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John Lombardo

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

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‘It’s more of a true minor league now’

04 / 21 / 14

The NBA-owned D-League, once an eight-team operation playing solely out of the Southeast, is now a coast-to-coast business marked by sharply rising franchise values and enough demand from NBA teams to suggest further expansion could be ahead. The D-League played its 2013-14 season with 17 teams. ...

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11/02/98
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

10/19/98
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

10/19/98
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

10/05/98
Arena football sought for Chicago

The developers of a planned 12,000-seat sports complex in Chicago are trying to land an Arena Football League expansion franchise. Officials with Prospect Development Corp. said they applied for a franchise to begin play in Chicago's northwest suburbs in 2001. The group plans to break ground nex ...

Tags: AFL, Chicago Bears, Dallas Stars, IMG, New Orleans Saints, NFL, Prospect Development Corp., Southwest Sports Group

10/05/98
Arena football sought for Chicago

The developers of a planned 12,000-seat sports complex in Chicago are trying to land an Arena Football League expansion franchise. Officials with Prospect Development Corp. said they applied for a franchise to begin play in Chicago's northwest suburbs in 2001. The group plans to break ground nex ...

Tags: AFL, Chicago Bears, Dallas Stars, IMG, New Orleans Saints, NFL, Prospect Development Corp., Southwest Sports Group

10/05/98
Motorola studies more cuts in sponsorships

Motorola Inc. is bowing out of its second PGA Tour sponsorship in a month as the financially beleaguered company makes a hasty retreat from what was a high-profile sports marketing strategy. Schaumburg, Ill.-based Motorola will drop its presenting level sponsorship from the PGA Tour's Phoenix Op ...

10/05/98
Motorola studies more cuts in sponsorships

Motorola Inc. is bowing out of its second PGA Tour sponsorship in a month as the financially beleaguered company makes a hasty retreat from what was a high-profile sports marketing strategy. Schaumburg, Ill.-based Motorola will drop its presenting level sponsorship from the PGA Tour's Phoenix Op ...

10/05/98
Arena football sought for Chicago

The developers of a planned 12,000-seat sports complex in Chicago are trying to land an Arena Football League expansion franchise. Officials with Prospect Development Corp. said they applied for a franchise to begin play in Chicago's northwest suburbs in 2001. The group plans to break ground nex ...

Tags: AFL, Chicago Bears, Dallas Stars, IMG, New Orleans Saints, NFL, Prospect Development Corp., Southwest Sports Group

10/05/98
Village wary of Bears' plans for new stadium

Will the Chicago Bears ever deliver on threats to leave Soldier Field for more profitable suburban pastures? An answer probably will come at the end of the month, when the team must meet a deadline to tie up options on a 70-acre site in Elk Grove Village, about 20 miles northwest of downtown Chi ...

Tags: Chicago Bears, NFL, Raymond James Financial

10/05/98
Group demands changes

With a fat new television contract, higher purses and strong tournament attendance, you might think that all is well with the PGA Tour as the 1998 golf season winds down. But there's unrest in the ranks as some players who've formed their own splinter association push the PGA Tour to make some majo ...

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