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  • U.S. retail chains may report some of their worst monthly sales results this week as the global financial crisis leaves its mark on ordinary consumers, casting new doubt on holiday season sales.

  • Over the past couple weeks, I've been on many radio shows and the hosts naturally ask me about the economy and sports. One area that I didn't think I was strong as I could be in was the baseball free agent question.

  • Retailers Rely On Advertising To Induce Consumers Monday, 3 Nov 2008 | 10:31 AM ET
    Shopper with Bloomingdales Bags

    Halloween isn't just about crazy costumes and sugar highs. For advertisers it represents the unofficial start of holiday-season advertising. Expect to start seeing plenty of ads in your paper urging you to go shopping.

  • OMG! Xmas Sales Are Starting Already Friday, 31 Oct 2008 | 4:02 PM ET

    Take off that Sarah Palin mask and get your shop on because retailers are desperate this year and they've rolled out some hefty sales before the first little pirate or princess even hits the doorbell.

  • On Main Street, Shops Partner to Make Registers Ring Friday, 31 Oct 2008 | 11:49 AM ET

    Gas prices may have come down but with the economy in a tailspin and consumer confidence at its lowest since 1967, small shop owners are taking preventive measures in order to survive what is expected to be the worst holiday season in years.

  • EA Shares Plunge as Game Firm Cuts Profit Outlook Thursday, 30 Oct 2008 | 4:51 PM ET

    Video game publisher Electronic Arts says its second-quarter net loss widened as development and marketing costs grew, and the company's shares dropped sharply as it cut its earnings outlook.

  • Hottest Digital Cameras for Your Budget Wednesday, 29 Oct 2008 | 2:02 PM ET
    There's no escaping the ubiquitous digital camera these days. It's big business now more than ever, with industry leaders Canon, Nikon and Sony duking it out for global supremacy. Whether you're looking for a quick-to-capture point-and-shoot or the top-of-the-crop pro DSLR, click ahead to see which models offer what you're looking for in a new camera. We grouped them into four categories: > > > >

    Whether you're looking for a quick-to-capture point-and-shoot or the top-of-the-crop pro DSLR, click ahead to see which models offer what you're looking for in a new camera.

  • Wal-Mart is already bracing for a tough holiday season — and retail climate overall — slowing the pace of new store openings and remodeling existing stores. And, in a telling sign of the season: The discount chain is now attracting more higher-income shoppers.

  • Nocho Cinco Monday, 27 Oct 2008 | 12:59 PM ET

    Last week, it was revealed that Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chad Ochocinco was not willing to pay the fee to Reebok so that his jersey could correspond with his name change. What we found most interesting about this is that Johnson will be able to have Ochocinco on the back of his jerseys next year.

  • Nervous Investors Awaiting Two Big Events Next Week Friday, 24 Oct 2008 | 4:14 PM ET

    Next week is expected to mark the start of the US economy’s entry into recession and the end of the Fed’s conventional monetary policy.

  • The team confirmed on its web site that the final elite seats in their new stadium scheduled to open in 2010 will be auctioned from today and will close on Monday and that the team “does not expect to sell all of the Coaches Club seats by the end of the auction.”

  • Playing The Sports "Naming Rights" Game Thursday, 23 Oct 2008 | 11:12 AM ET
    World Series 2008

    This is how the game works. First, you figure out who the sponsor of the facility is. (Note: This is easy and is only part of the game). Then, walk around the stadium and evaluate how that sponsor is doing within the stadium and then figure out how natural the fit is.

  • Coach's Holiday Strategy: Sell Like It's 2010 Wednesday, 22 Oct 2008 | 4:16 PM ET
    Coach | Graphic OP Art Wristlet

    While retailers batter down the hatches — some of them for good — in preparation for a difficult holiday season, Coach has a different strategy: Variety.

  • Sorry, Santa, We're Closed. Tuesday, 21 Oct 2008 | 3:23 PM ET

    This holiday season is make or break for some retailers, and while it’s not even Halloween yet, we’re already seeing some of them break. Are we going to see more before Christmas?

  • Dennis Green Ready To Rant In The Classroom Monday, 20 Oct 2008 | 4:19 PM ET

    Is he going to be the teacher you "thought he was?" That's the question some students at San Diego State will be asking themselves after the school named former college and NFL head coach Dennis Green as a teacher today. Green will teach BA703 — or Strategic Management — in SDSU's Sports Business Management program

  • NY Jets Seat Auction: Prices Still Dropping Monday, 20 Oct 2008 | 3:31 PM ET

    Update II: After yesterday, I wasn't so sure that my prediction that the Jets would not get the $25,000 average for Coaches Club personal seat licenses would hold up. But things haven't been in the Jets' favor on Day 2 of the auction on eBay's StubHub.

  • NY Jets' Big Win: The Seat Auction (Update I) Monday, 20 Oct 2008 | 1:58 PM ET

    UPDATED: The New York Jets lost the game Sunday in overtime to the Oakland Raiders. But they apparently won against those who didn't think they could raise $25,000 per personal seat license for the best seats in their new stadium, in these hard economic times. The top two PSL prices from yesterday were $65,100 (each for two seats) and $61,100 (each for four seats) for first-row 40-yard line seats.

  • Is It Really The Economy? Monday, 20 Oct 2008 | 11:00 AM ET
    Sports & The Economy

    Over the past couple weeks, I've been trying to keep you up to date on the latest in sports business and how the industry is being affected by the economy. I've tried my best not to be alarmist and to tell you the real story. But I'm afraid that some stories written by others are a bit overboard.

  • Garmin Nüvi® 350

    This economic slowdown couldn’t come at a worse time for retailers and electronics manufacturers — The holidays are typically their biggest earnings period. But you know what that means: Sales!

  • NY Jets' Big Win: The Personal-Seat Auction Monday, 20 Oct 2008 | 8:54 AM ET

    The New York Jets lost the game Sunday in overtime to the Oakland Raiders. But they apparently won against those who didn't think they could raise $25,000 per personal seat license for the best seats in their new stadium, in these hard economic times. The top two PSL prices from yesterday were $65,100 (each for two seats) and $61,100 (each for four seats) for first-row 40-yard line seats.