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John Lombardo

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

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Zurich Insurance Makes Lexi Thompson Its First Female Endorser

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 01 / 27 / 15

Zurich Insurance Group has named Lexi Thompson to its golf ambassador roster, marking the company's first endorsement deal with a female golfer. Financial terms of the multiyear deal were not disclosed, but Thompson will wear the Zurich logo on her left sleeve during competition and will help Zuri...

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