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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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Clarion Marketing turns sports unit into stand-alone

Clarion Marketing and Communications, the promotions subsidiary of the advertising agency D'Arcy Masius Benton & Bowles, has spun off its sports unit into a stand-alone company dubbed Velocity Sports and Entertainment. Clarion executives Alex Nieroth, Dave Grant and Mike Reisman will be partners ...

Tags: FedEx Corp., Gillette

Fat Shaft leads Wilson back into black

Wilson Golf dropped off the industry radar for years as other club makers roared past the Chicago-based company with better technology, but now it's making a new name for itself with an increasingly profitable new line of irons and balls. Company officials said sales of Wilson's new Fat Shaft pr ...

Tags: TaylorMade Golf

Chicago track selling name

Officials at Chicago Motor Speedway have reached a deal with IMG to sell the naming rights for the dual-purpose track that is set to open in August with a Championship Auto Racing Teams FedEx Championship Series race. The speedway is a $70 million privately funded joint venture between CART team ...

Tags: ABC, Anheuser-Busch Cos., Championship Auto Racing Teams Inc., Chicago Motor Speedway, Firestone Inc., Ford Motor Co., IMG, Lowe's Companies Inc., Owned by Dayton Hudson Corp., Speedway Motorsports Inc.

Snyder readies another big Redskins bid

As the NFL and trustees for the estate selling the Washington Redskins work to resume the auction, previous bidders are circling for a new shot to land the storied franchise. Sources close to the deal said that only Daniel Snyder, who was part of Howard Milstein's doomed $803 million bid, will p ...

Tags: Baltimore Orioles, FedEx Corp., NFL, Snyder Communications Inc., Washington Redskins

PGA puts major hurt on the Western Open

Having two golf tournaments a month apart may be a dream to Chicago-area golf fans, but it's a nightmare for Motorola Western Open officials as they lose lucrative hospitality packages to the far more prestigious PGA Championship. Of 55 companies that last year bought hospitality packages costin ...

Full steam ahead for Patriots' move

Connecticut officials have cleared the way for the New England Patriots to move to downtown Hartford, striking a last-minute deal that moves a power plant off the site where the state proposes to build a $374 million publicly funded stadium. State officials submitted a tentative plan to Patriots ...

Tags: New England Patriots, Phoenix Home Life Mutual Insurance Co.

Redskins bidding starts over

Expect a speedier second round of bidding for the Washington Redskins now that Howard Milstein's $803 million bid is off the table. Sources say it is unlikely that the trustees will open the sale up to a broad bidding process as they did last fall when the team was first put on the block. New of ...

Tags: Dallas Cowboys, NFL, Snyder Communications Inc., Washington Redskins

NFL: Our way or the highway

At the risk of compressing franchise values, the NFL has sent a resounding message to would-be buyers in the process of quashing Howard Milstein's record-breaking $803 million bid to buy the Washington Redskins: Only the league's 31 elite owners ultimately decide who buys into their exclusive club, ...

Tags: Cleveland Browns, Dallas Cowboys, MARC Advertising, Minnesota Vikings, New England Patriots, NFL, Prudential Securities, Sportscorp Ltd., Washington Redskins

Milstein camp ready for owners' vote

Sources close to would-be Washington Redskins buyer Howard Milstein say the real estate tycoon has now met every condition demanded by NFL owners, who nevertheless appear to remain split on approval of his $800 million offer going into Wednesday's final vote. "Any condition the owners have asked ...

Tags: Cleveland Browns, NFL, Washington Redskins

Milstein 11 owners short of victory

Howard Milstein will apparently have to make some friends fast if he's going to convince NFL owners by early April that he has the financial wherewithal to buy the Washington Redskins for a record $800 million. Owners tabled a vote on the proposed purchase earlier this month in Phoenix after Mil ...

Tags: Dallas Cowboys, NFL, Washington Redskins

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