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  • Players Side Of The NFL Deal Hard To Swallow Wednesday, 17 Aug 2011 | 4:24 PM ET

    When the NFL lockout was over, all parties were declared winners — the owners would lose just one preseason game, the players would get to play and the fans would get to see them. In the speed of the final negotiations, it wasn't yet clear. Now it is. The players didn't get much. Let's break it down as simply as we can.

  • Top Jobs for Sports Fans Thursday, 11 Aug 2011 | 4:09 PM ET
    The field of professional sports is as competitive as they come, and sadly, not everyone gets to play. For every athlete who makes the cut and plays at the professional level, there are countless others who will never be so lucky. Sometimes a promising career is hobbled by an injury. Sometimes a fire in the belly doesn’t burn as brightly as it needs to. And sometimes the player simply isn’t that good. Indeed, the reasons behind the dashed dreams of aspiring athletes are many.But cheer up! Just b

    Professional athletes need people to make their lives run smoothly, so click ahead to see careers in sports that are performed outside of the spotlight.

  • The latest and greatest performance enhancer, if you've been living under a rock, is deer antler velvet. On the surface, it seems like it could make sense. The coating on the antlers of young male deer that contribute to the growth of that part of their body could help athletes. First, the NFL prohibited Oakland Raiders coach Hue Jackson from endorsing it. Now, according to SI.com, Major League Baseball is warning players about using it.

  • Electronic Arts Headquarters, Redwood City, California

    A class action lawsuit filed by former college athletes against the NCAA and Electronic Arts could take a huge bite out of the video game maker's revenues, should the athletes win the case.

  • Delta SKY360 Club

    When the the folks at Madison Square Garden were dreaming up new features for their big renovation, giving fans the option of seeing Knicks and Rangers players leaving the locker room to go onto the court and the ice was a must-have.

  • Sitdown with Tiger's Agent Mark Steinberg Monday, 11 Jul 2011 | 6:32 PM ET

    Earlier today (Monday), Tiger's agent Mark Steinberg, former head of IMG Golf, announced that he would be joining Excel Sports Management. Here's our conversation.

  • Exclusive: Nike Re-Signs Michael Vick (Updated) Friday, 1 Jul 2011 | 4:01 PM ET

    Michael Vick got to write his comeback story on the field, now he has seen his image come full circle off of it. In a remarkable move, CNBC has learned that Nike, which severed Vick’s contract in 2007 after he admitted to his involvement in a dogfighting ring, has re-signed the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback. (Updated)

  • Comeback Athletes Thursday, 30 Jun 2011 | 4:41 PM ET
    On June 29, 2011, news broke that Tiger Woods had secured an endorsement deal with Kowa Company Ltd., the Japanese manufacturer of Valentin Kowa pain relieving heat rub. It’s his first deal since the very embarrassing sex scandal that broke in December 2009 and cost him his marriage, his squeaky-clean image and four of his sponsors. When news of his personal troubles spilled into the public eye, Accenture, AT&T and Gatorade terminated their sponsorship deals with him, and Gillette allowed their

    Click ahead to see the athletes who defied logic and came back to their respective sports after conventional wisdom pronounced their careers dead and buried.

  • Sibling Athletes Wednesday, 29 Jun 2011 | 4:28 PM ET
    Every day, amateur athletes rise at dawn, endure their coaches’ abuse and train diligently in their chosen sport, all in the hope that someday they might hit the big time and turn pro. Sadly, most of these hopefuls get turned away, often for the simple reason that the supply of athletes outweighs the demand. Despite the long odds, some famous athletes not only hit the big time, but even have a sibling who’s done the same.Click ahead to see sibling athletes who have beaten the odds and made it in

    Despite long odds, some famous athletes hit the big time and even have a sibling who’s done the same. Click to see sibling athletes who have made it into the big leagues.

  • Eyeblack.com Signs Bethanie Mattek-Sands Monday, 20 Jun 2011 | 5:25 PM ET
    S Bethanie Mattek-Sands hits a return to Serbia's Jelena Jankovic during their Women's third round match in the French Open tennis championship at the Roland Garros stadium, on May 27, 2011, in Paris.

    For the last five years, Peter Beveridge has been innovating in the eye-black space. Looking to grow even more, having sold more than five million pairs of eye black last year, Beveridge has signed its first female spokesperson, Bethanie Mattek-Sands.

  • American Express Shows Sponsors How It's Done Friday, 17 Jun 2011 | 4:46 PM ET
    American Express

    I'll start with this: Sponsors of athletes, teams, tournaments and facilities, for the most part, do a bad job at maximizing their sponsorships. They buy signage, they film commercials and they don't do what they're supposed to do, which is engage sports fans by giving them a reason to positively associate their company to the fan experience. That's why it's so refreshing to see what American Express has done with its sponsorship of the US Open golf and tennis events in recent years.

  • Li Na Signs Big Endorsement Deal With Mercedes Benz Thursday, 16 Jun 2011 | 11:28 AM ET
    Li Na

    Sources tell CNBC that the 29-year-old Chinese tennis star signed an endorsement deal with Daimler AG to endorse its Mercedes Benz that is worth about $1.5 million annually for three years.

  • Rafael Nadal French Open

    Two and half years ago, Nike made a drastic move by changing Rafael Nadal out of his trademark cut-off muscle T's and capri shorts and putting him into more conservative tennis attire. They gave him sleeves and raised his shorts up about four inches. At the time, his fans were up in arms. How could big bad Nike do this? Well, it actually made a whole lot of sense.

  • Li Na: A Tennis Branding Giant     Monday, 6 Jun 2011 | 2:50 PM ET

    Discussing the marketing opportunities available to Chinese native and Grand Slam winner, Li Na, with Max Eisenbud, IMG Tennis, and CNBC's Darren Rovell.

  • 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.

  • Kevin Durant's Marketability On The Rise Tuesday, 17 May 2011 | 9:02 PM ET
    Forward Kevin Durant #35 of the Oklahoma City Thunder.

    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.

  • 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...

  • Which Sports Do More Americans Participate In? Wednesday, 20 Apr 2011 | 4:34 PM ET
    Boston Marathon

    The Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association has put out its list of sport by sport participation in the United States. This is one of these lists that each year I'm completely fascinated with. So here is the best of the best from 2010.