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Scott O’Neil vs. Howard Eskin

Chris Jastrzembski - June 11, 2018

Earlier on the WIP evening show, Howard Eskin reported that Scott O’Neil is planning to take a job with the Utah Jazz. O’Neil is the CEO of the 76ers, New Jersey Devils, and other entities under the umbrella of Harris Blitzer Sports and Entertainment.

This would be considered a big surprise after the Bryan Colangelo scandal. Why would the CEO of multiple entities leave for another job out west? Maybe he wasn’t happy with how the Colangelo firing went down?

A little after the “report” came out, O’Neil responded on Twitter and denied any truth to the matter.

“2 am slot.” Good jab. But a look at Eskin’s mentions shows how happy the fanbase would be if he actually did leave the organization.

That’s where the fun begins. Eskin didn’t take lightly to O’Neil’s comments and responded with tweets of his own. After the jump: Continue Reading

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The Sixers Will Have Sleeved Jerseys “Eventually”

Jim Adair - April 17, 2015

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Sleeved jerseys look terrible, but if the NBA is gonna push them (and all of the major market teams do) there’s no reason the Sixers shouldn’t. I’m sure a lot of Sixers fans are less than comfortable with the tank.

Kyle: Not me, baby. Couple of pythons hanging off this frame.

The Sixers Will Ring the Opening Bell at the Nasdaq to Kick off a Kinda Smart New Partnership

Jim Adair - January 30, 2015

It’s a first for a Crossing Streams podcast guest— this guy is going places: Sixers (and Devils) CEO Scott O’Neil will ring the opening bell at the NASDAQ MarketSite on Monday. The ceremonial bell ringing will be done as the Sixers “formally tip-off their new Patriot Partners platform along with the corporate partners who comprise its inaugural class: partypoker, DraftKings, StubHub and the Rothman Institute at Jefferson.”

The Sixers, by partnering with gambling, daily fantasy, not paying full price for tickets, and joint pain, are showcasing their “commitment to taking intelligent risks and bucking trends as we work daily toward becoming a world-class organization,” according to O’Neil. If jersey ads come in the next few years, expect the Sixers to wear the logo of one of these guys.

Chief Revenue Officer Christopher Heck — whom you only hear from in situations like this — said:

“In less than two years, we have transformed our partnerships from traditional sponsorships to innovative, collaborative efforts among powerhouse brands. These five partners represent the kind of revolutionary platforms and opportunities that define our new business, and that we will continue to create for seasons to come.”

There’s really something to be said for the Sixers here. A couple of years ago (and even now, a little bit) partnering with online gambling, daily fantasy and, to a lesser extent, a ticket resale site would’ve been unheard of. And that’s before we talk about the StubHub logo on the stanchions and the team’s website being fully “presented by” DraftKings. These are smart deals that actively push the Sixers into the next, more progressive NBA era (after the Sixers partnered with DraftKings, so did the Rockets and Celtics, and the league partnered with rival Fan Duel). Combining the efforts of their sponsors for greater reach is also unique (and we guarantee you the sort of thing that allows the Sixers to be the only team for which we get tips from equity researchers). For all the “these are smart businessmen” fear that drives some people to think Joshua Harris and Co. will sell the team for a huge profit in a few years, it’s moves like these that reinforce the notion that the Sixers are doing things differently from top to bottom, and that should the ownership group be in it for the long haul, there’s little doubt they will oversee a successful organization– both on and off the court.

Sixers Tease New Mascot with Video and Children

Jim Adair - January 16, 2015

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For kids, by kids. Coming soon.

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When we talked to Scott O’Neil on the Crossing Streams podcast, he told us that a mascot was coming soon — January, he said — and that it was going to be for kids and the rest of us should just lighten up. So, the Sixers took input from kids focus groups. We don’t know if the kids in this video were involved (full clip available here), but I am all for a mascot that is a skeleton, made out of candy, wearing a hat. Better than a fucking moose.

The Sixers are Giving Free Tickets to People Who Went to the Cavs Game

Jim Adair - January 7, 2015

Photo Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Photo Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

When we spoke to Scott O’Neil just as the Sixers’ season was getting underway, he talked about giving back to the fans who are sitting through this dreck. And after the Sixers beat the Cavs for their first home win of the season in front of a reported crowd of 17,771, O’Neil back it up.

According to the Sixers subreddit, people at that game (those who purchased their tickets through the Sixers, I’m assuming) got the following email:

What an amazing sight last night! 18,000 Sixers fans standing, screaming and cheering for the last 2 minutes and 47 seconds of the game! That’s passion. That’s devotion. That’s why Philadelphia is the greatest sports town in the world. We thrive on your energy.

Thank you, thank you, thank you for believing in us. We are proud to play for you. You care more and want it more than any fans in the NBA. And we love you for it.

This is a small token of our appreciation. We have two free tickets for you. Pick any game. Bring your passion. Bring your voice. I can’t wait to stand with you!

Go Sixers,

Scott O’Neil

We will follow-up with you this week with details on how to redeem your tickets.

The Sixers have five wins on the season, but your average Sixers game has more excitement than those last two Eagles games and the last four to five months of Phillies baseball rolled together. [Editor’s note: The Cowboys loss sucked, but it wasn’t lacking in excitement. I disagree with my underling.] My advice? You already saw a win, use that free ticket on checking out Anthony Davis in person when the Pelicans come to town on the 16th. Dude is not normal.

Sixers CEO Scott O’Neil Describes His Call with Larry Brown, and Says He’s in Favor of Legalized Sports Gambling

Jim Adair - November 17, 2014

On Friday, Kyle and I spoke on the podcast with Sixers CEO Scott O’Neil about Larry Brown, gambling, Joel Embiid’s Twitter, and more. You can check the whole thing out on when it posts later today, but here’s how O’Neil described the call he had with Brown following the duo’s public jabs at each other:

“I’m really disappointed in the comments you made. And we’re working our asses off here,” I said [to him]. “We’re working really hard, and I just don’t appreciate it. If you have an issue or problem, I’d rather you just pick up the phone and call and let’s talk it out. We’re big boys, we can handle it. We’re certainly far from perfect. I make mistakes every single day and so does Sam, but to say the things you said, I don’t appreciate it.” And he says to me, “I don’t appreciate what you said.” And man oh man there are a lot of things I could have said. I made the joke about SMU, a team that’s actually doing well. But everyone here that knows Philadelphia and Philadelphia basketball knows what I could have said and chose not to. I chose to go high road on it and that spiraled into more nasty stuff, and I don’t want that here. I don’t do well with negative energy and negative karma and I just want to talk this through a little bit and if you’re upset about something, then let’s chat.”

Additionally, as the CEO of a team that is sponsored by Party Poker and Draft Kings, O’Neil had some thoughts about sports gambling and Adam Silver’s New York Times Op-Ed in support of it:

“I don’t know if you’ve read the commissioner’s op-ed piece in the Times, but Commissioner Silver, who I worked for for several years and I’m very close with, just came out and said the NBA has opposed legalized gambling on sports in the U.S. for 20 years and we think it’s time to change our position. And his perspective is that there’s a lot of money that’s being spent, and through legalization you have much more regulation, you take it out from the shadows and you can track money flow easier and cleaner and therefore get rid of any of the issues. As long as you can keep the integrity of the game, it’s time for us to find a solution. And I would say I tend to agree with him. He’s a smart guy and he’s studied the issue a lot more than I have. But if you go to a soccer or football game in Europe and you walk into a suite they hand you a betting slip. “Who’s gonna score the next goal?” “Who’s gonna win the game?” It’s unbelievable. You can gamble on anything from time of possession to lord knows what.

Is that gonna come here with a really digitally connected fan base, where you can say “Is he gonna make these free throws? Here’s five bucks”? I dunno. But is sports betting coming to the U.S. legally? Absolutely. Is it going to be in 10 years or 10 months, I’m not quite sure. But I know it’s gonna be here, and I thought it was an interesting public statement from the commissioner.”

Once again, the whole podcast will be up later today with much more, including news that we’re finally getting that mascot by mid-January. It’s not Phil E. Moose – or a moose at all! – and it’s, you know, for kids.

Larry Brown Said he “Blindsided” Scott O’Neil, and Iverson Should be Assistant G.M.

Jim Adair - October 31, 2014

Photo Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Photo Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

After yesterday’s delayed shouting match between legendary coach Larry Brown and Sixers CEO Scott O’Neil, Brown called in to Angelo Cataldi’s morning show this morning to offer this half apology:

“I didn’t mean to create a firestorm and couple things that were said, they didn’t exactly come out right. One, I have no problem with Brett Brown and I love him. He’s been involved with Gregg Popovich who’s family to me and I have unbelievable respect. I think a lot things that came out of my mouth, I was a little upset.”

Brown continued to explain to he was mainly upset about people he knows and loves not being kept on by the Sixers, namely former Director of Player Personnel Courtney Witte and and former GM Tony DiLeo. He also thinks Aaron McKie needs to be involved:

“If anybody deserved to be part of that franchise, I felt it was Aaron [McKie] and then I was really upset when Eric [Snow] and George [Lynch] and myself weren’t able to get to Allen’s retirement. And then, I’m concerned, I wanted Allen involved with that franchise in a real positive way and in an important way. So a lot of that stuff happened to come out, but at the end of the day, I want them to do well. I like David Blitzer [part Sixers owner] a lot, I know him. I know Brett, I want them to win. I do want to see them struggling.”

I understand that Larry wants AI involved in the franchise in a positive way, and I understand that he loves and respects him. But at some point, Larry has to stop babysitting Allen and pretending that he could actually be, as Larry mentioned, an Assistant General Manager. And finally, Larry says he spoke to Scott O’Neil yesterday:

“I was kind of upset with, a little bit of some of the stuff he said about me, but you know, he had that right. I guess I kind of blind-sided him. I didn’t realize it was gonna come out the way it did. But at the end of the day, we have the greatest fans there. They support the team. It’s a basketball community, you know, when you got Sonny Hill and all the great college programs there and the high schools. I just want, I want them to do well. I guess that’s my point.”

We can just all go ahead and check back in with Larry when the Sixers are 10-30. You can listen to Larry’s whole call, and his pleas for openness from Sam Hinkie, over here.


Kyle Scott - October 30, 2014

Photo credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

Photo credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

Larry Brown has completely lost his marbles.

[Listen to both the Brown and O’Neil interviews.]

He called in to the Jon and Sean Show on 97.5 The Fanatic to impart his long, contradictory, back when I was in charge thoughts on why the Sixers are doing it all wrong. ALL WRONG, I tell you! He sounded drunk and sleepy, like Frank Langella’s Richard Nixon when he called David Frost late at night in Frost-Nixon— just all rambly and weird. I used to love cheeseburgers, but Dr. Lungren switched me to cottage cheese and pineapple instead. He calls it my Hawaiian burger. But they don’t taste like burgers at all, they taste like Styrofoam. You need a George Lynch. To be honest, I’m not sure what point Brown (or Nixon) was trying to make. He of course brought up Mr. Snider, Allen Iverson, Aaron McKie, George Lynch and Eric Snow, as though they are some deities against which all future NBA successes and failures should be measured. Basically, Brown hates analytics, hates how whom he perceives as non-basketball guys are running the Sixers, hates how there’s a seven-year plan, and hates that he wasn’t invited back for Iverson’s retirement ceremony.

Brown seems to think that the Sixers’ use of analytics is somehow different from his own prescribed strategies for success – high draft picks, young players, stars, teaching – when, really, it’s not. To their credit, Jon and Sean pushed back hard on Brown, who was basically talking in circles. The Sixers, at the moment, don’t have an Allen Iverson or anything even close to an Allen Iverson, and the only way to get one is to be really bad and cross your fingers that you luck into the top pick in the draft (which is what Iverson was, in case Brown forgets that part). Brown kept talking about trying to get better now and in the future. But it doesn’t work that way in the NBA. The Sixers tried that for years. It invariably leads to mediocrity. It leads to Chris Webber and shit. It leads to Andre Iguodala and Andre Miller. The only time it worked is when the Sixers had one of the top three players in the league and a patchwork of lightning-in-a-bottle defenders and glue guys. Statistically speaking, that 2001 team’s success was unlikely, and they weren’t in a conference with LeBron James.

Brown criticized trading Jrue Holiday and the ever-medicore Thaddeus Young, but failed to acknowledge how Holiday turned into Nerlens Noel and made way Michael Carter-Williams, the NBA Rookie of the Year. When Sean pointed that out to Brown, he responded by proclaiming that you get better by teaching players and lamenting that no one has a “five or six or seven or eight-year plan in the NBA.”

“You can have a plan, but that’s a plan to save your ass,” Brown said. “To give yourself time.”

He even, weirdly, took aim at the Sixers’ new planned Camden practice facility, saying that they’re a “Philly team” and that a facility in Jersey will make it tough for players to stay late at night because of the longer commute home (and, presumably, because Camden).

But here’s the crux of Brown’s beef with the current Sixers regime:

“Eric Snow and George Lynch work for me, right? [The Sixers] are retiring Allen’s jersey– you know how close Allen and I are. He’s family to me. Yeah, we’ve had differences, but nobody loves him more than me, and I think he feels the same way. And his two favorite players besides Aaron McKie are George Lynch and Eric Snow. [The Sixers] didn’t even invite us back to his retirment ceremony. How is that?”

You did a video…

“Yeah… video. Detroit’s having a reunion of the 2004 team, and I don’t know how many times they’ve called me to ask me what day I would be available to go.”

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