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John Lombardo

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

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‘It’s more of a true minor league now’

04 / 21 / 14

The NBA-owned D-League, once an eight-team operation playing solely out of the Southeast, is now a coast-to-coast business marked by sharply rising franchise values and enough demand from NBA teams to suggest further expansion could be ahead. The D-League played its 2013-14 season with 17 teams. ...

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11/25/13
In NBA, slow road to streaming

A month into the NBA season, just two teams have developed local streaming services, even though the biggest regional sports network groups reached agreements with the league to stream games locally at the start of the season. What gives? The answer from media and team executives is that local ...

Tags: Media

11/18/13
Mercedes sponsors Bobcats rebranding

The Charlotte Bobcats have signed Mercedes-Benz as title sponsor of the team’s Buzz City rebranding campaign, as the franchise begins the yearlong process of bringing back the Hornets nickname. Team officials said the deal marks the first sponsorship of a rebranding campaign in the NBA. ...

Tags: Franchises

11/18/13
D-League, CBSSN to renew

The NBA Development League is expected to renew its TV deal with the CBS Sports Network in time for the start of the 2013-14 season, which tips off Friday. The one-year deal will mirror last year’s agreement, which provided for 12 regular-season games along with postseason coverage for a to ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies

11/11/13
Twitter TV Ratings to track Suns traffic

The Phoenix Suns have become the first major pro sports team to sign a deal with SocialGuide’s Nielsen Twitter TV Ratings service that tracks Twitter activity during games. Financial terms of the one-year deal were not disclosed. The agreement was finalized late last month, ahead of the sta ...

Tags: Franchises

11/04/13
Disney Institute, NBA align

The NBA is partnering with the Disney Institute to create a leaguewide customer service program to improve the fan experience at NBA arenas. A steering committee of about nine NBA teams and key concessionaires Levy Restaurants and Aramark met recently with Disney Institute executives in Orlando t ...

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10/28/13
Momentum drives NBA’s projections

The NBA expects to eclipse last year’s record of $1 billion in total gate revenue this season. NBA Commissioner David Stern, speaking at last week’s board of governors meeting in New York, said that strong season-ticket sales are helping drive the league’s business. “Ever ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies

10/21/13
Silver ready for NBA's starring role

Editor's note: This story is revised from the print edition. After 20 years toiling at the elbow of NBA Commissioner David Stern, Adam Silver needed only minutes last spring to show that he’s ready to run the league. Silver listened as debate raged between NBA owners, a phalanx of la ...

Tags: In-Depth, NBA Season Preview

10/21/13
Adam Silver's to-do list

Adam Silver will take over as NBA commissioner on Feb. 1, when he replaces David Stern during one of the league’s most prosperous eras. With the NBA’s collective-bargaining deal and a revamped revenue-sharing plan in place since 2011, teams are more financially competitive than ever. Fr ...

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10/21/13
What to watch this NBA season

Golden diggers The Golden State Warriors want to build a $1 billion arena on the waterfront in San Francisco. Photo by: AECOM ■ The Golden State Warriors continue their push for ...

Tags: In-Depth, NBA Season Preview

10/21/13
NBA near deals to allow streaming

The NBA is poised to become the first major U.S.-based sports league to allow its games to be streamed live locally. The league is finalizing TV Everywhere deals with Fox Sports Media Group and NBC Sports Group, the country’s two biggest owners of regional sports networks. Other RSNs, such ...

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