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A Few Early Observations On Xfinity Live!

A Few Early Observations On Xfinity Live!

Bruce Springsteen rocked the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on Wednesday night and ticket holders to the Boss' show were also treated to a pre/post concert opportunity to experience XFINITY Live! before its grand opening party on Friday night. We were among the thousands of fans who got to take in the new venue on Pattison Avenue. Here are a few random observations.

This isn't a review, by any means, because I didn't get to experience the whole venue. Just a few random thoughts.

-The job they've done with the space is impressive. While I had zero expectations as to what to expect, the outdoor spaces at Victory Beer Hall and the PBR Grill are the kind of places you'll look forward to meeting your friends at before/after a game during the summer. The fire pits were a nice touch.

-Victory Beer Hall's selection is legit and a craft beer runs about $6, I believe -- about the same as most bars in the city. Not only do they have all of Victory's beers but also plenty of other brewery's like Dogfish Head and Troegs among many others. The pretzels were tasty.

-The NBC Sports Arena has a Vegas sports book feel to it, which I think makes for a great atmosphere to watch a game.

-The old Spectrum memories were kept alive in some really nice touches. The Mitchell and Ness store uses the actual boards from the Flyers days at America's Show Place.

-The Dr. J statue is prominently placed on the walk up to the venue.

-The band stage outside is pretty nice and could be very cool if they get bands like the B-Street band that played last night on a regular basis.

-It's hard not to stare. The waitresses/dancers at the PBR Grill are in fact very scantily clad.

-We didn't even really get to see the Spectrum Grille or the Broad Street Bullies Pub.

-McFadden's at the Ball Park and Chickie's and Pete's around the corner can't be too happy about it.

-I want to go back again to check the rest of it out.

My prediction: the debate about where to go before/after a game to meet up with your friends will now only take 10 seconds. You're going to meet at XFINITY Live! for a couple of beers and take the night from there.

You can see more photos of the venue from last night here.

CSNPhilly Internship - Advertising/Sales

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CSNPhilly Internship - Advertising/Sales

Position Title: Intern
Department: Advertising/Sales
Company: Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia
# of hours / week: 10 – 20 hours

Deadline: November 20

Basic Function

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

Requirements

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

Interested students should apply here and specify they're interested in the ad/sales internship.

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Report: Darren Sproles out indefinitely with broken arm

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Report: Darren Sproles out indefinitely with broken arm

It appears the Eagles have lost running back Darren Sproles for a while.

Sproles, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, suffered a broken arm in Sunday's 27-24 victory over the Giants and is out indefinitely.

Sproles left the game early in the second quarter with what was announced as a wrist injury and did not return after running the ball three times for 11 yards. 

Despite his loss, the Eagles' run game thrived. Wendell Smallwood, LeGarrette Blount and Corey Clement combined for 160 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 30 carries.

Veteran Torrey Smith, for the time being at least, will take over as the Eagles' punt returner. Smith returned one punt Sunday for nine yards. He tweeted it was his first punt return since high school. 

The 34-year-old Sproles seemed to be contemplating retirement after last season, his 11th in the NFL, but backed off this spring during OTAs.

"We're gonna see," Sproles said in June. "Right after we make the playoffs, then come back and ask me."