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John Lombardo

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

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How PGA Tour, FedEx sized up 10-year deal

Published in SportsBusiness Journal on 05 / 15 / 17

Cup branding at Riviera earlier this year. Photo by: GETTY IMAGES After more than a year of negotiations, PGA Tour and FedEx executives convened last week at Nona Blue, a chic restaurant near the ...

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