David Blitzer Rumors
The Philadelphia 76ers have announced details for its second annual Sixers Youth Foundation Gala presented by VIP Wireless, which will be held on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. at the 23rd Street Armory. Proceeds from the event will support the Sixers Youth Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to bringing positive, meaningful change to the lives of young people in the Greater Delaware Valley. The lounge-style, star-studded gala, “Evening on the Court,” will be attended by Sixers legends Allen Iverson and Julius “Dr. J” Erving, the current Philadelphia 76ers players and coaches, celebrities, Philadelphia-area philanthropists and more. Three-time American Music Award Winners and four-time Platinum recording artists Bell Biv DeVoe will perform alongside the Sixers Dunk Squad presented by Dunkin’ Donuts, Sixers Dancers and mascot Franklin. Philadelphia 76ers Managing General Partner Josh Harris and his wife, Marjorie, are both Honorary Co-Chairs of the event alongside Sixers Co-Managing General Partner David Blitzer, and his wife, Allison.
GamesBeat: What do you think became the point at which the likes of the 76ers and major sports owners started to get involved? Richardson: At a high level, I think the number of people spectating—when you have the League of Legends world finals drawing a larger audience than the NBA finals and the BCS championships, that’s an inflection point. The specific thing is, at the NBA owners’ meeting maybe 12-14 months ago, the NBA actually presented to all the owners. “Hey, there’s this thing out there called esports. We want to walk you through it.” Josh Harris and David Blitzer, the two managing owners of the Sixers – they also own the New Jersey Devils of the NHL, and they just purchased Crystal Palace, the English football club – those guys turned to Scott O’Neil, CEO of the Sixers, and said, “What do you think? This seems like an opportunity we need to get involved in.”
On a podcast with Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports’ The Vertical, Bryan Colangelo finally confirmed what everyone had (correctly) assumed: Colangelo would have had final say. In fact, owernship’s initial reluctance to give Colangelo final say led to him turning down their first offer. “The first time that I met with David Blitzer and Josh Harris I basically told them I’m not the guy for this job,” Colangelo told Wojnarowski. “But a good month and a half passed and they called me back and said ‘We want to revisit, would you be interested?’ This time I said sure, I’ll listen, but I’m not sure things have changed. But their approach changed, and obviously that approach was something where I wouldn’t be coming in to work underneath Sam [Hinkie]. I was going to be coming in to be the lead in terms of basketball operations.”