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John Lombardo

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

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Granger leaving Kings to seek ‘next challenge’

Published in SportsBusiness Journal on 06 / 26 / 17

Chris Granger surprised the industry when he unexpectedly resigned as president of the Sacramento Kings on June 19, but the well-regarded executive sensed it was time to leave when the team’s new Golden 1 Center opened last fall. Along with the satisfaction that came from building the $558 ...

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Tags: Franchises

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SportsBusiness Journal: Hornets wondering what might have been

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Tags: Events and Attractions

02/27/17
SportsBusiness Journal: More NBA teams sign jersey sponsors

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02/27/17
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02/20/17
SportsBusiness Journal: NBA’s RSN ratings down 15 percent

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Tags: Media

02/20/17
SportsBusiness Journal: Gatorade’s NBA D-League a boon for R&D

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SportsBusiness Daily: NBA Hosts All-Star Weekend Technology Summit

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SportsBusiness Daily: Gatorade To Title Sponsor NBA D-League

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SportsBusiness Daily: Jazz Sign Jersey Patch Deal With Qualtrics

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SportsBusiness Journal: NBA bets big on esports

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