Sixers managing owner Josh Harris and co-managing owner David Blitzer have formed Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment (HBSE), a global sports and entertainment business.
HBSE will encompass multiple sports teams to include the Sixers, New Jersey Devils (NHL), Delaware 87ers (G League), Binghamton Devils (AHL), and Team Dignitas (esports), which the Sixers acquired last September. Harris is the owner/chairman/governor of the Devils and Blitzer is the owner/vice chairman/alternate governor of the team.
The Sixers Innovation Lab Crafted by Kimball, the Prudential Center and the GRAMMY Museum Experience Prudential Center, also will be part of HBSE.
“As we continue to expand our scope in the world of professional sports and entertainment, we’re excited to launch Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment,” Harris said. “We believe this endeavor allows us to continue to grow strategically and innovatively.”
Sixers CEO Scott O’Neil was named CEO of HBSE.
“This commitment to growth, which started with the acquisition of the Philadelphia 76ers, has quickly emerged as a growing and dynamic sports and entertainment company,” O’Neil said. “The formation of HBSE is a signal that this is just the beginning to an incredible future.”
Brad Shron, Sixers executive VP, general counsel, will be HBSE’s general counsel. Additionally, members of the Sixers' staff were promoted to the following positions and will be involved with HBSE: Chris Heck, Sixers president; Lara Price, Sixers chief operating officer; Jake Reynolds, Sixers chief revenue officer; Katie O’Reilly, Sixers chief marketing officer.
“We take pride in hiring the best and brightest talent from a variety of backgrounds and industries with the goal of shaping a well-rounded, dynamic organization,” Blitzer said. “HBSE provides a unique opportunity to harness the power of our talented management team and our shared resources to fuel growth and expansion, and a means to accelerate and sustain long-term success.”