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

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Sentry Insurance To Sponsor PGA Tour Event At Kapalua

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 08 / 16 / 17

Sentry Insurance has signed a five-year title sponsorship of the PGA Tour's Tournament of Champions at Kapalua Resort in Hawaii. The newly named Sentry Tournament of Champions will keep its traditional spot as the first tournament in January when the '17-18 PGA Tour schedule resumes following its ho...

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SportsBusiness Journal: AFL signs ADT to league deal

The Arena Football League has signed its third leaguewide sponsorship deal, a three-year agreement with ADT Security Services Inc. The deal covers both the 16-team AFL and its 34-team Arena Football 2 developmental league beginning this season. Financial terms weren't disclosed, but lea ...

Tags: Football, NBC

SportsBusiness Journal: NBDL fails to develop fan base

The NBA's fledgling National Basketball Development League completed its inaugural season with an average attendance that fell so far short of projections that league officials have already drawn up plans to drop ticket prices next season. The eight-team minor league concluded its regu ...

Tags: Basketball, Clear Channel Communications, NBA

SportsBusiness Journal: Hornets told to show broad support

New Orleans officials, hurrying to sell 2,500 club seats to satisfy the NBA's relocation requirements regarding a proposed move by the Charlotte Hornets, have now been told they can sell no more than 25 seats to a single buyer. As of Thursday, New Orleans officials had not released upda ...

Tags: Basketball, New Orleans Pelicans

SportsBusiness Journal: AFL far from NFL support

NFL representatives last week said they will revisit their interest in the Arena Football League, but it's clear that the indoor league has much to do to win over some skeptical NFL owners. The NFL owners, at last week's annual meeting in Orlando, cited a lack of support as the reason they ...

Tags: Dallas Cowboys, Football, Houston Texans, NFL

SportsBusiness Journal: New Orleans readies seat drive

New Orleans officials will roll out a last-minute marketing campaign aimed at doubling the sales of pricey club seats in an effort to win NBA approval to become the new home of the Charlotte Hornets. NBA Commissioner David Stern and the league's seven-member relocation committ ...

Tags: NBA, New Orleans Pelicans

SportsBusiness Journal: Six bids for Philly franchise

Brokers selling the rights to the Arena Football League's Philadelphia expansion franchise have received six offers for the team. The asking price is $12 million. Officials at Moag & Co., which is handling the sale, extended the bidding deadline until after AFL officials announced th ...

Tags: Football, NBC, NFL

SportsBusiness Journal: Hornets' moving plans revised

A group working to lure the Charlotte Hornets to New Orleans announced a sponsorship deal and eased ticket sales requirements to better its chances of convincing the NBA that the city is a viable professional basketball market. The group, called Hornets for New Orleans, last week said it ...

Tags: Basketball, NBA, New Orleans Pelicans

SportsBusiness Journal: Magic looks to expand market

The Orlando Magic will open sales offices on the east and west coasts of Florida as team executives look for ways to re-energize what was once a model NBA franchise. "We are looking to do more of an investment into a regional franchise," said Chris D'Orso, marketing director for the M ...

Tags: Basketball, Green Bay Packers, Memphis Grizzlies, Minnesota Vikings, New Orleans Saints, Orlando Magic, San Antonio Spurs

SportsBusiness Journal: Tampa franchise goes for $12M

The Arena Football League's Tampa Bay Storm is set to be sold for $12 million. Thom Hopper, who owns Concept One, a Michigan-based mortgage brokerage company, is buying the team from owner Woody Kern. League officials said the team will remain in Tampa and will continue ...

Tags: Football

SportsBusiness Journal: Saints' Benson to field AFL team

New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson will field an Arena Football League franchise called the Voodoo for the 2003 season, a decision that comes just days before the NFL is scheduled to decide whether to buy nearly half of the indoor league. Benson has owned the rights to an AFL team since ...

Tags: Dallas Cowboys, Football, New Orleans Saints, NFL

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