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John Lombardo

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

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PGA Tour Opens New Office In Tokyo, Names Masashi Ishii To Oversee Effort

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 10 / 26 / 16

The PGA Tour is opening a new office in Tokyo as the Tour looks to grow the game in Asia. The Tour announced that it has hired Masashi Ishii as VP & Managing Dir to oversee the office. Ishii, a Japan native, previously worked as President of the Jupiter Golf Network since '10, overseeing all asp...

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Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, PGA Tour

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SportsBusiness Journal: AFL loses Toronto, adds Denver

The Arena Football League has long talked of international expansion, but its first foray into a foreign market didn't go so well: The Toronto Phantoms have folded after two seasons of play. Team officials notified the AFL last week that they would drop out of the league for financial re ...

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SportsBusiness Journal: Claims cut into company profits

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SportsBusiness Journal: NBA preseason returns overseas

The NBA will again forgo a slate of preseason games in Europe this year but already is planning games in Asia and Europe prior to the 2003-04 season, league officials said. Last season, the NBA canceled preseason games scheduled in Europe and Japan after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Thi ...

Tags: Boxing, Miami Heat, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA

SportsBusiness Journal: 2003 NBA in Charlotte unlikely

After a series of private meetings between NBA officials and Charlotte city leaders, one thing is becoming clear: If the NBA returns to Charlotte, it likely won't be before 2004. Both sides began meeting about a month ago, and a source close to the discussions said that while the city want ...

Tags: Basketball, Boston Celtics, Miami Heat, NBA, New Orleans Pelicans

SportsBusiness Journal: Bugs' bottom prices lowest in NBA

The recently relocated New Orleans Hornets are making some unprecedented marketing moves to drum up ticket sales in what is the NBA's smallest market. To attract fans, the Hornets will sell $7 individual regular-season tickets for each home game. No other NBA team prices tickets that low for ...

Tags: Baseball, KFC, NBA, New Orleans Pelicans

SportsBusiness Journal: NBA, ESPN plan HOF shows

The NBA and ESPN will begin rolling out new programming beginning with two shows wrapped around the league's Hall of Fame festivities set for the last weekend in September. One of the shows will be a two-hour live broadcast on Sept. 27 on ESPN Classic featuring the opening of the new NBA H ...

Tags: ABC, Basketball, ESPN, Los Angeles Clippers, NBA

SportsBusiness Journal: Basketball losses mount

Organizers of the World Basketball Championships are still adding up their potential losses, but this much is clear: The event was such a disappointment that local officials have no interest in ever bringing the tournament back to Indianapolis. Officials at Indiana Sports Corp., which won th ...

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SportsBusiness Journal: Grizzlies sell foes' regional ties

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Tags: Basketball, Cleveland Cavaliers, Marketing and Sponsorship, Memphis Grizzlies, New York Knicks, Portland Trail Blazers

SportsBusiness Journal: AFL will use new logo in '03

The Arena Football League has introduced a new logo for its 2003 season, when the indoor league enters its first year with new broadcast partner NBC. "It's a chance for us to rebrand ourselves with the unprecedented exposure that we are getting," league spokesman Chris McCloskey s ...

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SportsBusiness Journal: Magic to give away bats

The Orlando Magic is borrowing from baseball and will schedule a bat day giveaway, the first of its kind in the NBA. The Magic will give fans 14 and younger a 30-ounce Louisville Slugger bat emblazoned with the Magic logo and star forward Tracy McGrady's autograph March 9, when the team pl ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship, Orlando Magic

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