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The Wings Unveiled Their New Home Jersey

Chris Jastrzembski - June 12, 2018

The second version of Philadelphia’s NLL professional indoor (box) lacrosse team has unveiled their new home jersey. They’re nothing like the old threads.

The Philadelphia Wings showed off their black home jerseys and announced their founding partner inside a hanger at the Northeast Philadelphia Airport. A weird location if you ask me, but I guess the new brand revolves around aviation.

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Philadelphia’s New Lacrosse Team Will Obviously be Called the Wings

Kevin Kinkead - November 29, 2017

In news that should surprise no one, Philadelphia’s National Lacrosse League expansion team will be called the Wings.

That’s the result of a fan voting contest that probably wasn’t close.

Wings 2.0 are owned by Comcast Spectacor and will begin play this season at the Wells Fargo Center using this logo:

And here’s what the old logo looked like:

I kind of like the old logo better, but I’ll reserve judgment until I see the new one on a uniform or helmet. Here’s a version on a white background that looks pretty sharp:

From the press release:

“The Wings are clearly the favorite, and we’re happy to give the fans what they want,” said Lindsey Masciangelo, Executive Director of Business Operations. “Respecting the fans’ desire for the Wings name, we wanted the look to feel fresh, but also pay homage to the history of indoor lacrosse in Philadelphia.”

The Wings logo features a throwback to the previous team’s mark with a familiar “W,” but slightly refreshed. The color scheme features red, gold and charcoal; a combination that no other team in the NLL possesses. The “P” on the side of the uniform, representing Philadelphia, will serve as a secondary logo. It is also a connection to Comcast Spectacor’s other Philadelphia-area professional sports team, the Philadelphia Flyers, of the National Hockey League.

The Wings are the 11th NLL team, joining expansion San Diego in entering the league this season. The franchise originally played in Philadelphia from 1987 to 2014 before relocating to Connecticut and rebranding as the New England Black Wolves.

Returning to Philadelphia was a slam dunk and no brainer for the league, which is now headquartered in Conshohocken and run by ex-Philadelphia Union CEO Nick Sakiewicz. Comcast now owns the Flyers, Wings, and Fusion, which is the new eSports franchise.

A Discussion with NLL Commissioner Nick Sakiewicz on His Union Past and Lacrosse Future

Kevin Kinkead - September 19, 2017

Nick Sakiewicz never left town, he just changed jobs.

The former Philadelphia Union executive resurfaced as National Lacrosse League Commissioner last January following 21 seasons in Major League Soccer.

That was three months after his split with Union majority owner and principal investor Jay Sugarman. The pair brought soccer to Philadelphia in 2008, but parted ways at the end of 2015 when their relationship became strained following years of on-field struggles and disagreement on how to move the franchise forward.

For some of that time, Sakiewicz was seen as public enemy number one in Chester, a CEO and Operating Partner who became the face of an underachieving club. In fairness, that was something he never really disputed.

“Someone has to answer and take the heat, I guess,” he told the Delco Times a few months back.

To that point, I viewed Nick as a person who covered for Sugarman’s shortcomings by repeatedly falling on the sword. There was never a doubt that Sakiewicz was a smart businessman, but a lack of resources stunted early Union gains and quickly brought an end to the club’s honeymoon period. Whether he helped his cause or not, most people realized that this was a thrifty franchise with a young coach, no scouting department, and no general manager.

But those days are long gone, and Sakiewicz is now building a new foundation for the NLL.

Attendance is up and expansion is underway. There seems to be stability and foresight for a league that has existed for quite a while now, but for most of that time just spinning its wheels. In many ways, Sakiewicz’s experiences with a rapidly growing MLS made him an ideal candidate to oversee the growth of another niche sport with similar upside.

I ran into Sakiewicz for the first time in two years at last Thursday’s NLL Philadelphia expansion announcement. He agreed to speak further about his lacrosse gig and Union departure, and we followed up on the phone this week. Continue Reading

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Comcast Spectacor Acquires New Box Lacrosse Team

Chris Jastrzembski - September 12, 2017

After a four-year hiatus, indoor lacrosse is returning to Philadelphia.

Comcast Spectacor President and CEO Dave Scott will officially announce the arrival of Philadelphia’s second National Lacrosse League franchise Thursday morning at 11 a.m. at the Wells Fargo Center. He’ll be alongside NLL commissioner Nick Sakiewicz, who was formerly the first CEO of the Philadelphia Union.

Scott will reveal the team’s name, their first season, and where the games will be played. We’re hearing “Wings” will be in play, as fans will have the opportunity to name the team.

A Bloomberg report mentioned the team will play at the Wells Fargo Center beginning in the 2018-19 season. Comcast Spectacor reportedly paid $5 million for the new team.

Rumors of an arrival first began back in February when John Barchard of BGN Radio mentioned Philly as a potential target for expansion. It ramped up again when Marisa Ingemi of College Crosse reported San Diego, which has already been announced to begin play for 2018-19, and Philadelphia would be given expansion franchises.

Sakiewicz teased an angry Union fan that he would be back in some way a few days ago:

Prior to all of this, it was very evident the NLL wanted to bring a franchise back to Philadelphia after the Wings left for New England in 2014. Sakiewicz was announced as the new league commissioner in January 2016 and relocated the league’s headquarters to Conshohocken six months later.

Professional indoor lacrosse has a long history in Philadelphia, especially with the Wings. They were one of the first teams in the first incarnation of the NLL back in the mid 1970s, and were one of the original teams of the new NLL back in 1987. Guys like Paul and Gary Gait, Tom Marachek, Dallas Eliuk, and my high school assistant coach Tony Resch were part of the team’s golden era in the 90s.

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