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Comcast-Spectacor Will Pay Game-Day Employees During Shutdown

Kevin Kinkead - March 13, 2020

Looks like the part-time/hourly folks who work at the Wells Fargo Center are going to be taken care of during the Coronavirus shutdown.

Via Comcast Corporate Communications, all game-day employees who were originally scheduled to work Flyers, Sixers, and Wings games will be paid their scheduled hours through the end of March. 

For reference, there were seven Sixers games, five Flyers games, and two Wings games scheduled for the rest of this month, so employees will be paid what they would have worked during those 14 events. The Sixers announced earlier today that they would also be paying the part-time employees who do their basketball games down at the Wells Fargo Center.

The only employees not covered so far are those who work for Aramark (food, concourse), so I’ll see if they have a statement about getting those folks paid during the shutdown. I’m honestly not sure how many workers they oversee, so we’ll try to get that cleared up.

The National Lacrosse League is Suspending Play

Kevin Kinkead - March 12, 2020

No Wings games.

League statement:

“The National Lacrosse League has determined that it is in the best interests of our fans, our players, our coaches and our staff to temporarily suspend play until further notice due to concerns over COVID-19. We will continue to evaluate this situation and remain in constant communication with health, team, business and league officials across North America. Security and safety is our top priority and focus in these challenging and unprecedented times, and we will continue to provide updates on resumption and rescheduling of play as they are determined.”

The Wings were set to play at home on Sunday afternoon. Their next games would be March 28th and April 4th, also at the Wells Fargo Center.

Nine Wings Games Will Air on NBC Sports Philadelphia This Season

Kevin Kinkead - December 11, 2019

Let’s get it back to box lacrosse.

The second Wings seasons (since their rebirth) begins on Saturday in Atlanta, and this year nine of the club’s 18 games will air locally on NBC Sports Philadelphia. According to a press release, Brian Smith will be on play by play while former Wings captain Scott Gabrielsen does color commentary and Devan Kaney reports from the sidelines.

Here’s the schedule of televised games:

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Here’s the 2019-2020 Philadelphia Wings Schedule

Kevin Kinkead - November 7, 2019

Realized that I never posted this when it came out, so figure I’d share it now. Better late than never.

Here’s the upcoming Wings schedule, which starts with three away games but ends nicely with three of the last four at home. Should be favorable if they can make it to January 19th in decent shape:

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Shawny Hill Will Not Return to the Flyers

Kevin Kinkead - September 13, 2019

Per him:

This is interesting and perhaps unexpected.

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National Lacrosse League Commissioner Nick Sakiewicz Gets Contract Extension

Kevin Kinkead - July 8, 2019

Our town, our team, our Philadelphia Wings didn’t have a great season, winning just four games in their return to the National Lacrosse League. Wikipedia says the average attendance for the nine home games was in the 10k to 12k range, which I think is pretty good, if you believe Wikipedia. 

And listen, at least we have a team again, thanks primarily to National Lacrosse League Commissioner and Philly resident Nick Sakiewicz, who was extended today by the board for doing a good job over his first three years in charge.

Press release, after the jump:

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“Wingston” is Philadelphia’s Newest Mascot

Kevin Kinkead - November 9, 2018

Now we’ve got a green thing, an orange thing, and a yellow thing:

I’m not really sure what it is. Kind of looks like a Koopa Troopa from Super Mario Brothers. On Wingston’s Twitter page, there’s a picture showing him from the side and he appears to have a small tail. Maybe he’s a young reptilian jawn.

Either way, let’s give Wingston a warm Philadelphia welcome, just like we did for Gritty.

Flying With the Wings: A Chat with Philadelphia Wings players Kiel Matisz and Matt Rambo

Russ Joy - September 26, 2018

The Wings are back and better than ever. With a new look and updated branding, the NLL expansion team has begun to establish an identity off the field, but I’ve been wondering what the on-field product will look like. Last weekend, I spoke with NLL champion Kiel Matisz and rookie La Salle College High School grad Matt Rambo.

Kiel Matisz

I asked Matisz what it’s like to be traded from a championship team to one looking to build an identity and establish themselves in the league. We also talked about Matisz’ interest in history and food.

Russ: You just came off the pinnacle of any player’s career, winning the NLL championship in a 66 point season. When you come to a new team, is there any kind of a culture shock? What does it feel like coming from a championship club to someone who’s trying to reestablish an identity in Philadelphia?

Kiel Matisz: I’m super excited about the opportunity. Obviously, when you’ve spent your whole professional lacrosse career with one organization, you don’t really know anything different. To leave Georgia, the friendships I that I’ve built for the last six years, was tough. That’s the reality of it. The Swarm organization is a fantastic organization for the time I was there. I’m super excited personally to be coming to this organization, the City of Brotherly Love is fantastic. Bringing Jordan Hall, my old teammate to my new team is fantastic. I know a lot of the guys; lacrosse is a small community. I think we’re gonna build a  good team, a great culture. It’s exciting getting to establish that. All your ground rules, all your guidelines, how you want to play, your identity. I’m excited to get that going. I’m kind of in the middle of my career. It’s good to get a fresh start.

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