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John Lombardo

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

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NBA BOG Makes Progress On Plan To Elongate Season Schedule

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 04 / 17 / 15

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver  on Friday at the NBA BOG meeting said that the league will likely decide next month whether to add another week in June to the NBA schedule beginning next season to reduce the number of back-to-back games and having teams play four games in five nights. “We ...

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