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June 16, 2010 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Philadelphia Soul are back, but Jon Bon Jovi isn't. After a two-year hiatus, the franchise will return to the Arena Football League next season. But it will do so without high-profile owner Bon Jovi, who is focusing on his worldwide musical tour. New owners Cosmo DeNicola and Pete Ciarrocchi will join Craig Spencer and former Eagles quarterback Ron Jaworski, members of the original ownership group. Ciarrocchi is the owner of the sports bar Chickie's and Pete's. DeNicola is the former owner of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton AF2 franchise.
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May 5, 2015 | BY ED BARKOWITZ, Daily News Staff Writer barkowe@phillynews.com
THE ARENA FOOTBALL League prides itself on fan interaction. But this is not what the league had in mind. Following his ejection for a third-quarter fight on Saturday night, Portland defensive back Quincy Butler unintentionally threw his helmet into the Wells Fargo Center stands and hit an unidentified female spectator. It was unclear whether the woman was injured, though she did leave her seat shortly afterward. Just moments before, Butler tangled up with Soul wide receiver Ryan McDaniel, who was blocking Butler downfield.
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February 1, 2013 | By Zach Berman, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Philadelphia Soul of the Arena Football League will be put up for sale next week, majority owner Craig Spencer said Friday. Spencer said he could sell his majority interest, or the entire team could be sold, depending on potential buyers. The Soul was founded in 2004 by Spencer and singer Jon Bon Jovi for a franchise fee of about $15 million. As for the value of the team now, Spencer said, "Everyone values thing differently. There's so many ways to value a team. " Arena football is an eight-on-eight game played on a field 50 yards long and 85 feet wide, meaning it fits within the dimensions of a hockey rink.
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May 30, 2012 | STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS
QUARTERBACK Dan Raudabaugh threw six touchdown passes to lead the visiting Soul to a 55-33 win over the Cleveland Gladiators in an Arena Football League clash at Quicken Loans Arena Sunday night. Raudabaugh finished 20-for-34 for 257 yards with two interceptions. Donovan Morgan, playing in his first game since breaking his wrist April 1, had nine catches for 84 yards and two TDs and Tiger Jones had seven catches for 58 yards and three TDs for the Soul (8-3). The Soul led 21-19 at the half and outscored the Gladiators (6-4)
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February 27, 2005 | By Suzette Parmley INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
After watching his football team practice on a recent Thursday afternoon in Delaware County, the chief executive officer of the Philadelphia Soul got into his BMW sedan for the 90-minute drive to his wife and four children at home in central New Jersey. Jon Bon Jovi's workday was not over. He continued to field calls late into the night. There was a movie offer to weigh. He had some final touches to make on his band's new album. And he had to handle some personnel issues with his newest and riskiest venture, the Arena Football League franchise he landed in 2003.
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May 13, 2013 | BY ED BARKOWITZ, Daily News Staff Writer barkowe@phillynews.com
RON JAWORSKI treats opportunity like a Doberman treats prime rib. So when Tim Tebow was released by the New York Jets on April 29, Jaworski took a shot by reaching out to the unemployed quarterback and offered him a roster spot with the Soul. He's still waiting for a reply. "I haven't heard back from him and I'm not going to push it," said Jaworski, one of the Soul's owners. "If he decides he wants to play Arena Football, we'll make a spot for him. " Jaworski and Soul coach Clint Dolezel sent Tebow a list of plays they had in mind for him, most were around the goal line.
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June 15, 2010 | By Keith Pompey, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Philadelphia Soul is no longer a thing of the past. After what will be a two-year hiatus, the franchise will make a return to the Arena Football League next season. But it will do so without former high-profile owner, Jon Bon Jovi, who's focusing his attention on the Bon Jovi world-wide tour. New owners Cosmo DeNicola and Pete Ciarrocchi will join Craig Spencer and former Eagles quarterback Ron Jaworski, members of the original ownership group. Ciarrocchi is the owner of the sports bar Chickie's and Pete's.
NEWS
February 23, 2004
RE THE Feb. 11 letter on Jon Bon Jovi and the Philadelphia Soul: What really blew our minds was that "Mr. Know-It-All" Stephen Cornell said that Jon Bon Jovi, the Philadelphia Soul arena football owner, hasn't really been a celebrity for more than a decade. We hate to inform him, but for the last 20 years, Bon Jovi has been a part of the music, movie and TV worlds. He and his band have had sold out tours and sold many records. Through all this, Jon has remained a wonderful family man and father.
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November 18, 2013 | By David O'Reilly, Inquirer Staff Writer
MOORESTOWN As professional football players go, Randy Lyles is not a big man. But Lyles, 28, thinks big. "We've got 60 players in tryouts," the owner of the Moorestown Saints arena football team said in an early November interview at his Mount Laurel office. And he said the Saints would play home games at Philadelphia's Liacouras Center. "I think it'll be real good," he said, twisting at his giant Super Bowl ring. He held it out to show the red-and-blue logo of the New England Patriots, mounted on a dome of diamonds.
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August 21, 2015 | BY ED BARKOWITZ, Daily News Staff Writer barkowe@phillynews.com
DICK VERMEIL has done just about everything in football, except own a team. Until now. Vermeil is buying a 2.5 percent stake in the Philadelphia Soul. Vermeil, 78, becomes the latest high-profile figure to join the group. Saints wide receiver Marques Colston became part of the ownership in October. There also has been talk that Philadelphia native Jahri Evans, a longtime teammate of Colston's, is next. Real estate mogul Craig Spencer, a co-founder of the Soul along with Ron Jaworski and Jon Bon Jovi, has been looking to diminish his investment in the club, which on Sunday will play for a berth in the ArenaBowl championship game.
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August 16, 2015 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
Although it occurred 37 years ago, in Derek Stingley's mind it was just yesterday, and, to a degree, he was right. "It happened just yesterday as a matter of fact," Stingley, the first-year defensive coordinator of the Philadelphia Soul said via phone. "Yesterday, but 37 years ago. I remember it like it was yesterday. " This past Wednesday, Stingley was referencing Aug. 12, 1978. This past Tuesday marked 37 years since his father, the late Daryl Stingley, then a wide receiver for the New England Patriots, was left paralyzed by a savage hit from Oakland Raiders safety Jack Tatum during a preseason football game.
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May 5, 2015 | BY ED BARKOWITZ, Daily News Staff Writer barkowe@phillynews.com
THE ARENA FOOTBALL League prides itself on fan interaction. But this is not what the league had in mind. Following his ejection for a third-quarter fight on Saturday night, Portland defensive back Quincy Butler unintentionally threw his helmet into the Wells Fargo Center stands and hit an unidentified female spectator. It was unclear whether the woman was injured, though she did leave her seat shortly afterward. Just moments before, Butler tangled up with Soul wide receiver Ryan McDaniel, who was blocking Butler downfield.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 23, 2015 | By Jenny DeHuff
A Phresh face for film fest Philadelphia has its largest presence in years at the Tribeca Film Festival. Cosmo DeNicola , owner of the Philadelphia Soul, was proud to represent the City of Brotherly Love on Monday at a luncheon at the United Nations headquarters, in New York City, to recognize Iraqi filmmaker Yasir Kareem . Kareem was honored for the creation of his short film "Kingdom of Garbage," which is featured this week...
SPORTS
February 25, 2015
The Philadelphia Soul will open their 10th season on April 12 at home against the Jacksonville Sharks. Thie home schedule has two Friday, five Saturday, and two Sunday games. Single-game tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at www.comcasttix.com , www.philadelphiasoul.com , and by calling 1-888-789-7685. Jacksonville Sharks Sun., April 12 4 p.m. Cleveland Gladiators Sat., April 18 6 p.m. Portland Thunder Sat., May 2 6 p.m. Orlando Predators Fri., May 8 7:30 p.m. Las Vegas Outlaws Sat., May 30 6 p.m. New Orleans Voodoo Sat., June 6 6 p.m. Tampa Bay Storm Fri., June 26 7:30 p.m. Cleveland Gladiators Sat., July 11 1 p.m. New Orleans Voodoo Sun., Aug. 2 4 p.m.
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November 16, 2014 | By Alfred Lubrano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jon Bon Jovi wrote " Runaway," the song that launched his rock-star career, in 1980 as he rode a bus in Manhattan past homeless young runaways near Covenant House, the national organization that aids unmoored youth. "It could have been me," Bon Jovi told an audience at a fund-raiser for Covenant House Pennsylvania more than 30 years later. "But something else saved me. It was that song. " A staple of radio and the concert stage for decades, Bon Jovi, 52, is also a philanthropist who will be the 2014 recipient of Philadelphia's Marian Anderson Award at the Kimmel Center on Tuesday.
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October 3, 2014
NEW ORLEANS Saints wide receiver Marques Colston is close to joining the ownership group of the Philadelphia Soul. Colston owns the Harrisburg Stampede, a franchise in the Professional Indoor Football League, which is a lower level than the Arena Football League in which the Soul plays. Colston's ownership share in the Soul couldn't be determined. The 31-year-old holds every significant receiving record for the Saints, and was a key player when New Orleans won the Super Bowl following the 2009 season.
NEWS
July 25, 2014 | By John Timpane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jon Bon Jovi, the rock-and-roller as well known for his public works as for his music, was announced Wednesday as the 2014 recipient of Philadelphia's Marian Anderson Award. Bon Jovi, 52, of Middletown, N.J., joins such august company as Sidney Poitier, Bill Cosby, Maya Angelou, Mia Farrow, James Earl Jones, and last year's winner, Motown Records founder Berry Gordy Jr. The latest choice has an especially strong local focus. As Nina Tinari, board chair of the award, said Wednesday in a statement, "This marks the first time that we have looked at generosity to the city and region as part of our search.
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April 29, 2014 | BY KYLE PHILLIPPI, For the Daily News
ONLY 5 SECONDS remained on the clock for the Philadelphia Soul. After falling behind by one point with 41 seconds left, quarterback Dan Raudabaugh hit Anthony "Tiger" Jones on a 6-yard pitch-and-catch to secure a 60-55 win over the visiting Iowa Barnstormers yesterday. The Soul (3-3) has won its last three games. "That's how arena football goes," Raudabaugh said. "We want the ball last. We got out of bounds when we needed to and made catches. It was a tight one, we have to get better, but it's good to get that first division win. " In front of a live audience on ESPN2 - the first AFL broadcast on an ESPN network since 2008 - the Soul's offense was nearly unstoppable.
BUSINESS
April 29, 2014 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Win or lose, Sunday was a big day for the Philadelphia Soul, the arena football team co-owned by former Eagles quarterback Ron Jaworski. That's because the game against the Iowa Barnstormers marked the first time since 2008 that sports network ESPN showed an Arena Football League game, the first one telecast this season. "It is ridiculously exciting to have the worldwide leader back with the Arena Football League," Jaworski, 63, said Thursday, stopping for a conversation in the ballroom of Valleybrook Country Club, one of five golf courses he owns in the region.
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