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John Lombardo

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

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Sixers purchase esports franchises

Published in SportsBusiness Journal on 09 / 26 / 16

The Philadelphia 76ers and venture firm NextEquity have purchased a majority stake in leading esports franchises Team Dignitas and Team Apex, making the Sixers the first U.S. sports organization to control a professional gaming outfit. ...

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