While fans are sitting around talking about what this lockout can mean for the future of the NHL, we have to also look at what is in store for the Philadelphia Flyers. This comes off of news that Flyers‘ owner Ed Snider, who is 79 is engaged for a fourth time to his 45-year old girlfriend. It is not the actual story of the engagement that has sparked this blog post today, but rather what will happen to the organization when Snider is no longer apart of it.
Snider has been with the organization since it’s beginning. He actually put the bid in for Philly to get a team during the expansion era, so essentially he created the Philadelphia Flyers. He also has stated that he thinks the players don’t get paid enough and it’s clear that he is frustrated with the lockout as well. But that’s a whole other story.
Snider is actively involved with the Flyers and in addition to owning the team he also owns their building the Wells Fargo Center. Along with being the chairman of Comcast Spectacor, Comcast Sports Net (which have now been sold to NBC Universal) and Global Spectrum. He also founded the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation that benefits inner city kids and has refurbished 4 ice rinks in the city that were threatened to be closed down. He also used to own the 76ers as well. So it is clear that Snider is a big name in Philly sports.
Snider has been involved with the team for so long that it’s hard to imagine the Flyers without Ed Snider. However, as he is 79 he is getting up there in age so the ownership of the organization will eventually go to someone else. The question is who?
The most likely of candidate will be one of Snider’s sons Jay Snider. Jay was the President of the team from 1983-1994 and of Spectacor from 1987-1994 and he only left these positions to pursue business ventures in East Asia. According to his businessweek.com profile he is currently a managing partner at Snider Capital and he purchased WIP, the local and perhaps most successful sports talk radio in Philadelphia. He is the most likely candidate considering his involvement with the team, it’s just a matter of if he’ll be able to manage it with all his other involvements.
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