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?
January 30, 2015 |
CHANDLER, Ariz. - There will be one football player at the Super Bowl who cares more about Katy Perry's performance than Tom Brady's. Sunday evening's extravaganza will be the culmination of 3 1/2 years of preparation for John Page and his team. Page is the president of Global Spectrum, which operates the University of Phoenix Stadium. When the NFL picked the Arizona committee's bid over Tampa's in the fall of 2011, Page created a team of experts to construct what he hopes will be "the best Super Bowl experience ever.
December 24, 2014 |
ST. PAUL, Minn. - Fifty-five weeks ago, the Flyers arrived in the Twin Cities to prep for the Minnesota Wild and a game that ultimately took a back seat to news on the trip. On the morning of that Dec. 2 game, the Flyers issued a press release announcing the abrupt resignation of team president and Comcast-Spectacor chief operating officer Peter Luukko. Luukko's sudden cash-out sent shockwaves through the organization, a seismic event that reshaped the foundation of the front office.
April 4, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA'S credentials as a pro hockey town were evident, but that was not the matter at hand. The group preparing this particular bid package, rather, needed to convince a five-person NCAA committee that a city without a Division I men's ice hockey program merited hosting college hockey's premier event. There had been an attempt in 2005, to no avail. But in 2010, building off the previous effort, representatives from Comcast-Spectacor and Global Spectrum, the Philadelphia Sports Congress and the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference experienced success with a more defined pitch.
January 28, 2014
Cooper University Health Care , Camden, has appointed Stephanie D. Conners chief nursing officer and senior vice president of hospital operations. She had been senior vice president of operations and chief nursing officer at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick. The Chestnut Hill Business Improvement District , Business Association and Parking Foundation named Martha B. Sharkey executive director for the Chestnut Hill Business District. Sharkey has served as the senior sales manager for special events and most recently as the assistant director of corporate giving for the Franklin Institute.
September 23, 2013 |
The state and city officials and business and labor union representatives who oversee the Convention Center haven't fixed the national problem of too many taxpayer-funded exhibit halls chasing too few big conventions. Nor has the board rewritten the local labor contracts that pit unions protecting workers' hours against exhibitors who want to hook up their own stuff. The center's contracts have been extended into next year. But the center's board is going ahead, almost on schedule, to farm out management of the Center City complex to Conshohocken-based SMG , which beat Comcast affiliate Global Spectrum to get the job. Lawyer Greg Fox , the board's chairman, had hoped to install SMG by Oct. 1. But Gov. Corbett's budget office responded to the draft proposal with a fat file of questions, which Corbett spokesman Jay Pagni wouldn't show me because, he says, they are "pre-decisional.
June 7, 2013 |
In a move to reposition the Convention Center amid fierce competition, the board of the troubled facility voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to privatize a range of management functions and hire an outside firm to lead it. The board also voted, 13-2, to hire SMG, a West Conshohocken-based management group that runs arenas and other large facilities in the United States and overseas. The board selected SMG over Global Spectrum, a unit of Comcast-Spectacor. The decisions leave unanswered what role the Convention Center's current president and chief executive, Ahmeenah Young, will have under the new management structure, said Board Chairman Gregory J. Fox. In other cities, such as Chicago, where SMG now directs the convention center, the authority's CEO was retained and works closely with SMG. "I am thrilled that the board today has embraced a bold and bright future for the Convention Center, born of a new management model that sets the stage for future improvements," Fox said after the board voted 12-3 to privatize and before selecting SMG. "It's a willingness to depart from the past and embrace the future.
May 2, 2013 |
Apartment rents are going up in metropolitan Philadelphia, even as they fall in the Washington area. How'd that happen? Washington, with all its military, security, and telecom contractors, was supposed to have become the engine of U.S. economic growth. But with the federal government slowing down and Philly's hospitals and colleges pushing to grow, each of the two regions is expected to create jobs at roughly the same rate of about 3,000 a month this year, according to federal Bureau of Labor Statistics data.
April 11, 2013 |
The main problem keeping more big shows from the Pennsylvania Convention Center is that too many customers don't feel they are getting value for all they pay under its current labor arrangements, consultant Public Financial Management Inc. (PFM) wrote in a recent report to the center's board, echoing earlier reports. If labor is the issue, why is the center's board recruiting private firms to replace its management? PFM credits the managers for bringing in more money and spending less than the center's budget.