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John Lombardo

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

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WNBA Hires Ann Rodriguez To Run On-Court Operations, Player Policies

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 07 / 27 / 17

The NBA has hired Ann Rodriguez as Senior VP/WNBA League Operations, reporting to NBA President of League Operations  Byron Spruell . Rodriguez will oversee all on-court basketball operations and all player-related policies and programs for the WNBA. She previously worked for Atlant...

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