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Comcast-Spectacor Reaches Deal To Sell 76ers To Joshua Harris
Published July 14, 2011
WHAT'S THE GAME PLAN? The INQUIRER's Fagan notes now that "details of the sale are understood, the immediate question becomes how the ownership swap will affect the team's basketball side." Thorn and 76ers coach Doug Collins "have had conversations with members of the new ownership group, but no one has revealed any sort of insight into the new regime's long-term plans; at this point it will likely require a few months behind the wheel before even the owners know what direction is best." Fagan notes as of now, a "feeling exists within the team that at least a small amount of change will occur." GM Ed Stefanski, whose contract with the 76ers "will expire soon, is somewhat of a redundant presence considering that Thorn is now officially in charge of personnel decisions." Couple Stefanski's role "with Levien's and Thorn's, and that's like three quarterbacks hovering over center" (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 7/14).