Can Basketball Fans Score During NBA Lockout?

After the strife-torn NBA cancelled the first two weeks of the basketball season, we wondered: Would this mean any financial relief for fans? Somewhere in the war between the wealthy players and owners, are there savings to be found for the ordinary people who spend money on NBA tickets and gear?

5 Things to Watch on Wall Street Next Week

There's never a dull moment on Wall Street -- and next week will be no exception. Here are some of the items that will help shape the week ahead once Monday rolls around.

Nike's Direct Sales Poised to Grow in Emerging Markets

Nike is already the global leader in the athletic footwear, apparel and equipment business, and globally is where its future growth lies. Its online sales have surged, and with increasing Internet penetration in emerging markets, Trefis sees more impressive online sales growth ahead.

Summer Spendin': Who Wins When School's Out?

Summer vacation has hardly begun, and the chorus of "buy me, buy me" is already at full volume in homes across the country. And parents can only say no to so many of those requests. So which companies are gong to benefit from the school break? DailyFinance has a few ideas.

Nike's Growth May Hinge on Sports Apparel

The sports apparel maker certainly has gained most of its stock value based on its footwear collections, but Nike brand apparel still adds a healthy 25%. And since Nike's share in the sports apparel market has been gradually rising, that could mean good news ahead.

Pepsi Throwback Is Back Permanently

Nostalgists rejoice. Pepsi is making its retro Pepsi Throwback beverage a permanent part of its stable of soft drinks. Pepsi Throwback features...

The Most Expensive Gift at 12 American Retailers

Want to be an extra-generous Santa in 2010? Try buying the most expensive item at each of 12 popular U.S. retailers. According to an unscientific survey by 24/7 Wall St, that would set you back nearly $15 million (thanks mainly to a visit to Tiffany).

Adidas Aims to Overtake Nike

Adidas (ADDYY) aims to boost its sales to 17 billion euros ($24 billion) by 2015 as part of a strategy to overtake Nike (NKE) as the world%u2019s largest sporting goods company. "Our aspirations are to outperform total market growth ... to outgrow our major competitor and have the bottom line grow faster than the top line," CEO Herbert Hainer said, according to Reuters.

Proposal to Give NFL Apparel Rights to Nike

The owners of National Football League franchises will be presented with a proposal that will give the league%u2019s apparel and sideline rights to Nike (NKE), CNBC reported. Nike, Adidas and Under Armour all bid for the rights, CNBC reported without naming its sources. The value of the deal is not currently known.

Nike Profit Rises 9% on Emerging Markets, Revenue Lags Estimates

Nike's fiscal first-quarter profit rose 9% as a surge in emerging-market sales, less inventory and fewer discount sales offset the negative effect of foreign-exchange rate changes. Shares fell in extended trading after the company's sales lagged analyst estimates.

Week Ahead: Housing Data, Fed Meeting, Earnings

Housing data is in the financial spotlight this week, including housing starts and new and existing home sales in August. Also, homebuilder Lennar is expected to report a profitable third quarter.

How Many Workers Can You Hire for the Price of One CEO?

CEOs at some large public companies earn more per day than their employees earn over the course of an entire year. We took a look at some of the country's most well-known companies and calculated just how many workers the CEO's annual paycheck could afford to hire.

Nike's New Tiger Woods Ad: A Mercenary, Creepy...Hit?

I was sure that the American people, would watch the new Nike ad starring Tiger Woods and the disembodied, misappropriated voice of his dead father and be properly disgusted. In fact, the commercial seems to have improved perception of both the golfer and the sports-apparel company.

Nike's New Tiger Woods Ad: A Mercenary, Creepy Misfire

Nike wanted to accelerate the public rehabilitation of Tiger Woods with a new ad featuring the voice of the golfer's deceased father. Instead, it has made its star endorser even more alien, mercenary and unsympathetic than before.

Stocks in the News: Boeing, FedEx, Palm

Somaxon shares gained the most out of all U.S. stocks today, while Boeing shares lifted the Dow and new CEO drove up Barnes and Noble shares. Meanwhile, rumors of a Google, Intel and Sony partnership also moved those stocks.

Tiger Gets No Mention on Nike Earnings Call

Amid a flurry of chatter about Tiger Wood's expected comeback, one of his prime sponsors, Nike, remained conspicuously silent on the subject during its earnings call Wednesday.

Resurrecting Tiger, the Brand

In a move that could start the drive to rehabilitate his flailing brand, Tiger Woods has announced plans to return to golf next month at the Masters Tournament. Will he be able to hit his brand out of the rough?