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John Lombardo

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

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Suns Rolling Out Video Series For 50th Anniversary Season

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 10 / 18 / 17

The Suns tonight will begin activating around their 50th anniversary with the debut of a video content series called “Since '68” that will run during the team’s pregame TV coverage and across team digital channels. New content will be produced for each regular-season Suns game. The...

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