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Andrew Bynum is selling tickets in Philadelphia

Aug 31, 2012, 6:01 PM EDT

Newly-acquired Philadelphia 76ers player Bynum greets fans during a news conference at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia Reuters

This season Philly fans aren’t even waiting for the Eagles inevitable collapse to get on the 76ers bandwagon.

The Sixers were bold this summer and moved Andre Iguodala to bring in the second best center in the NBA — Andrew Bynum. We have yet to see how that meshes on the court — it should work out but this is the most pressure Bynum has been under, he’s the leader — but it is working out well off the court.

Ticket sales are through the roof in the City of Brotherly Love reports Darren Rovell for ESPN.

Friday, team CEO Adam Aron told ESPN.com the Sixers have doubled their season-ticket base (92 percent of season-ticket holders renewed with some prices raised) and quadrupled sales of their 10-game plans as compared to last year.

Under new owner Joshua Harris the Sixers have both stepped up their marketing and their efforts at in-game entertainment (more dancers, better halftime acts, etc). They have pushed to sell 10-game ticket packs and it has worked.

But in the end, a team that made the playoffs and showed hope last season combined with offseason moves that brought Bynum to town have given hope to Philly fans. And hope sells.

  1. lakerluver - Aug 31, 2012 at 8:33 PM

    Could Philly be a sleeper pick in the East? In terms of representing the Eastern Conf in the Finals probably not. But if Bynum can stay healthy, and become the center that most LAKER fans believe he can, Philly’s going to be very good in another year or two.

    • saint1997 - Aug 31, 2012 at 10:58 PM

      their downside is an 2011 Orlando 2.0 but i agree their upside is having a home court advantage in the next 2-3 years

  2. tfoz5150 - Aug 31, 2012 at 8:50 PM

    eagles are going all the way!

  3. jhuck92 - Aug 31, 2012 at 10:52 PM

    Really, Kurt? Taking shots at my Eagles? Don’t you have some LeBron/Heat worship to do?

    • thesixersbench - Sep 1, 2012 at 12:33 PM

      Kurt’s a clown, don’t let it get to you. He’d be the Donovan McNabb of spelling bees if he ever entered one.

  4. money2long - Aug 31, 2012 at 11:50 PM

    Bynum becoming big time I see. I hear philly fans are great fans, so if Drew delivers for the Sixers, expect him to become a hailed player.

    • tcclark - Sep 1, 2012 at 12:21 AM

      It really just depends on how hard he works. Philly fans like a guy that’ll work hard for his team. Guys who don’t work are not liked at all.

  5. manchestermiracle - Sep 1, 2012 at 10:52 PM

    The headline makes it sound like the Sixers are using him to staff the ticket booth….

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