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O'Neil replaces Aron as Sixers CEO

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The Philadelphia 76ers named Scott O'Neil the organization's new chief executive officer on Monday.

O'Neil starts the job July 16. He will be responsible for overseeing every aspect of the team's business operations.

"On behalf of our entire ownership group, I am very excited to welcome Scott O'Neil to the Sixers," owner Josh Harris said in a statement. "We believe that Scott's unique blend of experience, relationships and demonstrated leadership over the past two decades at the NBA, Madison Square Garden Sports and the Philadelphia Eagles will make him the perfect CEO of our business as we work to take the team to the next level.

"With Scott and Sam Hinkie, president of basketball operations and general manager, I believe we have put in place a dynamic, industry-leading management team that should help position the Sixers for success both on and off the court in the future."

O'Neil served as president of Madison Square Garden Sports, overseeing the business operations of the company's three professional teams: New York Knicks, New York Rangers and New York Liberty.

Prior to that, O'Neil was senior vice president of the NBA, in charge of the league's team marketing and business operations.

"I have a great deal of respect for Josh Harris and the other members of the Sixers ownership group, and I am truly looking forward to working with them," O'Neil said in a statement. "Josh wants to win -- on and off the court -- and has demonstrated a strong commitment to building the right organization from top to bottom. Philadelphia is a city built on hard work, grit and the strongest sense of community that exists anywhere in the country. We will work every day to live those values, integrate ourselves into the fabric of this community, and make our fans and business partners proud to be part of our continued resurgence."

O'Neil replaces Adam Aron, who stepped down to become chairman and CEO of a new investment vehicle, funded by members of the Sixers ownership group. He will stay on as a co-owner and board member of the Sixers.

"I have enjoyed every single second of my association with the Philadelphia 76ers, and look forward to continuing to root for the Sixers as co-owner and board member," Aron said in a statement. "Even so, as I look at the current investment landscape, my enthusiasm is boundless for what is to come as I commence an exciting new chapter in my career."
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