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Sixers make change of CEO’s official, bring in Scott O’Neil

Jul 8, 2013, 2:23 PM EDT

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Adam Aron had been a very public face of the Sixers as CEO, with a presence on twitter where he even called out the team after an ugly loss. He said the Andrew Bynum trade should have worked. He tried to be a face for the fans.

And now he’s out.

The franchise made official what had been known for a while (even though Aron denied it at first), Aron is out and Scott O’Neill (formerly with Madison Square Garden and the Knicks) is in. CSNPhilly.com has the details.

Aron, who became the team’s CEO after the new ownership consortium bought the franchise two years ago, is expected to work with majority owner Joshua Harris to pursue new investment opportunities. Aron will also keep his minority share in the organization.

“I have a great deal of respect for Josh Harris and the other members of the Sixers ownership group, and I am truly looking forward to working with them,” O’Neil said in a released statement. “Josh wants to win –- on and off the court –- and has demonstrated a strong commitment to building the right organization from top to bottom. Philadelphia is a city built on hard work, grit and the strongest sense of community that exists anywhere in the country. We will work every day to live those values, integrate ourselves into the fabric of this community, and make our fans and business partners proud to be part of our continued resurgence.”

“We believe that Scott’s unique blend of experience, relationships and demonstrated leadership over the past two decades at the NBA, Madison Square Garden Sports and the Philadelphia Eagles will make him the perfect CEO of our business as we work to take the team to the next level,” Harris said in also in a statement released by the team. “With [O’Neil] and [new coach Sam Hinkie], I believe we have put in place a dynamic, industry-leading management team that should help position the Sixers for success both on and off the court in the future.”

  1. saint1997 - Jul 8, 2013 at 2:39 PM

    76ers ball – the home of tall skinny players

  2. iamhoraceknight - Jul 8, 2013 at 2:58 PM

    As Long as Mr O’Neil realizes that he’s in Philly, not MSG , and keep the ticket prices reasonable. ….Adam Aron was was very fan friendly….. Let’s see what happens.

  3. icelovinbrotha215 - Jul 8, 2013 at 6:16 PM

    As long as Sixers mgmt focuses on building a contender, it won’t matter who is the CEO. Hinkie is more an impact player when it comes the future of the team. It would be nice to have a head coach though….

  4. tcclark - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:35 AM

    “With [O’Neil] and [new coach Sam Hinkie], I believe we have…” Did Sam hire himself as coach? It makes sense why he hasn’t been looking for one for a while. I think this has been his plan all along. Wait it out until someone confuses him as the coach and just go with it.

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