The Philadelphia 76ers decision to acquire a team in the NBA D-League is universally regarded as a great move for the franchise. Naming them the Delaware 87ers on the other hand... that's certainly up for plenty of debate.
Just as the 76ers are most commonly referred to as the "Sixers," the 87ers will be dubbed the "Sevens." Lucky!
The organization unveiled the new name today in the great state of Delaware... where the team will play at the University of Delaware's Bob Carpenter Center in Newark.
So what's the deal with the 87ers name anyway? Something important happen in a year that ended in '87?
According to the press release:
The team name "87ers" was selected in recognition of Delaware's place
in United States history, as it was the first state to ratify the U.S.
Constitution on December 7, 1787. The 87ers name also is immediately
evocative of the parent "76ers," a name similarly derived from
Philadelphia's place in U.S. history with the Declaration of
Independence being signed there in 1776. The 87ers team will also be
nicknamed the "Sevens," a nod to the way the parent clubâ€™s official
name is often shortened to the "Sixers."
The biggest problem with the name, in my opinion, is the need to rework everyone's favorite Sixers-related musical jam. 10, 9, 87ers! Just doesn't have enough umph to it. Also: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, Sevens! is kind of exhausting. Counting that high is challenging.
Welcome to exciting Delaware!
Position Title: Intern
Company: Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia
# of hours / week: 10 – 20 hours
Deadline: November 20
This position will work closely with the Vice President of Sales in generating revenue through commercial advertisements and sponsorship sales. The intern will gain first-hand sales experience through working with Sales Assistants and AEs on pitches, sales-calls and recapping material.
Duties and Responsibilities
• Assist Account Executive on preparation of Sales Presentations
• Cultivate new account leads for local sales
• Track sponsorships in specified programs
• Assist as point of contact with sponsors on game night set up and pre-game hospitality elements.
• Assist with collection of all proof of performance materials.
• Perform Competitive Network Analysis
• Update Customer database
• Other various projects as assigned
1. Good oral and written communication skills.
2. Knowledge of sports.
3. Ability to work non-traditional hours, weekends & holidays
4. Ability to work in a fast-paced, high-pressure environment
5. Must be 19 years of age or older
6. Must be a student in pursuit of an Associate, Bachelor, Master or Juris Doctor degree
7. Must have unrestricted authorization to work in the US
8. Must have sophomore standing or above
9. Must have a 3.0 GPA
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