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  • Speculation Friday: Tread Carefully Monday, 29 Oct 2007 | 11:28 AM ET

    The footwear maker Skechers has a bit of a sketchy record, but Cramer thinks it could be turning the corner. Investing can be confusing. Luckily, Cramer has mapped out some road rules for all you Home Gamers trying to navigate the jungle that is Wall Street. Think of it as "Mad Money 101" –- some fundamental advice to keep in mind as you play the market. Whether you're a first time investor or a seasoned financier, it's always good to remember the basics.

  • European Stocks Close Higher in Global Rally Tuesday, 23 Oct 2007 | 11:57 AM ET

    European markets closed firmly higher Tuesday, boosted by a rally in the U.S. and Asia and a further retreat by oil prices from record highs.

  • Nike to Buy Umbro for $580 Million Tuesday, 23 Oct 2007 | 2:40 AM ET

    Nike, the world's largest maker of athletic shoes and clothing, has agreed to buy Umbro in a deal that values the British sportswear firm at 285 million pounds ($580 million).

  • Nike Wooing U.K.'s Umbro: Report Thursday, 18 Oct 2007 | 1:22 PM ET

    Nike, the world's largest athletic shoe and clothing maker, is behind an acquisition approach for British sportswear firm Umbro, sources familiar with the matter said on Thursday.

  • Nike Expects $1 Billion in Chinese Sales in a Year Thursday, 18 Oct 2007 | 5:47 AM ET
    Nike

    Nike, the world's largest athletic shoe and clothes maker, would see revenue growth in China increase at 50 percent per year and sales reach $1 billion within a year, CEO Mark Parker said on Thursday.

  • LeBron: My Chat With King James And Shoe Review Wednesday, 17 Oct 2007 | 11:41 AM ET

    With the Cleveland Cavaliers playing the Orlando Magic in China, I decided it would be good to run our story on the marketing of LeBron James on CNBC today. I sat down with him last week to discuss his endorsement roster and other things, including his relationship with Warren Buffett.

  • LeBron James Uses Street Smarts off the Court Wednesday, 17 Oct 2007 | 11:03 AM ET

    For LeBron James and a handful of talented colleagues, the NBA has done a lot more than an MBA could ever do.

  • Woods And Gatorade: Both Can Drink Up The Profits Wednesday, 17 Oct 2007 | 9:13 AM ET

    Gatorade, which is owned by Pepsi, confirmed today that it signed a licensing deal with Tiger Woods. Last month, Golfweek Magazine reported that it was a five-year deal and that it could be worth up to $100 mill

  • Nike: All Time High Friday, 12 Oct 2007 | 7:33 PM ET

    After 10 years Nike is finally breaking out. How should you trade?

  • Michelle Wie: An ESPN Reporter's Break Down Thursday, 11 Oct 2007 | 10:29 AM ET
    Michelle Wie

    It's a big day for Michelle Wie today. It's her 18th birthday as well as her second anniversary from the day she announced she was turning pro. But things are not too rosy for the 6-foot-1 Korean American from Hawaii. Since turning pro she hasn't won any of the 16 LPGA tournaments and she still hasn't made a PGA Tour cut. Too lofty expectations? Perhaps...

  • Nike Not Asking Money Back From Jones Friday, 5 Oct 2007 | 9:56 AM ET

    My sources at Nike are telling me that if, as expected, sprinter Marion Jones admits to using steroids during the 2000 Olympic Games, the company will not seek to recover endorsement money it paid her.

  • Lance Armstrong: My Conversation With Him Thursday, 4 Oct 2007 | 2:04 PM ET
    Lance Armstrong

    Earlier this week, I sat down with seven-time Tour De France champion Lance Armstrong. Here's a transcript of our conversation: Darren: When Nike came up with the idea to do "Livestrong" bands to raise money for cancer through your charity, the Lance Armstrong Foundation, what did you think?

  • South Florida Bulls: The Hottest Merchandise Around Wednesday, 3 Oct 2007 | 1:17 PM ET

    Some of the best business stories are behind the emerging Cinderella. I covered Gonzaga's merchandising boom from their NCAA Tournament runs and Boise State's merchandising royalty run as they became the most prominent non-BCS football program in the land.

  • Nothing But The Nets (New Jersey Nets That Is) Tuesday, 2 Oct 2007 | 9:39 AM ET
    Nets guard Vince Carter with the garment bag.

    There is no team in professional sports that works harder to get season ticket holders than the New Jersey Nets. I’ve been to homes where they’ve catered a party for a high net worth season ticket holder to try to convince his friends to buy seats. And I’ve been to a playoff game where Nets general manager Ed Stefanski gave a speech to wavering season ticket holders at halftime to convince them to commit to another season.

  • BusinessWeek's Sports Power 100: Let's Debate! Wednesday, 26 Sep 2007 | 3:36 PM ET
    Phil Knight

    Congratulations to ESPN The Magazine and BusinessWeek for putting together an awesome sports business issue. It's a must-read if you like the business of sports. Their Power 100 is of course meant to be debated, so I'm going to make a couple comments here.

  • EyeBlack Out To Give Business A "Black Eye" Wednesday, 26 Sep 2007 | 2:54 PM ET

    Just when you thought that all the advertising space was occupied on the field, here comes the folks from EyeBlack.com. The company will sell millions of pairs of EyeBlack--yes, the stuff that's supposedly used to cut down on glare--with college and high school logos on it this year.

  • Stocks End Higher on Strong Earnings, Falling Yen Friday, 21 Sep 2007 | 4:23 PM ET

    Stocks closed higher after strong corporate earnings and a weaker yen encouraged investors already re-energized by recent rate cuts by the Federal Reserve. "With the yen weaker today you're seeing some money flow back into some of the riskier assets, U.S. stocks included," said David Lutz, senior trader at Stifel Nicolaus.

  • Europe Closes Higher Despite Worries About Oil, Dollar Friday, 21 Sep 2007 | 12:29 PM ET

    European stocks closed the week moderately higher, but volatility is seen ahead as investors worry about the effects of soaring oil prices and a weaker dollar on inflation in the U.S.

  • Nike "Runs Away" On Global Growth Friday, 21 Sep 2007 | 11:41 AM ET

    Nike beat estimates and had impressive growth globally--50% increases in sales in China! Nike is typical of the new breed of truly international companies: International sales are now 60% of total sales.

  • Boone Pickens: The World's Most Suffering Fan? Friday, 21 Sep 2007 | 9:45 AM ET
    Boone Pickens

    Oil might be above $80 a barrel, but Texas billionaire Boone Pickens probably has mixed emotions these days. Why? Because his Oklahoma State football team is not good. I'm a big college football fan and I thought they actually had a chance to show up atop the Big 12 this year, yet his Cowboys got waxed by Troy 41-23 last Friday (Boone flew in to Troy, Ala. for it).

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