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The Philadelphia 76ers are in the process of working through an offseason where they will be looking to improve upon their Round 2 exit in the 2021 postseason. There are some upgrades that the team will have to make in order to get the job done.
On the business side of things, they had to make a move to hire a new CEO after Scott O’Neil stepped down after eight years at Harris & Blitzer Sports & Entertainment.
Philadelphia will hire Thaddeus “Tad” Brown as the new CEO. He will overlook not only the Sixers but the NHL’s New Jersey Devils as well. He spent the previous two decades with the Houston Rockets so he has experience with president Daryl Morey from their days in Houston.
“We are thrilled to welcome Tad to the HBSE family,” said HBSE Co-Founder Josh Harris per a team press release. “Tad is an exceptional leader in our industry, and one with a deep passion for innovation and community engagement. With nearly twenty years’ experience leading the Houston Rockets and Toyota Center, we are confident that he will bring a fresh energy and new ideas to our teams, organization and local communities.”
During Brown and Morey’s time in Houston, from 2007-2020, the Rockets compiled a 640-400 (.615) record, the second-best of any NBA team, while becoming one of the NBA’s most successful franchises.
“I want to thank Josh Harris and David Blitzer for this incredible opportunity to lead HBSE in its next chapter,” Brown added per the same press release. “This role not only allows me to work for innovators like Josh and David; it also allows me to work alongside some of the industry’s best talent that has been assembled across the HBSE organization. This is a world-class sports and entertainment organization that cares about the cities and fans it serves. My family and I are thrilled to begin our new journey and I’m eager to help guide HBSE to even greater heights.”