Adam Aron Rumors

Scott O’Neil has been hired as CEO of the Sixers, the team announced on Monday. O’Neil will officially take over on July 16th. With O’Neil now in the picture, the team also confirmed that Adam Aron is out- a move that has been rumored for some time. “I love the NBA and the game of basketball and am thrilled to be back,” O’Neil said to Scott Soshnick of the Bloomberg News. “I have lived in and around Philadelphia for parts of my teens, 20s, 30s and now 40s. I am really excited to be back and get started with the Sixers. This is an incredible city that loves an underdog and that is very much what the Sixers are right now.”
It appears, though, that Aron’s role with the team may change. Last week Scott O’Neil, former New York Knick executive and Villanova alum, visited with the team, according to a source. O’Neil resigned as president of Madison Square Garden in September. Originally, O’Neil was mostly involved in the marketing aspect of the team, which was what Aron’s role is with the Sixers. But through the years, according to the New York Daily News, O’Neil became more involved in the basketball operations side.
Dan Hilferty, president and CEO of Independence Blue Cross, served as moderator for panelists Adam Aron, CEO of the 76ers; Steven H. Collis, CEO of AmerisourceBergen; and George V. Hager Jr., CEO of Genesis Healthcare. While most of the conversation was centered on the importance of social responsibility, I walked away with a sports business scoop. And that is, according to Aron, the 76ers home uniform has always been white, while on the road the team wore red, with blue as an alternate. From this point forward, blue is going to be the official road shirt, with red as the alternate. As a marketing partner to the Sixers, it was apparent that Hilferty of Independence Blue Cross (get it?) was more than pleased with that news.
A radio report that 76ers CEO Adam Aron was no longer part of the basketball operations wasn’t exactly on the mark. During an interview with former Sixers general manager John Nash, Nash said that Aron had been ‘extracted’ from the basketball operations department. Aron is still very much a part of the organization, said a source, and he’s still involved in basketball operations. However, he has never really been a major contributor in that department anyway. According to the source, Aron’s role with the team ‘has not changed since Josh Harris purchased the team. He’s still very much involved.
The distinct sense I get in Philly is that the decision whether Doug Collins, at 61, decides to continue coaching the Sixers after projected franchise cornerstone Andrew Bynum played zero minutes this season will be left fully up to Collins. He suggested as much recently while Adam Aron, Philly’s CEO, told a town-hall style gathering of Sixers fans in late March that “Doug Collins is under absolutely zero pressure from ownership.”
The 76ers hope to make themselves more attractive to free agents, and one of the things they will do is move into a new practice facility as soon as possible. “That’s something we continue to look into,” said Sixers CEO Adam Aron, who made the train ride with the team for Sunday’s game in Washington. Aron said the Sixers have not decided whether to build a facility or find an existing facility and buy it. The Sixers now practice at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Aron said an improvement is “absolutely necessary.” He acknowledged that the team is looking into a few potential sites around the city. “It goes with being a first-class organization,” Aron said of acquiring a topflight practice facility. “If you are going to attract the best free agents, you have to be able to offer the best.”
Moore was in Philadelphia visiting with Sixers owner Josh Harris and CEO Adam Aron about reconnecting Iverson with the 76ers. Iverson led the Sixers to the 2001 NBA Finals and is cemented as one of the franchise’s all-time great players. He is the franchise leader in 40-point games (76) and three-pointers (885), and is second behind Hal Greer in points (19,931). He had two stints with the Sixers, and last played for them in 2009-10. Moore said there are no immediate plans for the 37-year-old Iverson to retire. “Once he does do that, I want to ensure that Josh Harris and Adam Aron know how much Allen appreciates what Philadelphia has meant to him, what the NBA has meant to him,” Moore said, “and to someday come back and be a consultant to them, to help them do certain things.”
By now, you’ve probably become somewhat aware of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s latest and perhaps greatest gaffe – a video at a fundraiser earlier this year at which he basically dismissed half the electorate. After explaining to potential campaign donors that 47 percent of Americans don’t pay income tax, Romney said, ”My job is is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.”
What you may not know was that fundraiser took place in May in Boca Raton, Fla., at the home of Marc Leder, a private equity manager who once served as senior vice president for Lehman Brothers. Leder is also one of 14 co-owners of the Philadelphia 76ers. He is part of the group headed by Joshua Harris, David Blitzer and Adam Aron which bought the team just under a year ago from Comcast-Spectacor for a reported $280 million.
Potential candidates, according to league sources, include San Antonio vice president of operations Danny Ferry; Spurs assistant GM Dennis Lindsey; Jeff Bower, who was a general manager for the New Orleans Hornets; Oklahoma City assistant GM Troy Weaver; Atlanta GM Rick Sund, whose contract expires at the end of June; and Milwaukee GM John Hammond, who has a year remaining on his deal. Hammond, who was denied permission to talk to Portland last month, was an assistant coach for Doug Collins with Detroit. The Sixers’ interview group consists of owner Josh Harris, CEO Adam Aron, Collins and Thorn, a source said.
Adam Aron wants to shake your hand. It’s a Sunday evening in December, a time when the Philadelphia sports fan’s attention is usually reserved for the Eagles. The new CEO and co-owner of the Sixers is lumbering through the Palestra during his team’s open scrimmage. Over the course of the evening, he’ll go from tracking fans on Twitter to securing seats for one of his co-owners to meeting veteran guard Lou Williams’ mother to talking business with a Benjamin Franklin lookalike to heaping praise on coach Doug Collins. He checks on the Sixers’ ticket sales. He finds out whether the laptops have been installed in the team’s practice facility. He thanks Thaddeus Young for playing in the scrimmage. He listens to a fan’s proposal about a more efficient offense. He answers his phone and scrolls through his iPad. “I haven’t met you yet,” Aron sometimes says, almost with an admission of guilt.
If you care the least bit about the Sixers, Aron wants to meet you. And if you don’t, Aron especially wants to meet you. Why? Because he thinks he has the plan to get you interested in Philadelphia’s basketball team. “We put an exciting winning basketball team on the court, we create a happening on game nights and pay attention to improving the game presentation, and we engage and listen to Philadelphia sports fans,” Aron says, as if he’s verbalizing a mission statement.
The new owners were unable to address any issues about players because of the ongoing NBA lockout, although did announce that they had let go general manager Ed Stefanski and laid the brunt of the day-to-day basketball operations on president Rod Thorn and head coach Doug Collins. Aron said the management is “moving 100 miles an hour on all fronts and we will be ready with something fabulous” when the lockout ends.