Sixers deny rumor team is for sale again

Posted: July 09, 2007

LAS VEGAS - Could the 76ers be on the market again? No, says Peter Luukko, the president of Comcast-Spectacor, which owns the team.

Last night, during games in the Las Vegas summer league, an NBA source said several people had told him that since June 15, the Sixers' owner was actively marketing the team. The source added that no potential buyers had surfaced.

Reached by phone last night, Luukko said there was no truth to the rumor.

"We're absolutely not marketing the team," Luukko said. "We're excited about the young players we have, and we're not selling."

The Sixers appeared headed for sale last year, but on Nov. 10, Comcast-Spectacor chairman Ed Snider said the company pulled the team off the market and would retain control of it.

At the time, Snider said the company could have received in excess of the NBA record of $401 million that Robert Sarver paid for the Phoenix Suns and other properties in 2004.

Comcast-Spectacor also owns the Flyers and the Wachovia Center.

- Marc Narducci

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