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CNBC Sports Business Reporter
Visa announced on Monday that its top sponsored Olympic swimmers -- Michael Phelps and Katie Hoff -- will take part in a tour of goodwill this week to support the 2007 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Shanghai and the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. Phelps, an eight-time Olympic medalist and now a 17-time World Champion, began his relationship with Visa right before the 2000 Games. Hoff, the world record holder in the 400m individual medley, started her sponsorship of Visa after the 2004 Games.
I love the fact that DirecTV made a commercial with Rick Vaughn, I'm just waiting for American Express to bring back Willie Mays Hays so he can tell me not to steal home without it … I'm so glad James Dolan gave Isiah Thomas a contract extension for "evident progress." Since the day of that announcement, the Knicks have gone 3-10 and it looks like they will miss the playoffs for the third straight year … How horrendous is the Charlotte Bobcats attendance? We thought the disaster that was the Hornets was all about George Shinn, but in a new arena, the Bobcats are at 15,466 fans per game - down 5 percent from last year. They've already announced that they're going to cut season tickets for the second time in four years … Seems like the folks at Iowa State are really excited for their new head football coach Gene Chizik. Reports out of Cycloneland indicate that they've already sold 31,450 season tickets, an all-time record. The school's Jack Trice Stadium only holds 50,000 … Who cares about Carl Edwards' Busch wins? The guy who had a chance to be the most marketable guy in NASCAR hasn't won a Nextel race since November 2005.
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