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Lou Williams Set to Become a Free Agent

Lou Williams Set to Become a Free Agent

Lost in the shuffle during a busy weekend of Phillies baseball and enjoying ourselves a ton, Lou Williams officially filed to opt out of the final year on his contract. The move was little more than a formality for the 76ers' leading scorer, who will test free agency after setting a career high with 14.9 points per game.

Lou could still wind up staying in Philly if the price is right, but it sounds like there is going to be some interest from the market. As much as they might miss his scoring though, we've probably seen the ceiling or close to it for Williams' abilities, and it's not something the team is in a position to overpay for at this point.

Andrew Unterberger discussed the possibility of moving on in his Exit Interviews:

Lou, don't go away mad / Lou, just go away. The career Sixer has expressed his desire to opt out of his contract this off-season, and will undoubtedly test the open market to see if he can starters' money, if not necessarily a starter's role. I pray that some near-contending (or totally rebuilding) team in need of a scoring punch does so, and the Sixers have the good sense not to match. Seven years with this guy has been plenty, if we don't cut ties now, he might still be taking contested late-shot-clock threes for us when he's 47. I'm worried he'll still end up back with the Sixers, though—the market may have dried up some for him after his shitty end to the season, and ultimately comfort and loyalty might win out, to the detriment of everyone.

Nick Menta also wrote about whether Lou's numbers could land him a better job:

Williams, who averaged 26.3 minutes per game last season, may be looking for a gig for as a starter, rather than as the change of pace, instant offense option off the bench he's provided the Sixers throughout his seven seasons with the team. And for as much criticism as Williams faced when his numbers and efficiency saw a dramatic decline in the playoffs, his regular season numbers might just be enough to convince a team to add him to their starting five next year.

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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Chris Long donating first 6 game checks for scholarships in Charlottesville

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Chris Long donating first 6 game checks for scholarships in Charlottesville

Chris Long talked the talk. Now he's walking the walk. 

The Eagles defensive end is donating his first six game checks of the 2017 season to fund two scholarships in his hometown of Charlottesville, Virginia. 

In August, Long spoke out about the violent protests in Charlottesville (see story).  At that time, he thought the majority of the original protesters, protesting the removal of a Confederate statue, were from out of town. He thought his neighbors were the ones trying to stop them. He also took umbrage to President Donald Trump's response, which condemned "violence on many sides."  

Now, Long is doing more than just speaking out. Based on his $1 million base salary in 2017, six games checks will amount to roughly $375,000. 

"In August, we watched people fill our hometown streets with hatred and bigotry," Long said in a release. "Megan (his wife) and I decided to try to combat those actions with our own positive investment in our community." 

According to the release, the scholarships will be administered by Long's alma mater, St. Anne's-Belfield School. Two members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Virginia will be given the seven-year scholarships to go a Virginia school. The two scholarships will go to students entering sixth grade and will provide them with tuition through high school graduation. 

The Longs have actually been sponsoring a student who will graduate this spring from St. Anne's-Belfield, the release said. They have been paying for the student's tuition for the past six years. But now, Long wants to make a more public statement. 

"We want these scholarships to be reflective of what the 'Cville' community is really about -- supporting one another, social equality and building up those in our community who need it," Long said. "We hope our investment will change the lives of the students who receive the scholarship and in turn, those students can positively impact others."