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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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Tags: Franchises

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03/22/99
Milstein regroups after owners balk

Howard Milstein has to head back to the financial drawing board yet again if he's going to persuade some doubting NFL owners to approve his $800 million purchase of the Washington Redskins. And this time he has only two weeks to restructure his financing plan to placate the owners, some of whom wou ...

Tags: Baltimore Ravens, Dallas Cowboys, MARC Advertising, Minnesota Vikings, NFL, Sportscorp Ltd., Washington Redskins

03/22/99
New loan policy should help L.A. franchise

The newly generous NFL has voted to provide clubs up-front stadium loans, and while officials insist the move wasn't tailored for Los Angeles, it certainly helps since groups in L.A. have only a six-month window to secure financing to win the league's 32nd franchise. During league meetings last ...

Tags: NFL

03/22/99
San Fran loses 2003 Super Bowl

An array of problems hounding the San Francisco 49ers' new stadium plan has cost the team the 2003 Super Bowl. Last Wednesday's vote by league owners to take the game away from San Francisco capped a miserable week for the team. It came a day after NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue imposed a $1 mi ...

Tags: NFL, San Francisco 49ers

03/15/99
Bears reach five-year deal to stay in Soldier Field while stadium ...

Newly appointed Chicago Bears President Ted Phillips has done in three weeks what longtime Bears chief Michael McCaskey couldn't do in months: negotiate a deal that keeps the Bears in Soldier Field for five more years. Phillips, who took control of the Bears from McCaskey in February, signed a m ...

Tags: Baltimore Ravens, Chicago Bears, KPMG, NFL, Washington Redskins

03/15/99
Power shift hints at new path for MLS

The quiet dismissal of Major League Soccer Deputy Commissioner Sunil Gulati could have loud repercussions in how MLS owners do business in the future. Gulati, who was fired by MLS Commissioner Doug Logan in late February, handled much of the league's player personnel business, a key position giv ...

Tags: MLS

03/15/99
Milstein puts more on the line for Skins

The fate of Howard Milstein's $800 million bid to buy the Washington Redskins may be tied to some late-hour changes in Milstein's financing to appease a skittish NFL over the most expensive sale ever of an American sports franchise. Sources close to the deal said the NFL owners are concerned abo ...

Tags: NFL, Washington Redskins

02/22/99
Contenders line up for NFL

The fate of three groups vying for the NFL's 32nd — and possibly final — franchise is expected be determined next month, ending months of debate among owners who have been wrestling with a decision that could prompt sweeping changes in the league's structure. In Los Angeles, the group ...

Tags: Denver Broncos, NFL, Tennessee Titans

02/22/99
When will big companies join NFL ranks?

Fox Corp. owns the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Walt Disney Co. owns the Anaheim Angels and the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, and Time Warner Inc. owns three major league franchises in Atlanta. So will the NFL ever allow deep-pocketed companies into its exclusive fraternity? Not soon, NFL team owners ...

Tags: Anaheim Ducks, Fox, New England Patriots, New York Islanders, NFL, NHL, Time Warner, Walt Disney Co., Washington Redskins

02/22/99
McNair makes Houston's case

Robert McNair's bid to bring NFL football back to Houston includes a well-financed investment group, an attractive stadium plan with approved public financing and a well-respected prospective owner. But no matter how strong his plan is, what Houston doesn't offer the NFL is the nation's second-lar ...

Tags: CoGen Technologies, NFL, Sports Authority

02/22/99
When bad things happen, markets twitch

CART's U.S. 500 at Michigan Speedway last July was headed for an exciting finish when, on lap 174, the drama became a tragedy. Adrian Fernandez drifted high in turn four and hit the wall with such force that his right front wheel and suspension flew over the safety fence and into the crowd, wher ...

Tags: CBS Broadcasting Inc., Championship Auto Racing Teams Inc., International Speedway Corp., Lowe's Companies Inc., NASCAR, NBA, PepsiCo, Reebok, Speedway Motorsports Inc., Wheat First Union Corp.

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