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Must Read Money Stories, Tuesday, Oct. 21
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Must Read Money Stories, Tuesday, Oct. 21

Apple sold 39 million iPhones last quarter, shattering last year’s sales. The technology company made $8.5 billion in profit, according to the New York Times, which was 13.3 percent higher than 2013’s fourth quarter earnings. Analysts point to Apple’s skyrocketing sales of its new iPhones as one of the major reasons for its success, as […]

The money tale of two World Series teams
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The money tale of two World Series teams

After a lot of extra-inning games, the 2014 World Series matchup has finally been decided. The Kansas City Royals and San Francisco Giants have some things in common regarding how they got so deep into October — both reached the Series via wild card games and strong bullpens. But that’s where the similarities between these […]

Must Read Money Stories, Thursday Oct. 16
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Must Read Money Stories, Thursday Oct. 16

Global markets plummeted on Wednesday. Though Wall Street had a resurgence toward the end of the day, the Dow Jones industrial average dropped by 173.45 points yesterday. The dip came after a massive sell-off in Europe as the Eurozone continues to struggle. The New York Times says investors fear that governments don’t have the policy […]

Guys drawing players for fantasy football teams
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Tackle a fantasy football story on any business beat

With both professional football and college football about to kick off their 2014 seasons, the myriad  businesses that depend on gridiron action to generate revenue, from hot-dog sellers to TV advertising executives, are counting down the moments to the first big plays. But a lot of buzz this pre-season is focusing on the growing industry […]

Tony Steward sponsors
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Racetrack accident highlights pros and cons for corporate sports sponsors

It’s been a rough stretch for corporate sponsors of sporting events, who’ve had to react to public relations fiascos ranging from Lance Armstrong’s drugging revelations to the racist remarks by the soon-t0-be former L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling.  Now, a motorsports incident over the weekend has set the stage for another dilemma for corporate underwriters […]

Kids playing soccer
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As eyes turn to World Cup, how does local soccer spending rank?

With soccer’s 2014 World Cup matches kicking off this week in Brazil,  “futebol” as it’s known in Rio is going to dominate a lot of sports talk over the next month.  This every-four-year event is  a good opportunity to delve into the business of sports, and soccer in particular, in your region. Obviously if you have a professional […]

May is Bike Month
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Spin a story about an overlooked industry from National Bike Month

May is rife with those industry holidays and observances, and one that might make an intriguing launchpad for stories that don’t often make the biz writers’ radar screen is National Bike Month. In 2012 (most recent figures available), sales of new people-powered two-wheelers were more than $3.66 billion in the U.S., according to Bicycle Retailer […]

Boston Marathon 2014 security
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Security firms thrive as safety standards tighten for public events

According to news reports, some 4,000 security personnel were on hand for Monday’s Boston Marathon, the first since the 2013 bombing at the event killed three people.  From cameras to cops to bomb-sniffing dogs, and through bans on backpacks, face masks and more, officials are determined that this year’s event won’t be marred by tragedy, […]

woman in yellow skirt on green golf course, blue sky
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High-tech carts, speedier play: Golf industry courts new players

Golf’s premiere tournament, the Masters, will be swinging into action in a few days, and it’s a great peg for a look at the fiscal health of your region’s golf industry – from resorts and courses to equipment sales and lesson. As fewer time-pressed Americans opt for a slow stroll around the links, and demographics […]