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  • Shaq's Retirement Gives Big Boost To New Company Thursday, 2 Jun 2011 | 10:46 AM ET

    When Shaquille O'Neal announced his retirement on Twitter on Wednesday, he not only gave a nod to Twitter, he also gave a huge boost to an upstart media brand called Tout.com, a site that allows users to make short 15-second long videos and share them with their friends.

  • Social Media A Big Part Of Shaq's Legacy Wednesday, 1 Jun 2011 | 4:23 PM ET
    Shaquille O'Neal

    Shaquille O'Neal will of course be remembered for his big frame and his gregarious personality, but he will also be remembered for his contributions to the social media space. So it's not surprising that he became the first sports star to retire on Twitter on Wednesday.

  • Who Is Going To Win The Spelling Bee? I K-N-O-W Wednesday, 1 Jun 2011 | 12:11 PM ET
    2011 Scripps Spelling Bee

    The Scripps National Spelling Bee is today and tomorrow and I will, once again, tell you who is going to win. To refresh your memory, in 2006, I warned you about Katherine Close. In 2007, I had Evan O'Dorney. In 2008, Sameer Mishra was on my list. The following year, I picked Kavya Shivashankar and last year, I said three spellers could go all the way and sure enough my #2 Anamika Veeramani prevailed.

  • Tressel Troubles Won't Change Behavior Tuesday, 31 May 2011 | 9:51 AM ET
    Head coach Jim Tressel of the Ohio State Buckeyes

    You're driving along the highway, speeding at 20 miles per hour above the speed limit. That's when you see a cop on the side of the road. You quickly slow down. You're lucky. The officer has already pulled someone over. Five minutes later, you are speeding again, hoping cops on the road don't see you.

  • Sponsors Cry Foul Over Fifa Infighting Tuesday, 31 May 2011 | 1:40 AM ET

    Some of football’s biggest sponsors are raising the alarm over infighting at Fifa even as Sepp Blatter, its president, dismissed the bribery storm engulfing the sport’s governing body as a few “difficulties” rather than a crisis, reports the FT.

  • American Airlines

    If the Miami Heat win Game 5 tonight and advance to the NBA Finals, it will mean the second finals in the last six years that both arenas have American Airlines on them. The airline had arena exclusivity in 2006, when the Heat bested the Mavs in six games.

  • einhorn_david_child_200.jpg

    Yesterday at the end of his Ira Sohn presentation (after telling Steve Ballmer to do the right thing and quit Microsoft), David Einhorn added “Go Mets!” with little grin on his face, like he had a secret…which apparently was that he just bought a minority stake in the team.

  • David Einhorn's Move To Buy Mets Share A Shocking Turn Thursday, 26 May 2011 | 12:06 PM ET

    I'm shocked. I knew that there would someone who would agree to pay $200 million for a minority share of the New York Mets. I just didn't think it would David Einhorn of all people. If you don't know of Einhorn, he's not exactly a "sit back and watch" kind of guy.

  • Hedge Fund Manager Buys Stake in New York Mets Thursday, 26 May 2011 | 10:25 AM ET

    The deal is aid to be for $200 million and would be for less than 49 percent ownership of the major league team.

  • Hedge Fund Manager Buys Stake in New York Mets Thursday, 26 May 2011 | 10:20 AM ET
    New York Mets

    The deal is aid to be for $200 million and would be for less than 49 percent ownership of the major league team.

  • 'Hangover 2' Tattoo Battle Not Over Just Yet Tuesday, 24 May 2011 | 2:45 PM ET
    Hangover 2

    The headlines you will see today will reflect that a federal court judge ruled that Warner Brothers' "Hangover 2" will debut on Thursday, thanks to denying an injunction sought by an artist who claimed his tattoo was used in the film without his consent.

  • How Bad Are Wilpon's Words? We Give It A Try Tuesday, 24 May 2011 | 2:04 PM ET
    Fred Wilpon

    What New York Mets owner Fred Wilpon said to The New Yorker wasn't that outrageous. Ike Davis is a good hitter on a bad team, Jose Reyes has had a lot of issues and Carlos Beltran is likely overpaid by at least 30 percent. But the problem isn't the content, it's the context.

  • Lance Armstrong's Business Stronger Than Ever Monday, 23 May 2011 | 2:26 PM ET
    Lance Armstrong

    As the federal investigation continues and more of his teammates speak out against him, the speculation is that Lance Armstrong's golden name is getting smeared by the day and that his strong business empire is slowly crumbling. But that's actually not the reality. Armstrong's business portfolio is stronger than ever.

  • Armstrong Teammate Describes Doping System Monday, 23 May 2011 | 9:31 AM ET
    Lance Armstrong

    On “60 Minutes,” a Lance Armstrong teammate said that riders led double lives revolving around drugs, the New York Times reports.

  • For The Sports Fan, This ESPN Book Has It All Friday, 20 May 2011 | 9:44 AM ET

    While the publicity for the book, whose official release date next Tuesday, has thus far been about the salacious details — Chris Berman doesn't know who Bill Simmons is, Keith Olbermann freely describes his tense relationship — the genius of the book are the little surprises that come at least once every 10 pages.

  • NBC Sports Group Chairman Dick Ebersol to Leave Thursday, 19 May 2011 | 2:14 PM ET
    Dick Ebersol

    Dick Ebersol, the head of for the last 22 years, left the network on Thursday after he could not come to terms on a new contract.

  • Jet's Owner 'Positive' There'll Be Football Season Thursday, 19 May 2011 | 11:13 AM ET
    Braylon Edwards #17 and Santonio Holmes #10 of the New York Jets celebrate on their way to defeating the New England Patriots.

    N.Y. Jets owner Woody Johnson is "positive" there will be a 2011 football season, he told CNBC Thursday.

  • Sports Tout Says He's Out to Change Industry's Reputation Thursday, 19 May 2011 | 10:17 AM ET

    The world of sports gambling tout services is rife with problems. Bettors pay for advice on how to place a wager and then find out the tout service is telling another bettor to take the opposite side. By doing it that way, you’ll at least have half of your customers happy. Adam Meyer knows of the reputation of his business and he has what he thinks is his greatest marketing ploy.

  • Kevin Durant's Marketability On The Rise Tuesday, 17 May 2011 | 9:02 PM ET
    Forward Kevin Durant #35 of the Oklahoma City Thunder.

    Kevin Durant fans seemed to be up in arms with me on Twitter when I said that I thought the Oklahoma City Thunder forward needed a bit more personality to be more marketable. Durant does have deals with Nike, Gatorade, Panini, EA Sports, Skullcandy headphones and Degree Men, but I thought the small market and a reserved demeanor didn't exactly make him stand out besides his amazing on the court performance, that is.

  • baseball_field_1.jpg

    Tonight, the Washington Nationals sold tickets for $1 to their game against the Pirates. Tomorrow, the team is selling a limited amount of tickets for $2. We're in the middle of May now and there are nine parks in Major League Baseball this year that are averaging crowds that fill less than half their ballpark. Most seem to be disinterested to do what it takes to fill the stands.

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