July 24, 2014 |
WHAT LUCK. A day after the Sixers secured abject failure for two more seasons, there stood owner Josh Harris in the hallways of the Wells Fargo Center. As always, Harris was willing to offer a few candid not-for-publication observations concerning the Sixers' long-range plan. Suffice it to say Harris, a billionaire hedge-fund savant, was energized by the potential long-term return of investment in injured center Joel Embiid and young Croatian star Dario Saric - neither of whom will be of much real use until 2016.
June 23, 2014
The Flyers will open their season on Oct. 8 on the road vs. the Boston Bruins, and their home opener will be the next night against the New Jersey Devils, the NHL announced on Saturday. The league listed the home openers for each team one day before it will announce the complete schedule.
June 8, 2014 |
THE 76ERS are moving to New Jersey. But relax, Philadelphia fans, it's only for practice. Practice, man. Practice. After months of speculation of where the team would build its much-anticipated facility, CEO Scott O'Neil released a statement yesterday saying that the organization has "officially filed an application for a site along the New Jersey waterfront in Camden. We understand the New Jersey Economic Development Authority will be voting on an incentive for a possible facility on the waterfront at their upcoming meeting.
June 6, 2014 |
Ed Snider assumed ownership and control of the 76ers in 1996, and one year later, Lewis Katz began playing a vital role in his dear friend's venture into an unfamiliar sport, serving as an adviser to the brilliant and demanding basketball mind Snider and team president Pat Croce had hired as head coach. Larry Brown has always needed a coterie of counselors to massage his neuroses, serve as sounding boards, and assure him everything would be OK. From Jerry Stackhouse to Derrick Coleman, from Tim Thomas to a tempestuous second-year guard named Allen Iverson, that '97-98 Sixers team tested Brown's patience throughout a long, 31-win season.
June 3, 2014 |
Ed Snider, chairman of the Flyers' parent company, Comcast-Spectacor, and Lewis Katz used to attend NHL meetings when the latter owned the New Jersey Devils. But Katz, 72, was more than a fellow owner to Snider. He was a confidant and best friend. Katz served as Snider's best man when he was married last year. "He was like my brother. I'm devastated and still in shock," Snider said in a statement after learning that Katz, the co-owner of The Inquirer, Daily News, and Philly.com, was among seven people aboard a private jet who died in a crash Saturday night in suburban Boston.
March 13, 2014 |
Defenseman Kimmo Timonen is undecided about whether this will be the final season of his stellar 15-year NHL career. But he conceded that if the Flyers overcame the odds and won the Stanley Cup, it would be "the perfect way to leave the game. " Timonen will make his decision in the summer, he said before the Flyers hosted the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday. "I want to see how we do in the last 18 games. I want to feel the playoff atmosphere. That's a goal where I want to be . . . because once you get in the playoffs, you don't know what's going to happen.
March 12, 2014 |
At 42, ageless right winger Jaromir Jagr is showing no signs of slowing down. Fact is, he has been the New Jersey Devils' top forward this season. Jagr will face his former Flyers teammates Tuesday in a key Metropolitan Division matchup at the Wells Fargo Center. "He protects the puck really well and you just have to keep him on the outside," Flyers defenseman Mark Streit said after Monday's practice in Voorhees. Older players like Jagr, Streit said, "take care of their bodies and live a good lifestyle, and it makes a difference.
January 11, 2014 |
NEWARK, N.J. In the first partnership of its kind to explore the new frontier of virtual gambling in New Jersey, the owner of the 76ers and the New Jersey Devils has partnered with the online gambling company partypoker to merge customers and expand their reach. While casinos have sponsored and have had advertisement deals with American sports teams for years, this was the first deal with an online-gambling company. On Nov. 26, New Jersey launched Internet gaming from servers housed at Atlantic City casinos, becoming the third state in the nation, with Nevada and Delaware, to offer it. "The best partnerships are when you connect with the best people," Scott O'Neil - chief executive officer of the NBA's 76ers, the NHL's Devils, and Prudential Center, home arena for the Devils - said of the multiyear, multimedia deal between the two sports franchises and Bwin.Party Digital Entertainment, which owns partypoker, a leading online-poker website.
January 10, 2014 |
New Jersey's online-gambling industry may be only seven weeks old, but it already has a different kind of suitor beyond brick-and-mortar casinos. The 76ers and the New Jersey Devils will hold a joint news conference Thursday at the Prudential Center in Newark to announce the first-of-its-kind partnership between two professional sports franchises and the online-gaming company that owns partypoker.com. The partners are all in to take advantage of what they say could be a potentially lucrative online-gambling market in New Jersey.