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  • ARod Vita Coco

    On Wednesday, coconut water maker Vita Coco announced it had signed New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez to an endorsement deal. One problem: The folks at Zico, Vita Coco's biggest competitor, which is going head-to-head in a battle to become the leader in the growing $200 million space, say A-Rod is an investor in their company.

  • Topps: As American As Bubble Gum, Baseball Cards Friday, 27 May 2011 | 10:52 AM ET
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    There are few things more American than bubble gum and baseball cards. This is something Topps, the nation’s leading manufacturer of Bazooka gum and sports cards, has known for more than 60 years. And that's the way things are staying.

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    Yesterday at the end of his Ira Sohn presentation (after telling Steve Ballmer to do the right thing and quit Microsoft), David Einhorn added “Go Mets!” with little grin on his face, like he had a secret…which apparently was that he just bought a minority stake in the team.

  • David Einhorn's Move To Buy Mets Share A Shocking Turn Thursday, 26 May 2011 | 12:06 PM ET

    I'm shocked. I knew that there would someone who would agree to pay $200 million for a minority share of the New York Mets. I just didn't think it would David Einhorn of all people. If you don't know of Einhorn, he's not exactly a "sit back and watch" kind of guy.

  • The Mets and Einhorn   Thursday, 26 May 2011 | 10:39 AM ET
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    Greenlight Capital's David Einhorn has agreed to buy a minority share of the Mets, reports CNBC's Darren Rovell.

  • Hedge Fund Manager Buys Stake in New York Mets Thursday, 26 May 2011 | 10:25 AM ET
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    The deal is aid to be for $200 million and would be for less than 49 percent ownership of the major league team.

  • Hedge Fund Manager Buys Stake in New York Mets Thursday, 26 May 2011 | 10:20 AM ET
    New York Mets

    The deal is aid to be for $200 million and would be for less than 49 percent ownership of the major league team.

  • How Bad Are Wilpon's Words? We Give It A Try Tuesday, 24 May 2011 | 2:04 PM ET
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    What New York Mets owner Fred Wilpon said to The New Yorker wasn't that outrageous. Ike Davis is a good hitter on a bad team, Jose Reyes has had a lot of issues and Carlos Beltran is likely overpaid by at least 30 percent. But the problem isn't the content, it's the context.

  • Sports Tout Says He's Out to Change Industry's Reputation Thursday, 19 May 2011 | 10:17 AM ET
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    The world of sports gambling tout services is rife with problems. Bettors pay for advice on how to place a wager and then find out the tout service is telling another bettor to take the opposite side. By doing it that way, you’ll at least have half of your customers happy. Adam Meyer knows of the reputation of his business and he has what he thinks is his greatest marketing ploy.

  • Kevin Durant's Marketability On The Rise Tuesday, 17 May 2011 | 9:02 PM ET
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    Kevin Durant fans seemed to be up in arms with me on Twitter when I said that I thought the Oklahoma City Thunder forward needed a bit more personality to be more marketable. Durant does have deals with Nike, Gatorade, Panini, EA Sports, Skullcandy headphones and Degree Men, but I thought the small market and a reserved demeanor didn't exactly make him stand out besides his amazing on the court performance, that is.

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    Tonight, the Washington Nationals sold tickets for $1 to their game against the Pirates. Tomorrow, the team is selling a limited amount of tickets for $2. We're in the middle of May now and there are nine parks in Major League Baseball this year that are averaging crowds that fill less than half their ballpark. Most seem to be disinterested to do what it takes to fill the stands.

  • Lenny Dykstra Indicted for Bankruptcy Fraud Friday, 6 May 2011 | 6:46 PM ET
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    Lenny Dykstra, an outfielder for the New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies known by the nickname "Nails," has been indicted for bankruptcy fraud and embezzlement from the bankruptcy estate.

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    Most of us listen to the voice or at best do a mumble, but tonight, do yourself a favor and sing the thing. I'm talking about the National Anthem and God Bless America. Thanks to the killing of Osama Bin Laden last night, tonight's renditions before sporting events seem to have a little more meaning. If you're in the stands, sing it. If you're at home, sing it.

  • Major League Divorce   Thursday, 28 Apr 2011 | 8:14 AM ET
    Major League Divorce

    Debt issues and a bitter divorce are causing some major league trouble for the national past time. Insight on the battle for the Los Angeles Dodgers, with Frank McCourt, Los Angeles Dodgers owner and CNBC's Darren Rovell.

  • Stubhub

    Last week, we interviewed Ticketmaster CEO Nathan Hubbard right after the company's announcement of dynamic ticketing. Since tickets are such a big part of being a sports fan, we're continuing that series today — an interview with the CEO of StubHub, Chris Tsakalakis.

  • Chad Ochocinco

    Last week, despite the labor battle, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell called an NFL player. He didn't just call any player. He called Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chad Ochocinco, who promptly tweeted about the conversation, saying it was an "amazing surprise." Goodell's choice was a good one, as it turns out that Chad Ochocinco is the most influential sports personality in the online world.

  • One-on-One With Ticketmaster CEO on Dynamic Pricing Thursday, 21 Apr 2011 | 4:57 PM ET

    Earlier this week, Ticketmaster  announced that it was partnering with a company called MarketShare to bring dynamic pricing to the tickets it sells. We've seen plenty of variable ticket pricing in which teams set different tiered prices based on what team they are playing, but dynamic pricing is more like airline pricing...

  • Dodgers Mess Isn’t Over; Expect McCourt to Fight Thursday, 21 Apr 2011 | 10:09 AM ET
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    On Wednesday, Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig announced that the league would be taking over financial control of the Dodgers by appointing a representative to oversee its actions.

  • Major League Baseball Takes Over LA Dodgers Wednesday, 20 Apr 2011 | 6:52 PM ET
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    Major League Baseball is taking over the Los Angeles Dodgers, a team financially paralyzed by the divorce of its owners.

  • Empty Seats   Wednesday, 20 Apr 2011 | 1:50 PM ET
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    Major League Baseball is striking out in ticket sales this year, as fans stay home. Is the price of admission too high? CNBC's Darren Rovell has takes a look.