the armor which is concerning," says Jeff Macke. Is he changing his view on Wal-Mart?

  • Stocks End Mixed Ahead of Jobs Report Thursday, 8 Jan 2009 | 4:21 PM ET

    Stocks ended mixed as dismal December retail sales — notably from discount giant Wal-Mart — offset strength in techs, led by Microsoft.

  • Traders Ask, "What Urgency?" Thursday, 8 Jan 2009 | 4:14 PM ET

    Despite tremendous fear that the nonfarm payroll report would be a complete disaster tomorrow, traders acted like there was little urgency. Volume was light, volatility was low and with the exception of one sector (retail) all S&P sectors were up or down less than one percent.

  • Michael Jordan on Michael Jordan And His New Shoe Thursday, 8 Jan 2009 | 3:12 PM ET
    Air Jordan 2009

    Michael Jordan was in New York City today to unveil his latest sneaker called the Air Jordan 2009. We talked about him being the most popular athlete on the planet, Brand Jordan and the new shoe.

  • Stocks Pare Losses, Helped by Microsoft Thursday, 8 Jan 2009 | 2:57 PM ET

    Stocks took a hit from weak December retail sales — even from some of the biggest discount names — but trimmed losses arround midday as strength from Microsoft helped push the Nasdaq into positive territory.

  • Analyst Still Sees Some Bright Spots in Retail Thursday, 8 Jan 2009 | 2:13 PM ET

    Despite dismal December chain store sales numbers, Kimberly Greenberger, retail analyst at Citi, told CNBC's investors to prepare their portfolios accordingly as retail stocks will make a turnaround in 2009.

  • Hunting For Value in Consumer Staples Stocks Thursday, 8 Jan 2009 | 10:56 AM ET

    Will Nasgovitz, portfolio manager of Hartland Advisors told CNBC he sees a few consumer staples stocks that will help boost portfolios.

  • Wal-Mart Hits Stocks; Microsoft Boosts Tech Thursday, 8 Jan 2009 | 10:51 AM ET

    Weaker-than-expected December numbers from Wal-Mart sent stock futures sharply lower as retailers overall painted a bleak picture of holiday sales.

  • Weak Wal-Mart Sales Send Futures Lower Thursday, 8 Jan 2009 | 9:10 AM ET

    Weaker-than-expected December numbers from Wal-Mart sent stock futures sharply lower as retailers overall painted a bleak picture of holiday sales.

  • Discounters Will Continue to Lead Retail: Telsey Thursday, 8 Jan 2009 | 8:01 AM ET

    Discounters are the Lords of Retailing in this recessionary economic realm, according to Telsey Advisory Group chief research officer Dana Telsey.  "The warehouse clubs, the discounters overall...whether it's high-end or low-end, the changes in the environment are leading consumers of all income levels to want value," she told CNBC.

  • Industry Slowdown May Steal Show Wednesday, 7 Jan 2009 | 12:41 PM ET
    Samsung's flat-panel television display is shown at the 2007 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

    CES will be something of a preview of what’s to come for the consumer electronics industry this year. Less will have to be more, as revenue and investment shrink while buyers and profits become scarce.

  • How To Do Sponsorship Right: Chick-Fil-A Bowl Wednesday, 31 Dec 2008 | 5:18 PM ET

    Tonight is the Chick-Fil-A Bowl. I'm sure it will be a good one between Georgia Tech and the LSU Tigers. But the reason I'm writing about this is because, in a world where so many sponsorships don't make sense, this one is probably among the best I've ever seen. Here are five things the sports marketing world can learn from Chick-Fil-A's sponsorship of this bowl game.

  • Outdoor Hockey: My Interview with NHL Chief Bettman Wednesday, 31 Dec 2008 | 4:48 PM ET

    Tomorrow afternoon will be the one day of the year I will be watching hockey as the Chicago Blackhawks and the Detroit Red Wings play outside at Wrigley Field. The Bridgestone Winter Classic is the talk of the town and hockey outdoors has actually managed to get some big-time buzz. This morning, I spoke with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman about the game.