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John Lombardo

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

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Granger leaving Kings to seek ‘next challenge’

Published in SportsBusiness Journal on 06 / 26 / 17

Chris Granger surprised the industry when he unexpectedly resigned as president of the Sacramento Kings on June 19, but the well-regarded executive sensed it was time to leave when the team’s new Golden 1 Center opened last fall. Along with the satisfaction that came from building the $558 ...

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SportsBusiness Journal: Mullin to lead Atlanta teams, sources say

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Tags: Atlanta Braves, Atlanta Hawks, Baseball, Basketball, Hockey, NBA, NHL

03/08/04
SportsBusiness Journal: Lakers top NBA road draw

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03/08/04
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Tags: Football, NBC

03/01/04
SportsBusiness Journal: How Bulls entertain fans all night

The NBA doldrums have settled over Chicago on a dreary, late February night at the United Center. The Chicago Bulls are about to play the upstart, but hardly marquee, Memphis Grizzlies, and the only thing the Bulls are chasing these days is the NBA booby prize of top pick in this year's draft ...

Tags: Basketball, Chicago Bulls, Comcast, Memphis Grizzlies, NBA, Verizon

02/23/04
SportsBusiness Journal: Games in China seen as rewards

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Tags: ABC, Basketball, ESPN, Houston Rockets, NBA, Reebok, Sacramento Kings

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SportsBusiness Journal: Hornets lose marketing VP

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Tags: Basketball, New Orleans Pelicans

02/23/04
SportsBusiness Journal: Grizzlies ready to share arena

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Tags: Basketball, Colleges, Fox, Memphis Grizzlies

02/16/04
SportsBusiness Journal: Trade is latest blow for Hawks

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Tags: Atlanta Hawks, Basketball, Dallas Mavericks, NBA, Portland Trail Blazers

02/09/04
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Tags: ABC, Atlanta Hawks, Basketball, Cleveland Cavaliers, Denver Nuggets, ESPN, NBA, Brooklyn Nets, New Orleans Pelicans, Portland Trail Blazers

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