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John Lombardo

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

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Silver’s column an effort to clarify NBA stance

Published in SportsBusiness Journal on 11 / 24 / 14

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver’s jolting opinion piece in The New York Times pushing for more legalized sports betting was the result of the league being asked to clarify its views related to the continuing New Jersey sports gambling lawsuit. According to an industry source, Silver wrote the ...

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