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Josh Harris and David Blitzer Donate to CHOP and Cooper Health

Kevin Kinkead - April 2, 2020

Two more donations from the Sixers owners, via Justin Grasso at Sports Illustrated:

“…on Thursday, the Sixers’ Managing Partner is back at it again with two more generous donations. First, Harris-Blitzer Sports and Entertainment have made a “significant donation” to Cooper University Health Care’s COVID-19 Assistance Fund.

The Cooper Foundation in Camden, New Jersey, created the fund to help South Jersey’s leading academic health system during the coronavirus pandemic. With the donation, the 76ers’ partners have contributed enough funds to provide critical medical equipment, which includes respirators, surgical masks, gloves, gowns, cleaning supplies, hand sanitizer, eye protection, and ventilators.

In addition to Thursday’s donation to The Cooper Foundation, Josh Harris and company have also made another considerable donation to The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia to provide medical supplies and telemedicine, which allows kids to have remote visits during this time.

I wrote about Harris and Blitzer yesterday, and some people thought I was “in the bag” or being paid by them, which is nonsense. They apologized for the employee furlough plan, reversed course, and are now putting a lot of money into charity and Coronavirus relief. If you’re still hung up on last Tuesday, then that’s your problem.

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Al Horford is getting in on the action:

Here’s the “Voluntary Separation Plan” that MediaNews Group Sent to Employees

Kevin Kinkead - April 2, 2020

MediaNews Group operates a number of local papers, such as the Delco Times, West Chester Daily Local, Pottstown Mercury, and Times Herald.

They have a history of cutting costs and eliminating jobs, and maybe you remember how these folks bought the Reading Eagle and immediately got rid of something like one-third of the staff. They stripped down their suburban Philadelphia outlets, sold newsrooms, and basically reduced this thing to the studs already. There’s almost nothing left to cut, but they’re gonna try anyway, going the route of every other media company in the country and reducing costs during the COVID-19 crisis.

Here’s a copy of the “voluntary separation plan” that they sent out to employees:

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Cowboys Sign Aldon Smith, Who Last Played in 2015

Kevin Kinkead - April 2, 2020

Is this is a great comeback story or another example of the Cowboys bringing in a guy with off-field problems?

Aldon Smith is joining Dallas on a one-year deal:

Smith is 30 years old and hasn’t played since 2015, when he was suspended for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. Prior to that, he had another substance abuse infraction and two incidents involving DUI and other vehicle-related charges.

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Patriots Team Plane Returns from China with 1.2 Million Medical Masks

Kevin Kinkead - April 2, 2020

The Patriots may have lost the greatest quarterback of all time in free agency, but Bob Kraft is moving on to more important things right now. He’s playing a role in fighting COVID-19 in Massachusetts, which is a really nice state that is unfortunately filled with Red Sox, Bruins, and Celtics fans.

Kraft send the Pats’ team plane to China and it came back with 1.2 million N95 protective masks.

Story from ESPN via the WSJ:

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Report: Knicks President Leon Rose Interested in Sixers GM Elton Brand

Russ Joy - April 2, 2020

Good morning. Have your coffee ready? Are you sitting down? Actually, I don’t think any of that matters, because I’m not sure you’ll particularly care, but… per a report in the New York Daily News, New York Knicks president Leon Rose is believed to have interest in making Sixers GM Elton Brand his new general manager:

Now, there are a couple of issues here that we’ll get to in a moment, but let me ask you: do you care? Should any of us care? Let’s start with the logistical issue. Elton Brand is under contract for another year, making any potential poaching by the Knicks a non-issue at the moment. The Inquirer‘s Keith Pompey weighed in on Twitter and some people thought it was a big deal:

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NBC Sports Philadelphia is Airing a Simulated Flyers vs. Penguins Game, Plus Some Classic Matchups

Kevin Kinkead - April 1, 2020

NBC Sports Philadelphia is trying to fill some programming holes left by the red hot Flyers and lukewarm 76ers.

This press release hit the inbox earlier, a schedule of hockey rebroadcasts with information on a simulated NHL20 game between the Flyers and Penguins that will air on Thursday and feature NBCSP talent.

Info:

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Tim Jernigan is Headed to Houston

Kevin Kinkead - April 1, 2020

Per Ian Rapoport, via the agent:

Injuries derailed what could have been a longer and more productive Eagles career, but Timmy was really good in 2017 and his acquisition will go down as one of the best moves Howie Roseman ever pulled off.

Josh Harris and David Blitzer Make Another COVID-19 Donation

Kevin Kinkead - April 1, 2020

This is the third COVID-19 related donation that Josh Harris and David Blitzer have made since Twitter last week bullied them into reversing the decision to implement employee furloughs:

If we’re keeping track, Harris Blitzer Sports and Entertainment has now done the following pandemic-related things:

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