Sixers name Scott O'Neil CEO

ORLANDO – The 76ers have hired Scott O’Neil as it new chief operating officer. The former Madison Square Garden president replaces Adam Aron, who will remain team co-owner and board member.

“I love the NBA and the game of basketball and am thrilled to be back,” O’Neil told Bloomsburg News Monday morning. “I have lived in and around Philadelphia for parts of my teens, 20s, 30s and now 40s, and I am really excited to be back and get started with the Sixers.

“This is an incredible city that loves an underdog and that is very much what the Sixers are right now.”

O’Neil has strong local ties. He is Villanova graduate and is a former vice president of sales with the Eagles.

From July 2008 to September, O'Neil was the president of MSG sports, where he oversaw the business operations for the Knicks, Rangers and Liberty.