Oct 182011
New Sixers owner Joshua Harris

New Sixers owner Joshua Harris speaks at his intro press conference

The Sixers have officially announced the sale of the team.  The best news?  Lower prices.

“I’m announcing today that going forward, we are slashing – and I mean slashing – ticket prices on individual game tickets on just under 9,000 seats at the Wells Fargo Center for each and every Sixers home game,” said new Sixers CEO Adam Aron. “Indeed on thousands of seats each night, our ticket prices will be cut by 50 percent or more. This is not a sale or a promotion. These are our new ticket prices.”

The new ownership group is led by Joshua Harris, 46, who is the managing director and co-founder of Apollo Global Management, a private equity investment firm that owns Caesars Entertainment Corp., Norwegian Cruise Line, CKX – parent company of 19 Entertainment, which produces American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance.

But the biggest names involved in the new ownership team is Philly’s own Will Smith and his wife Jada, according to the AP’s Dan Geleston.  No word on how deep they’re in, but their presence should provide some solid publicity for a team looking to take the next step in reversing their downward spiral.

Lastly, general manager Ed Stefanski has been let go.  President Rod Thorn and head coach Doug Collins are still on board.  Thorn will be “captain of the ship” per Harris.

Here’s a sampling of some recent/active (kind of — not a lot going on thanks to the lockout) threads on the PSC Sixers message board, including the first post of each.  Click the title to check out each one…

Thread: Sixers expected to announce sale Tuesday

The Sixers will announce their sale to a new ownership group on Tuesday morning at the Palestra.

Thread: NBA lockout news thread.

NBA to cancel games if no deal Monday

Thread: One good thing about the lockout

I am really enjoying the One on One movie marathon on NBA TV.

Thread: Let’s rank the NBA players

 There’s nothing better to do on this board. We’re including this years draft picks. Start with the top 10.

Thread: Villanova basketball thread

good news coming from the basketball program each day. Villanova 2011 recruit Tyrone Johnson who recently chose us over Georgetown led team final in AAU at the peach jam tournament to a win over one of the best teams in AAU playaz. Johnson without top prospect of 2011 Mike Gilchrist scored 40 points. Also recent Nova graduate Scottie Reynolds scored 16 points had 3 assists, 2 rebounds and a steal in the Phoenix Suns 2nd summer league game after he sat out the first game with an achilles injury. Go Cats

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