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John Lombardo

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

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Almost All D-League Clubs Will Have One-To-One Affiliation Deals

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 09 / 15 / 14

The NBA D-League announced that 17 of its 18 clubs in the '14-15 season will have one-to-one partnerships with an NBA team. Last year, the league had 14 such partnerships. Seven clubs this season will be fully owned and operated by their NBA parent club: the Austin Toros (Spurs), Canton Charge (Cavs...

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06/26/14
SportsBusiness Daily: Novant Health Sponsors Hornets' Floor Apron

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06/09/14
SportsBusiness Journal: Spurs to refresh YouTube channel

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Tags: Franchises

06/03/14
SportsBusiness Daily: NBA Kings To Market Track & Field Event

The NBA Kings will market the '14 USA Outdoor Track & Field Championship held in Sacramento from June 25-29. The team will partner with the Sacramento Sports Commission to sell tickets, sponsorships, and hospitality for the event. It is the second marketing deal the team has signed with an outsi ...

06/02/14
SportsBusiness Journal: NBA’s media talks move forward

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05/29/14
SportsBusiness Daily: NBA Returning To London, Mexico City

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05/26/14
SportsBusiness Journal: Key attorneys in NBA-Sterling dispute

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Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies

05/19/14
SportsBusiness Daily: Hornets' Rebrand Begins For NBA Franchise

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SportsBusiness Daily: Pennzoil Using NBA Playoffs For Product Launch

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