June 15, 2015 |
THE MAN who once was certain that Rich Kotite was the guy to lead the Eagles to their first Super Bowl title is now spending a not-so-small fortune to pick your next president. Norman Braman, the billionaire South Florida car dealer who disappeared from his native Philadelphia two decades ago after a mostly reviled stint as owner of the Birds, is back in the public eye with a brand new model. He's the No. 1 booster of his state's junior Republican senator, Marco Rubio, for the White House in 2016.
December 30, 2014 |
If when December began, you assured Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie that his team would end its season with a win, he would have been a very happy man. At that time, with the Eagles appearing all but certain of qualifying for the postseason, the only scenario that would fit such an ending would be a win in the Super Bowl. That's not quite how things turned out, however, and after three straight losses that eliminated them from the playoffs, the Eagles did win their last game, a minor-key 34-26 finale against the New York Giants.
March 6, 2013 |
The annual Forbes billionaire list is out, and this year Philadelphia can boast just one billionaire owner - the Sixers' Joshua Harris. Harris, who lives in New York but graduated from Penn's Wharton School, saw his estimated wealth rise to $2.1 billion, ranking his fortune at No. 243 in the United States, 704 in the world. Harris, cofounder and managing director of investment firm Apollo Global Management, "saw his fortune increase $600 million in the past year as shares of Apollo, which went public in 2011, rose to new highs," according to Forbes.
February 12, 2013 |
Norman Braman, who became a billionaire thanks to Florida car dealerships and investments in fine art and the Philadelphia Eagles, is no fan of taxes paying to upgrade Sun Life Stadium for the Miami Dolphins. "This is still welfare for a multi-billionaire. It's wrong," Braman said, according to WSVN-TV in Miami. This morning, South Florida's NFL franchise announced it would accept letting voters approve a deal that would fund $400 million worth of renovations. Supporting the deal was Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez, who said final OK by lawmakers should hinge on landing the 2016 Super Bowl.
August 20, 2012
HAPPY BIRTHDAY on Monday to Ukee Washington, who'll wake up with the city (or, as he says, his "morning family") by celebrating his 54th on "Eyewitness News This Morning. " The West Philly-born news vet's been at Channel 3 since 1986, first as a sports anchor, now as the anchorman for both "This Morning" and "Talk Philly. " (You can also catch him on the CW.) Recently recovered from a left-hip replacement, Washington has a big year ahead of him, starting with a few more squats and lots more fabulous Fridays.
July 11, 2012 |
Divorce is bound to knock Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie off Forbes' billionaires list. With a current net worth estimated at $1.1 billion, he'll be booted from that exclusive club if wife Christina gets any kind of healthy share. But Philadelphia will still have one owner of a local team with 10-digit wealth, the Sixers' Joshua Harris. His worth was estimated in March at $1.6 billion, landing him at No. 804 among the richest people in the world, No. 286 in the United States, according to Forbes.
July 6, 2012 |
THE LURIES were a team within a team. Co-owners of the Philadelphia Eagles, partners in various civic and community endeavors, Oscar-winning filmmakers. In the 20 years of their marriage, Christina and Jeffrey Lurie seemed the ideal teammates. For the Eagles, he ran the business of trying to make a winning team; she had a voice in the team logo, the cheerleaders' costumes, the designs of the stadium and practice facility, but primarily the charitable work of the Eagles Youth Partnership.
May 20, 2012
With each passing day, the list of plaintiffs filing concussion lawsuits against the NFL grows. At last check, more than 2,100 former players have filed suit against the league in 74 separate lawsuits, most of which have been consolidated in federal court in Philadelphia. By the end of the summer, the number of plaintiffs could exceed 3,000. The list of plaintiffs includes Hall of Famers like Lem Barney and Joe DeLamielleure and Rickey Jackson and Paul Krause, and Super Bowl MVPs like Mark Rypien and Dexter Jackson.
November 8, 2011 |
Former Eagles tight end Keith Jackson will always have a deep affinity for Buddy Ryan, which is why he was ecstatic to see his former coach at Lincoln Financial Field before Monday's night's game with the Chicago Bears. Ryan and several players from the Eagles teams that he coached from 1986 to 1990, including Jackson, were honored at halftime of the game. Jackson played for the Eagles from 1988 to 1991 and was a Pro Bowl selection during his first three years, which were under Ryan.