April 23, 2016 |
Jay Snider said he and his five siblings have been amazed by the love and support they have received since their father, Ed, died April 11 after a two-year battle with bladder cancer. "It's been overwhelming," Snider, 58, said this week. Ed Snider, 83, was the Flyers' chairman and cofounder. He brought the Flyers to Philadelphia 50 years ago and introduced millions of people to what, at the time, seemed like a foreign sport. They embraced the game and the man who cared about winning more than the fans in the nosebleed seats.
April 13, 2016 |
PHILADELPHIA lost its most influential sports figure in history with Monday's passing of Flyers co-founder and Comcast Spectacor creator Ed Snider at 83 after a long battle with bladder cancer. The icon was a sports "futurist" who played some kind of role in virtually every major sporting occurrence in Philadelphia over the past five decades. From his bringing the NHL to Philadelphia in 1967 with the expansion Flyers to the birth of the sports television and entertainment entity known as Spectacor in 1974 that grew into Comcast Spectacor to the opening of the state-of-the-art CoreStates Center (now Wells Fargo Center)
April 13, 2016 |
As his own father, Ralph Roberts, aged into his 80s and 90s, Comcast Corp. chief executive Brian Roberts said, he found that he and Flyers owner Ed Snider regularly grabbed lunch around town - the Capital Grille on Chestnut, Table 31 in the Comcast Center, and, more recently, the Union League on Broad. They'd talk sports, media, and life. Roberts, who heads the city's largest publicly traded company, said he trusted Snider as a mentor. "I came to realize his genius," Roberts said.
April 12, 2016 |
Ed Snider, 83, the billionaire entrepreneur who co-founded the Flyers and displayed more passion than many fans sitting in the nosebleed seats, died Monday morning after a long battle with bladder cancer. The news was confirmed by the team, which issued a statement written by Mr. Snider's children. "Our Dad was loved and admired for his big heart, generosity of spirit, and dedication to his family," they wrote. "Despite his considerable business achievements and public profile, he was first and foremost a family man. He never missed a birthday, important family event or the opportunity to offer encouragement.
August 5, 2015 |
Comcast Spectacor, the South Philadelphia-based arena manager, ticketer and food-services company, said it has changed some of its top managers. Dave Scott was named chief executive officer and president, reporting the company chairman Ed Snider. Scott previously held the titles of chief operating officer and president. Comcast Spectacor also appointed John Page as president of the Wells Fargo Complex and hired Glen Brandeburg for the newly created position of president and chief operating officer of Spectra Venue Management and Food Services & Hospitality.
June 25, 2015 |
Comcast Spectacor CEO Dave Scott says he had a moment of clarity at a dinner with Allentown's Brooks brothers in September. Jim and Rob Brooks, owners of the Lehigh Valley Phantoms minor-league hockey team and operators of the just-opened PPL Center, had contracted with Comcast Spectacor for ticketing, arena management services, and food concessions at the new multipurpose venue - a triple play, to borrow a phrase from the cable industry. Why not market those related Comcast Spectacor services together under one brand, Scott wondered, instead of separately as Ovations food services, Paciolan ticketing, and Global Spectrum venue management?
June 21, 2015 |
Ralph J. Roberts, 95, the soft-spoken visionary who in 1963 bought a tiny subscriber-TV system in Tupelo, Miss., and built it into Comcast Corp., the nation's leading cable company, died Thursday night in Philadelphia. Mr. Roberts, who had been in declining health, died of natural causes. "Ralph has been the heart and soul of Comcast for 50 years," said his son, Comcast president and CEO Brian L. Roberts, in a note to employees Friday morning. "He was the greatest influence in my life and a joy for me to work side by side with for over three decades.
May 4, 2015 |
Mike Babcock is the only coach to lead teams to hockey's version of the triple crown - titles in the Stanley Cup playoffs, the Olympics, and world championships. And, so, yes, with Babcock's Detroit Red Wings knocked out of the playoffs Wednesday, numerous teams are pursuing a man generally regarded as the league's best coach. Does Ed Snider have a blank check ready? Snider, chairman of the Flyers' parent company, Comcast-Spectacor, said that he didn't want to discuss Babcock or the coaching search, but that he was comfortable with whomever general manager Ron Hextall recommended.
February 8, 2015 |
When NHL commissioner Gary Bettman recently asked Peter Luukko to meet with Florida Panthers owner Vinnie Viola and possibly get involved with their franchise, the former Flyers president was reluctant. Luukko, who 14 months ago abruptly resigned as president of the Flyers' parent company, Comcast-Spectacor, was content with his new lifestyle. "I told him I had businesses I was involved with and was having a lot of fun," Luukko said Friday. "I was watching my boys play [hockey]