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John Lombardo

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

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NBA expands reach to tout Christmas games

Published in SportsBusiness Journal on 12 / 15 / 14

The NBA is rolling out two new commercials to promote this year’s five Christmas Day television broadcasts and the related retail efforts. In addition to running on the league’s TV partners (Turner, ESPN and ABC), the new 30-second spots will run on a variety other networks — in...

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