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John Lombardo

Staff writer John Lombardo covers basketball and the Arena Football League.

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NBA Signs Marriott As Official Hotel Of International Games During '15-16 Season

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 07 / 30 / 15

The NBA has signed a sponsorship deal with Marriott that makes the company the official hotel of several int'l NBA events throughout the ‘15-16 season. The deal begins in Johannesburg, South Africa, for the upcoming NBA Africa Game on Saturday and also includes the '15 NBA Canada Series that f...

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Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship, NBA, Marriott

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