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Sixers CEO says team ‘won’t leave Philadelphia, ever’

Jan 9, 2014, 4:39 PM EDT

There you have it. Ever.

After word broke yesterday of a major joint announcement between the Josh Harris owned Sixers and New Jersey Devils, every conspiracy theorist on Twitter wondered if the Sixers might be relocating.

That was never going to happen. But new Sixers and Devils CEO Scott O’Neil set all of that straight today just to make everyone feel better.

From Delaware Online:

“We aren’t going anywhere. This team won’t leave Philadelphia, ever,” Sixers and Devils CEO Scott O’Neil told The News Journal on Wednesday. “We love the Wells Fargo arena. We appreciate our partners in Comcast Spectacor. And, we think Philly is the best sports city in the world. Real passion. Real fans. Real support.”

So what was that huge announcement all about then? The two teams have developed a unique partnership with online poker site PartyPoker. It’s apparently the first deal of its kind.

Allen Iverson was there in North Jersey today for the announcement!


  1. ochospantalones - Jan 9, 2014 at 6:00 PM

    Josh Harris isn’t an idiot. He’s not abandoning one of the largest media markets in the country to be the third New York area team in a location the Nets just fled as fast as they could. Hopefully we won’t need to hear anymore of these dumb rumors.

  2. psudrozz - Jan 10, 2014 at 9:40 AM

    the people of baltimore have very strong feelings about ownership speaking in absolutes about not leaving.

  3. Beardy - Jan 10, 2014 at 9:41 AM

    With the rise in popularity of the NHL and the current fall of the NBA (despite what ESPN wants you to believe, the two are headed in opposite directions right now) I actually would think that if there is going to be any kind of move, the Devils moving into Philly would be the one more likely to happen (which I would say, neither team will move).

    • jim - Jan 10, 2014 at 2:46 PM

      I totally agree that ESPN chooses to pretend like hockey doesn’t exist but come on man you cant even compare the two. For example look at the Stanley Cup two years ago for game 1 66 programs (including 42 re runs) beat out that game and that’s something that ESPN has no control over. Like I said I totally agree with you that ESPN for some reason (because they don’t air hockey) doesn’t pay any attention to the sport and I also agree that attendance is much better for hockey than basketball. In the end though all the real money is made from TV rights and basketball KILLS hockey in that department.

  4. Stan - Jan 10, 2014 at 3:52 PM

    Someone tell Mr. O’Neill that the Wells Fargo Arena is in Iowa and the Wells Fargo Center is in Philly.

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