His first idea was the announcement that many of the ticket prices will be lowered as much as 50%. This will go a long way in appealing to more and more fans. Now games will be more affordable. Harris is no idiot. He knows the Sixers have struggled as of late. They have won 1 playoff series in since their run to the NBA finals in 2001. And the team has been searching for an identity since the departure of Allen Iverson. This past season, with Doug Collins at the helm, the Sixers were a .500 team and back in the NBA Playoffs. I would like to say this brought fans to the building, but the Sixers first round playoff matchup was against Lebron, D-Wade, Chris Bosh, and the Heat. Of course there were fans at these games to see the Sixers, but pretty much the entire country was rooting against the Heat, not necessarily for the Sixers. However, being back in the playoffs was a huge step in the right direction for this team.
The Sixers have not been consistently making a profit. They are losing money, and hopefully after this lockout is over (if it ever is) they can get back to being competitive and competing for a playoff spot in the East. With the lowering of ticket prices, Harris hopese to bring more fans to the games. This in turn, I'm assuming this is Harris' plan, will generate more money for the club. This is an exciting team that can get fans interested, and if the team makes a profit and gets fans excited, who knows, maybe the Sixers can land a star players and go back to the "Glory Days" of the late 90s early 2000s.
Harris' other "up his sleeve" trick is his new website www.newsixersowners.com. "Tell us about our players, our website, our scoreboard graphics or anything big or small that you have noticed and want to relay directly to our new ownership group," a message on the new website says. "If you have an observation about any aspect of the Sixers, we want to hear it." With this new site and this comment, the new owners are showing their dedication to turning this team and franchise around. They want real feedback from fans, and are rewarding the 1,776 most intriguing comments with free tickets to a Sixers game this season... if there is one.
I would love to see this team turned around. I would not say that I am an avid Sixers fan, I do not even consider myself an NBA fan. But I watched this team last year with some excitement down the end of the regular season.
What do you think? Will this franchise get turned around? Will you comment on the new site??