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  • A security officer stands at the finish line of the New York City Marathon October 31, 2013 in New York as preparations continue for the November 3 race.

    They're back in the Big Apple: 50,000 runners, including over 21,000 holdovers from the canceled 2012 race, plus more than $1 million to ensure safety.

  • William DeWitt Jr. (left) and John Henry

    Whether the Cardinals or Red Sox win the World Series, the big money owners are already earning handsomely.

  • St. Louis Cardinal Carlos Beltran wears the World Series logo on his cap during baseball practice on Sunday  in St. Louis.

    The Boston Red Sox and St. Louis Cardinals square off Wednesday in the 2013 World Series. What a difference 50 years makes.

  • Nike+ Fuelband SE

    The world's biggest sporting goods maker has unveiled the latest iteration of its FuelBand fitness tracker.

  • English soccer fans were booking their flights to Rio de Janeiro Tuesday evening after a shaky qualifying round finally ended with the national team qualifying for next year's Brazilian World Cup.

  • The Minnesota Vikings run on to the field before their game in September against the Pittsburgh Steelers in London.

    More games overseas by the major U.S. sports are part of a growing effort to reach wider audiences.

  • Brad Pitt in the film Moneyball.

    For the most part, the size of a player's salary, or a team's payroll, didn't have a lot to do with a baseball team's entry into this postseason.

  • Baseball playoffs show rich teams don't always win

    CNBC's Dominic Chu reports that some teams haven taken lessons from "Moneyball." Two of this year's playoff teams had among the lowest salary totals in the majors.

  • As the hockey season begins, analysts say the NHL may never be in a better place as a sport.

  • Lebron James visits the Audemars Piguet factory in Switzerland where he helped design a limited edition watch called the Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph.

    "King James" teamed up with Swiss watchmaker Audemars Piguet. The watch comes with an 18-karat pink gold case and black ceramic and diamond set push pieces.

  • The two sides were trading blame, rather than blood vials, over hGH. The banned substance is far harder to detect than steroids.

  • Can $ take you from worst to first?

    CNBC's Jane Wells is at Dodger Stadium with Stan Kasten, LA Dodgers CEO and part-owner. Kasten discusses ways the stadium has improved, as well as ticket sales. "Our support from our fans has been fantastic," he says. MLB footage used with permission of MLB Advanced Media, L.P. All rights reserved. Visit

  • Pennant for sale?

    The LA Dodgers have the highest payroll in the league, but will that bring the team from worst to first? CNBC's Jane Well has the details on the legendary team live from Dodgers stadium.(MLB footage used with permission of MLB Advanced Media. All rights reserved. Visit

  • But there is more at stake in the Champions League than a shiny trophy. The tournament is critical for a club's financial success and poor performance could have a big impact on a team's economic health, according to analysts.

  • MLB: Pirates on the prowl

    The Pittsburgh Pirates sit at 71-49 in the NL central division and have one of the best records in the majors. Robert Nutting, Pittsburgh Pirates chairman & majority owner, discusses what's driving his team's success.

  • New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez being led out of his home in handcuffs.

    The pace of athletes making the police blotter seems to have sped up dangerously this year.

  • Alex Rodriguez suspended for 211 games

    A-Rod, along with 12 other Major League Baseball players faced suspensions today, and Time Warner Cable and CBS are still battling it out. CNBC's Jackie DeAngelis reports on tonight's headlines.

  • Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees stands on third base during a rehab game for the Trenton Thunder against the Reading Fightin Phils at Arm & Hammer Park on August 3, 2013 in Trenton, New Jersey.

    Alex Rodriguez was suspended through 2014 and All-Stars Nelson Cruz, Jhonny Peralta and Everth Cabrera were banned 50 games apiece Monday when Major League Baseball disciplined 13 players in a drug case.

  • A-Rod suspended for 211 games

    Among 12 other MLB players suspended, Alex Rodriguez plans to make his season debut tonight despite his 2013 and 2014 sentence. Awaiting A-Rod's meet with the media, Chris Boden, CSN Chicago White Sox reporter, reports how the 3rd baseman's appeal could play out.

  • Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez

    Few things strike a nerve with fans and the media as player salaries do. Who are this year's highest-paid players in each US team sport? Click ahead to find out.