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Former Rockets CEO Tad Brown Hired to Same Role for 76ers, Devils

Rob Goldberg@@TheRobGoldbergFeatured Columnist IVJuly 12, 2021

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Tad Brown will become the CEO for the Philadelphia 76ers and New Jersey Devils after serving in the same role with the Houston Rockets, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

Scott O'Neil had served as the CEO of Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment, the holding company that owns the 76ers and Devils, for the past eight years before stepping down from the role at the end of June.

Brown has spent 15 years with the Rockets, including 13 alongside current 76ers president of basketball operations Daryl Morey.

"We are thrilled to welcome Tad to the HBSE family," HBSE co-founder Josh Harris said in a statement. "Tad is an exceptional leader in our industry, and one with a deep passion for innovation and community engagement. With nearly twenty years' experience leading the Houston Rockets and Toyota Center, we are confident that he will bring a fresh energy and new ideas to our teams, organization and local communities."

Brown oversaw an impressive run of success for the Rockets, who made the playoffs every year from 2013-20.

He also helped the organization from a business perspective, securing the NBA All-Star game in both 2006 and 2013, while keying community outreach efforts in Houston.

The NBA experience will help him with the 76ers. He'll join forces again with Morey as the squad looks to win its first title since 1983.

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The Devils need more work after only one playoff appearance in the last nine years. Brown will oversee the organization from a business perspective, including the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.

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