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John Lombardo

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

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Magic’s arena gets iBeacon technology

04 / 14 / 14

The Orlando Magic is the latest franchise to roll out iBeacon technology in an effort to improve fans’ in-arena experiences. The Magic is integrating 20 iBeacons inside Amway Center with its team app, enabling fans to get smartphone message prompts for possible seat upgrades, food and bever...

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Shock signs casino as jersey sponsor

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Emirates deal could land at NBA

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MLSE’s chairman a quiet go-to guy

By virtue of his 25 percent stake in Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, and his long-established reputation as a dealmaker, Larry Tanenbaum is one of the most powerful sports figures in Canada. Chairman of MLSE since 2003, Tanenbaum oversees a company that touts $500 million in annual revenue a ...

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F our months after telecommunications rivals Bell Canada and Rogers Communications closed their $1.3 billion acquisition of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, Tom Anselmi is blunt about what must change. “The mandate is to win,” said Anselmi, president and chief operating offic ...

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NBA sponsors step up on Christmas Day

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One of the NBA’s best teams on the court this season is also seeing strong success off the court — not that anyone at Memphis Grizzlies headquarters wants to talk about it. The Grizzlies are flying higher in ticket sal ...

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