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John Lombardo

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

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Golf Channel To Continue PGA Merchandise Show Broadcasts

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 01 / 19 / 17

Golf Channel has reached a new five-year deal with the PGA of America and PGA Worldwide Golf Exhibitions to broadcast coverage of the PGA Merchandise Show. The network in '14 began broadcasting from the annual trade show in Orlando, and the new deal will see it air 20 hours of coverage from this yea...

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