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Joshua Harris Is Going to Buy Crystal Palace of the English Premier League, According to Bloomberg

I would like to get… richer. More rich?

From Bloomberg:

Apollo Global Management LLC (APO) co-founder Josh Harris is close to an agreement to buy Crystal Palace, two people with direct knowledge of the talks said, a deal that would make him the fifth owner of both a major U.S. sports franchise and a team in soccer’s English Premier League.

The people requested anonymity because the contract isn’t complete.

This isn’t the first time Harris’ name has come up surrounding the purchase of an English Premier League team. In June, it was reported that he had interest in Aston Villa. That never happened. Here’s what I wrote then about the prospect of him owning a soccer team:

Harris and his companies have a history of buying up distressed properties and turning them around. He’s already probably more than doubled his investment in the Sixers (thanks to national TV revenue) and eventually the same will be able to be said for his investment in Devils. Aston Villa is a small-time English Premier League team, but, they still play in the Premier League (so long as they don’t get relegated) and with the wind at soccer’s back, the sport’s growing popularity in the US, and the potential for a MASSIVE broadcast rights deal when the league’s current three-year, $250 million deal with NBC is up in two years, there’s little doubt that owning a team is a money-making proposition. What’s more interesting, however, is that Harris has aggressively entered the sports market. He bought the Sixers in 2011, the Devils in 2013, and may buy Aston Villa in 2014. We’ve already seen what he can do with a multi-sport advertising partnership in just the US, now imagine the possibilities if his sports interests go international. And better yet, here’s a line I’d consider dropping if I were Harris, which I’m not, because I don’t floss with the finely woven hair of a beaver: Hey LeBron, so you want to be the first billionaire athlete? How about you come work for a billionaire who is reinventing franchise ownership as we know it? Maybe we can make you the central figure in the largest sports sponsorship deal of all-time. How’s that sound.

Replace Aston Villa with Crystal Palace (that’s what Harris did) and everything else stays the same. Just, um, never mind the LeBron thing. It was a long summer.

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StubHub Will be All Over the Wells Fargo Center, Reminding You How You Got to the Sixers Game

Photo Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Photo Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

The Sixers season is less than a week from tipping-off, and while we all know it’s going to be a long and rough road, it can also be fun to check out a game in person. There are no stakes, the place will be half empty, the beers are large. But, the thing is, the tickets are expensive. The quality of product on the court does not match the price points. That’s what the secondary market [Editor's note: AND CROSSING BROAD TICKETS, DAMMIT!] is for. Last year, I had a lot of fun watching the Sixers lose to the Magic 101-90, marking their 12th straight loss at the time, mostly because I got three tickets for a total of $6. The Sixers know you’re going to do this.

How do you know they know? Because StubHub is gonna be all over the Wells Fargo Center this season. The team has announced an “extension of their wide-ranging partnership with StubHub.” That extension includes “signage on all basket stanchions and pole pads, courtside and 360 LED ring signage, and on the scoreboard,” as well as a photo booth and opportunity for fans to “create their own personalized, take-home hard ticket”… just so you can remember that 110-88 waxing. It’s almost like you’ll see more of StubHub than the Sixers at the game. Plus, did I mention I went to a game with two other people and it cost $6, total? And I went to the bathroom at halftime and I was THE ONLY ONE IN THERE? It’s wonderful. Sort of like:

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Michael Carter-Williams’ Goal is to Miss Only Seven Games

Photo Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Photo Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

From between five and fifty down to seven-ish: According to ESPN, reigning Rookie of the Year Michael Carter-Williams has his sights set on returning to the court on November 13th. The team could still hold him back, however, since Lottery reform has been pushed aside for now, but it looks like 2013 draft partners MCW and Nerlens Noel will share the court sooner rather than later. 2014 draft-partners Joel Embiid and Dario Saric are much, much further away from sharing the court.

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GET YOUR TANK ON

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All the backdoor lobbying by Sixers and Devils CEO Scott O’Neil against overhauling the NBA Draft and Lottery while the Sixers are in the midst of milking the systems’ weak points has apparently paid off. You may continue your tanking as you see fit.

In a bed somewhere, Jim and his 102 fever are thrilled about this.

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Joe Conklin Lampoons the Sixers’ Marketing Message

This is funny. But to be fair to the Sixers (look at me, showing restraint in making fun of the Sixers!), they’ve been pretty up-front about the fact that they’re going to be the worst team in the history of basketball this season. You have to respect that. What they’re doing is certainly a lot more commendable than what the Phillies are doing, which is trying to sell you a terrible product before it becomes obsolete. The Sixers are like the original iPhone of basketball teams– rough around the edges, missing many essential features, but there’s a solid foundation to work with and it shows great promise. The Phillies are basically Blackberry– awesome in 2007, but completely useless now and trying to shove square pegs into round holes in an attempt to extract the last wads of cash from their remaining fans’ hands before completely killing off their product.

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Sam Hinkie Releases Statement on Embiid’s Brother as Joel Returns to Cameroon

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Other than the awkward wording on “We are poorly designed for that kind of loss” — almost as if he wants to remind you the Sixers are designed for some kind of loss — Sam Hinkie released a very nice statement about the passing of Joel Embiid’s younger brother, Arthur. Embiid is returning home to be with his family in Cameroon during this terrible time. On Instagram, Embiid said some words about his late brother, who was thirteen years old. Said Embiid:

“RIP for my brother who died at the age of 13. The bad thing is that I hadn’t seen since I left Cameroon 4 years ago and all these days, I was just thinking about next summer so I have a chance to finally see him again….. GOD has a plan for all of us. We just gotta pray. HES GONNA BE MISSED.”

We, too, wish Joel and his family the best.

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The 76ers are Hosting their First Family-Friendly Fan Fest Two Fridays from Now

Photo Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Photo Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

In an effort to bring the team closer to the fans — “The Sixers: They’re Only Kind of Better at Basketball than You” — the 76ers are hosting their first ever Sixers Fan Fest. The event, which takes place on October 24th at the Bloomingdale’s court inside The Court at King of Prussia, will feature the entire 76ers team, Phlight Squad, and Sixers Dancers. And, there will be a chance to talk to your favorite players:

During the event, the entire team will be introduced to the crowd, and children in the audience will have the chance to ask questions of their favorite Sixers. Children from a local non-profit organization will then join the players and coaching staff on stage, where they will be presented with gift cards to shop for clothing at King of Prussia Mall.

It looks like only kids will be able to ask questions, so you might want to get on practicing with your child right now how to appropriately ask anyone on the team “Do you know what Hinkie’s plan is? What’s the goal in all of this?”

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Sixers and Devils CEO Scott O’Neil Has a Nerlens Noel Jersey Sewn into His Blazer

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The Sixers were home last night to kickoff their pre-season, which, really, is essentially their entire campaign this year. About 20 people showed up, including everyone favorite Molly Sullivan and CEO Scott O’Neil, who showed off to Sullivan his odd, but kind of endearing Nerlens Noel jersey-lined blazer.

O’Neil was unnaturally perky during the interview, and assuming he’s not always that way, it was either because he was talking to Molly (which will make this guy InSaNeLy jealous) or because he had a few aged Zins with Joshua Harris before the game. Whatever the case, the blazer (which is totally a Villanova thing) is a nice, fun touch, but I wonder if the other side has a Patrick Elias sweater sewn into it? If so, O’Neil can wear the same thing tonight!

UPDATE: Nope:

Video after the jump. Continue reading

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