76ers spokesperson Michael Preston has confirmed to the Daily News that, despite reports, CEO Adam Aron has not been fired. Adam, who has been associated in the business world with majority owner Josh Harris for over 20 years, also is a minority owner of the team. Reports started circulating yesterday afternoon of Aron’s supposed firing, which seemed odd being as both he and Harris were out of the country at the time. It appears, though, that Aron’s role with the team may change. Last week Scott O’Neil, former New York Knick executive and Villanova alum, visited with the team, according to a source. O’Neil resigned as president of Madison Square Garden in September. Originally, O’Neil was mostly involved in the marketing aspect of the team, which was what Aron’s role is with the Sixers. But through the years, according to the New York Daily News, O’Neil became more involved in the basketball operations side. The day Hinkie was introduced to the media, there were reports that Aron’s role with the team had been cut back. But even before Hinkie was in front of the microphone for the first time at his new position, Aron told anyone and everyone who was in attendance that “my role has not changed one bit. I don’t know where that report came from.” Aron gained the interest of Sixers’ fans with his constant tweeting after being hired in 2011. He harped on bringing in a new mascot, changed public address announcers (from Matt Cord to Tom Lamaine and then back to Cord again) and frequently tweeted of the new ownership’s desire to make the team more fan-friendly while promising to turn the mediocre on-court product into a winner.
Despite reports, CEO Adam Aron not fired by 76ers
Philly.com | Jun 24