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Super Bowl Spending Is Up ... and It's Good

Retailers and consumer products companies are on charging downfield toward a touchdown on Super Bowl Sunday. Consumer spending related to the big game is expected to reach an all-time high this year, with the average watcher projected to shell out $63.87 on Super Bowl-related merchandise.

Green Bay Packers Stock: Packers 12, 'Investors' 0

Good news, Packers fans. This week only, you actually can own a piece of the Pack for the low, low price of just $250. Just don't plan on ever being able to sell your shares in the team for a profit.

Score! NFL to Grab $7 Billion a Year in Broadcast Deals

The NFL has something broadcasters lust after: a reliably strong source of ratings. So as its football games migrate onto smartphones, iPads, and anything else with a screen, its no surprise that CBS, Fox and NBC -- not to mention Sirius, Westwood One Radio and Verizon -- are all lining up to pay billions to carry them.

Should You Buy Shares in Your Favorite Sports Team?

The Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers got the NFL's approval this week to sell more stock to the public, but even the Pack can't compete with the buzz of another anticipated "football" stock offering: Manchester United. Certainly owning stock in a team makes for great pub talk, but is it a wise investment?

10 Tips on How to Be a Successful Scalper

In a shaky economy, you might be tempted to moonlight as a scalper for extra cash. Brittany Menard, author of "The Ticket Broker Guide," offers 10 tips to help you do it right. Here's what you need to know to conquer the ticket trade part time.

People@Work: Winter's Blasts Affect Not Only Hiring but Output, Too

It's hard to fathom that something as mundane as weather could affect employment statistics. But it clearly does. And it also has big impact on how much work actually gets done. And beyond the snows of winter, there's distractions like the Super Bowl that keep worker from their duties.

Steelers-Packers Super Bowl Is a Good Omen for Stocks

After the Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers meet Sunday in Super Bowl XLV, only one team will hoist the Lombardy Trophy. But the so-called "Super Bowl indicator" says this year's match-up forecasts a bull market no matter which team wins.

Dallas-Area Companies Go Whole Hog for Super Bowl XLV

Super Bowl XLV will set records both for stadium attendance and for event fund-raising, and North Texas corporations haven't been shy to put out the welcome mat for their favored clients. How much will communities and local businesses score from the big game?

StubHub Suspends Sales of Tickets for BCS Title Game

Ticketing website StubHub has suspended sales of tickets for next weeks Bowl Championship Series title football game because one seller did not have enough tickets to fill orders. On Wednesday, StubHub removed all tickets to Monday%u2019s game between Auburn and Oregon, according to The Associated Press. On Thursday, the company e-mailed all fans who had already bought tickets, offering them a full refund and an extra payment of twice the ticket price.

The NFL's Self-Defeating
TV Blackout Policy

The NFL doesn't understand its own product. In the high-def age, NFL football games are better to watch at home -- and way cheaper to do so with ticket prices so high. Demanding that fans pack the stands hurts everyone, including the league itself.

Fox Broadcasting Has Sold Over 90% of Superbowl Ad Time

News Corp.%u2019s (NWS) Fox Broadcasting has sold more than 90% of its Superbowl advertising time, almost five months ahead of the event. The broadcaster is charging an average of about $3 million for a 30-second ad, Reuters reported without naming its sources.

NFL Season Ticket Sales Take a Hit From Weak Economy

The NFL's TV ratings are stronger than ever, but it's facing its third straight year of declining season ticket sales. With the economy still sputtering, and real prices for tickets soaring, teams are struggling to attract fans to watch America's most popular pro sport in person.

Madden 11 Video Game Goes on Sale - With a Party

Video gaming%u2019s biggest sports franchise got its latest facelift on Monday as Madden 11, the latest edition of the hit football game, hit the shelves. The new edition features Drew Brees, quarter back with Super Bowl champions The New Orleans Saints on the cover, and EA Sports celebrated the launch with a "Madden Gras" party in the Big Easy, featuring players from the Saints, parades and musical guests including Big Boi.

Super Bowl's Economic Impact May be Super Inflated

The Super Bowl is not so super to many economists. Experts in the economics of sports claim the NFL and its boosters have grossly overestimated the economic benefit of Sunday's championship game in Miami between the New Orleans Saints and the Indianapolis Colts.

Domino's CEO to Head Athletics at Michigan

The departure of Domino's Pizza CEO David A. Brandon, expected to become athletic director at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, comes at a critical time for shareholders and Michigan fans alike, as Domino's revamps its products and delivery, and as Michigan's athletic program is under NCAA investigation.

Fox Appears to Win Time Warner Fee Dispute

Fox and Time Warner Cable have reached a deal keeping the network on the cable provider after Fox threatened to walk over a fee dispute. The deal's suddenness likely means Fox got the better end, as the cable giant risked having subscribers go elsewhere for Fox programming.

Are You Ready for No Football?

Time Warner Cable and Fox Television are going head to head over carrying fees. The battle has escalated, and now Fox is threatening to withhold its channel from Time Warner on Jan. 1, potentially denying millions of viewers in 28 states access to NFL football games in the new year.