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George Nicholas is a New York-based business writer and communications consultant. Contact him at georgenicholas@mindspring.com.

CEOs, Should You Buy a Sports Team?

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Over the past decade, owners who have sold teams saw their val- ues increase by between 7 and 11 percent annually, depending on the league, according to Scott Milleisen, head of JPMorgan Chase’s Private Bank Sports Finance Unit. Much of the growth resulted from richer media-rights agreements in recent years, he adds.

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CEOs Who Ride the Wind

Greek mythology’s Icarus, using wax wings, crashed because he flew too close to the sun. But a fair number of today’s CEOs harness the wind to skim across snow, ocean, surf, sand or paved surfaces at 40-plus miles per hour, even uphill. The Paragliders KAVU’s Barry Barr about to launch his paraglider. Barry Barr, CEO of KAVU True Outerware, got ...

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What CEOs Need to Know About Hardball Negotiating

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The negotiation is moving along nicely and it looks like a deal will be reached -- but suddenly the opposing party makes a stiff demand. What’s going on? You’re encountering a tactic commonly used by hardball negotiators, authorities say. It’s what one of them calls the “hovering pen strategy” and another, the “ninth inning zinger.”

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Extreme CEOs

Being competitive in the C-suite often translates to being competitive on the racetrack (or field, slopes, waves, or air) and these CEOs take their extracurricular activities seriously. These leaders thrive flying jet fighter planes, scaling mountains, skydiving and racing motorcycles.

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