National Football League


  • NFL Lockout Back on as Appeals Court Grants Stay Friday, 29 Apr 2011 | 7:31 PM ET

    A federal appeals court in St. Louis late Friday granted the owners' request to temporarily put on hold U.S. District Judge Susan Nelson's ruling that lifted the lockout.

  • 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.

  • Judge's NFL Ruling Leads To More Uncertainty Tuesday, 26 Apr 2011 | 8:53 AM ET

    I want to tell you that Monday's ruling ordering the lockout to be lifted means football this upcoming season, but I can't. I don't know. And it's not as if I haven't asked. I've called as many lawyers as I could in between 6 p.m. and midnight last night.

  • Judge Orders End to NFL Lockout; Appeal Expected Monday, 25 Apr 2011 | 6:15 PM ET

    A federal judge has sided with NFL players and granted their request for a preliminary injunction to lift the lockout.

  • 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...

  • Does a Madden Cover Athlete Really Matter To Sales? Tuesday, 19 Apr 2011 | 3:43 PM ET

    This year, the folks at Electronic Arts let fans decide who was going to be on the Madden '12 cover. They took one player from each team and have had a vote to get down to the final cover athlete.

  • Twitter

    I had seen the light. It was blinking. And it was calling my name. It wanted me to click. It wanted to show me the new tweets I had waiting for me. I had to resist. At 10:30 pm last Monday night, I began a voluntary six-day vacation from Twitter dubbed a "Tweetcation."

  • Basketball Star LeBron Turns to Soccer Thursday, 7 Apr 2011 | 12:01 AM ET
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    LeBron James, the Miami Heat basketball star who is one of the US’s most bankable athletes, has become an unlikely part-owner of Liverpool football club, after striking a deal with Fenway Sports Group, the company that owns the team, according to the FT.

  • NFL Lockout Ruling to Take 'Couple of Weeks': Judge Wednesday, 6 Apr 2011 | 5:00 PM ET

    The federal judge overseeing the NFL players' request to lift a lockout by the owners says it will take "a couple of weeks" to rule.

  • If You're An NFL Fan, Which Side Do You Root For? Wednesday, 6 Apr 2011 | 9:58 AM ET

    I'm not going to give you an Q & A about what is going on today in Minnesota Federal Court. Why? Because I know you don't want to hear it. You care about one thing and that's a football season. So let me help answer the only question you care about. What has to happen in order for football to resume without a work stoppage?

  • Five Things We're Watching: April 6, 2011 Tuesday, 5 Apr 2011 | 7:06 PM ET
    Jamie Dimon

    Key earnings bookends, the red hot rental market, and everyone's favorite toxic assets. Here's what we're watching.

  • Bidders Bat for Mets Minority stake     Monday, 4 Apr 2011 | 12:14 PM ET

    CNBC's Kate Kelly says the Mets are looking to receive six to eight bids for the minority stake in the team. And the future of the 2011 NFL & NBA season could be in doubt, with Sal Galatioto, Galatioto Sports Partners.

  • Bud Light Beer

    In May, when it became clear that Anheuser-Busch had won the rights to be the official beer of the NFL, I ripped the deal as a "lazy buy." My rationale was that Anheuser-Busch would better doing the stealth type of marketing that craft beers were doing instead of the mainstream deals, which I argued would get less of a bang for their buck.

  • Big Deal Brewing     Friday, 1 Apr 2011 | 1:51 PM ET

    A billion dollars for a Bud? That's what Anheuser Busch plans to pay, to be the official beer of the NFL. David Peacock, Anheuser-Busch president and CNBC's Darren Rovell discuss the deal.

  • Television networks which broadcast NFL games stand to lose plenty of programming if the NFL lockout extends into the season. They also could lose money, even if they don't have to pay rights fees and production costs, says a new report by credit rating agency Standard & Poor's.

  • Susan Tose Spencer: DeMaurice Smith Should Be Fired Tuesday, 29 Mar 2011 | 9:50 AM ET

    The latest chapter in the NFL lockout has Tom Brady along with nine other players filing their final brief in support of their claim ahead of the April 6 injunction hearing.

  • Schools Hoping Cinderella Run Funds Facilities Tuesday, 22 Mar 2011 | 1:43 PM ET
    Boatwright Memorial Library

    The sudden cashing in on gear gets much of the attention because it’s so visible. But the money from Richmond Spiders gear goes directly to the university, which funds 40 percent of $20 million athletic department budget. The more important comes in through donations earmarked for the athletic department, used for improving facilities.

  • LeBron James

    Back in September, we reported that LeBron James took a huge image hit thanks to "The Decision," the ESPN broadcast of his decision to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers and go to the Miami Heat. A poll of the general population by The Q Scores Company revealed that only 14 percent of people thought of James positively, while 39 percent of people thought of him negatively. Five months later, the Q Scores show that James has slowly bounced back, though not as much as we might have thought.

  • Mets Owners Seek Dismissal of $1 Billion Madoff Case Sunday, 20 Mar 2011 | 6:28 PM ET

    Attorneys for Wilpon and Katz, who also own the New York Mets, filed a motion to dismiss the $1 billion clawback case Picard has built against them.