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  • Big XII Conference

    Pressured perhaps by the heat that Texas legislators might push for Baylor to go to the Pac-10 as a condition of the three other Texas schools making the move, Colorado jumped to the Pac-10 as soon as they got the invitation. Perhaps believing that the conference was destined to crumble, Nebraska went for greener pastures to the Big Ten. As hard of it is to believe, the record will show, that the loss of these two teams saved the Big XII.

  • MLB baseballs seen through the netting of a basket

    For the fourth straight year, Major League Baseball will beat out the National Football League in licensing revenue this year, according to Ira Mayer, publisher of The Licensing Letter, an industry trade publication that focuses on the licensing business.

  • Chairman and CEO of IMG, the largest sports management business in the world, on the financial crisis and investing in the global marketplace.

  • Football

    Barry Frank knows more about TV rights money than just about anyone. And the executive vice president for IMG Media who has negotiated a slew of television deals in his years in the business has this to say about adding the 16-team conference that is developing with the Pac-10: The math might not work.

  • The cover to Panini's 2010 FIFA World Cup sticker packet

    Last month, I wrote about how companies and PR executives weren’t making the cut when it came to getting the attention of reporters in this world of increasing clutter. As an example of a company doing it right, I talked about Jack Daniels announcing its new partnership with golfer Trevor Immelman by putting my name on a bottle of Gentleman Jack, with a note from Immelman himself.

  • University of Michigan football player

    Lost in the talk of the formation of college football mega conferences led by the Pac-10 and the Big 10 is that bigger isn’t necessarily more profitable. Yes, there are certain teams that will make sense for both conferences, but let’s not forget that we’re dividing money here.

  • John Wooden

    Three weeks ago, Steve Jamison walked into to John Wooden's condo not sure what to expect from the 99-year-old coaching legend. Jamison, who has written eight books with Wooden since 1997, knew that it was touch and go at Wooden's age.

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    Tomorrow marks the six-month anniversary of Tiger Woods’ car accident and the revelation of the affairs that followed. With the half-year mark upon us, we take a look at Brand Tiger and the companies that are and were affiliated with him.

  • Sportsgrid

    Sports fans love lists and that means that a new offshoot of Dan Abrams’ Mediaite site called SportsGrid has a pretty good chance of being a highly trafficked site. SportsGrid.com, which will launch Wednesday morning, borrows the PowerGrid system built for its sites like Mediaite, the main site that includes rankings of media members and Styleite, a fashion and beauty culture site, and translates it to the sports world.

  • FedEx Orange Bowl

    The recent announcement that FedEx would not be back as title sponsor of the Orange Bowl is noteworthy for the reason why the 21-year relationship ended.

  • Football stadium seats

    As the cost of constructing these buildings continues to climb, how do you offset the need for greater revenue generation when there is an inherent lack of ability to accommodate additional event days for other uses in these custom, single purpose designs?

  • Goalkeeper Kasey Keller of Seattle Sounders FC kicks the ball into play.

    Major League Soccer’s future success is contingent upon its ability to market its game to first and second generation Hispanic-Americans.

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    It seems like the NCAA doesn’t want anyone using a players’ name to make money besides them...It doesn’t seem fair that the NCAA is the only one with rights to make money off of college athletes. I think some changes need to be made to give some of the rights back to the players.

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    Sports teams and organization are not just in the entertainment business. They are in the relationship business. The idea of developing a fan base is really just about cultivating a relationship. 

  • Football stadium seats

    Welcome to the age of the per-event suite. With occupancy rates down at least 10 percent on the premium side, more teams are beginning to tap into selling suites on shorter leases, shared leases, split leases or day of game leases.

  • If you’re into the NFL Draft, you might have heard of the data put together by University of Chicago economist Richard Thaler and Yale professor Cade Massey. The two say that high-end draft choices are overvalued. Their great piece of data? In their first five years on the field, the odds that a higher pick will outperform the guy selected before him is just 52 percent.

  • Colt McCoy of the Cleveland Browns

    The greatest rise seen in a baby name attributed to a sports figure is Colt, as in former University of Texas quarterback Colt McCoy.

  • Leonardo Gonzalez of the Seattle Sounders FC battles Chris Klein of the Los Angeles Galaxy on May 8, 2010 at Qwest Field in Seattle, Washington.The Galaxy defeated the Sounders 4-0.

    After a bad loss to the Los Angeles Galaxy, the Seattle Sounders said they’d refund their season ticket holders for the game because of how poorly the team played. The idea reportedly came from a player, Steve Zakuani, who said that the fans shouldn’t have to pay. Remarkably, the Sounders soon announced that the game would in fact be refunded to the team’s 32,000 season ticket holders.

  • Offensive lineman Tony Washington runs during practice drills during the 2010 NFL Scouting Combine.

    Out of all those who were draft eligible this past weekend, no one has been labeled by NFL teams more "off limits" than Tony Washington, an offensive tackle from Abilene Christian, who some people had going as early as the late portion of the second round.

  • Brandon Sanders #14 of the Mississippi Rebels looks on as he displays a Bible verse on his eye black strip prior to the game against the Memphis Tigers.

    If you haven't yet heard, the NCAA's latest ban involves eye black. Under the new rule, eye black must be solid black with no words, numbers, logos or other symbols.