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January 11, 2000 | By Christopher K. Hepp, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The folks at Comcast-Spectacor like to think they do a pretty good job of running the First Union Center. So good, in fact, that they figure they can make a buck doing the same thing elsewhere. With that in mind, the local sports and entertainment firm has purchased Globe Facilities Services, a Tampa, Fla., company that specializes in operating arenas and sports facilities. The new venture will be known as Global Spectrum and will be headed by Peter Luukko, who now serves as president of Comcast-Spectacor Ventures.
BUSINESS
May 2, 2013 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
BUSINESS
June 25, 2015 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
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?
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October 10, 2003 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
Phillies outfielder Marlon Byrd had successful surgery on his left shoulder yesterday, assistant general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. The 26-year-old Byrd underwent arthroscopic surgery to repair the posterior labrum in his left shoulder. The surgery was performed by Timothy Kremchek in Cincinnati. Byrd is expected to begin swinging a bat in early January and will be ready for the start of spring training in February, the team said. In his rookie season with the Phillies, Byrd appeared in 135 games, hitting .303 with 28 doubles, 7 home runs, 45 RBIs and 86 runs scored.
BUSINESS
June 7, 2013 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
BUSINESS
April 11, 2013 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
SPORTS
January 11, 2000 | by Edward Moran, Daily News Sports Writer
There are not a lot of people who know how to fill an arena better than Ed Snider. Snider is chairman of Comcast-Spectacor, which owns and operates the First Union Center, First Union Spectrum, the Flyers and Sixers. His company packs over four million people into some 400 events in the First Union Complex every year. So it shouldn't surprise anyone that Snider and company would go looking for more business. Snider announced yesterday that Comcast-Spectacor had acquired Globe Facilities Services, a Tampa-based facilities management company.
BUSINESS
April 4, 2013 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Pennsylvania Convention Center board of directors says it sought applicants from across the United States when it sent a "Request for Qualifications" last year, seeking private firms to show they could handle management, marketing, maintenance, and capital improvements at the sprawling, taxpayer-funded, under-used Center City complex. The firms that answered the call were all locally connected, say people familiar with the results. Two are already Convention Center contractors with specialized duties.
SPORTS
January 30, 2015 | BY MARCUS HAYES, Daily News Staff Writer hayesm@phillynews.com
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.
BUSINESS
April 27, 2003 | By Marcia Gelbart INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Refusing to cede Philadelphia's primary economic engine to Republicans, Gov. Rendell is maneuvering to install Comcast-Spectacor, a division of the cable giant that is one of his chief political supporters, as the day-to-day overseer of the troubled Convention Center. "They're the best in the country, and we need professional management," Rendell said in a brief interview Friday. "The fact that they happen to be a hometown company makes it even better. " The Democratic governor's two previous attempts at influencing who runs the center have failed, with political roadblocks and the eventual disinterest in the job by both his favored candidates.
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June 25, 2015 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
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?
SPORTS
January 30, 2015 | BY MARCUS HAYES, Daily News Staff Writer hayesm@phillynews.com
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.
SPORTS
December 24, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
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.
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April 4, 2014 | BY JAKE KAPLAN, Daily News Staff Writer kaplanj@phillynews.com
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.
BUSINESS
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.
BUSINESS
September 23, 2013 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
BUSINESS
June 7, 2013 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
BUSINESS
May 2, 2013 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
BUSINESS
April 11, 2013 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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