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John Lombardo

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

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Magic’s arena gets iBeacon technology

04 / 14 / 14

The Orlando Magic is the latest franchise to roll out iBeacon technology in an effort to improve fans’ in-arena experiences. The Magic is integrating 20 iBeacons inside Amway Center with its team app, enabling fans to get smartphone message prompts for possible seat upgrades, food and bever...

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New six-team football league hopes to hit it big with smaller pay ...

A fledgling football league will try to do what so far has proved impossible: create a financially viable outdoor professional football league other than the NFL. Officials at the Framingham, Mass.-based Regional Football League say they think their efforts have attracted enough interest — ...

Tags: NFL

Bears legend in running for AFL franchise

Former Chicago Bears great Walter Payton is expected to bid on an arena football franchise by mid-December, with the team eyeing the Rosemont Horizon in Chicago's suburbs as its new home. Officials at Walter Payton Enterprises Inc. said Payton will be the lead investor in the effort to win an Ar ...

Tags: AFL, Chicago Bears, NFL, Prospect Development Corp., Walter Payton Enterprises Inc.

Guarantees cloud Pats' Conn. deal

The political lovefest between New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and Connecticut lawmakers may be cooling some as legislators sift through details of Hartford's sweetheart stadium deal laden with generous guarantees, but legislators expect the plan will ultimately win approval. In addition ...

Tags: New England Patriots, NFL, Qualcomm, San Diego Chargers, St. Louis Rams

Pats' deal latest big-city challenge

The New England Patriots' proposed move to Hartford, Conn., doesn't change the team's name, but the deal underscores a dilemma for the league: How can the NFL keep franchises in major markets when smaller cities are aggressively pursuing teams with deals owners can't resist? "It is an issue that ...

Tags: Arizona Cardinals, Bonham Group Inc., Chicago Bears, Denver Broncos, MARC Advertising, New England Patriots, NFL, Philadelphia Eagles, Sportscorp Ltd., St. Louis Cardinals

Television deal latest big play for TearDrop

Don't tell TearDrop Golf Co. officials that the golf market is in turmoil. On the heels of turnaround third-quarter earnings, the Morton Grove, Ill.-based golf equipment maker struck a deal Nov. 17 with The Golf Channel to televise the fledgling TearDrop Professional Golf Tour beginning next spr ...

Tags: Golf Channel, Minnesota Lynx, Pinnacle Enterprises Inc., RAM Golf Co., TearDrop Golf Co., Tommy Armour Golf Co.

Chicago arena group looks to soccer league

Stiffed-armed by the Arena Football League, developers of a proposed 12,000-seat arena in suburban Chicago are turning to the National Professional Soccer League for an expansion franchise. Last month, officials at Prospect Development Corp. bid unsuccessfully for an Arena Football League franch ...

Tags: AFL, IMG, NPSL, Prospect Development Corp.

profile: gene upshaw

Title: Executive director. Organization: National Football League Players Association. Age: 53. Hometown: Robstown, Texas. Resides: Great Falls, Va. Education: Texas A&I University, 1968. Family: Wife, Terri; sons Eugene Jr., Justin and Daniel. 1997 salary: $1.6 million. Bac ...

Tags: AFL, Falk Associates Management Enterprises, NFL, Oakland Raiders, Players Inc.

All-Pro leads way to peace, prosperity

During his 16-year Hall of Fame career with the bad-boy Oakland Raiders, Gene Upshaw was known as "The Governor" by his teammates, a man never afraid to speak his mind no matter what the topic. Today, after 15 years as executive director of the NFL Players Association and 13 as a vice president ...

Tags: AFL, Falk Associates Management Enterprises, NBA, NFL, Oakland Raiders

Soldier Field woes mount for Bears

Three consecutive lackluster seasons are beginning to punish the Chicago Bears. For the first time in recent history, the Bears are saddled with empty luxury suites, averaging about 13,000 no-shows per game and facing the possibility of breaking a 180-game consecutive sellout streak next month when ...

Tags: Baltimore Ravens, Chicago Bears, St. Louis Rams

Target nabs new Chicago CART race

The Chicago Motor Speedway at Sportsman's Park landed Target stores as title sponsor for the track's inaugural CART race next year. Target is no stranger to CART, and its added sponsorship of the new speedway is hardly a surprise. Target has sponsored CART's Chip Ganassi Racing team since 1990, ...

Tags: Championship Auto Racing Teams Inc., Chicago Motor Speedway, International Speedway Corp., Owned by Dayton Hudson Corp., Speedway Motorsports Inc.

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