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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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01/25/99
Change signals close look at Skins bid

Hold everything. That's the message sent by NFL owners as they canceled a meeting that was set for Thursday during Super Bowl week in Miami. Owners were expected to address and possibly vote on the $800 million sale of the Washington Redskins and to discuss expansion issues. "It was decided ...

Tags: Cablevision Systems Corp., MARC Advertising, Minnesota Vikings, NFL, Sportscorp Ltd., Washington Redskins

01/18/99
Partners help Browns loser score big with Skins

Howard Milstein made a $450 million bid and lost in his effort to buy the Cleveland Browns, but his winning $800 million bid to land the Washington Redskins may prove to be the better investment. Not only does Milstein now have one of the NFL's most coveted and storied franchises, he also has th ...

Tags: Bonham Group Inc., Cablevision Systems Corp., Cleveland Browns, New Jersey Devils, NFL, Snyder Communications Inc., Washington Redskins, YankeeNets

01/18/99
Lerner, Policy build Browns in a hurry

Cleveland Browns owner Al Lerner looks downright folksy in his sweater vest and casual pants, and the 65-year-old billionaire has good reason for looking so relaxed: His purchase of the Browns for $530 million last summer seems almost paltry compared with the $800 million that Howard Milstein and p ...

Tags: Cleveland Browns, Dallas Cowboys, MBNA America Bank, NFL, San Francisco 49ers, Washington Redskins

01/18/99
chicago bulls

chicago bulls The defending champion Bulls have sold out the United Center every game since it opened in 1994 — with Michael Jordan, of course. At an average of $45.94 a ticket, that means every Bulls game has pulled in more than $1 million in revenue at the gate alone. Figured over ...

Tags: Chicago Bulls, Fox, IEG Inc., Tribune Co.

01/18/99
detroit pistons

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Tags: Detroit Pistons, IEG Inc.

01/18/99
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Tags: IEG Inc., Indiana Pacers

01/18/99
NBA's new cap looks smart to baseball

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Tags: Arizona Cardinals, Arizona Diamondbacks, Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, Cleveland Indians, Colorado Rockies, Detroit Tigers, Los Angeles Angels, MLB, NBA, New York Rangers, NFL, Philadelphia Phillies, Phoenix Suns, Pittsburgh Pirates, San Diego Padres, Southwest Sports Group, St. Louis Cardinals, Texas Rangers, Walt Disney Co.

01/11/99
Bears’ suburban plans cave in

The Chicago Bears are abandoning plans to build a new suburban stadium, leaving owner Michael McCaskey with one fewer bargaining chip in his long-running quest to find a home more profitable than Soldier Field. Bears officials in recent months had quietly campaigned for a 68,000-seat stadium and ...

Tags: Baltimore Ravens, Chicago Bears, KPMG, Microsoft Corp., Washington Redskins

01/11/99
New contest goes for the (golden) threat

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Tags: Microsoft Corp., NFL, Tommy Boy Music

01/11/99
NFL’s expansion debate could go into OT

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Tags: Carolina Panthers, Florida Panthers, Microsoft Corp., New Coliseum Partners, NFL, Walt Disney Co.

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