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John Lombardo

John Lombardo covers basketball and the Arena Football League for SportsBusiness Journal/Daily.

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Bucks Vote Not On Agenda For First NBA BOG Meeting Under Silver

04 / 17 / 14

The NBA BOG meets today and tomorrow at the St. Regis Hotel in N.Y., the first owners meeting under new NBA Commissioner Adam Silver . The BOG will not vote on the proposed $550M Bucks sale announced yesterday , but prospective co-Owners Wesley Edens and Marc Lasry will attend the meeting. The...

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04/16/14
ESPN, Turner Launching NBA Playoff Ads

The NBA and network partners Turner and ESPN/ABC are rolling out a new playoff advertising strategy that has each partner running the other’s promotional spots. Turner’s playoff ad features Pharrell Williams and his “Come Get It Bae” single. ESPN’s spot has Pitbull ...

04/16/14
How Key NBA Storylines Played Out This Year

Before the '13-14 NBA season began, SportsBusiness Journal offered some storylines to watch . Here is how each topic stands as the NBA concludes its regular season tonight. WARRIORS • Then: The team starts the year with a franchise record season-ticket base of 14,000 and a 38-game sellou ...

Tags: Franchises, NBA

04/10/14
NBA Releases Int'l Preseason Schedule

The NBA has released its '14 int'l preseason schedule with five games in five cities this October as part of the NBA Global Games. The games will begin on Oct. 8 in Berlin with the Spurs playing Alba Berlin at O2 World Berlin arena. The Spurs will then play in Istanbul on Oct. 11 against Fenerbah&cc ...

04/09/14
Pirates Name Drew Cloud Exec VP

The Pirates have hired veteran NBA exec DREW CLOUD as Exec VP and Chief Sales & Marketing Officer. Cloud, who since January '13 has been working as a VP in the NBA’s Team Marketing & Business Operations division, will begin his new job April 21. He will report to Pirates President F ...

Tags: People and Pop Culture, Pittsburgh Pirates, NBA

04/08/14
T'Wolves, Spurs Making Up Mexico City Game

The T’Wolves tonight host the Spurs in a makeup game that was originally scheduled for Dec. 3 in Mexico City until smoke in the arena forced the cancellation of the game. Faced with marketing an unscheduled home game, the T’Wolves expect to draw 10,000 fans in the 19,356-seat Target Cent ...

03/21/14
Trail Blazers Plan Moda Center Upgrades

The Trail Blazers announced that they will begin the first phase of a $16M upgrade for Moda Center and its training facility during the upcoming offseason. The team will refurbish 1,800 club level seats and renovate 20 of the arena's 66 suites in the arena, with the remaining 46 suites to be re ...

03/10/14
Knicks To Own/Operate D-League Team

The Knicks today announced that they have bought their own D-League franchise to play at the Westchester County Center, near the Knicks training center in suburban N.Y. The team will be the D-League’s 18th franchise and the Knicks will become the seventh NBA club to own and operate a D-Le ...

03/05/14
AS Roma Names Barror Chief Commercial Officer

Serie A club AS Roma has hired Sean Barror as the team’s new Chief Commercial Officer. Barror, a longtime industry executive who previously worked as Chief Revenue Officer for Raptor Sports Properties, will be responsible for the team’s business operations. Barror will report ...

02/21/14
NBA Offices Restructure

In conjunction with ADAM SILVER taking over as NBA Commissioner on Feb. 1, the league has had several other key management changes put into place in recent weeks. Principal among those has been MARK TATUM being appointed Deputy Commissioner, but the changes have occurred across the league’ ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, NBA

02/14/14
NBA Tech Summit Today In New Orleans

The NBA this morning will hold its annual Technology Summit, a key event of the league's All-Star Weekend. The summit this year is at the Ritz Carlton in New Orleans. The theme of "The World is Courtside" summit included sessions "The Multi-Device Experience", "Connecting Content With Commerce," "Go ...

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