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John Lombardo

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

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76ers, Devils Co-Owners Place Franchises, Arena Under Single Entity

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 09 / 25 / 17

76ers and Devils co-Owners Josh Harris and David Blitzer have created a new entity called Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment (HBSE) that puts both franchises, along with Prudential Center, into a single organization. 76ers, Devils and Prudential Center CEO Scott O’Neil has be...

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