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Sixers managing partners Josh Harris and David Blitzer have stake in Steelers

Sixers managing partners Josh Harris and David Blitzer have stake in Steelers

Updated: 12:45 p.m. 

Sixers managing partner Josh Harris and co-managing partner David Blitzer bought a stake of “less than 5%” in the Pittsburgh Steelers earlier this year, according to a report from Bloomberg’s Erik Schatzker. The Steelers confirmed Monday to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that Harris and Blitzer are minority owners. 

Harris and Blitzer purchased the Sixers in 2011 and bought the New Jersey Devils in 2013. According to a report from Scott Soshnick for Variety last week, the pair are also “among the suitors” for the New York Mets. If they do ultimately buy the Mets, Harris and Blitzer would apparently have a stake in a team in each of the four major American professional sports. Additionally, the two have a stake in English Premier League club Crystal Palace. 

Their stake in the Steelers is not a stunning revelation in the context of this demonstrated willingness to invest across sports. 

Per Schatzker, Harris and Blitzer are “passive investors” with “no input on operations,” and their stake is not part of Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment.

The Sixers, who are projected to pay the luxury tax this upcoming season because of expensive long-term commitments to Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid, Al Horford and Tobias Harris, are currently valued by Forbes at $2 billion. The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported that NBPA leadership indicated on a call with players Friday night that “it is believed no fans will be permitted into games for the entire 2020-21 season," which would clearly have a significant financial impact.  

Harris, the co-founder and senior managing director of Apollo Global Management, has a real-time net worth of $4.9 billion, according to Forbes. He received pushback in March for a plan to institute salary reductions of up to 20 percent for full-time, salaried Sixers employees making at least $50,000, then reversed course and apologized. 

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Inside Miles Sanders' Super Bowl thoughts during his wild 2019 TD catch

Inside Miles Sanders' Super Bowl thoughts during his wild 2019 TD catch

The 2019 Eagles regular season was up-and-down, but one obvious highlight was Carson Wentz's insane touchdown pass to Miles Sanders in Week 15, a bullet of a pass to the back of the end zone, through multiple defenders.

Eagles fans - and football fans everywhere - watched that pass on a loop in the days after it went down, finding alternate angles to fully grasp its greatness.

On Wednesday, Sanders broke down what exactly was going through his mind as the play unfolded with NFL Network's Kay Adams - including a specific Super Bowl play he was reminded of as the ball was coming towards him:

Here's what Sanders was thinking:

SANDERS: You wanna know what play I had in my head? The Santonio Holmes Super Bowl catch.

ADAMS: Wait, in that moment you had that in your head?

SANDERS: In that moment, I'm like, 'Oh yeah, I'm in the corner. Throw that - I told him to throw it up, but he throws it so hard, it goes low. I just took a knee and just caught it.

In case you need to jog your memory, here's the Holmes play from that Steelers-Cardinals Super Bowl, a game which nearly featured the Eagles instead of Arizona:

I can kind of see what Sanders means. Wentz looking off defenders like Roethlisberger; Sanders pinned against the back and side boundary lines like Holmes; the similar improbabilty of getting passes past multiple defenders: It's all there.

Eagles head coach Doug Pederson called the throw, at the time, one of the most impressive throws he's seen in his entire NFL career, and gave Sanders some serious kudos for his end of the play:

I mean, it was just an impressive throw. Impressive, probably more so the catch, obviously, where Miles was. There were, I believe three Redskins and an Eagle all lined up in a straight line, basically, between Carson and Miles.

It was, truly, an insane play. Not exactly the same stakes as Holmes' catch - but maybe one day.

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NFL Week 17 schedule: Derrick Gunn's 5 games to watch

NFL Week 17 schedule: Derrick Gunn's 5 games to watch

Here are Derrick Gunn’s games to watch for Week 17 of the NFL season:

Saints at Panthers (Sunday, 1 p.m., FOX)
Head coach Sean Payton says his starters will play. The Saints currently the No. 3 seed in the NFC and still have a shot at the 1 or 2 seed but need help along the way. But first thing's first — taking care of the Panthers. Drew Brees has a minor knee ailment, and his big play wideout Michael Thomas is dealing with a hand issue, but both will be on the field. Carolina's season is done, but there are so many questions about this team. Who will be the new head coach? Will Cam Newton be back? The only highlight left for what has been a dismal year for the Panthers is Christian McCaffrey. He needs 67 receiving yards to become only the third player in NFL history to have 1,000 rushing and receiving yards in the same season. McCaffrey will get his yards, but the Saints will get the win, and then sit and wait.

Redskins at Cowboys (Sunday, 4:25 p.m., FOX)
The Cowboys have no one to blame but themsevles for being in the situation they’re in. Dallas should have wrapped up the division a few weeks ago, but losing four its last five, including a crucial showdown in Philadelphia, leaves its playoff hopes hanging by a thread. The Cowboys need to beat Washington, then hope the Giants do them a favor and knock off the Eagles. Dak Prescott is still dealing with a shoulder injury that appears to be affecting the velocity on his passes. Redskins QB Dwayne Haskins will miss the season finale, and its not known if WR Terry McLaurin will be available (concussion protocol). Dallas wins this divisional confrontation with one eye on the Redskins, and the other eye on the scoreboard.

Steelers at Ravens (Sunday, 4:25 p.m., CBS)
When the 2019 schedule came out, many felt this AFC North finale would  be for the divisional crown.  The Ravens lived up to expectations all season long and have clinched home field advantage. As for the Steelers, injuries piled up. They’ve gone through three quarterbacks. Pittsbugh is right outside the playoff door and needs some help to walk through it. The Ravens are sitting most of their regulars, including Lamar Jackson, which bodes well for Pittsburgh. The Steelers take the gift from Baltimore, but will they get generosity from outside help? The drama builds.

Titans at Texans (Sunday, 4:25 p.m.., CBS)
The help Pittsburgh needs has to come from Houston. If the Texans knock off the Titans and the Steelers win, Pittsburgh is in. But if the Titans win, they knock the Steelers out and Tennessee heads to the postseason dance. Houston is champs of the AFC South for the four time in the last five years. They have a slim chance of getting the No. 3 seed. The Texans won at Tennessee two weeks ago. They’ll win Sunday to make it a season sweep and sweep the Titans' playoff hopes under a rug.

49ers at Seahawks (Sunday, 8:20 p.m., NBC)
The 49ers have been waiting for this rematch. It was Seattle who dealt San Francisco its first loss of the season. From that point on the Niners, who began the season 8-0, have gone on a 4-3 journey. Seattle's backfield has been decimated by injuries. Chris Carson and C.J. Prosise's seasons are over. So, Seattle has re-signed two former 'Hawks, 33-year-old Marshawn Lynch and Robert Turbin. Neither has played in a year. Russell Wilson will have to put his team on his back, but the load may be too much to bear. The Niners' big incentive is if they win, they are the top seed in the NFC. This should be a great matchup to close out the 2019 regular season. The Niners take the win, the division and the top seed. 

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