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Tech Guy Leo Laporte Downloads Expensive Pair of Super Bowl Tickets

Earlier this week, ESPN sports business reporter Darren Rovell itemized some of the reasons why ticket prices for Super Bowl XLVII were plummeting to perhaps their lowest aggregate mark-up value since 2002. But for fans like Leo Laporte (pictured), who bought in early to be sure they got what they needed, it’s a different story.

The host of the very informative weekend phone-in program The Tech Guy, which airs on KFI AM 640, SiriusXM and 170 other stations across North America, told Bill Handel from the Big Easy this morning that his 35-yard-line tickets cost $4,000… each. That’s three times the face value of $1,250.00, brokered through what everyone these days likes to call a  ”packager.”

“If it weren’t my team (the 49ers) and New Orleans, I probably wouldn’t have done it,” Laporte admitted. “But this is a truly special occasion.”

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Showing It | Bad Look | Poetic Justice

  • SocialTimes: An infographic shows who is using Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest and Google+. Here is a brief summary: A lot of people, most people, bored rich people, moms and no one, respectively.
  • AgencySpy: If you dare, feast your eyes upon “the most bizarre, unorganized site in the history of the world.”
  • TVNewser: Darren Rovell, one of the most annoying people on Twitter, gets fooled by a teenager. We sort of love this story.

Blake Griffin Car Dunk Panned in Media, But Successful As Product Placement

LA Clippers star Blake Griffin‘s shameless product placement dunk over a KIA Optima at the NBA All-Star Game continues to be the talk of the sports media world. Former NBA dunk master Shawn Kemp was the latest basketball star to trash the dunk in the media.

“I’m a big Blake Griffin fan, but that dunk at the contest might’ve been the weakest dunk in the dunk contest that I’ve seen in a long time. I love the choir and all that stuff was great, but you at least gotta jump over the car though right? He swung over the car and landed on the hood of the car. I think he should at least be able to jump over the front of the car.”
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CNBC Gets A Peek Inside SI‘s Swimsuit Issue

bar-refaeli-sports-illustrated.jpgEver wonder how the most profitable single-issue magazine in the world comes together?

With its one-hour special next month, “Business Model: Inside The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue,” CNBC will show you just how Sports Illustrated creates the one issue a year that last year generated seven percent of Time Inc. News Group’s annual revenue.

CNBC’s sports business reporter Darren Rovell got the highly coveted job of introducing viewers to the Swimsuit Issue’s six tropical photo shoot locations and 18 models wearing next to nothing. The documentary also looks at the history of the issue, which debuted in 1964, and caught up with famous models who once graced its pages, including Cheryl Tiegs, Carol Alt and Kathy Ireland.

Explains CNBC:

“The one-hour documentary looks at the history and unparalleled success of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, which continues to print its own profits even amid an economic downturn and a troubled period for the publishing industry. The issue…has become over the years a billion dollar multi-platform empire that Fortune 500 companies clamor to be associated with. Rovell interviews executives with Miller Lite and Pepsi about being part of what’s been dubbed ‘the print Super Bowl of advertising.’”

The special will air on February 9 at 9 p.m.

Previously: SI Swimsuit Edition Proves To Be Fat Cash Cow