Harris’ team immediately began to implement changes. Ed Stefanski has been removed as the general manager and ticket prices have been slashed. In fact, tickets that last season would go for $101 will now cost $54. Likewise, tickets that were $54 last year are now only $29. Hopefully the reduced prices will enable the Sixers to increase their attendance rates, which last year ranked towards the bottom of the league.
The new ownership was announced today in a ceremony held at the Palestra and most importantly, Doug Collins was an active participate in the festivities. Harris showed complete confidence in Collins moving forward as the team’s head coach. Rightfully so considering the job the Collins did last season. He took over a team that went 27-55 in 2009-2010 and after a 3-16 start, he was able to lead the Sixers to a playoff berth before their eventual defeat at the hands of the Miami Heat.
Sixers’ fans can no longer accuse Ed Snider of placing the team in the backseat behind the Flyers. The Sixers have a new owner, a young team, and an energetic head coach. Now it’s time to wait for the end of the lockout to start seeing the new look Sixers in action.