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John Lombardo

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

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Jazz Will Transfer Ownership To Family Trust, Keep Franchise In Utah

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 01 / 23 / 17

Jazz Owner Gail Miller today announced that ownership of the team will be transferred into a family legacy trust to keep the team in Utah. Miller, who assumed ownership of the franchise after husband Larry Miller died in '09, said that family will oversee the trust, pending league approval. She ...

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