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  • GNC is IPO Star Of 2011 Wednesday, 28 Dec 2011 | 10:01 AM ET

    When GNC hit the market in April, it had its fair share of critics. But GNC has emerged as the top IPO in a year where six percent less money was raised than 2010, according to the Wall Street Journal.

  • Athlete Getaway Homes Thursday, 22 Dec 2011 | 3:32 PM ET
    Athletes don’t work in offices, restaurants or big box stores like most of us, but that doesn’t mean that their lives are stress-free. They need a place to retreat to in the off-season, a sanctuary where they can escape from the anxiety that would plague anyone who’s paid millions of dollars to surf for a living.What follows are homes where some of the leading athletes flee after the arena goes dark and the crowd roar becomes a distant echo. Some of these houses are on the market, awaiting buyer

    These are homes to which some athletes retreat after the arena goes dark. Some are on the market and others were just purchased.

  • Sunday Ticket In Your Car? DirecTVAuto Has Arrived Friday, 16 Dec 2011 | 1:11 PM ET
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    For $3,995, Firestone's company will provide you with the equipment -- a dish and receiver -- and DirecTV is only $6 more a month if you are already a DirecTV spacersubscriber. The programming you get in your car mirrors what you get in your house.

  • Why The NBA Can't Do The Chris Paul Deal Thursday, 8 Dec 2011 | 10:16 PM ET
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    On Thursday night, word swirled around the Twitterverse that Chris Paul could be on his way to the Lakers in a trade with the Rockets and the Hornets. At best, the Hornets get a couple of starters and a draft pick. At worst? An all out PR disaster for the league within minutes of ratifying its 10-year Collective Bargaining Agreement with the players.

  • Sports: NBA Rejected! Thursday, 1 Dec 2011 | 2:34 PM ET
    Jason Kidd #2 of the Dallas Mavericks drives against LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat in Game Six of the 2011 NBA Finals.

    Basketball's  labor-management battle costs dearly, Nike puts its stamp on the NFL merchandizing and a sponsorship goes to a new level.

  • 11 Costly Sports Divorces Wednesday, 2 Nov 2011 | 12:07 PM ET
    On Oct. 31, 2011, the world was blindsided by the news that reality TV star Kim Kardashian was divorcing her husband, National Basketball Association star Kris Humphries. The couple had married on Aug. 20, 2011 in a storybook wedding worth . A mere 72 days later, however, Kardashian had filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences.Fortunately, the couple had a prenuptial agreement in place, so each party is likely to walk away from the union with their finances intact. This puts Humphrie

    However long they were married, the price of breaking the contract was huge -- sometimes even reached nine figures.

  • Tom Cruise as Jerry Maguire

    Last night, 60 Minutes aired a piece on superagent Drew Rosenhaus and mentioned that he was the main inspiration for "Jerry Maguire." The film's director Cameron Crowe chimed in after I suggested it was modeled more after agent Leigh Steinberg than Drew.

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    The Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association has released its extensive study on team sports in America, arrived at by conducting more than 38,000 interviews earlier this year. Here are some of the most interesting facts.

  • 2011 US Open Singles Men's Champion Novak Djokovic of Serbia poses with his trophy atop the Empire State Building on September 13, 2011 in New York City, New York.

    In November 2009, classic tennis brand Sergio Tacchini signed Novak Djokovic to a 10-year sponsorship deal. It was an incredible coup for the brand which filed for bankruptcy in 2007 and was bought by Chinese businessman Billy Ngok in 2008 for $42 million. The story got even better as Djokovic rose to No. 1 in the world and won three of four Grand Slams in 2011, including the US Open on Monday. But the tale isn't as positive as it should be for Sergio Tacchini. Although terms of Djokovic's deal aren't clear, insiders say the company is likely going to have a hard time paying off his multi-million bonuses this year.

  • There's Nothing Like The Packers Economy Thursday, 8 Sep 2011 | 4:12 PM ET
    Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers

    Green Bay, Wisconsin, is one of my favorite places on earth. I know, it sound strange. Who'd pick the frozen tundra over the waves in Maui? Um, me.

  • Michigan State

    When she was in high school, Barbara Cossman bought a magazine that had an audio chip in it. It was one of things that she never forgot. So when she came to the University of Michigan and became director of publications for the Wolverines, her dream was embed the audio file of a famous play into a gameday program. Saturday, Cossman's dream will become a reality, as Michigan has printed 15,000 programs to be sold for its game against Notre Dame. Each gameday program includes an audio file of "The Catch," Desmond Howard's famous touchdown against Notre Dame twenty years ago.

  • The Prince of Tennis Wednesday, 31 Aug 2011 | 10:44 AM ET
    The Prince of Tennis

    CNBC's Darren Rovell has the story on the business of tennis, with Gordon Boggis, Prince Sports CEO, who discusses the use of new technologies to sell racquets.

  • ‘CNBC SportsBiz: Game On’ Is Official Wednesday, 31 Aug 2011 | 10:18 AM ET
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    It has been in the works for months and in my mind for years. Today I can finally proudly announce that my new show "CNBC SportsBiz: Game On" is a reality. The show will air every Friday night at 7pm ET on Versus beginning next week, Sept. 9.

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

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    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
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    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)