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John Lombardo

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

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NBA Holding Its Annual All-Star Weekend Technology Summit

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 02 / 17 / 17

The NBA this morning will hold its annual Technology Summit, a key event of the league's All-Star Weekend. This year’s event is at the Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans with the theme of "SmartPlay.” Sessions include "Drafting a Winner: Investing in Sports Tech,” “The Give and G...

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