Allen Iverson eyes Sixers front-office job

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Appearing in the broadcast booth with Marc Zumoff and Malik Allen on Wednesday night, Iverson revealed that he would like to join the Sixers front office. “I have a relationship with these fans like no other. And with this city and with this organization,” Iverson explained of his ties to Philadelphia. “Anything I can do to help, I’m here.” The conversation then turned to Iverson’s post-retirement plans, and if he would like to remain around the game, potentially in a front office capacity. “I would like to be even in that war room,” Iverson replied. “Even if they don’t go with my decision or whatever, just to have an opinion and putting out what I think and trusting the organization to do what’s right.”

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In fin-tech, the Kings have been and will continue to accept Bitcoin as a method of payment for tickets and merchandise. They have been using drone technology to give their social media followers updates on the construction of the Golden 1 Center. An official partnership with Uber gives game attendees discounted transportation to and from the arena. And most recently in the virtual reality tech world the Kings have teamed with Oculus Rift, the VR firm Facebook recently purchased for $2 billion, to give potential ticket-plan buyers the in-game experience from the vantage point of stadium seating levels.
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Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov is nearing a deal to buy all of the Barclays Center and the Brooklyn Nets from Bruce Ratner’s Forest City Enterprises, The Post has learned. Prokhorov has been in talks to buy the 55 percent of the arena and 20 percent of the NBA team he does not already own. Under the deal being discussed, he would kick in little cash beyond forgiving the roughly $40 million Forest City owes him to cover team losses, according to two sources familiar with the situation.
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