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John Lombardo

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

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NBA expands reach to tout Christmas games

Published in SportsBusiness Journal on 12 / 15 / 14

The NBA is rolling out two new commercials to promote this year’s five Christmas Day television broadcasts and the related retail efforts. In addition to running on the league’s TV partners (Turner, ESPN and ABC), the new 30-second spots will run on a variety other networks — in...

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SportsBusiness Journal: Raiders still claim financial leverage in effort to bolt Oakland

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SportsBusiness Journal: Game’s on after players unionize

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SportsBusiness Journal: Connecticut wants $2M over Patriots’ reversal on stadium sit ...

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SportsBusiness Journal: Sponsors fit NASCAR for N.Y. pinstripes

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Tags: Action Performance Cos., Anheuser-Busch Cos., Dale Earnhardt Inc., Dallas Cowboys, Green Bay Packers, Indianapolis Colts, MLB, MLBAM, NASCAR, NBA, New York Yankees, NFL, NHL, YankeeNets

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SportsBusiness Journal: Judge: Suits don’t free Davis from Oakland

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SportsBusiness Journal: Big event crowds call for big coverage

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