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John Lombardo

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

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NBA Names New Team Exec Award After The Late Pete Winemiller

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 03 / 23 / 17

The NBA has created a new annual team exec award called the Pete Winemiller Guest Experience Innovation Award. It is named after  Pete Winemiller , the longtime Sonics and Thunder Senior VP/Guest Relations who recently passed away. At the end of each season, NBA teams will nominate an exec who ...

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