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Sixers' ownership group bidding for Devils

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07:35 AM ET 08.08 | Billionaire investment banker Josh Harris certainly has the means to consider adding another ownership stake, and it appears he has helped add another turn in the Devils' ownership saga. The interest by the 76ers ownership group, which is headed by [Harris], was first reported on Twitter by Howard Eskin of Fox 29 TV and WIP radio in Philadelphia and confirmed to The Record by two sources with knowledge of the Devils ownership process. One source said Harris' group became involved after a sale agreement with a group headed by attorney Andrew Barroway technically expired last month without a deal being completed. Coincidentally, Barroway was involved in a group that made a failed bid to buy the 76ers before Harris' group did.

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August 8, 2013  08:18 AM ET

The Rock is a great arena, much better than the old Continental Airlines/Brendan Byrne arena they played in at the Meadowlands. It's a shame they still have trouble drawing people, probably due to the fact that it's in Newark. If a new ownership group can meet payroll and get the fans in the seats, I'm all for it!

August 8, 2013  08:42 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

The Rock is a great arena, much better than the old Continental Airlines/Brendan Byrne arena they played in at the Meadowlands. It's a shame they still have trouble drawing people, probably due to the fact that it's in Newark. If a new ownership group can meet payroll and get the fans in the seats, I'm all for it!

But what is it then? The team has won The Cup a few times, is almost always in contention, has had a marquee player (LOTF) for a long time and a new, nice building (from what I am told, i haven't been there yet) that is easier to get to....what is the stickingpoint?

August 8, 2013  09:01 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

The Rock is a great arena, much better than the old Continental Airlines/Brendan Byrne arena they played in at the Meadowlands. It's a shame they still have trouble drawing people, probably due to the fact that it's in Newark. If a new ownership group can meet payroll and get the fans in the seats, I'm all for it!

See the thing is this. They didn't have issues last year. The one good thing this owner has done, was market the team, something past owners wouldn't do. They were at 97% capacity. Considering the team wasn't good at all, that's a really high number for a team that normally had trouble drawing fans.

August 8, 2013  09:02 AM ET

If this group buys the Devils do they move them to Philly, so they have a real hockey team to root for (Metropolitan division tweak).

August 8, 2013  09:07 AM ET
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If this group buys the Devils do they move them to Philly, so they have a real hockey team to root for (Metropolitan division tweak).

My nameis Spiny Norman and I approve of this tweak

August 8, 2013  09:07 AM ET
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See the thing is this. They didn't have issues last year. The one good thing this owner has done, was market the team, something past owners wouldn't do. They were at 97% capacity. Considering the team wasn't good at all, that's a really high number for a team that normally had trouble drawing fans.

Indeed it is, I didn't realise it was that high.

August 8, 2013  09:10 AM ET

Vhaaaat? No more Vanderbeeeek? That's vanderfool!

August 8, 2013  09:20 AM ET
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Vhaaaat? No more Vanderbeeeek? That's vanderfool!

I think it's fallawful.

August 8, 2013  09:23 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Vhaaaat? No more Vanderbeeeek? That's vanderfool!

I hope James Vanderbeek comes in and buys them.

August 8, 2013  09:29 AM ET
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I hope James Vanderbeek comes in and buys them.

I hope James Vanderbeek comes in and makes Lou sign Jaromir Jagr to a looong term contract to replace the loss of Kovalchuk. :-)

August 8, 2013  09:30 AM ET
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I hope James Vanderbeek comes in and makes Lou sign Jaromir Jagr to a looong term contract to replace the loss of Kovalchuk. :-)

Sorry, Nard. That was mean. :-(

August 8, 2013  09:32 AM ET
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I think it's fallawful.

I love that stuff, especially with a nice huumus and tatziki sauce on the side

August 8, 2013  09:34 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

My nameis Spiny Norman and I approve of this tweak

Phantom is heading to a keyboard as we speak. Hide Spiny. Hide now.

August 8, 2013  09:39 AM ET
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I love that stuff, especially with a nice huumus and tatziki sauce on the side

In other words, you like your Arabic food with a Greek flavor.

August 8, 2013  09:44 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

If this group buys the Devils do they move them to Philly, so they have a real hockey team to root for (Metropolitan division tweak).

No, they'll probably do for the Devils what they did for the Sixers. Run the franchise right into the ground by paying premium prices for mediocre talent and by letting what little talent they had walk away.

August 8, 2013  09:46 AM ET
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No, they'll probably do for the Devils what they did for the Sixers. Run the franchise right into the ground by paying premium prices for mediocre talent and by letting what little talent they had walk away.

You don't have to be mean about it.

August 8, 2013  09:52 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

I love that stuff, especially with a nice huumus and tatziki sauce on the side

Or even Tzatziki...

August 8, 2013  09:57 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

No, they'll probably do for the Devils what they did for the Sixers. Run the franchise right into the ground by paying premium prices for mediocre talent and by letting what little talent they had walk away.

so they'll pretty much stick to what they've been doing for the past few years?

August 8, 2013  09:58 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

See the thing is this. They didn't have issues last year. The one good thing this owner has done, was market the team, something past owners wouldn't do. They were at 97% capacity. Considering the team wasn't good at all, that's a really high number for a team that normally had trouble drawing fans.

But were people showing up to see the team or to see the new arena? If they don't improve, the shine will come off the new rink pretty fast.

 
August 8, 2013  10:03 AM ET
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But were people showing up to see the team or to see the new arena? If they don't improve, the shine will come off the new rink pretty fast.

I think the shine's already gone.

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