Sickers COO Chris Heck to leave the team

In a statement released by The Sixers on Tuesday morning, Chris Heck announced that he will be leaving his position as the organization’s chief commercial officer at the end of June.

Heck joined the Sixers in 2013 as Chief Sales and Marketing Officer and has been Chief Commercial Officer since 2017.

“I would like to thank the leadership of Harris Blitzer Sports and Entertainment for this incredible career opportunity to lead one of the most important brands in professional sports,” Heck said in the Sixers statement. “The past nine years have been the most rewarding and challenging of my career. Together with some wonderful colleagues, we have filled our stands with ardent fans, created lifelong memories, and secured the support and loyalty of dozens of global partners. Thank you to our extremely talented Marketing, Sales and Sponsorship staff at Sixers – You’re the best in the field. And most importantly, thanks to Philadelphia fans, you really are the best in the world.”

Heck, a Villanova graduate, previously served as the head of commercial operations for the New York Red Bulls in Major League Soccer and worked in the NBA office.

Scott O’Neill, who also started with the Sixers in 2013, resigned last June as CEO of Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment, which owns the Sixers and the New Jersey Devils. HBSE has hired former Rockets CEO Tad Brown to fill the opening.

Josh Harris remains the Sixers’ managing partner, and David Blitzer is the foundation’s joint managing partner.

“We deeply appreciate Chris’ contributions and leadership over the past nine years,” Harris and Blitzer said in the team statement. “He has been instrumental in supporting the growth of our business and has helped establish the 76ers as a truly global brand. Most importantly, Chris had a passion for ensuring the team used his platform to make a positive impact in the Philadelphia community. We wish him every success in the future and thank him for his dedication to the team. and the city.”

Heck told Keith Pompey in the Philadelphia Inquirer that he “made that decision back in February” and had been discussing it with Harris and Blitzer for months.

On the basketball operations side, things will be busy for the Sixers (and the NBA in general) over the next month. The Sixers have the 23rd selection in the NBA Draft, which takes place on June 23 in Brooklyn. The free agency will start on July 1st.

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