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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: XFL scrambles to fill GM job in Chicago

The XFL is acting quickly to find a new general manager for its Chicago franchise after Ken Valdiserri abruptly resigned Sept. 10 citing personal reasons. The next day, XFL officials named Rich Rose as acting general manager of the Chicago Enforcers. Valdiserri did not return calls for comme ...

Tags: Chicago Bears, XFL

SportsBusiness Journal: NFL Texans’ revenue to top Skins’

The Houston Texans won't join the NFL until 2002, but the expansion franchise already looms as a financial juggernaut that team officials say will generate about $75 million in annual non-shared revenue. Only the Washington Redskins are close to that level, generating $65 million to $70 mi ...

Tags: Houston Texans, MARC Advertising, New England Patriots, NFL, Sportscorp Ltd., Washington Redskins

SportsBusiness Journal: Packers go door-to-door to save project

The NFL has a terrific record at the ballot box. Just two of nine NFL stadium public referendums have failed since the mid-1990s. But come Tuesday, after the Green Bay Packers' intense lobbying campaign to rebuild Lambeau Field ends with a referendum, that record could be tarnished. Despi ...

Tags: Green Bay Packers, Miami Heat, NFL

SportsBusiness Journal: Reaching for the revenue sky

T he NFL's vaunted revenue-sharing plan is considered to be the gold standard of all sports, creating a financially unified league that promotes a stable labor climate. Yet a dual set of economics percolates within the NFL — one that has the ...

Tags: Buffalo Bills, CBS Broadcasting Inc., Dallas Cowboys, Falk Associates Management Enterprises, FedEx Corp., Green Bay Packers, Indianapolis Colts, Kansas City Chiefs, New York Giants, NFL, Philadelphia Eagles, Pilson Communications, San Francisco Giants, Washington Redskins

SportsBusiness Journal: AFL agreement gives $1M in retroactive pay

Arena Football League owners will pay $1 million in back pay to AFL players as part of the league's new collective-bargaining agreement ratified last week. The six-year deal comes at the end of an AFL season filled with labor strife and marred by a one-week lockout by owners. But it doesn't ...

Tags: AFL

SportsBusiness Journal: Team owners following tax bill’s path

Eighty years ago, NFL patriarch George Halas paid $100 to create the Decatur Staleys, which became the Chicago Bears. In 1925, Timothy Mara bought the struggling New York Giants for $500. Today, their families still own the franchises, but the teams are worth north of $700 million, creating a ...

Tags: Baltimore Ravens, Chicago Bears, Kansas City Chiefs, MARC Advertising, New York Giants, New York Jets, NFL, San Francisco Giants, Sportscorp Ltd.

SportsBusiness Journal: Redskins’ $88M tops Opening Day payrolls

Daniel Snyder's free-agent signing frenzy has already given him one championship: His Washington Redskins have the highest team payroll in NFL history, topping $88 million in player salaries and bonuses this year. That's $11 million more than the next closest team. According to documents f ...

Tags: Arizona Cardinals, Baltimore Ravens, Dallas Cowboys, Green Bay Packers, MARC Advertising, New England Patriots, NFL, PSINet Inc., Sportscorp Ltd., St. Louis Cardinals, USA Today Sports, Washington Redskins

SportsBusiness Journal: Better X than ex: AFL to allow league-hopping

Hoping to avoid an exodus of talent to the XFL, Arena Football League officials will not prohibit their players from playing in both leagues. AFL officials said they will write into the league's new collective-bargaining agreement a clause that will allow their players to join any other prof ...


SportsBusiness Journal: Patriots’ naming deal tops, but openings remain for revenue

The 15-year, $114 million-plus naming-rights deal signed last week by the New England Patriots and CMGI Inc. ranks at the top of all NFL deals, but there are millions of dollars more to be mined from the sale of the stadium's name. That's because the deal, worth $7.6 million a year, does not ...

Tags: Alltel, Baltimore Ravens, Chicago Bears, Cleveland Browns, Ericsson Inc., FedEx Corp., Ford Motor Co., Fruit of the Loom, Green Bay Packers, IMG, Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, NFL, Oakland Raiders, PSINet Inc., Qualcomm, Raymond James Financial, San Diego Chargers, San Diego Padres, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Washington Redskins

SportsBusiness Journal: Savvis buys Kiel name for $83M

Savvis Communications has signed a 20-year, $83 million deal for naming rights to the Kiel Center, home of the St. Louis Blues. The Blues said they had scheduled a press conference for today to introduce a naming-rights sponsor but would not confirm the name of the company. A source said t ...

Tags: Anheuser-Busch Cos., Columbus Blue Jackets, Envision, Nasdaq, NBA, St. Louis Blues

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