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John Lombardo

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

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Hornets Formally Awarded '19 NBA All-Star Game, Eye More Sponsors

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 05 / 24 / 17

The NBA today officially awarded the '19 NBA All-Star Game back to Charlotte, and Hornets Exec VP and Chief Sales & Marketing Officer Pete Guelli said the team is poised to take greater advantage of the NBA’s marquee event than it would have been this year had it not been moved to New Or...

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12/15/03
SportsBusiness Journal: Bobcats ready to take on television

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Tags: Baseball, Basketball, Charlotte Hornets, Charter Communications, Comcast, IMG

12/08/03
SportsBusiness Journal: Deadline to extend NBA deal nears

NBA officials last week were tight-lipped over whether they planned to exercise an option that expires Dec. 15 to extend their current collective-bargaining agreement by one year. The labor deal with the National Basketball Players Association, agreed to in 1999, expires in June, pending t ...

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12/08/03
SportsBusiness Journal: Knicks' promos to pump ticket sales

The New York Knicks for the first time are tailoring new sponsorship packages to include promotions outside Madison Square Garden as they look to drive slumping ticket sales. Sanders Prior to this season, Knicks sponsorships included l ...

Tags: Basketball, Foot Locker, Marketing and Sponsorship, New York Knicks

12/01/03
SportsBusiness Journal: AFL banks on regional cable

The Arena Football League is looking to expand its television presence and is negotiating with Fox Sports Net for a regional cable deal to be in place by the start of the indoor league's upcoming season. The AFL begins its second season in February with NBC as its national television partn ...

Tags: Football, Fox, NBC

12/01/03
SportsBusiness Journal: Hornets hit sophomore slump in ticket sales

Despite the advantage of having a full year to market their product, the New Orleans Hornets are finding that selling season tickets in the Big Easy is more difficult that anticipated in the NBA's smallest market. "We expected some attrition in full-season-ticket sales, but it was more than ...

Tags: Basketball, Charter Communications, Cox Communications, Memphis Grizzlies, NBA, New Orleans Pelicans

11/24/03
SportsBusiness Journal: Gund sells indoor naming rights

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Tags: Basketball, Cleveland Cavaliers, Fox

11/24/03
SportsBusiness Journal: 12 teams to cash in on NBA retro nights

The NBA this season is boosting the number of teams participating in "Hardwood Classics" nights from eight to 12, giving more teams than ever the chance to cash in on the hot retro-inspired merchandise sales trend. Jermaine O’Neal models a retro jers ...

Tags: Atlanta Hawks, Basketball, Chicago Bulls, Golden State Warriors, Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, Marketing and Sponsorship, NBA, New York Knicks, Orlando Magic, Philadelphia 76ers, Sacramento Kings, San Antonio Spurs, Utah Jazz

11/17/03
SportsBusiness Journal: Milwaukee owners sue over AFL fee

Owners of the defunct Arena Football League franchise in Milwaukee have filed a lawsuit contending they are owed nearly two-thirds of the $16 million expansion fee paid by the new ownership group in Philadelphia. According to the complaint, filed this summer in Cook County, Ill., by the owne ...

Tags: Football, Philadelphia Eagles

11/10/03
SportsBusiness Journal: Sal LaRocca

T he NBA is loathe to release financial information, but that's not stopping Sal LaRocca from publicly touting that the league expects merchandise retail revenue to reach a record $3 billion this year, a noteworthy number given that the market was dead in the water just a few seasons ...

Tags: Basketball, Forty Under 40, NBA, Reebok

11/10/03
SportsBusiness Journal: Billy King

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Tags: Basketball, Forty Under 40, Philadelphia 76ers

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