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Sixers unveil 'Phila Unite' playoff campaign

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Sixers unveil 'Phila Unite' playoff campaign

The logos have been popping up all over Philadelphia, and now the Sixers officially have unveiled their “Phila Unite” playoff campaign.

The inspiration dates back over 250 years. The postseason logo depicts a segmented snake around the Liberty Bell. In 1754, Ben Franklin drew the snake in the political cartoon “Join, or Die” in the Pennsylvania Gazette

Franklin’s objective was to unite the colonies. In this campaign, the snake represents the perseverance of Sixers fans from the Philadelphia area, out of state, and internationally as well. 

"Every turn we went, Ben Franklin's snake made all the sense in the world for us,” Sixers president of business operations Chris Heck said. 

The Sixers actually began putting together this campaign long before this 50-plus win season began. The organization came up with the idea three years ago and developed the design internally with the anticipation of the first playoff appearance since the 2011-12 season. 

“There’s no better way to say it than all of us really did believe in the process, and we believed in this and had no doubt that this is where we would be,” Sixers chief marketing officer Katie O’Reilly said. “To be able to have that belief, it really brought us together as an organization.” 

During home postseason games, the players will wear the City Edition uniforms, which feature the segmented snake underneath a flap on the shorts. The “Phila Unite” logo will be at center court for these games as well. 

The playoff logo will continue to appear throughout Philadelphia. It has been illustrated on murals around the city, on a 50-foot-by-50-foot banner on the Wells Fargo Center and on a 30-foot-by-20-foot flag on Humphrys Flag Company. Additionally, the Sixers’ staff distributed over 10,000 logo decals. 

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Sixers fans can visit to upload their photos to a custom overlay and engage with the hashtag #PhilaUnite. 

The Sixers will give away a T-shirt at the first playoff game and a “Phila Unite” rally flag at the second contest. Additional merchandise with the logo is available in the team store and 

“What this campaign is is authentic to the city,” O’Reilly said. “It’s authentic to the history, it’s so much of who we are, and I think it’s really representative of how we do things.”  

87ers unveil rebrand as Delaware Blue Coats

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87ers unveil rebrand as Delaware Blue Coats

Goodbye, Delaware 87ers. Hello, Delaware Blue Coats.

The Sixers on Wednesday announced their new G League affiliate brand identity for the 2018-19 season.

The team name Blue Coats comes from the first Delaware Regiment soldiers. 

"Our players will be proud to wear ‘Blue Coats’ across their chests for all it will come to represent," Blue Coats general manager Elton Brand said. "First-in-class player development, team culture, fan engagement and local activism.”

The Blue Coats’ primary logo was designed to show Caesar Rodney's horseback ride of 1776, which he took from Wilmington to Philadelphia to vote for independence. 

“This new identity serves as a strong extension of the Philadelphia 76ers brand and represents Delaware’s important role in our nation’s history," Sixers president of business operations Chris Heck said.

The Sixers further explained in the announcement: 

“Rodney, portrayed in the team’s primary logo palming a basketball and seated on a saddle emblazoned with the iconic 76, briefly commanded the Delaware Regiment when its esteemed Colonel John Haslet was lost at the Battle of Princeton. Further solidifying their place in American lore, 100 brave Delaware Regiment soldiers clad in blue coats famously crossed the Delaware River alongside General George Washington in December 1776.”

The Blue Coats also will have a new arena. The 76ers Fieldhouse will open in the fourth quarter of this year. The facility will host approximately 2,500 fans.

The team will announce secondary and partial logos leading up to the 76ers Fieldhouse opening.

Sixers go back in time with City Edition uniforms

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Sixers go back in time with City Edition uniforms

The Sixers City Edition uniform is here. 

The final piece in the 2017-18 season collection was inspired by the Declaration of Independence and designed in a parchment-paper color.

Uniform features include signature-style letters, a circle of 13 stars, a "76" emblem for the Bicentennial celebration, and red, white and blue trim. 

The Sixers will wear these uniforms for the first time Feb. 2 at home against the Heat, followed by every Friday night home game and each home game in April for the rest of the season. 

"We’re excited to unveil the 'City Edition' uniform for our incredible fans in Philadelphia as we celebrate this city’s rich history and spirit of revolution," Sixers president of business operations Chris Heck said. 

"With a design inspired by the Declaration of Independence and other historical notes, our City Edition jersey captures the essence of Philadelphia in a manner that can be boldly showcased by the likes of Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid and the entire 76ers roster. We’re fortunate to unveil this fourth and final uniform for the 2017-18 season with our partner, StubHub, and look forward to creating even more special experiences for our fans when we wear the City Edition uniform in 2018."

Sixers fans can enter to win a personalized City Edition jersey here.

This uniform rounds out the collection with the Icon, Association and Statement Editions.

Safe to say Phillies teammates J.P. Crawford and Rhys Hoskins are fans of the new-look jerseys.

For the city!! Love the new @sixers jerseys that just released today! #brotherlylove

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