That new CEO has big plans for the 76ers and is looking to mirror another local organization. Scott O'Neil has local ties having graduated from Villanova University so, when he stepped into his new role as Sixers CEO, he was pretty familiar with the fanbase.
Philadelphia is known for its passion when it comes to sports and arguably the most passionate of all the fanbases is the Eagles fanbase. O'Neil, 43, witnessed this personally when he began his career in the Eagles' sales and marketing department following the dreaded Rich Kotite era.
His time with the Eagles left an, in his words, "indelible mark" on him as he continued his career with the NBA and to MSG. Now that O'Neil is back running the Eagles' neighbor, the 76ers, he is looking to mirror those in the birds' front office.
He has only been on the job for seven weeks but O'Neil is already mimicking those in midnight green. "We have set the tone and pace for our organization," O'Neil stated Wednesday at Philadelphia's Loews Hotel, home of the Beyond Sport Summit. "We are focused on the court and in the community. The Eagles are the gold standard."
Since O'Neil's arrival the team's front office has already given 76 hours of their time towards community service and plan to give over 300 hours of service, including the players' community service.
It does not take an expert in the field to recognize that there has been a major disconnect between the Sixers franchise and the fanbase. O'Neil's first task as CEO is to try and reconnect the Sixers to the community and the best way to do that is the mirror how the Eagles connect, according the former Wildcat.
For the sake of everyone invested financially and emotionally in the Sixers organization, hopefully O'Neil's efforts are as successful as the Eagles' efforts were but (if we're getting greedy) end with a parade down Broad Street.
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