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John Lombardo

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

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Warriors taking new sponsor at face value

Published in SportsBusiness Journal on 11 / 17 / 14

Yogurt, BBQ … and facial-recognition software? It’s all part of the Golden State Warriors’ latest seven-figure “gold alliance” partnership deal. Ignite Farm, a Walnut Creek, Calif.-based venture firm whose companies and brands include FacialNetwork, Yoatz yogurt ...

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Tags: Franchises

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