ESPN.com reports that Comcast-Spectacor is looking to sell the Sixers to a group led by Joshua Harris, a leveraged buy-out specialist. A source told ESPN the deal is “imminent.”
Harris has a net worth of $1.5 billion according Forbes’ 2011 billionaire rankings. Yes “billion” with a B. Harris is a co founder of Apollo Global Management, a company which invests in distressed properties. I guess this officially makes the Sixers a distressed property, but I think we already knew that.
While many were unaware the team was for sale, personally I saw this one coming. Ed Snyder, chairman of Comcast Spectacor has always cared more for for his baby, the Flyers than the Sixers. I think Snyder is well aware that he does not devote as much attention to the Sixers as he does the Flyers, and wanted to see a new owner who would be more dedicated towards the team buy the Sixers.
The Sixers will still play in the Wells Fargo Center, but as a tenant once the sale is complete. Snyder has controlled the Sixers since 1996, and the Harris group will be the sixth owners in the club’s history.
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