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John Lombardo

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

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Constellation Signs On As Ambassador-Level Sponsor Of LPGA Event

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 08 / 31 / 15

Baltimore-based energy company Constellation has signed a deal to become an ambassador-level sponsor of the LPGA UL International Crown event to be held July 19-24, 2016, at Rich Harvest Farms golf club in suburban Chicago. The deal will be announced today at a one-year countdown event held at the c...

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SportsBusiness Journal: Network holds key, and it’s not NBC

The future of the XFL rests in the unlikely hands of UPN, a bit player in national sports television, in the aftermath of an inaugural season filled with mistakes and miscalculations. "The XFL has got to have UPN's involvement," said Breck Wheeler, a stock analyst with Legg Mason Wood Walk ...

Tags: ABC, CBS Broadcasting Inc., ESPN, Fox, Legg Mason Inc., NBC, NFL, Time Warner, UPN, XFL

SportsBusiness Journal: NBA to steer clear of Chinese star for June draft

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Tags: Dallas Mavericks, NBA, San Jose Sharks, Southwest Sports Group

SportsBusiness Journal: TV ratings drop, attendance flat, Stern upbeat

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Tags: Chicago Bulls, Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, NBA, NBC, NHL, San Antonio Spurs

SportsBusiness Journal: NBA taps into China market

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Tags: Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Kings, NBA, Sacramento Kings, San Jose Sharks, Southwest Sports Group

SportsBusiness Journal: Door open to Jordan, Stern says, but Wizards won’t get TV boost

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Tags: NBA, NBC, Washington Wizards

SportsBusiness Journal: Chicago XFL team last at gate, facing move

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Tags: Chicago Bears, XFL

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Tags: Los Angeles Lakers, Magic Johnson Theaters, NBA, NBC, Philadelphia 76ers, Time Warner

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Tags: AFL, Dallas Cowboys, Detroit Lions, Ford Motor Co., NFL

SportsBusiness Journal: Memphis team would get rent-free Pyramid

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Tags: AutoZone, FedEx Corp., Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Lakers, MillerCoors, NBA, NCAA, Brooklyn Nets, New Orleans Pelicans, New York Knicks, Phoenix Suns, San Antonio Spurs, Utah Jazz, YankeeNets

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