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  • What the NFL Season Is Saying About the US Economy Wednesday, 5 Sep 2012 | 1:20 PM ET

    Forget Friday's employment report. A better economic indicator just might be the one that kicks off Wednesday night: the National Football League.

  • Fantasy Football Costs Employers Billions: Study Wednesday, 5 Sep 2012 | 12:51 PM ET
    Quarterback Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants poses with the Vince Lombardi Trophy after the Giants defeated the Patriots by a score of 21-17 in Super Bowl XLVI at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 5, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

    It's a "non-scientific" study, but a Chicago group says fantasy football costs U.S. employers billions. Take a look at the hobby's effect on worker productivity.

  • Ireland's Economy Gets a Lift From Notre Dame Friday, 31 Aug 2012 | 10:24 AM ET

    This weekend, 35,000 Americans football fans descend on Dublin, Ireland. The reason? The Emerald Isle Classic, better known as the Notre Dame-Navy game. The game is not only the 86th time these two college football programs have faced off against each other, it is also a major economic event for Ireland's sluggish economy.

  • Sports for the One Percent Tuesday, 28 Aug 2012 | 4:50 PM ET
    the premier snowboard and accessories company, sells a basic boards for about $300. Higher-end models will set you back more—check out the $1,200  and the $1,500  Those going all-out and buying the Mystery are also advised to buy Diode EST Snowboard Binding for $400 and SLX Snowboard Boots for $550.

    Some sports are more expensive than others. Some require expensive equipment, others require monthly fees, and others appear down-market at first but have hidden costs that can really add up. Click to see what some of these sports are.

  • In Recession, Fortune 500 Turns to NASCAR Tuesday, 21 Aug 2012 | 1:43 PM ET
    Nascar

    More than three out of five of the sport's fans say that even in tough economic times, they will continue to support NASCAR sponsors over other brands.

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    Evidence is 'overwhelming' that New Orleans Saints players were given rewards for injuring opposing players, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell told CNBC’s on Monday.

  • Paul Ryan Gives P90X a Lift: Creator Friday, 17 Aug 2012 | 12:34 PM ET
    Beachbody's P90X

    Paul Ryan isn’t the only one in Washington who uses the P90X workout system, Michelle Obama and members of the Secret Service are using it too, Tony Horton, the creator, told CNBC’s “Squawk on the Street.”

  • Jay-Z

    Jay-Z’s contributions to the Brooklyn Nets have been wildly disproportionate to his one-fifteenth ownership stake in the NBA team. And so are his expected earnings.

  • The 10 Most-Marketable Summer Olympians Tuesday, 14 Aug 2012 | 1:28 PM ET
    The Olympic cauldron is extinguished and the Olympic flag has passed from London to Rio de Janeiro. For the athletes of the 2012 London Olympic games, the results are in the history books and for a few of the most amazing athletes, the record books. Now for many of these world class athletes, it’s time to temporarily switch their attention away from athletic competition to the corporate boardroom.

    So which Olympians left their mark on the 2012 games and are the biggest names in business? Here’s a look at 10 Olympic athletes you can expect to cash in.

  • Malcolm Glazer's Love for Debt a Liability for Man U Friday, 10 Aug 2012 | 2:40 PM ET
    Manchester United's owners Malcom Glazer (L) and Steven Glazer attend their club's training session.

    Investors have been lukewarm to the IPO of the world's most popular sports team, in part because of the debt its owner used to take possession of it.

  • Despite IPO Letdown, Manchester a "Growth Story": CEO Friday, 10 Aug 2012 | 12:46 PM ET
    The Manchester United soccer club badge is displayed outside the Old Trafford stadium in Manchester, U.K., on Thursday, Aug. 25, 2011.

    Despite a disappointing initial public offering price, the CEO of Manchester United insists his soccer club is a “growth story” that investors can believe in, David Gill told CNBC Friday.

  • Manchester United Shares Debut Slightly Higher Friday, 10 Aug 2012 | 9:50 AM ET
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    Shares of Manchester United opened slightly higher in their market debut than their $14 IPO price on the New York Stock Exchange on Friday.

  • In this handout photo provided by the NYSE Euronext, Manchester United Executives Joel Glazer (2nd L) and Avram Glazer (C) prepare to ring the Opening Bell at the New York Stock Exchange on August 10, 2012 in New York City.

    UK soccer club Manchester United priced its U.S. IPO at $14 a share, below the expected range of $16 to $20 a share. The low pricing reflects IPO jitters in the wake of Facebook's post-IPO drop.

  • Richard Branson: 'You Can't Just Turn Up and Wing It' Thursday, 9 Aug 2012 | 11:52 AM ET
    Sir Richard Branson arrives on the beach after attempting to cross the English channel by kite surfing.

    Teamwork is as important in business as in sports. Take a cue from Richard Branson, who successfully translates athletic skills into business success.

  • Man Utd Dual Class Shares IPO Criticized Thursday, 9 Aug 2012 | 2:06 AM ET
    Manchester United IPO

    The initial public offering of Manchester United is on track to be finalized by Thursday evening in spite of some criticism over how one of the world’s most supported football clubs is going public, according to people close to the deal, the FT reports.

  • Man-U IPO Close to Goal Line Tuesday, 7 Aug 2012 | 2:06 PM ET
    Manchester United fan

    Despite some warning signs from the club's balance sheet and ownership, the roadshow is scoring well in advance of the offering.

  • The Olympic Effect: Good for the Economy Tuesday, 7 Aug 2012 | 8:01 AM ET
    London Buses Rain

    Is the Olympic effect enough to turn GDP positive for the whole year? This will depend on the feel-good effect that arises after the games are over, writes Moorad Choudhry.

  • The Olympics Is About More Than Economic Growth Monday, 6 Aug 2012 | 2:06 AM ET
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    Maybe I am too swept up in the Olympic spirit, but whether we see an Olympic boom or bust, I hope we don’t worry too much about the economic impact from this event. Great Britain is surely more than the sum of its latest economic data.

  • What Olympic Athletes Can Teach Entrepreneurs Friday, 27 Jul 2012 | 12:16 PM ET
    Athlete and Businessman

    From negative thinking to burnout, entrepreneurs can take cues from Olympic athletes. What leadership skills can you learn from professional athletes?

  • Items Prohibited or Restricted at the Olympics Wednesday, 25 Jul 2012 | 3:07 PM ET
    Although the athletes on the playing surface may be sporting them, that doesn’t mean spectators should feel free to bring bicycles, folding bikes, roller-skates or skateboards into venues. They’re too large to fit under a seat or on a lap, and would certainly be a nuisance to others. Biking is popular in London, so an announced ban on non-folding bicycles on trains during the Olympics was lifted

    So what are some of the prohibited and restricted items in 2012 Olympic venues? Click ahead for some of the most interesting examples.

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