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John Lombardo

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

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Sixers purchase esports franchises

Published in SportsBusiness Journal on 09 / 26 / 16

The Philadelphia 76ers and venture firm NextEquity have purchased a majority stake in leading esports franchises Team Dignitas and Team Apex, making the Sixers the first U.S. sports organization to control a professional gaming outfit. ...

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05/20/02
SportsBusiness Journal: AFL plans Mexico City game

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Tags: Dallas Cowboys, Football, NFL

05/20/02
SportsBusiness Journal: AFL Preds' loss up to $1.4M

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05/13/02
SportsBusiness Journal: Titans' owner got AFL team deal

Tennessee Titans owner Bud Adams paid just $4 million for an Arena Football League expansion team, one-third the price paid by an Atlanta businessman who bought Nashville's previous AFL team this year and moved it to Atlanta. Ad ...

Tags: Dallas Cowboys, Denver Broncos, Detroit Lions, Football, Jacksonville Jaguars, New Orleans Saints, NFL, San Francisco 49ers, Tennessee Titans, Washington Redskins

05/13/02
SportsBusiness Journal: TV deal to net NBA clubs $2.5M less in year 1

Each NBA franchise will get $2.5 million less in the first year of the league's new national television contract than it realized this season, the last under the old contract. Collectively, league national television revenue will decrease by $72.5 million. The numbers, never released by th ...

Tags: ABC, Basketball, Boston Celtics, Chicago Bulls, ESPN, NBA

05/13/02
SportsBusiness Journal: Hornets' moving fee $30M plus

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Tags: Basketball, Memphis Grizzlies, NBA, New Orleans Pelicans

05/06/02
SportsBusiness Journal: Hornets' vote on fast track

Hornets owner George Shinn and an unidentified woman attend NBA playoffs last week. The NBA will waste little time voting on the Charlotte Hornets' move to New Orleans, as the league tries to show tha ...

Tags: Basketball, Memphis Grizzlies, NBA, New Orleans Pelicans

04/29/02
SportsBusiness Journal: Hornets keep low playoffs profile

Charlotte Hornets officials have adopted a hands-off playoff marketing strategy as the team awaits a verdict on its proposed move to New Orleans. About 10,000 fans have come out to each of the Hornets' two home playoff games. ...

Tags: Basketball, Detroit Pistons, NBA, New Orleans Pelicans

04/29/02
SportsBusiness Journal: Will they stay or will they go now? Answer soon

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Tags: Basketball, NBA, New Orleans Pelicans

04/29/02
SportsBusiness Journal: No AFL break for NFL owners

The Arena Football League has rescinded its half-price offer to NFL owners interested in buying AFL expansion teams, a move that could drive away NFL owners who don't already have a deal with the indoor league. Since March 1999, AFL officials have given deep discounts to NFL ow ...

Tags: Football, NFL

04/29/02
SportsBusiness Journal: NBA TV deal vs. sponsorships

The NBA's new television contract is expected to alter how its marketing partners spend their sponsorship and media dollars with the league because of the TV deal's heavy reliance on cable. The majority of the of the NBA's 17 leaguewide partnerships expire after the season, and only one, C ...

Tags: ABC, ESPN, NBA, WNBA

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