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Former NBA player and Phoenix Suns TV analyst Eddie Johnson wants to challenge corporate America - to a game of basketball. Johnson has started a new sports league exclusively for corporations. In his Arizona Corporate League, part of his business JJJ Sports LLC, teams composed of employees from various companies will compete against one another. The league is intended to help companies fight absenteeism by keeping employees healthy and improving relationships among them. "Corporate America is stressed out," Johnson said. "I wanted to create a corporate league that takes stress away." Arizona Republic

The league will provide uniforms, practice courts and a clinic for coaches. All the games will be held at the Inspire Courts in Gilbert. Companies will pay a fee for every team, and each team can have up to 15 players. The Arizona Corporate League will sponsor a maximum of 20 teams for each sport. Johnson, 53, said games in his league will start in February 2013, but some companies already have enrolled teams, including Intel Corp. in Chandler and Cox Communications in the Valley. Johnson said he has talked with many other companies about joining. Arizona Republic

August 31, 2012 Updates

Eddie Johnson will remain the Suns' TV analyst, but Meyers could do up to 20 games this season with new play-by-play man Steve Albert. Not only will the Suns have a new look on the court, but they will also have a new look in the booth as well. Examiner

March 10, 2012 Updates

Johnson, 52, insists his qualifications to succeed Bruce Weber go beyond his selection as a member of Illinois' All-Century Team and a 17-year career in the NBA. And he doesn't believe his lack of coaching experience at the college level should detract from his ability to build an elite program at his alma mater. "I want to coach at Illinois," Johnson said. "This is my first opportunity to come out and say it. But (athletic director) Mike Thomas knows my desire. He has known for about a month. A lot of alumni know, too. I want to get an interview with him and go from there. He said he wanted to talk to me. I just want an equal opportunity and let the best man win. "To me, Illinois is the best college job in the country. I can make a difference. I have observed the job since Lou Henson left. Some coaches have used the job as a steppingstone. I'm not a gypsy. It is time for an Illinois alum who has a passion for the game, someone who has a pedigree, to come in fresh and do it the right way." CSN Chicago

"Coaching isn't rocket science," Johnson said. "The bottom line is if you don't have a commitment to the university, like Bruce Weber did, you won't be able to recruit for Illinois in Chicago. They will see that you aren't sincere. It's an Illinois town. You must get respect from the high school coaches. I don't have an agenda. The only reason I would come back is to have an opportunity to coach at my alma mater." CSN Chicago

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The Suns have not given up on selling tickets or keeping their brand name out there this summer. Both ideas might seem like spitting in the wind during a lockout but they are doing what they can without the ability to use active players or optimism for a season starting on time. Instead, they are leaning on their "alumni" with events like this week's evening affair, "Cocktails on the Court." Fans were invited to come to the US Airways Center main floor, eat some free food, buy a cocktail and listen to Suns broadcasters Eddie Johnson and Scott Williams tell engaging stories from their basketball lives with Tom Leander hosting. Arizona Republic

August 28, 2011 Updates

The Phoenix Suns will unveil two half-season ticket plans for the 2011-12 season at a happy hour event hosted by team announcers and former players Scott Williams and Eddie Johnson. Those ticket plans start at $325 per seat. The event will be held at US Airways center on Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m.. Interested fans are asked to RSVP and Suns.com. Click on the pictures to the right to see some of the highlighted games from the Suns 2011-12 schedule if the season isn’t impacted by the lockout. The team has continued with some of its marketing plans despite the lockout’s potential impact. Business News

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