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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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