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  • 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.

  • Can Small Agency Hold On To Victor Cruz? Friday, 20 Aug 2010 | 2:55 PM ET
    Victor Cruz #3 of the New York Giants breaks a tackle from Dwight Lowery #26 of the New York Gets during the preseason game.

    On Monday Night Football, the country was wowed by undrafted Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz, who became the first receiver to score three touchdowns in a preseason game since Terrell Owens did it in 1998. Until a couple of weeks ago, he was a virtual secret to almost everyone in the industry.

  • 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.

  • Sports Teams: SpongeTech Owes Us More Than $9 Million Thursday, 19 Aug 2010 | 1:03 PM ET
    SpongeTech sponges

    Almost a month ago, I wrote about the story of SpongeTech, the “smarter sponge” that spent all its money on sports sponsorships. The creditors in the bankruptcy proceedings have finally come forward with how much money they have owed and the carnage, as expected, is in the millions. Below is the list, in order of how much they are owed.

  • Discover Financial Services

    The Orange Bowl lost an orange sponsor when FedEx decided not to renew the BCS game. But sources tell CNBC that Discover Card, which also has orange in its logo, is expected to be the new sponsor of the BCS game.

  • Buyers Competing for Sports Teams in Top Markets Thursday, 12 Aug 2010 | 1:21 PM ET

    Sports teams for sale in the top ten media markets are going to have a robust number of prospective buyers.  Take the sale of the Texas Rangers,  which was approved today by Major league Baseball, after a contentious bankruptcy case.

  • Panini Signs Peyton Manning Wednesday, 11 Aug 2010 | 9:53 AM ET
    Peyton Manning

    Trading card company Panini has signed Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning to a deal, which gives the company the rights to use the four-time league MVP's game-used memorabilia and autographs on its cards and his image on its packaging.

  • Is Matt Leinart Still Marketable? Wednesday, 4 Aug 2010 | 3:21 PM ET
    Matt Leinart

    When Matt Leinart showed up to Arizona Cardinals camp this week, he was wearing a different logo on his feet. The Nikes that he had been affiliated for his four years at USC and his first four years in the NFL had been quietly replaced by Reeboks.

  • 15 Pro Athletes Turned Entrepreneurs Wednesday, 4 Aug 2010 | 12:40 PM ET
    In today’s sports-crazed world, athletes like Lebron James and Tony Hawk have quickly become household names. But it’s not just their sport that’s making them famous. Athletes are becoming known for their entrepreneurship and savvy business deals—earning more off the playing field than on. From personalized apparel to multimillion dollar investment companies, see why these athletes truly “score” in the business world.

    In today’s sports-crazed world, athletes like Lebron James and Tony Hawk have quickly become household names. But it’s not just their sport that’s making them famous.

  • Fans Think NFL Tickets Are Worth More This Year Friday, 30 Jul 2010 | 3:38 PM ET

    At this time last year, the average NFL ticket was being listed by fans on the secondary market for $154. This year, according to ticket search engine FanSnap, the average NFL ticket is being listed for $252.

  • Tim Tebow Gets Chance To Take On Michael Jordan Tuesday, 27 Jul 2010 | 3:31 PM ET
    Tim Tebow

    Today, Jockey announced it has signed Tim Tebow to a multi-year endorsement deal to endorse its line of products, including what it calls its new “Staycool” collection, which will hit stores in the spring of next year.

  • Bryant And Under Armour Part Ways Monday, 26 Jul 2010 | 2:11 PM ET
    Dez Bryant

    In February, shoe and apparel company Under Armour signed a yet undrafted Dez Bryant to an endorsement deal. Weeks later, the former Oklahoma State wide receiver, who only played three games his senior season, was featured in the company’s “I Will” television commercial that aired during the NFL Scouting Combine that Under Armour sponsored.

  • 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.

  • SpongeTech Story Becomes A Cautionary Tale Wednesday, 21 Jul 2010 | 1:38 PM ET
    Spongetech banner at Citi Field

    In the midst of the economic crisis, sports teams were in need of sponsorship dollars. So they jumped at a company that was willing to bail almost all of them out. The deals came at a recessionary discount, in some cases with a generous payment plan and, perhaps most importantly, with very few questions asked about the company. The story isn’t completely over yet, but in the annals of sports marketing, it’s pretty apparent that the SpongeTech story will go down as one of the industry’s most cautionary tales.

  • Tony Romo Tackles Business Friday, 16 Jul 2010 | 3:33 PM ET
    Tony Romo

    Tony Romo, quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys football team, is in Lake Tahoe with Maria Bartiromo at the American Century Championship. He's among one of the favorites to win the tournament after coming in at second place last year.

  • Tebow Leading League In Jersey Sales Wednesday, 7 Jul 2010 | 11:50 AM ET
    Tim Tebow

    It has been three months, and Tim Tebow still hasn’t taken a single (real) snap under center for the Denver Broncos, yet he’s leading the league in jersey sales.

  • Should You Have a Say in Sports Star Pay? Wednesday, 7 Jul 2010 | 7:21 AM ET
    Amar'e Stoudemire

    Several NBA free agents are set to sign some giant contracts. Should ticket holders have a say in their pay? Share your opinion.

  • 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.