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John Lombardo

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

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NBA BOG Makes Progress On Plan To Elongate Season Schedule

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 04 / 17 / 15

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver  on Friday at the NBA BOG meeting said that the league will likely decide next month whether to add another week in June to the NBA schedule beginning next season to reduce the number of back-to-back games and having teams play four games in five nights. “We ...

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SportsBusiness Journal: Europe’s price rising for players

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SportsBusiness Journal: Wilson wants ex-NFLer as owner liaison

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Tags: Buffalo Bills, Cleveland Browns, Indianapolis Colts, Kansas City Chiefs, New York Giants, NFL, Oakland Raiders, San Francisco Giants

SportsBusiness Journal: NFL labor peace likely to extend through ’04

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SportsBusiness Journal: AFL’s developmental league nears deal to buy rival IFL

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SportsBusiness Journal: Gatorade takes multiyear sponsorship of XFL

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SportsBusiness Journal: ChiSox see increase at gate, but fans see empty seats

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Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, New York Giants, San Francisco Giants

SportsBusiness Journal: NLRB complaint targets league

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