New CEO named for Philadelphia 76ers and New Jersey Devils

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- Tad Brown has agreed to become the CEO of the Philadelphia 76ers and New Jersey Devils, both holdings of Harris Blitzer Sports and Entertainment, the 76ers announced Monday.

Brown spent the past 15 years as CEO of the Houston Rockets, where he was the franchise's representative on the NBA's Board of Governors. Brown stepped down in Houston in April, and now rejoins Sixers president of basketball operations Daryl Morey, with whom he shared significant Western Conference success and a close working relationship while with the Rockets.

In 13 years together with the Rockets, Brown and Morey oversaw a 640-400 (.615) record, second-best in the NBA during that span of time. They've long described a "shorthand" of understanding and conversation that's been beneficial in collaboration.

Brown replaces Scott O'Neil, who recently departed as the Sixers-Devils CEO.

Brown will oversee business functions of the 76ers and Devils, including the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, sources said.

In his almost two decades with Houston, Brown played a role in securing two NBA All-Star Games (2006 and 2013) and served on the NBA's Media Committee, working closely on media rights deals for both the league and the Rockets.
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