The Sixers’ new practice facility – brought you to by five synergistic partners – which you’ll likely never step foot in, opened today. It is beautiful, and made even more beautiful by the strategic presence of Dario Saric, who just happened to be shooting threes while the media walked through. Hop over the jump and watch as your Process gets hard: Continue Reading
Well shit, John Bolaris, who shamelessly plugs his private, black label real estate services publicly on Twitter, was profiled on Billy Penn today and dropped the tidbit that he got Joel Embiid into his condo, which he’s renting for a cool $9,000 per month:
John Bolaris wants to know if I’ve tried the duck. Plenty of it left, he says, and he’s right. The “Oriental Station,” as it is titled in the email inviting me to this party for “high net worth individuals,” features a chef with a massive knife presiding over a golden-brown bird with a long, drooping neck and beak straight out of a Chinatown window display.
It takes up an entire room of this 40 story-high Two Liberty Place condo that will soon belong to Joel Embiid. I’m serious. The Sixers center will rent this space for about $9,000 a month with the possibility of buying it in the near future for about $2 million. Presumably he will not keep the Oriental Station.
Embiid’s not here on this night as mostly suit-wearing men network, eat duck and drink brown liquor (yes, the brown liquor station gets its own room, too) because this party isn’t about him. It’s about the man who helped orchestrate the deal for the apartment. It’s about John Bolaris. The celebration marks the launch of his new real estate brand, TCS Black Label.
Oh, and Raffl– he got Raffl a place, too:
Bolaris’ phone is ringing. Again. Over a 90-minute conversation at Joe Coffee in Rittenhouse Square, he takes four calls. This time it’s Raffy. That’s what he calls Michael Raffl, one of the Flyers’ top players.
The Flyers are getting back into town after the offseason. Bolaris helped Raffl get the penthouse at The Griffin, a new luxury apartment complex near Broad and Chestnut. On the phone, he reminds Raffl to check out the virtual game system on the Griffin’s roof.
“I talk to (Claude) Giroux, Brayden Schenn,” Bolaris says. “(FlyGhost and the younger guys will get to know me.”
OK, so this is great and all, and I’m genuinely thrilled at the prospect of Bolaris placing calls to his high-end clients while huffing and puffing on a treadmill – like he did when he called to pitch me on doing a radio show with him – but isn’t the whole point of black label services to be discrete? The first rule of Fight Club is don’t
cheat on Angelina talk about Fight Club, right? Still, I’ll be impressed if he lands Ben Simmons. Good luck cracking that egg. I imagine Team Simmons has set up a series of shell companies to rent properties across the tri-state area just to throw people off the scent of Superstar.
Bryan Colangelo, who wears nice shirts, was a guest on Adrian Wojnarjehaldfjajsldhfsdafslkski’s podcast today and spoke at length about the Sixers, their rebuild, Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, Brett Brown and more.
Most notably, he talks about how he initially turned down the Sixers because he didn’t want to work under Sam Hinkie. A month and a half later, they approached him again with an offer to work above Hinkie. Oh, and Jerry Colangelo had nothing to do with it. OK. He also stressed that the Sixers want to be the absolute best in the businss, at everything, including their practice facility, analytics, everything. And he explains why the Sixers are not yet a destination for free agents, but how they will soon get there– including the team, max contract spots, and marketability.
This is good– it’s over an hour. The audio is after the jump: Continue Reading
The Sixers announced MAJOR NEWS about their new state-of-the-art Camden practice facility, complete with helipad, paid for by New Jersey taxpayers. But just in case you thought it would have to do with basketball – THE SIXERS ARE OPENING THEIR NEW PRACTICE FACILITY! – it’s not, because the practice facility is not actually done and training camp will still reportedly be held at Stockton University. Rather, the Sixers have issued a press release about the sponsors for their new facility:
The Philadelphia 76ers have today announced the “starting five” Founding Partnerships associated with the team’s Training Complex: Toyota, NovaCare Rehabilitation, Virtua, NFI, and Kimball Office. The Philadelphia 76ers brand itself will remain the prominent focus in the 125,000-square-foot Complex, signifying the team’s commitment to the integrity of the iconic brand and dedication to building an elite organization at the new Training Complex off and on the court.
The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the Philadelphia 76ers Training Complex’s Basketball Operations Facility will occur Friday, September 23, at 10:00 a.m.; media must RSVP by Monday, September 19 via 76ersPR@sixers.com.
“The opportunity to think differently and be innovative is the hallmark of this organization and at the very foundation of the Philadelphia 76ers Training Complex,” said Philadelphia 76ers CEO Scott O’Neil. “When an organization sets out to build the biggest and best Training Complex in professional sports, you elevate your expectations, which also applies to creating the most strategic and authentic opportunities for marketing partners. These marketing partnerships provide the opportunity for major brands like Toyota to connect meaningfully with performance, NovaCare Rehabilitation with health and wellness, Virtua with nutrition, NFI with logistics, and Kimball Office with innovation; all while celebrating and highlighting the value of the Philadelphia 76ers brand within our new home.”
No one gives a shit. Public companies announce this stuff because it has an actual impact on their shareholders. Private companies typically do so if it impacts their customers in some way – WE’VE PARTNERED WITH X TO BRING YOU Y, WHICH YOU’LL LOVE – but the Sixers do it to tell you that they’re making money. I mean, this is the most nauseating line of corporate speak your offended fandom will ever read:
“Our design was to create an organic platform to incorporate the right partners through authentic integration meaningful to their businesses,” said Philadelphia 76ers Chief Sales and Marketing Officer Chris Heck. “The completion of the Philadelphia 76ers Training Complex signifies a new era for our team; it is grand, it is real, and it reflects new Philadelphia.”
What’s more, they get some of the simple-minded automaton loons who cover the actual team to buy into it hook, line and sinker. Here’s Keith Pompey, writing about something in a press release because his beat algorithm is programmed to do so:
The 76ers are calling them the “starting five.”
Toyota, NovaCare Rehabilitation, Virtua, NFI and Kimball Office are the five founding major sponsors for the team’s new two-building training complex on Camden’s waterfront. The basketball operations building is set to open this week. The business operations building is expected to open around January.
While the sponsors will have logos on several parts of the complex, the Sixers brand will remain the focal point of the 125,000-square-foot complex. The basketball operations facility will have a visible sign that reads “Philadelphia 76ers Training Complex.” Meanwhile, the business operations building’s sign will read “76ers.”
Groundbreaking journalism there.
I love what the Sixers are doing with both the team and its branding (jerseys, court, in-game experience), but my God their need to operate like a public company is so lame. No other local team does this sort of C-suite chest-pounding like the Sixers. How many times have they made some big announcement about a partner that was almost completely self-serving and useless other than to tell fans what ads they’ll be seeing more of? This would be like me writing a post not to tell you about a sponsor’s products – get tickets to the Tapped Craft Beer Festival at the Elmwood Park Zoo – but to tell you that I got a sponsor. It serves no other purpose than to stroke yourself and simultaneously the ego of the partner just because you enjoy the motion and feel of manual stimulation. It’s weird.
When the Sixers announced their throwback jerseys and court design yesterday, they said they’d be featured in NBA2k17. I didn’t think that meant at last night’s midnight pre-order launch. But, rather impressively, they’re in there, and they’re beautiful. Look at a full uni shot on Robert Covington:
And here’s center court at jump ball:
Embiid looks great:
Dario looks perfect (the 2K people have a track record of messing up the faces on beautiful Euros):
But TJ? It looks like they grabbed the hair off a Price is Right male model and the face of literally any white person to ever exist, likely from a mug shot:
It’s always the swoopy-haired white guys. Let’s look at some more.
As tonight’s midnight launch of NBA2k17 rolls out, Jim and Max will be playing a bit, simming a season as the Sixers to see what happens, and having a couple beers. Join them above.
Sam Hinkie and Howard Eskin had a complicated, toxic relationship. Howard always wanted more, more, more. He wanted to know “what we’re doing here,” and talk about “us.” Sam just wanted to look to the future and not worry about “labels” or when he was gonna
propose “land the plane.” It was doomed from the start.
Now he’s resurfaced on Twitter and humble-bragged and exaggerated about his new gig. He said he’d be doing “some teaching (at Stanford). Deadspin looked into it. He’ll be doing “maybe a couple guest lectures in classes (at Stanford)”. That’s all Eskin needed: Another frivolous excuse to call him a fraud. Now Howard is feeling the stages of grief in reverse. He’s mad.
All this bashing, but if he’s like every other jilted ex out there, he probably just slid into those DMs with a simple “hey bb.”
The Sixers’ branding game is so fucking on point right now that I imagine Scott O’Neil is in the middle of a prolonged carnal yell in his office, demanding that someone give him a heat check as he separates the good people of the Delaware Valley from their wallets.
The Philadelphia 76ers have released details of their season-long celebration commemorating the 1966-67 NBA championship team. The campaign, “Spirit of the Champion: Celebrating 50 Since ’66-‘67”, includes the first-ever tribute center court signed by Sixers Full Season Ticket Members, collectible tickets and ticket boxes for Season Ticket Members, the unveiling of sculptures honoring 1966-67 legends Wilt Chamberlain, Billy Cunningham, Hal Greer and more. Sixers players will wear hardwood classics throwback jerseys inspired by the 1966-67 road uniforms during six “Salute Saturday” night tribute games presented by StubHub. Alumni from the 1966-67 championship team will attend “Salute Saturday” games throughout the season. The campaign name, “Spirit of the Champion,” is inspired by the 1967-68 Sixers season motto and team program following the 1966-67 Championship.
For each of the six “Salute Saturday” tribute nights presented by StubHub the Sixers will install a specially made 16’6″w x 20’h commemorative center court logo, which will bear the signatures of all Sixers Full Season Ticket Members. This will be the first time in NBA history fan signatures will appear within the playing surface of an NBA court and the first custom center court created to honor a championship team during the regular season. Player throwback jerseys, featuring shorts adorned with a campaign tribute patch, and the commemorative center court will be featured in the highly anticipated video game NBA2K. After the 2016-17 season, the tribute center court hardwood will be displayed in the new Philadelphia 76ers Training Complex in Camden, NJ, scheduled to open this September 23.
Player throwback jerseys, featuring shorts adorned with a campaign tribute patch, and the commemorative center court will be featured in the highly anticipated video game NBA2K. Hot fucking Sauce Castillo. Great move, especially considering a special court is like a video game feature. Next year maybe the Sixers will let you custom choose the jerseys before the game and draft legends through the purchase of in-game coins. I make an excited.
And the jerseys? Balls:
GIVE SCOTT O’NEIL THE ROCK! GIVE HIM THE ROCK!