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John Lombardo

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

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Magic’s arena gets iBeacon technology

04 / 14 / 14

The Orlando Magic is the latest franchise to roll out iBeacon technology in an effort to improve fans’ in-arena experiences. The Magic is integrating 20 iBeacons inside Amway Center with its team app, enabling fans to get smartphone message prompts for possible seat upgrades, food and bever...

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Last post time for Arlington?

All bets are off as to whether Chicago's Arlington International Racetrack will reopen next year. Chairman Richard Duchossois closed the $200 million racetrack last fall, citing financial losses of $70 million since the track was rebuilt after a fire in 1989. Now Arlington, one of the country ...

Rookie league fights doubts and long odds

Despite long odds and an even longer list of skeptics, Bruce Stern is pressing ahead to build a new professional basketball league stockpiled with teen-agers. Stern, a 34-year-old Washington attorney, is the architect of the National Rookie League, an unaffiliated developmental league limited to ...


Merger creates sponsorship Goliath

The level of sports sponsorships at Ameritech Inc. could be drastically altered once the dust settles from its pending $62 billion merger with Texas-based telecommunications giant SBC Communications Corp. Chicago-based Ameritech is already a major regional player in various sports sponsorships, ...

Tags: Ameritech Corp., Pacific Bell, San Antonio Spurs, SBC Communications Inc., WTA

Want to become an agent? It's not hard

Magic Johnson wants to be an agent. Rapper extraordinaire Sean "Puff Daddy" Combs says he wants in, and so does former Olympian Jackie Joyner-Kersee. During these days of $100 million athlete contracts, it seems that just about everybody wants a piece of the action. Fill out an application with ...

Tags: Advantage, Clear Channel Communications Inc., IMG, Magic Johnson Theaters, NBA, NFL, ProServ Inc., SFX, This Week's Issue

Panel rules pro players are working stiffs

A recent workers’ compensation decision in Illinois could leave NFL owners reaching for their checkbooks. The Illinois Industrial Commission ruled April 21 that a professional football career is no longer considered to be a temporary job held by players who within a few years will have to seek ...

Tags: Chicago Bears, Microsoft Corp., New York Jets, NFL

Courting a different crowd

Maybe not exactly on par with the X Games, golf definitely is moving from its polyester and plaid roots to where it’s hip. At least that’s how Steve Hamblin, executive director of the Georgia-based American Junior Golf Association, describes the youth wave he hopes will lift the game to new le ...

Tags: Adidas, LPGA, Microsoft Corp., Tommy Hilfiger

With no sponsor and few fans, WTA cancels Chicago stop

The Women’s Tennis Association circuit will skip Chicago in 1998 due to declining attendance and the lack of a sponsor. The decision to pull the event from the 1998 WTA calendar ends 25 consecutive years that Chicago has hosted a WTA tour event. Attendance in Chicago had dwindled to aroun ...

Tags: Ameritech Corp., IMG, Microsoft Corp., WTA

Knickers are out, hip golfwear is in

Payne Stewart’s traditional knickers aside, golfwear is getting almost hip, drawing a glut of retailers to what used to be considered an old man’s market. Just look around the office on the ever popular casual Friday and you’re apt to find middle managers wearing what the pros do on Sunday. ...

Tags: Ashworth, Microsoft Corp., Tommy Hilfiger

Overseas markets in a world of hurt

The overseas market is typically a cash cow for American golf companies, but the recent financial turmoil in Asia is taking its toll, causing skittish developers to shelve plans for new courses and slowing the once blooming business. "There’s been a bucket of cold water thrown on the Asia ...

Tags: American Golf, IMG, Microsoft Corp.

China promises next hot spot

Despite a downturn in the Asian economy. China looms as the next great untapped market for the golf industry. As trade barriers fall in the Far East, golf companies are looking at China with the hope of dramatically boosting business as the number of American golfers stays static at about 25 ...

Tags: Executive Sports Inc., Microsoft Corp.

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