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John Lombardo

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

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NBA Hires WMG Exec Malcolm Turner To Serve As New D-League President

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 10 / 30 / 14

The NBA has hired WMG Golf Division Managing Dir MALCOLM TURNER as President of the D-League. Turner will report to NBA Deputy Commissioner MARK TATUM and begin the new job Nov. 12. The 18-team D-League, which begins its '14-15 season on Nov. 14, has direct affiliations with 17 NBA teams an...

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Tags: People and Pop Culture, NBDL

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