New Sixers Owners Say Hello, Will Slash Plenty of Ticket Prices

New Sixers Owners Say Hello, Will Slash Plenty of Ticket Prices

Clearly the most relevant aspect of today's new ownership press conference was the announcement that some 9,000 tickets at the Wells Fargo Center will be cut by 50% or more. Sitting in the lower bowl for as low as $29 is a huge improvement over last season. It's nice to see the new owners making an immediate positive impact on the fans.

The theme of the day from the team's new CEO Adam Aron was improving the game-day experience for fans. That's nice and all, but to real basketball fans it's not really about what goes on during timeouts and halftime, what matters most to hoops junkies is what happens on the court for 48 minutes and whether you've got a winning team.

That said, as the early CBP-era Phillies showed us, improving the fan experience can often lead to more casual fans in the seats which can in some ways lead to a better product on the field. Not as easily done in the NBA with the way salary caps, etc. are structured, but still true in some respects.

They also hinted at a number of announcements in the coming weeks, and angry-bunny-mascot Hip-Hop was not in attendance today at the Palestra, so here's to hoping the bunny gets chopped.

That would really make me like these new guys.

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CEO Adam Aron on ticket prices:

Phillies' rookie Zach Eflin has surgery on left knee

Phillies' rookie Zach Eflin has surgery on left knee

Six weeks after undergoing surgery to repair the patella tendon in his right knee, Phillies rookie Zach Eflin went under the knife again Friday.

As expected, Eflin had the same surgery - performed by Dr. Steve Cohen - done on his left knee.

According to the Phillies, Eflin will be immobilized for six weeks and is expected to make a full recovery.

Eflin, 22, has been dealing with knee problems since he was about 11 years old. The issues caused him to make just 11 starts in his rookie campaign. 

“You know this is an issue he’s been fighting since he was a kid,” general manager Matt Klentak said on the day of Eflin’s first surgery in August. “I think he told me since he was 11 years old, he first started battling knee problems. The hope here is that it’s going to alleviate the problem. And that he’s not going to have to deal with it. And in just talking candidly with Zach last night, while not excited to undergo the knife today, he was pretty excited about the possibility of coming to spring training next year pain-free for the first time in his life.”

That is still the expectation.

Eflin finished his rookie year 3-5 with a 5.54 ERA in 63 ⅓ innings pitched. He was 5-2 with a 2.90 ERA in 68 ⅓ innings at Triple A Lehigh Valley.