Sixers acquire new D-League affiliate, Delaware 87ers

Sixers acquire new D-League affiliate, Delaware 87ers

April 27, 2013, 5:00 pm
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The Sixers on Saturday announced they have acquired the rights of a Developmental League team and will move the D-League franchise to Delaware, where it will begin play this November.

The team, which will be known as the Delaware 87ers, will play its home games on the University of Delaware campus at the Bob Carpenter Center in Newark.

"The creation of the Delaware 87ers is an important milestone in our quest to ensure that the Philadelphia 76ers are viewed in all respects to be a world-class and cutting-edge NBA franchise," Sixers owner Josh Harris said in a press release. "We believe that the ability to own and operate our own NBA D-League affiliate will strengthen our player development and other team initiatives and be a tremendous asset to the entire Sixers organization."

The name "87ers" was chosen in recognition of Delaware being the first state to ratify the U.S. Constitution in December 1787. The team will be nicknamed the "Sevens."

Aaron Moszer was named the team president. Most recently, Moszer served as the assistant vice president of sales/marketing for Ripken Baseball Inc., where he spent the last 11 years.

"Aaron Moszer brings a wealth of sports industry knowledge to the Delaware 87ers, particularly in the successful start-up of a minor-league team as an instrumental part of the Aberdeen IronBirds' inaugural season," Sixers CEO and co-owner Adam Aron said in a press release.

While with Ripken Baseball, Moszer also served as the general manager of the IronBirds, the Orioles' Single A affiliate, and oversaw direct ticket sales and corporate sponsorships.

With the purchase, the Sixers become just the sixth NBA team with 100 percent ownership of its D-League affiliate after the Spurs, Lakers, Thunder, Warriors and Cavaliers.

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