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John Lombardo

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

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Cavaliers first in NBA to require automatic renewal

Published in SportsBusiness Journal on 03 / 02 / 15

The Cleveland Cavaliers have become the first NBA team to require all season-ticket holders to agree to an automatic renewal policy, essentially eliminating the need for the club to pursue season-ticket renewals annually. “It changes the paradigm in terms of renewals,” said Brad Sims,...

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SportsBusiness Journal: XFL revisits issue of gambling after news of Chicago subpoena

Already facing questions of credibility, the World Wrestling Federation-owned XFL is denying that the upstart league's reputation will suffer after reports that the general manager of its Chicago franchise was subpoenaed in a 1998 gambling probe. Ken Valdiserri, who last month joined the XFL ...

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SportsBusiness Journal: Taxpayers to get final say on Lambeau name

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SportsBusiness Journal: Pack cracks books, and it’s not pretty

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SportsBusiness Journal: Cowboys owner may be next in line to buy Arena team

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SportsBusiness Journal: AFL owners set to put new labor deal on table

The Arena Football League's labor problems could end by late this month when owners put a long-term collective-bargaining agreement in front of the players. The new agreement would replace a one-year deal reached this spring that ended a one-week cancellation of the AFL season in early March ...

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SportsBusiness Journal: Seattle stadium sponsor will get Allen package

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SportsBusiness Journal: XFL expects first-year loss, $80M revenue

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SportsBusiness Journal: XFL to tread lightly into merchandising

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SportsBusiness Journal: AFL says labor woes dragged league down

Arena Football League officials blame a nearly 7 percent drop in this year's attendance on labor problems that plagued the league during the off-season and momentarily caused it to cancel the season. The 17-team league has an average attendance of 9,388 a game with one month left in the re ...


SportsBusiness Journal: TNN signs on for XFL Sundays

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