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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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Clorox Agrees To Sponsor Warriors

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Trail Blazers COO Sarah Mensah Resigns

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Google To Pay Rights Fee For D-League Games

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NBA Names Wandell VP/Marketing Partnerships

The NBA has hired MICHAEL WANDELL as VP/Marketing Partnerships. Wandell will be based out of NBA China’s Beijing office and will report to NBA China Senior VP/Business Development & Marketing Partnerships DAVID YANG . Wandell currently is Bobcats Senior VP/Corporate Partnerships and wil ...

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Greg Bibb Leaving Monumental Sports

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AFL Signs Title Sponsor For '13 Season

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Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship, Arena Football League

Raptors Sign Deal With Gentec

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Lowe's Renews Bobcats Sponsorship

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NBA BOG Begins Two-Day Meeting In N.Y.

The NBA BOG meets today and tomorrow at the St. Regis Hotel in N.Y. with the agenda expected to include a vote on the sale of the Grizzlies to Robert Pera and an update on the league’s ongoing jersey advertising discussions. The meeting also will feature reports on the league's new ...

D-League OKs North Dakota Team's Relocation

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