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John Lombardo

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

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BMW takes VIP cue, not color, from Masters

Published in SportsBusiness Journal on 06 / 29 / 15

With a nod to Augusta National’s ultra-posh Berckmans Place, organizers of this year’s PGA Tour BMW Championship are adding their own version of high-end hospitality called the Green Coat Club. No, the new club is not named after the Masters’ famed green jackets, but instead aft...

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SportsBusiness Journal: NLRB complaint targets league

Labor woes for the Arena Football League are mounting after the National Labor Relations Board filed a formal complaint against the AFL that seeks to disband its players union and invalidate the league's recently approved collective-bargaining agreement. The complaint, filed by the NLRB Se ...

Tags: AFL, NFL

SportsBusiness Journal: Tagliabue takes next step in NFL overhaul

NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue is continuing his overhaul of the league's Park Avenue office, this time consolidating corporate sales efforts under a single entity. The newly unified effort will be directed by senior vice president Jim Schwebel, who will oversee all NFL corporate sales gr ...

Tags: NFL

SportsBusiness Journal: XFL scrambles to fill GM job in Chicago

The XFL is acting quickly to find a new general manager for its Chicago franchise after Ken Valdiserri abruptly resigned Sept. 10 citing personal reasons. The next day, XFL officials named Rich Rose as acting general manager of the Chicago Enforcers. Valdiserri did not return calls for comme ...

Tags: Chicago Bears, XFL

SportsBusiness Journal: NFL Texans’ revenue to top Skins’

The Houston Texans won't join the NFL until 2002, but the expansion franchise already looms as a financial juggernaut that team officials say will generate about $75 million in annual non-shared revenue. Only the Washington Redskins are close to that level, generating $65 million to $70 mi ...

Tags: Houston Texans, MARC Advertising, New England Patriots, NFL, Sportscorp Ltd., Washington Redskins

SportsBusiness Journal: Packers go door-to-door to save project

The NFL has a terrific record at the ballot box. Just two of nine NFL stadium public referendums have failed since the mid-1990s. But come Tuesday, after the Green Bay Packers' intense lobbying campaign to rebuild Lambeau Field ends with a referendum, that record could be tarnished. Despi ...

Tags: Green Bay Packers, Miami Heat, NFL

SportsBusiness Journal: Reaching for the revenue sky

T he NFL's vaunted revenue-sharing plan is considered to be the gold standard of all sports, creating a financially unified league that promotes a stable labor climate. Yet a dual set of economics percolates within the NFL — one that has the ...

Tags: Buffalo Bills, CBS Broadcasting Inc., Dallas Cowboys, Falk Associates Management Enterprises, FedEx Corp., Green Bay Packers, Indianapolis Colts, Kansas City Chiefs, New York Giants, NFL, Philadelphia Eagles, Pilson Communications, San Francisco Giants, Washington Redskins

SportsBusiness Journal: AFL agreement gives $1M in retroactive pay

Arena Football League owners will pay $1 million in back pay to AFL players as part of the league's new collective-bargaining agreement ratified last week. The six-year deal comes at the end of an AFL season filled with labor strife and marred by a one-week lockout by owners. But it doesn't ...

Tags: AFL

SportsBusiness Journal: Team owners following tax bill’s path

Eighty years ago, NFL patriarch George Halas paid $100 to create the Decatur Staleys, which became the Chicago Bears. In 1925, Timothy Mara bought the struggling New York Giants for $500. Today, their families still own the franchises, but the teams are worth north of $700 million, creating a ...

Tags: Baltimore Ravens, Chicago Bears, Kansas City Chiefs, MARC Advertising, New York Giants, New York Jets, NFL, San Francisco Giants, Sportscorp Ltd.

SportsBusiness Journal: Redskins’ $88M tops Opening Day payrolls

Daniel Snyder's free-agent signing frenzy has already given him one championship: His Washington Redskins have the highest team payroll in NFL history, topping $88 million in player salaries and bonuses this year. That's $11 million more than the next closest team. According to documents f ...

Tags: Arizona Cardinals, Baltimore Ravens, Dallas Cowboys, Green Bay Packers, MARC Advertising, New England Patriots, NFL, PSINet Inc., Sportscorp Ltd., St. Louis Cardinals, USA Today Sports, Washington Redskins

SportsBusiness Journal: Better X than ex: AFL to allow league-hopping

Hoping to avoid an exodus of talent to the XFL, Arena Football League officials will not prohibit their players from playing in both leagues. AFL officials said they will write into the league's new collective-bargaining agreement a clause that will allow their players to join any other prof ...


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