Sports Business Olympics


  • Germany By The Numbers Monday, 18 Aug 2008 | 9:11 AM ET

    Germany’s economy is the third largest in the world in terms of GDP, after the United States and Japan, with a $3.3 trillion GDP in 2007.  Here are stats and stocks from Germany.

  • S&P 500 Continues to Lead Global Indices Monday, 18 Aug 2008 | 8:49 AM ET

    Medal Round - Day 6: With only days to go before the end of our World Markets Olympics Challenge, the USA seems to be pulling away.  Switzerland has pulled back into second and Australia is in third.  Who will finish the week strong and grab a medal?

  • Phelps Mania Monday, 18 Aug 2008 | 12:31 AM ET

    We know what Michael Phelps has meant in the United States from seeing the television ratings and the reaction by collectors on eBay. But I'm at a Michael Phelps Visa press conference in Beijing right now and it is insane here.

  • Bolting to The Bank? Sunday, 17 Aug 2008 | 8:10 PM ET
    Jamaica's Usain Bolt passes by the scoreboard as he sets a new world record to win the gold medal in the men's 100-meter final during the athletics competitions in the National Stadium at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Saturday, Aug. 16, 2008. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)

    Having been in the audience at the Bird's Nest on Saturday night here in Beijing, there were a lot of people that were confused -- along with awed -- by the way Usain Bolt celebrated his upcoming gold medal with 20 meters to go in the 100 meter race, and still broke a world record.

  • Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps is featured on a special-edition box of Wheaties. (AP Photo courtesy of General Mills)

    Many Americans are more surprised by Michael Phelps' calorie count than his medal count. This guy with no body fat consumer as much as 12,000 calories a day. That's the total equivalent for a family of five. Or six.

  • Japan By The Numbers Friday, 15 Aug 2008 | 9:22 AM ET

    Japan’s economy is the second largest in the world in terms of GDP, after the United States, with an estimated $2.8 trillion GDP for 2007.  Here are some key stats on Japan's economy and markets.

  • S&P 500 Leads Global Indices for 5th Straight Day Friday, 15 Aug 2008 | 8:55 AM ET

    Medal Round - Day 5: Half way through the medal round, the playing field continues to shift.  The US' S&P 500 looks poised to stay on track for the gold, but the silver and bronze are up for grabs.

  • Michael Phelps Now A Real "Collectable" Item Thursday, 14 Aug 2008 | 12:50 PM ET
    Phelps' 2004 Leaf Rookies & Stars autographed card

    Michael Phelps' dominance in the pool here in Beijing is causing a ripple effect throughout the collecting world.

  • Nike And Adidas: The Raging "Battle" Over China Thursday, 14 Aug 2008 | 12:15 PM ET

    In my 10 years of reporting on the business of sports, I have never heard of this happening. Company A announces itself as the market leader in a certain category or country. Company B then refutes the fact.

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    Medal Round - Day 4: Despite a down day across the board, the US has held onto its lead for a fourth straight day.  As of Wednesday's close, 80% of our leaderboard has moved into negative territory.

  • NBC Viewers Setting Olympic Records Of Their Own Wednesday, 13 Aug 2008 | 4:16 PM ET

    NBC's site attracting the most viewers with 2,200 hours of live streaming competition. Yahoo's Olympics site attracted a solid 3.3 million users Saturday, without offering any live footage, while AOL snagged a million uniques.

  • Olympic Athlete Agent Evan Morgenstein: My One On One Wednesday, 13 Aug 2008 | 2:51 PM ET
    Nastia Liukin

    Today, I interviewed Evan Morgenstein, agent of Nastia Liukin, Jason Lezak and Dara Torres and talked to him about the business of the Olympics.

  • Britain By The Numbers Wednesday, 13 Aug 2008 | 9:07 AM ET

    Although a longshot in winning the gold in our World Markets Challenge, the UK's FTSE 100 is now less than 1% behind the S&P 500 on the leaderboard.  Here are some key stats on Britain's economy and markets.

  • World Markets Olympics: S&P 500 Holds on to Lead Wednesday, 13 Aug 2008 | 8:51 AM ET

    Medal Round - Day 3: Despite a down day, the US continues to outperform while India's Sensex has fallen to last place.

  • Speedo's Goggle Sputter With Michael Phelps Wednesday, 13 Aug 2008 | 7:23 AM ET

    Outfitting Michael Phelps' swimsuit and goggles for the Olympian's all-time gold record-setting performance Wednesday morning in Beijing was supposed to be another coup for Speedo.

  • Today's Top Videos: New Dells, Speedos & More Tuesday, 12 Aug 2008 | 6:20 PM ET

    Dell introduces their new line of laptops, designed to have the greatest security, the longest battery life and the most robust design, while Warnaco's Speedo is the most desired swimwear for Olympic swimmers. Following are today's top videos:

  • Deron Williams of USA and Yao Ming of China (l-r) compete during Men's preliminary basketball game, 2008 Beijing Olympics

    So the U.S. men's basketball team beats China by a healthy 31 points. So when they make the odds for the Angola game, they put the Angolans as 44-point underdogs. I can understand the rationale, but that's a lot of points.

  • My Interview With Phelps' Agent Peter Carlisle Tuesday, 12 Aug 2008 | 2:32 PM ET

    Today, I interviewed Peter Carlisle, the agent for Michael Phelps. I've included the transcript below, but before I get to this, I have to tell you a funny story about Carlisle.

  • Introducing Olympic High Jumper--Blanka Vlasic Tuesday, 12 Aug 2008 | 11:34 AM ET

    She's a 24-year-old high jump queen from Croatia who is the current world champion and it's worth noting that she wears the least amount of fabric she can without it being a wardrobe malfunction.

  • Speedo

    "Squawk Box" co-anchor Carl Quintanila and I interviewed Warnaco president and CEO Joseph Gromek today on the show. Gromek had some very interesting things to say, including the fact that he hoped that the company was going to sell $5.5 million worth of those Speedo LZR Racer swimsuits.