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John Lombardo

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

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Expanded ‘footprints’ in NBA?

Published in SportsBusiness Journal on 07 / 20 / 15

The NBA is considering loosening its long-standing restrictions on teams’ local marketing efforts while also restarting talks about how to sell ads on jerseys. Both actions would carry major implications for teams as they look to drive sponsor value. Related story ... • NB...

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SportsBusiness Journal: Soaring NFL values raise stakes in estate planning

There is one simple truth to passing down an NFL franchise from one generation to another: It's never been easy. And it's only getting harder as franchise values soar. "It's now become a very big burden, but it can be done," said Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay, who took ownership of the ...

Tags: Cincinnati Bengals, Indianapolis Colts, Kansas City Chiefs, New York Jets, NFL

08/02/99
SportsBusiness Journal: AFL makes arrival in Chicago official

The Arena Football League has finally made it official: Chicago will join the indoor league in April 2001. The long-expected announcement brings arena football back to Chicago, where the league made its debut in 1987 with the Chicago Bruisers, who folded in 1989. The league made the announcem ...

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08/02/99
SportsBusiness Journal: Staples tab may hit $400M

By John Lombardo and Liz Mullen Staff Writer The price tag on the glitzy new Staples Center continues to rise, and the total cost of the Los Angeles project could wind up running $100 million more than initially projected, sources say. Last year, developers pegged the cost of the new arena ...

Tags: AEG, Fox, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Kings, Los Angeles Lakers, MARC Advertising, MSG Network, NBA, NHL, Sacramento Kings, Sportscorp Ltd., Staples

07/26/99
SportsBusiness Journal: NFL owners want indoors

The Arena Football League says it will consider eight applications for expansion teams, with heavy interest coming from current NFL owners who last year won approval to buy AFL clubs. Cleveland Browns owner Al Lerner and Jacksonville Jaguars owner Wayne Weaver recently made public their interest ...

Tags: AFL, Chicago Bears, Cleveland Browns, Jacksonville Jaguars, New England Patriots, New Orleans Saints, NFL, Philadelphia Eagles

07/26/99
SportsBusiness Journal: Pre-emption sends Ameritech into talks

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Tags: ABC, Ameritech Corp., CBS Broadcasting Inc., ESPN, LPGA, NBC, WNBA

07/26/99
SportsBusiness Journal: Bears hoping for naming-rights deal

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Tags: Chicago Bears, Cleveland Browns, NFL

07/19/99
SportsBusiness Journal: Sources: Skins cooking up name deal

Now that Daniel Snyder's $800 million purchase of the Washington Redskins has been completed, industry sources say that a naming-rights deal for Jack Kent Cooke Stadium will come sooner rather than later. Redskins officials insist that no deal is imminent, but speculation centers on the team mak ...

Tags: Baltimore Ravens, Clear Channel Communications Inc., FedEx Corp., NFL, PSINet Inc., SFX, Snyder Communications Inc., Sports Group, Washington Redskins

07/19/99
SportsBusiness Journal: Goldman's sale of Jets ready to begin

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Tags: Cablevision Systems Corp., Cleveland Browns, New York Jets, New York Knicks, New York Mets, New York Rangers, NFL, Southwest Sports Group, Texas Rangers, Washington Redskins

07/19/99
SportsBusiness Journal: 'Buffy' bumps the Cubbies again

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Tags: Championship Auto Racing Teams Inc., Chicagoland Speedway, NASCAR, Owned by Dayton Hudson Corp., Shell Oil, Wendy's International Inc.

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