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  • Secretariat Won’t Beat Seabiscuit At Box Office Friday, 8 Oct 2010 | 12:08 PM ET

    We all get the question: If there were one sporting event that you could have been at, what would it be? For me, that’s the easiest question in the world. The 1973 Belmont to watch Secretariat win by an amazing 31 lengths. In my mind, that’s still the most amazing sporting achievement of all time.

  • Is Cornerback The Next Great Money Position? Tuesday, 31 Aug 2010 | 11:36 AM ET
    The Blind Side

    After reading “The Blind Side,” you might have brought your son up to be a tackle. After all, the impression at least was that’s the position where NFL teams were dishing out the money.

  • Why MLB Financial Leak Matters Tuesday, 24 Aug 2010 | 1:51 PM ET

    Over the past couple years, Major League Baseball has called attention to its extensive revenue sharing plan that distributes the wealth from the game’s most well-heeled to those less fortunate.

  • Plenty Riding On Under Armour’s Basketball Shoe Friday, 20 Aug 2010 | 12:22 PM ET
    Under Armour Micro G shoe.

    As expected, getting into the shoe business hasn’t been the easiest for Under Armour. They quickly took significant market share in the first year in football and baseball cleats, but decided to slow down their move into the category after investing heavily in the training and running shoe markets and not making as much noise.

  • RIP Cooperstown? Friday, 23 Jul 2010 | 12:39 PM ET

    This weekend, Andre Dawson, umpire Doug Harvey and manager Whitey Herzog will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. Not exactly a group that will draw a crowd. And that's Cooperstown's problem.

  • Big Hot Dog Gaining Traction Friday, 2 Jul 2010 | 2:49 PM ET

    Dan Abbate is a fan of the grill. What he’s not a fan of is having his hot dogs roll off the grill. So the entrepreneur came up with a wacky idea: A Big Hot Dog.

  • In Titus, Globetrotters Might Have Secret Weapon Tuesday, 22 Jun 2010 | 4:13 PM ET
    Harlem Globe Trotters

    For the past four years, Mark Titus has done a great job becoming the world’s most famous walk-on. When blogs got hot, he was there with Club Trillion. When lack of playing time didn’t allow him to display his skills, he took to YouTube with one of the most hilarious videos you’ll ever see.

  • 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.

  • Triple Crown TV Deal Should Work On Incentive Model Friday, 4 Jun 2010 | 10:56 AM ET
    141st Running of the Belmont Stakes

    Did you know that the Belmont was on this weekend? Even if you are a sports fan who enjoys the Triple Crown, we forgive you if you forgot. Neither the winner of the Derby (Super Saver) nor the Preakness (Lookin' At Lucky) is even running in the race.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • Preakness Uses All-You-Can-Drink To Bring Crowd Back Tuesday, 11 May 2010 | 12:59 PM ET
    134th Running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course

    For years, you could bring your own alcohol into the Pimlico infield for the Preakness. Until last year that was, when the race track decided to change up the rules after the drunks caused a ruckus.

  • What's A Jockey Worth In The Betting World? Tuesday, 4 May 2010 | 9:35 AM ET
    Calvin Borel celebrates atop Super Saver after winning the 136th running of the Kentucky Derby on May 1, 2010 in Louisville, Kentucky.

    Phil Jackson coaching the Lakers or Joe Torre managing the Dodgers won't do much to budge a betting line, but a jockey? It makes a difference in certain situations.

  • CNBC’s $900,000 Derby Winner Monday, 3 May 2010 | 4:39 PM ET

    Well, you’ve surely heard about it by now. Glen Fullerton won our “Call the Close” Derby Dream Bet Sweepstakes. He was chosen out of more than 67,000 people to take $100,000 and bet it on one horse to win at Saturday’s Kentucky Derby. He bet Super Saver and will net $900,000 before taxes.

  • Super Saver's Owners Won't Sell At Bargain Price Monday, 3 May 2010 | 1:54 PM ET
    Calvin Borel atop Super Saver races to the finish line to win the 136th running of the Kentucky Derby on May 1, 2010 in Louisville, Kentucky.

    It doesn’t look like there will be any great deal to be had on the breeding rights of Super Saver. In fact, if the horse wins the Triple Crown, its owners could be as isolated as one could be against the economic downturn that has not surprisingly hurt the horse racing industry.

  • Triple Crown Worth Half As Much As '08 Friday, 30 Apr 2010 | 10:09 AM ET
    Big Brown

    As discretionary income has diminished the horse racing industry has gotten clobbered. Sales are still down 40 to 50 percent and the stallion market, which ultimately drives the value of a Triple Crown horse, has been badly affected.

  • Kentucky Derby Doesn't Make Jockeys Rich Friday, 30 Apr 2010 | 10:02 AM ET
    The field rounds turn one during the 135th running of the Kentucky Derby on May 2, 2009 at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky.

    In the hours after tomorrow's Kentucky Derby, America will learn of the winner's owners and get a glimpse into the finances of it all — how much was paid for the horse and how much the owners made.