Hudson Valley Sports Report

LOURDES GRAD SCOTT O’NEIL STEPS DOWN AS CEO OF SIXERS, DEVILS

Had Been With The Company For Eight Years; Will Pursue Other Opportunities

By Rich Thomaselli
HVSR Staff

Our Lady of Lourdes High School graduate Scott O’Neil this morning stepped down as the CEO of basketball’s Philadelphia 76ers and hockey’s New Jersey Devils, the teams’ parent company announced.

Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment (HBSE) made the announcement in a press release.

O’Neill helped build HBSE from a single entity that owned the Sixers to a sports and entertainment company.

“HBSE is the best organization I have ever been a part of, with the highest degree of difficulty I have ever encountered, and the most fun I have ever had, because every day brought a new opportunity to learn and develop,” he said in a statement. “This company has grown through a culture of extraordinary teammates willing to be innovative, having the discipline to do the work, and a courage to lead from the front. While I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of my time here, I am even more excited to build, grow, and drive my next platform.”

O’Neil said he will be pursuing other opportunities. Here’s a guess he won’t be unemployed for long. The 1988 OLL grad has a resume that includes nothing but success, including serving as Vice President of Marketing for the National Basketball Association and as President of Madison Square Garden.

“Scott has accomplished so much on behalf of the organization in a relatively short amount of time, driving our growth, culture, and commitment to strengthening the communities in which we live, work, play, and win,” said HBSE Co-Founder Josh Harris. “I cannot overstate how much we value Scott’s enormous contributions to the company and how grateful I am for his leadership and partnership in creating a best-in-class culture at HBSE. We know he will find great success in whatever he chooses to accomplish in the future, and we will always be among his biggest advocates.”

O’Neil led the Sixers to sign the first jersey patch sponsorship in “Big Four” sports history, oversaw construction on the largest and most technically advanced training complex in professional sports, the Philadelphia 76ers Training Complex, established an industry-leading Innovation Lab, and became the first U.S. professional sports franchise to acquire a world-renowned esports team.

O’Neil’s book, “Be Where Your Feet Are: Seven Principles to Keep You Present, Grounded, and Thriving,” came out last month.

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