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John Lombardo

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

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PGA Of America, Chase Formally Announce Sponsorship Agreement

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 05 / 20 / 15

The PGA of America and Chase today formally announced their official partnership deal . The two-year deal makes Chase Sapphire Preferred the official credit card of the PGA of America and includes Chase Bank as the official retail bank of the association. The deal also calls for Chase to offer its ...

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SportsBusiness Journal: NBA picks star for playoff ads

The NBA is beginning its playoff marketing push with a new advertising campaign sponsored by AT&T and starring league Commissioner David Stern. Stern appears in a commercial that features the NBA and AT&T interrupting the collect calls of some 3,000 people using AT&T phone servic ...

Tags: Los Angeles Lakers, Magic Johnson Theaters, NBA, NBC, Philadelphia 76ers, Time Warner

SportsBusiness Journal: 49ers’ Yorks get rights to arena team

San Francisco 49ers owners John and Denise York are the latest NFL owners to secure rights to an Arena Football League franchise. The next step is to negotiate a deal to put a team in San Francisco. "The Yorks have been approved for the rights to a deal with the AFL," said 49ers spokesman ...

Tags: AFL, Dallas Cowboys, Detroit Lions, Ford Motor Co., NFL

SportsBusiness Journal: Memphis team would get rent-free Pyramid

Any NBA team that moves to Memphis will get a rent-free lease and financial guarantees as part of a sweetheart deal to make The Pyramid arena a more attractive venue. The Pyramid Built: 1991 Cos ...

Tags: AutoZone, FedEx Corp., Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Lakers, MillerCoors, NBA, NCAA, Brooklyn Nets, New Orleans Pelicans, New York Knicks, Phoenix Suns, San Antonio Spurs, Utah Jazz, YankeeNets

SportsBusiness Journal: Big dreams, bus rides and day jobs

At the rate the Arena Football League is expanding , you may just as well throw a dart against a map and chances are that it will land on a town where the indoor football league either has a team, will have a team or plans to have a team. Consider that the AF ...

Tags: AFL, AEG, Chicago Fire, Columbia/HCA Healthcare Corp., Lincoln National Corp., Pittsburgh Pirates, Tampa Bay Lightning

SportsBusiness Journal: Bulls offer season-ticket holders no price increases for 3 years

The Chicago Bulls will freeze prices for three years for season-ticket holders who renew their seats for next season. Bulls officials see their fixed-price plan as a way to reward and retain customers who have sat through three dismal seasons in the post-Michael Jordan era. "Our fans have ...

Tags: Chicago Bulls, Detroit Pistons, Game Face, NBA, Brooklyn Nets, New Orleans Pelicans, Utah Jazz, Washington Wizards, YankeeNets

SportsBusiness Journal: Image, credibility on the line

T he Arena Football League has been around for 15 years, all the while struggling for respect and credibility as the league that bills itself as "The 50-Yard Indoor War" works to build itself as a legitimate sport. This season, AFL officials hope all the ...

Tags: ABC, AFL, Buffalo Bills, Dallas Cowboys, Detroit Lions, ESPN, Falk Associates Management Enterprises, Ford Motor Co., MARC Advertising, NFL, Palace Sports and Entertainment, Sportscorp Ltd., Washington Redskins

SportsBusiness Journal: Memphis may not have what NBA needs

Suddenly, NBA teams are as drawn to Memphis as Graceland tourists are to the Jungle Room. But while the city may be financially attractive to the Vancouver Grizzlies and Charlotte Hornets, the question remains: Is Memphis the best place for the NBA to put a franchise? "Memphis has a limite ...

Tags: AutoZone, CBS Broadcasting Inc., Falk Associates Management Enterprises, FedEx Corp., Kroger, Los Angeles Kings, NBA, NBC, New Orleans Pelicans, NFL, Octagon Group, Sacramento Kings, San Antonio Spurs, Sports Group

SportsBusiness Journal: Pyramid offers a point in city’s favor

Should the NBA approve either the Vancouver Grizzlies' or Charlotte Hornets' bid to move to Memphis, either franchise would call The Pyramid home until the city builds the team a plush new facility. The 20,142-seat, $62 million Pyramid opened in 1991 and has 28 luxury suites, offering a su ...

Tags: Conseco Inc., Indiana Pacers, NBA, New Orleans Pelicans

SportsBusiness Journal: Grizzlies Headed South?

The cloud of uncertainty hovering over the financially beleaguered Vancouver Grizzlies should begin to dissipate today. Owner Michael Heisley's plan to relocate his team is due today and should put an end to the two-month courtship between Heisley and a half-dozen cities that are intereste ...

Tags: Basketball, This Week's Issue

SportsBusiness Journal: NBDL Cities Expected Soon

Look for the NBA to complete the rollout of its fledgling developmental league within the next two months as North Charleston, S.C., has been named as one of the league's eight markets. The National Basketball Developmental League is slated to play a 56-game season from November through Ma ...

Tags: Basketball, This Week's Issue

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