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Adam Aron Nearly Managed to Screw up the Time-Honored Tradition of GOING TO THE MOVIES

Kyle Scott - April 15, 2016

My God this man is a gem.

Former Sixers CEO and current AMC Movies CEO Adam Aron – a roving executive who knows his intended audiences about as well as a pressed shirt knows harmonic chord progression and the man behind such hits as Phil E. Moose, Andrew Bynum’s ridiculous press conference at the Constitution Center, and driving to Hershey to pick up the court Wilt Chamberlain scored 100 points on because, yeah, that’ll distract from the on-court product – has somehow managed to screw up running a movie theater chain, which has to be one of the easiest chief executive jobs on Earth. Sure, viewing habits are changing, and that means some enhancements to bring a Movie Tavern-like experience are probably necessary. But generally speaking, people like movies, and eating gross food, and drinking gross drinks, and paying $45 for the right to do so. It’s a pretty well-established framework. You just have to, like, keep the lights on off and make sure the screen looks better than what most people have at home.

But that didn’t stop Aron from trying to tinker with the time-honored tradition in an attempt to appeal to KIDS THESE DAYS, who just won’t get off their damn phones.

 

Two days ago [interview with Variety]:

Would appealing to millennials involve allowing texting or cellphone use?

Yes. When you tell a 22-year-old to turn off the phone, don’t ruin the movie, they hear please cut off your left arm above the elbow. You can’t tell a 22-year-old to turn off their cellphone. That’s not how they live their life.

At the same time, though, we’re going to have to figure out a way to do it that doesn’t disturb today’s audiences. There’s a reason there are ads up there saying turn off your phone, because today’s moviegoer doesn’t want somebody sitting next to them texting or having their phone on.

Would you have a certain section for texting?

That’s one possibility. What may be more likely is we take specific auditoriums and make them more texting friendly.

 

Today:

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Classic Adam. The dude manages to generate head-shaking press snippets without actually doing anything. Step 1: Open mouth. Step 2: Float horrible idea. Step 3: Bad press. Step 4: “Just kidding!” I feel like we’ve seen this before:

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If there’s a Step 5 in Aron’s latest debacle, it’s that his laughable, anti-texting statement just stated “loud and clear” (that phrase and the tactic of couching mistakes in listening to the audience wording is straight out of his Sixers playbook), IN BIG CAPITAL LETTERS, that no, millennial, you may not bring your phone into our movie theater. I mean, like everyone knows you’re not supposed to text during movies, but we all do it anyway. You just have to be polite about it and turn off your ringer. But now here’s the FRIENDLY TO MILLENNIALS CEO shouting at you to turn off your phone and get off his lawn. Wellllllllll done, Mr. Aron. Well done.

Reports (Again): Adam Aron is Out as Sixers CEO

Kyle Scott - July 8, 2013

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What a fuck of cluster.

Howard Eskin and John Gonzalez are both reporting that Adam Aron is, in fact, out as Sixers CEO. He will remain with the team as a part owner [UPDATE: Apparently, he increased his ownership stake.] and assist Joshua Harris in a role that is TBD (presumably, he won’t be the social media coordinator… that job was given to a kid the Sixers threatened to sue).

His replacement – and I’m still confused as to why the Sixers are so hell-bent on using the more businessy term, CEO, as opposed to the more common sports term, President – will be Scott O’Neil, who was the President of MSG Sports and the Knicks until last September. A Villanova grad (swoon), O’Neil had also served as the Eagles’ VP of Ticket Sales a few years back.

This isn’t surprising, even though news of Aron’s demise had previously been exaggerated. The Sixers, however, have done a very poor job of handling it. They first kept quiet and then denied reports that Aron was fired. Aron did the same. Then there was some confusion as to whether he was fired, just out as CEO, or remaining in his position altogether. Now we learn – barring some sort of weird denial from the team – that he’ll still be a part owner and, apparently, have some token role. But it looks like he’ll no longer be making any more important decisions about mascots, confetti, lights, cats and bunnies. And that’s probably a good thing.

UPDATE: Aron will remain on the team’s board of directors, but he will now become the CEO of a new investment fund backed by some of the really rich people who own the Sixers: [AP]

Aron will become chairman and CEO of a new investment fund backed my some members of the Sixers ownership group.

“I could have remained in position as CEO of the 76ers, but this is what I wanted to do,” he said. “It was always in my mind to see what I could be doing next with the owners of the Sixers from Day 1. If anything, I accelerated the timetable to move on when the opportunity became real to move on in this new investment role.”

I don’t believe that statement for a second.

Adam Aron Has Not Been Fired (!!!)

Kyle Scott - June 24, 2013

This is amazing. Despite reports (from Howard Eskin, Dei Lynam and the Inquirer) to the contrary, and despite the team refusing to comment earlier today, the Sixers have NOT fired Adam Aron, according to Bob Cooney of the Daily News, who had just written a rather long article about Aron reportedly being fired.

Cooney now says: “76ers spokesperson Michael Preston has confirmed to the Daily News that, despite reports, CEO Adam Aron has not been fired. Adam, who has been associated in the business world with majority owner Josh Harris for over 20 years, also is a minority owner of the team.”

That makes the initial report, from Eskin, and these confirmations, from the Inquirer and Lynam, look quite bad (and yes, I cited the Inquirer’s confirmation earlier):

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Now, this may be a matter of semantics. Both the Inquirer and Lynam confirmed that Aron was fired or out as CEO. It’s possible that he is, in fact, out as CEO, but still, as a minority owner or otherwise, with the team. Cooney wrote that his role may change.

Regardless, this is a clusterfuck for the Sixers. These reports came out hours ago and the team initially declined comment. Their PR man, Mike Preston, looks like a dope right about now.

This comment is looking more and more prophetic.

The Inquirer Confirms That Adam Aron Has Been Fired

Kyle Scott - June 24, 2013

The Inquirer has confirmed Howard Eskin’s report that Adam Aron is out as Sixers CEO. It’s still unclear whether Aron will retain his minority ownership stake in the team.

Meanwhile, the Sixers are reportedly close to hiring former Madison Square Garden President and Knicks exec Scott O’Neil: [NJ.com]

According to Frank Isola of the New York Daily News, the Sixers are close to hiring Scott O’Neil. O’Neil, who last worked for the New York Knicks, would hold an executive position within the team.

The report has not been yet confirmed by the team.

O’Neil unexpectedly stepped down as President of Madison Square Garden in September, with many speculating his decision came down to the Knick’s continued relationship with Isiah Thomas. O’Neil started with the Knicks in more of a marketing role, but became more and more involved in the basketball operations.

He also spent some times with the Eagles, apparently: [Tech Zulu]

Scott O’Neil, is a former president of the Madison Square Garden. O’Neil was senior executive for pre-eminent sports and entertainment brands such as Madison Square Garden (the New York Knicks, New York Rangers and New York Liberty), the Philadelphia Eagles, and the National Basketball Association.

Cool, I guess.

Report: Adam Aron is Out as Sixers CEO

Kyle Scott - June 24, 2013

Adam Aron hasn’t tweeted in two weeks. Perhaps for good reason.

Howard Eskin, who a few weeks ago said that Aron had lost some of his power with the Sixers, is reporting that Aron is out– as CEO or altogether, is unclear.

Eskin’s had a spotty record of being, um, right in 2013, and I’m currently in the process of writing a post about him trolling Charlie Manuel… so we’ll wait for some sort of confirmation from the team or corroborating report before taking this as absolute fact.

UPDATE: The Sixers have no-comment, which pretty much says it all.

Adam Aron Tweets About Upgrading Arena Lighting… and I like it

Kyle Scott - May 6, 2013

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Adam Aron fired out this series of (seemingly tone-deaf) Tweets:

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Ballsy move to Tweet about arena lighting when your team isn’t in the playoffs, when your coach would rather have euthanized himself than deal with his collection of misfits again, and when your $17 million (insured) investment is Flamenco dancing in Spain and playing Roulette in Las Vegas. Huge balls, actually. And though I hate just about everything Aron does, his quest to improve arena lighting is not one of them.

Aron’s Tweets are referring to the possibility that the Sixers install darker, more dramatic lighting – the kind seen in New York for Knicks and Nets (Brooklyn) games, and in LA for Lakers games (but not Clippers) – at the Wells Fargo Center. It’s a good idea. Yeah, I know, it’s not about winning. But this one I like. Unlike streamers, stupid t-shirt cannons, a failed mascot re-launch and that hokey song, a darkened arena is actually cool, and it truly would impact the in-game experience. Sixers home games look like they’re being played in an operating room– it’s bright, cold, mostly empty… and the starting center is usually having his knees worked on. It echoes, too. Fans see that on TV and don’t want to come to games… players see that on TV and don’t want to play here… and TV producers cringe at the thought of airing such snoozefests. It’s not got for anyone. And besides looking cooler, darker arena lighting would actually be cool. Kids see right through shit– they know streamers aren’t cool, but they know Jay-Z is cool… and so is the court at the Barclays Center. They know Lakers games look like an event. Ditto for events at MSG. Darker lighting would, as weird as it sounds, give Sixers game a bit more street cred. Sure, you have win, but this is one upgrade that would be worth investing in. Everything Aron has done thus far has been about embracing a past that relatively few care about. So why not be modern and hip for once?

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Two years ago, Aron talked about upgrading the lighting at the Well, but noted that it couldn’t be done immediately because the cost is in the millions. That’s why he’s asking your opinion– this isn’t a simple flip of the switch, it’s a whole new lighting system. I have no idea if it would or could be used for Flyers games, but perhaps there’s an opportunity to split the cost with Uncle Ed here. All events at the Wells Fargo Center, besides concerts, are immediately zapped of their energy by the lights are on in the bedroom while we’re trying to do it dirty style lighting. No one wants that. We want to be seduced by sports, want a little intrigue, want to be able to get a hand job from a four. We want mood lighting, if you will. The Spectrum had this by default, as did many older arenas. But most of the new ones are lit up like a Christmas tree, and I have no problem with Aron wanting to fix that problem.