March 5, 2014 |
When something like 40 million Americans watch the Oscars on a Sunday night - and when more than 100 million watch the Super Bowl, as they did earlier this winter - Eddie Decker and his team of analysts from Front Row Marketing in South Philly are watching the watchers. At the firm's "war room" at Comcast-Spectacor's Wells Fargo Center, and on site at the events, they watch the shows and the brand-name products in ads, the paid placements and accidental appearances throughout the programming.
February 8, 2014 |
Shawn Tilger assumed some of Peter Luukko's duties and was named the Flyers' chief operating officer of business operations on Thursday. Tilger, 42, will continue to serve as senior vice president, but will have added responsibilities, including serving as an alternate governor to the NHL. "It's an honor to represent the club from a business standpoint and work with the NHL and the . . . Philadelphia hockey market," said Tilger, who grew up in...
December 5, 2013 |
WATCH OUT, Flyers. Heartthrob David Boreanaz will be hanging out with your wives come January. I've learned exclusively that the "Bones" actor, and son of legendary Philly weatherman Dave Roberts , will be the co-chair of the Flyers Wives Fight for Lives Carnival, coming to the Wells Fargo Center on Jan. 26. Boreanaz will not only help out with the festivities (fingers crossed he'll be a dunk-tank volunteer), he'll attend them as well, including the Broad Street Bash at Xfinity Live on Jan. 25. Boreanaz is a lifelong Flyers fan, a passion that has bled into his "Bones" alter ego Seeley Booth.
December 4, 2013 |
ST. PAUL, Minn. - Ed Snider sounded like he was blindsided on Monday morning. Peter Luukko had just informed him he was stepping down as president of the Flyers' parent company, Comcast-Spectacor. "We've had better days," Snider, the club's chairman, said in a telephone interview after Luukko's stunning decision. "It came out of the blue, but I guess he gave it a lot of thought over the holidays and decided to do other things with his life. " Added Snider: "We'll survive, but he's done a hell of a job and he will be hard to replace.
December 4, 2013 |
ST. PAUL, Minn. - Last week, hours before Thanksgiving, Peter Luukko sat comfortably in the lower bowl of the Tampa Bay Times Forum and watched the Flyers practice before their game against the Lightning. Luukko, multitasking master of a mound of email, was replying to emails on his phone as the Flyers skated. He chatted about the Flyers' next road trip, said he would join the team sometime this week. Luukko was particularly excited about the Flyers' early-January trip to Phoenix, where Comcast-Spectacor manages the Coyotes' arena and Cardinals' stadium.
December 4, 2013 |
Peter A. Luukko, an ally and partner of Flyers founder Ed Snider for more than a quarter-century, resigned as president and chief operating officer at Comcast-Spectacor, a major operator of sports stadiums and owner of the Flyers. The company has 10,100 employees nationwide and the resignation came as a surprise inside the organization and the stadium-management industry. With Luukko's departure, Comcast Corp. - the majority owner of Comcast-Spectacor since the mid-1990s - tightened its grip on the entrepreneurial subsidiary in South Philadelphia.
September 19, 2013 |
COMCAST-SPECTACOR president Peter Luukko will rub elbows with some famous faces as the co-chairman of the Elton John AIDS Foundation's Enduring Vision gala. Chairing alongside Luukko are Alec Baldwin and his wife, Hilaria (who recently gave birth to the couple's first child), and fashion designer Donna Karan . The gala takes place Oct. 15 in New York City. John's charity is known for its Hollywood bigwig involvement. The likes of Neil and Pegi Young , Stevie Wonder , Cyndi Lauper , Matt Lauer and Billy Joel are all expected to be involved.
August 20, 2013
Maternal and Child Health Consortium of Chester County hired Cynthia Jaros as director of development. She had been development director at the Brandywine Valley Association. ACE Group , Philadelphia property and casualty insurer, named Derek Talbott division president, North America property and specialty lines, effective Sept. 1. He is executive vice president, international property, for ACE Overseas General. Talbott succeeds Paul McNamee, who has been named deputy president of ACE's Asia Pacific region.
August 19, 2013 |
Concerned 76ers fans really need to relax. Although some NBA fans would love for the Sixers to move to Newark, N.J., that's just not going to happen. Having a franchise in Philadelphia means too much to the Sixers ownership group and the NBA. So much so that moving to New Jersey, especially North Jersey, would be a disaster for both parties. But some fans are panicking because Sixers majority owner Josh Harris and another member of the ownership group, David Blitzer, bought the NHL's New Jersey Devils and the team's lease to the Prudential Center in Newark.
August 16, 2013 |
WHY DID 76ers owner Josh Harris and business partner David Blitzer decide to buy the New Jersey Devils? Because they can. Yesterday, they bought the Flyers' nemesis and the lease to the Prudential Center from Jeff Vanderbeek for a reported $320 million. While at a news conference to announce the sale, Harris was asked about rumors he might look to move the Sixers to Newark, N.J., even though he has a lease at the Wells Fargo Center with Comcast Spectacor, which owns the Flyers.