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John Lombardo

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

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Golf Channel To Continue PGA Merchandise Show Broadcasts

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 01 / 19 / 17

Golf Channel has reached a new five-year deal with the PGA of America and PGA Worldwide Golf Exhibitions to broadcast coverage of the PGA Merchandise Show. The network in '14 began broadcasting from the annual trade show in Orlando, and the new deal will see it air 20 hours of coverage from this yea...

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10/07/02
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09/30/02
SportsBusiness Journal: Wizards double price of seats

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09/30/02
SportsBusiness Journal: AFL loses Toronto, adds Denver

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09/23/02
SportsBusiness Journal: Claims cut into company profits

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09/23/02
SportsBusiness Journal: NBA preseason returns overseas

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Tags: Boxing, Miami Heat, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA

09/23/02
SportsBusiness Journal: 2003 NBA in Charlotte unlikely

After a series of private meetings between NBA officials and Charlotte city leaders, one thing is becoming clear: If the NBA returns to Charlotte, it likely won't be before 2004. Both sides began meeting about a month ago, and a source close to the discussions said that while the city want ...

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09/23/02
SportsBusiness Journal: Bugs' bottom prices lowest in NBA

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09/16/02
SportsBusiness Journal: NBA, ESPN plan HOF shows

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