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John Lombardo

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

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NBA's New Deal With Verizon To Include Content Distributed Throughout Oath's Portfolio

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 01 / 17 / 18

The NBA has expanded its partnership with Verizon in a wide-ranging, multiyear agreement that will see official league content distributed on the telecom giant’s Oath portfolio of digital media brands. The agreement calls for a series of highlights and original programming, including a daily m...

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SportsBusiness Journal: NBA’s DePaoli to Atlanta

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