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John Lombardo

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

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Summer League launches front-office combine

Published in SportsBusiness Journal on 05 / 25 / 15

Samsung NBA Summer League founder Warren LeGarie is adding another aspect to the growing annual Las Vegas basketball event: a front-office training program. LeGarie and partner Albert Hall are tailoring the program, called the Front Office Combine, to attract people who are interested in landing ...

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