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John Lombardo

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

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The launching of Air Jordan

Published in SportsBusiness Journal on 02 / 23 / 15

Falk holds one of the early Air Jordan shoes, which Nike first produced in 1984. Photo by: NICK GRINER In August 1984, a brand was born when David Falk set out to find a shoe deal for...

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