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John Lombardo

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

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Magic’s arena gets iBeacon technology

04 / 14 / 14

The Orlando Magic is the latest franchise to roll out iBeacon technology in an effort to improve fans’ in-arena experiences. The Magic is integrating 20 iBeacons inside Amway Center with its team app, enabling fans to get smartphone message prompts for possible seat upgrades, food and bever...

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Head-to-head rivalry for best players

Leigh Steinberg nearly cornered the market on superstar NFL quarterbacks and No. 1 draft choices after helping sign his college buddy Steve Bartkowski to a record deal with the Atlanta Falcons in 1975. Steve Young, Drew Bledsoe and Troy Aikman are just a few of the stars on Steinberg's high-priced ...

Tags: Atlanta Falcons, Cincinnati Bengals, IMG, Kansas City Chiefs, NFL

Houston won't try to lasso Vikes

Minnesota Vikings owner Red McCombs wants out of the Metro-dome, but the native Texan won't be using Houston as leverage for a new deal. Officials at Houston NFL Holdings Inc., the Robert McNair-led group that lost out to Los Angeles for an NFL expansion team, said they are not considering the V ...

Tags: Minnesota Vikings, New York Jets, NFL

A stiff-arm for midsize hopefuls

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Tags: Bonham Group Inc., Edmonton Oilers, MARC Advertising, New England Patriots, NFL, Sportscorp Ltd., Tennessee Titans

New proposed owner, same bank for Skins

Societe Generale will again be the bank to back a record-breaking $800 million offer for the Washington Redskins. Banking sources said the investment group led by Daniel Snyder has retained the French bank as the leading lender in its bid to buy the Redskins from the estate of Jack Kent Cooke, t ...

Da New Bears will retool marketing

The 1999 Chicago Bears will feature a new coach, a new team president and, now, a new marketing campaign as officials look to recast the team's downtrodden image. The marketing effort will be unveiled this summer with a series of television and print advertisements to revive interest in the once ...

Tags: Chicago Bears, Jacksonville Jaguars, NFL

Levin expected to get AFL's Chicago squad

The Arena Football League is expected finally to award Chicago an expansion franchise later this month. Peter Levin, the point man for a Michael Ovitz-led effort to bring an NFL franchise to Los Angeles, is spearheading the franchise bid with his father, former CBS Entertainment President Alan L ...

Tags: AFL, CBS Broadcasting Inc., Chicago Bears, Falk Associates Management Enterprises, NFL

Cash-heavy offer likely to land Redskins

Daniel Snyder's $800 million offer to buy the Washington Redskins includes so much cash that NFL owners will be hard-pressed to reject it, no matter how deeply some owners resent the way the team has been sold, sources say. "Snyder has around $350 million in cash, and that's a ton of equity," sa ...

Tags: Chase Manhattan Corp., NFL, Snyder Communications Inc., Washington Redskins

With six months before deadline, NFL may buy time for Boston

Time seems to be on Massachusetts' side as local political and business leaders zero in on a last-minute deal that might keep the New England Patriots from moving to Hartford, Conn. Under Hartford's agreement with Patriots owner Robert Kraft, the NFL has until Oct. 31 to approve Connecticut's of ...

Tags: Cleveland Browns, Edmonton Oilers, MARC Advertising, New England Patriots, NFL, Nielsen Media Research, Oakland Raiders, Sportscorp Ltd., St. Louis Rams

Chicago's finest horse racing facility affects the others

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Tags: Championship Auto Racing Teams Inc., MARC Advertising, NTRA

Without Jordan, Bulls go to marketer

What a difference a year makes for the Air Jordanless Chicago Bulls. Though the Bulls have had 564 consecutive sellouts, the number of no-shows at the United Center is piling up as fast as the team's number of losses. And this year, instead of printing prized playoff tickets, the Bulls have hire ...

Tags: Chicago Bulls, Chicago White Sox, Game Face, NBA, Team Marketing Report Inc.

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