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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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Tags: Franchises

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Agent watchdogs learning how to bite

Though it seems that anyone with ties to a big-name athlete can become an agent, it's not true: Players associations are supposed to filter the agent application process for their members by certifying all agents. The screening process varies among the major sports. While the NFL charges a $1,00 ...

Tags: Chicago Bears, NBA, NCAA, NFL

Tenneco names Detroit race

The Grand Prix of Detroit will have a new title sponsor next year as Tenneco Automotive takes over from ITT Automotive, which is undergoing a major retooling. ITT, which has sponsored the Championship Auto Racing Teams event since 1992, was signed through 2002, but financial pressures forced a ...

Tags: Championship Auto Racing Teams Inc., Formula One, IMG, ITT Automotive, Tenneco Automotive

Flutie's rebirth revives club-seat sales

The reincarnation of quarterback Doug Flutie as an NFL quarterback is paying off handsomely for the Buffalo Bills. Since Flutie took over as starting quarterback, the team has increased its weekly sales of club seats and luxury boxes tenfold. Last year, Bills owner Ralph Wilson Jr. reached a new ...

Tags: Buffalo Bills, NFL

Chicago group says it lacks seats for AFL

Financing delays and a shortage of seats are preventing developers of a planned $85 million arena in suburban Chicago from winning an Arena Football League team. An arena plan proposed by the Prospect Development Corp. would have only 11,000 seats available for an Arena Football floor plan; the ...

Tags: AFL, Dallas Stars, IMG, Prospect Development Corp., Southwest Sports Group

Soaring NFL prices raise questions

With the suggested retail price of an NFL franchise these days hovering near $530 million, the cost has become so steep that some experts now say it could take up to two decades before new owners see any real return on their massive investment. It used to be that when you bought an NFL franchise ...

Tags: Bonham Group Inc., Chicago Bears, Cleveland Browns, Denver Broncos, MARC Advertising, NBC, NFL, Oakland Raiders, Raymond James Financial, Sportscorp Ltd., St. Louis Rams, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Time Warner

Houston eyes existing teams

NFL teams seeking lucrative new stadium deals are gaining muscle as a potential ownership group in Houston readily admits it's looking to land a team not only through expansion but via relocation if it loses out in the expansion sweepstakes. "Our primary focus has been on expansion, but if the l ...

Tags: NFL

Houston NFL presentation wins raves, but was it enough?

Houston may have given the best presentation ever in the contest for a new NFL franchise, but the lure of Los Angeles' television market and rich demographics may prove too attractive for the league to turn down. NFL owners last week heard three presentations to bring a franchise to state-of-the ...

Tags: Carolina Panthers, Cleveland Browns, Dallas Cowboys, Denver Broncos, Florida Panthers, New England Patriots, NFL, Oakland Raiders, St. Louis Rams, Walt Disney Co.

New Orleans looks Super for '02

San Diego lost out to the Big Easy for the 2002 Super Bowl despite pledging to spend up to $1.6 million reconfiguring Qualcomm Stadium. NFL owners last week gave New Orleans an unprecedented ninth Super Bowl, which could carry an economic benefit of up to $500 million. "I'm just so disappoint ...

Tags: MARC Advertising, NFL, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Qualcomm, San Diego Chargers, San Francisco 49ers

Media firms driving up price of teams

In 1920, George Halas, a man who apparently threw nickels around like manhole covers, paid $100 to buy the Chicago Bears. Last month, millionaire banker Al Lerner agreed to pay $530 million for the Cleveland Browns, and the Washington Redskins may sell for even more. Talk about your franchise pr ...

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Bonham Group Inc., Chicago Bears, Chicago Cubs, Cleveland Browns, Cleveland Indians, Fox, Green Bay Packers, Los Angeles Dodgers, Manchester United, MARC Advertising, NBA, New York Knicks, New York Yankees, News Corp, NFL, NHL, Sportscorp Ltd., Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Time Warner, Washington Redskins, YankeeNets

Bears cool to city's plan for Comiskey

The Chicago Bears played in Wrigley Field 30 years ago before moving to Soldier Field. Now, the city wants to revisit the past, this time on the south side of town, by offering Comiskey Park as a home for the team. With the Bears threatening to leave the city for the suburbs, Chicago Mayor Richa ...

Tags: Chicago Bears, Chicago White Sox, NFL

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