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John Lombardo

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

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Hornets Sign Food Lion To Sponsorship, Filling Grocery Category

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 09 / 16 / 14

The Hornets have signed a sponsorship deal with Food Lion, filling the team’s grocery category that has been vacant for five years. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but the multiyear deal includes a community service component that provides a commitment by Food Lion to provide 3...

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