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  • Chinese Brands, Less Money Make Shoe Game More Complex Tuesday, 22 Jun 2010 | 2:10 PM ET
    Flag of the People's Republic of China

    Gone are the days that being a top 10 pick in the NBA Draft meant signing a three-year shoe deal worth at least $750,000 a year. Although projected top pick John Wall’s Reebok contract is said to be in the $3.5 to $4 million range, every player below him won’t even approach those annual numbers.

  • Conference Realignment Puts Orangebloods.com On The map Wednesday, 16 Jun 2010 | 9:55 AM ET
    OrangeBloods.com

    Starting with his initial story that day that was the first to detail a possible move by six Big XII schools to the Pac-10, Brown has broken nearly every part of the college realignment story that resulted in a new 10-team Big XII with Colorado leaving for the Pac-10 and Nebraska going to the Big Ten.

  • Losing The Right Two Schools Saved The Big XII Tuesday, 15 Jun 2010 | 1:58 PM ET
    Big XII Conference

    Pressured perhaps by the heat that Texas legislators might push for Baylor to go to the Pac-10 as a condition of the three other Texas schools making the move, Colorado jumped to the Pac-10 as soon as they got the invitation. Perhaps believing that the conference was destined to crumble, Nebraska went for greener pastures to the Big Ten. As hard of it is to believe, the record will show, that the loss of these two teams saved the Big XII.

  • MLB baseballs seen through the netting of a basket

    For the fourth straight year, Major League Baseball will beat out the National Football League in licensing revenue this year, according to Ira Mayer, publisher of The Licensing Letter, an industry trade publication that focuses on the licensing business.

  • Panini Includes Me In Their World Cup Sticker Set Monday, 7 Jun 2010 | 5:07 PM ET
    The cover to Panini's 2010 FIFA World Cup sticker packet

    Last month, I wrote about how companies and PR executives weren’t making the cut when it came to getting the attention of reporters in this world of increasing clutter. As an example of a company doing it right, I talked about Jack Daniels announcing its new partnership with golfer Trevor Immelman by putting my name on a bottle of Gentleman Jack, with a note from Immelman himself.

  • TV Math Doesn't Necessarily Add Up For Conferences Monday, 7 Jun 2010 | 3:26 PM ET
    University of Michigan football player

    Lost in the talk of the formation of college football mega conferences led by the Pac-10 and the Big 10 is that bigger isn’t necessarily more profitable. Yes, there are certain teams that will make sense for both conferences, but let’s not forget that we’re dividing money here.

  • Sales of Wooden’s Books Skyrocket Monday, 7 Jun 2010 | 11:15 AM ET
    John Wooden

    Three weeks ago, Steve Jamison walked into to John Wooden's condo not sure what to expect from the 99-year-old coaching legend. Jamison, who has written eight books with Wooden since 1997, knew that it was touch and go at Wooden's age.

  • Business Of Tiger Woods: Six Months Later Wednesday, 26 May 2010 | 12:37 PM ET

    Tomorrow marks the six-month anniversary of Tiger Woods’ car accident and the revelation of the affairs that followed. With the half-year mark upon us, we take a look at Brand Tiger and the companies that are and were affiliated with him.

  • SportsGrid Debuts With A Robust Offering Tuesday, 25 May 2010 | 2:10 PM ET
    Sportsgrid

    Sports fans love lists and that means that a new offshoot of Dan Abrams’ Mediaite site called SportsGrid has a pretty good chance of being a highly trafficked site. SportsGrid.com, which will launch Wednesday morning, borrows the PowerGrid system built for its sites like Mediaite, the main site that includes rankings of media members and Styleite, a fashion and beauty culture site, and translates it to the sports world.

  • Football stadium seats

    As the cost of constructing these buildings continues to climb, how do you offset the need for greater revenue generation when there is an inherent lack of ability to accommodate additional event days for other uses in these custom, single purpose designs?

  • Hispanic Millennials: The Future of the MLS Thursday, 20 May 2010 | 9:34 AM ET
    Goalkeeper Kasey Keller of Seattle Sounders FC kicks the ball into play.

    Major League Soccer’s future success is contingent upon its ability to market its game to first and second generation Hispanic-Americans.

  • Should The NCAA Forever Own My Rights? Monday, 17 May 2010 | 10:46 AM ET

    It seems like the NCAA doesn’t want anyone using a players’ name to make money besides them...It doesn’t seem fair that the NCAA is the only one with rights to make money off of college athletes. I think some changes need to be made to give some of the rights back to the players.

  • How Teams Can Be Better With Social Media Friday, 14 May 2010 | 12:12 PM ET

    Sports teams and organization are not just in the entertainment business. They are in the relationship business. The idea of developing a fan base is really just about cultivating a relationship. 

  • NCAA Basketball Tourney Going to 68 Teams Thursday, 29 Apr 2010 | 4:07 PM ET

    The NCAA's Board of Directors has approved the new 68-team men's basketball tournament that will begin next season.

  • Big Money On Butler Merchandise Monday, 5 Apr 2010 | 8:48 AM ET
    Shawn Vanzant of the Butler Bulldogs reacts after defeating the Michigan State Spartans 52-50 guring the National Semifinal game of the 2010 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship in Indianapolis, Indiana.

    Two years ago, 90 percent of all Butler merchandise was sold in its on campus bookstores and items would be ordered once a year. Oh, how times have changed.