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Byline. USA inducted into the US Hockey Hall of fame. And he's going then was pretty good guys as well like Chris Chilies. Mike Emmerick and also Keith. Chalky is the chairman of comcast spectacle. And that's an entertainment company that owns the Philidelphia flyers of the NHL the Wells Fargo Center the spectrum and the regional sports network comcast sports net formerly owned The Philadelphia Seventy sixers and upon learning that the NHL was planning to expand back in the sixties. Ed made plans for a new arena in Philadelphia the spectrum that in house both the flyers and the seventy sixers and of course the flyers went on to become the first NHL expansion team to win the Stanley Cup. They repeated then after winning it in seventy four again in seventy five live and some of his other businesses one of them was acquiring or either founding the first all sports radio station Philadelphia W. I p. a. m. Ed when you hear all the things I do you get blown away about all you've been able to accomplish in sports. Well you know. I've had a lot of people that have helped along the way we got a great organization Tation and You know I am proud of what we accomplished and looking forward to more stuff in the future. We're doing some great things. Take me back to the sixties about the lay viable. And what was the landscape. Like in sports that you got into and tell me a little bit about how you've seen it change over the decades. Well you know when I got into it in the In the sixties as an expansion team obviously Incidentally the hockey news voted US least likely to succeed the flyers liars and And I'm very proud of the fact that we want a couple of cups in one and our seventh year of existence our first and so you know the landscape was a lot different it The salaries were more manageable You could actually make a few dollars and And we didn't have all the Labor strikes that we have today. So Ah I mean you can see what happened in football and basketball this year. What happened to us? Five years ago with The lockout lose. You're losing a whole season we have. We faced. Maybe issues at the end of this year. So you know it's a tough business today. It's much much more difficult than it was back. Then tell me a little bit about the interconnectivity activity of sports to other businesses. Like an arena. Like a stadium all of those things. What was the thought? That really probably wasn't part of the thought process back in the sixties. Was Ed. Well it had to be. I mean we could not have had the Philadelphia Flyers in Philadelphia unless we built an arena. Because there was none. I mean it's hard to believe. But in the in the sixties early sixties there was not an arena in Philadelphia there was a thing they called the arena. But you know held about four thousand people and you're talking about the fourth or fifth largest city in the country so it was a great opportunity to build an arena. The sixers desperately needed a place to play and so the spectrum really worked out dutifully from day one. Has it become more important. To even broaden the landscape in other words have a team having arena also have a Regional Sports television network. Also have a sports talk radio in the city to carry the franchises broadcast. Has that been important as far as the development of sports in your remind. Well it's all in a related You know we we had a More than I have you know on television. That work we had a network called prism right and and we had the phillies. The sixers the flyers and movies on a channel called prism which was extremely successful and comcast sports net replaced. That as has the world changed. So we've been in the business for a long long time that was very important As far as radio is concerned The the WIP turned into a station. Talk Radio Station Very Somewhat negative In on many instances and I ended up selling it. And I called it my Frankenstein Monster and all the guys at the station are still mad at me for that you know having worked around the country and radio and television. The one the thing I've known as is that each market has its own individual personality. I worked in Boston. I worked in Seattle. I've worked here in San Francisco. Tell me a little bit about the sports marketing in Philadelphia. Well I think he's the greatest sports town in the world. I mean the people in Philadelphia. Take their sports very very seriously. And I know that they get a rap every now and then for being do birds and all that type of thing but that's because they care and when they're when they're unhappy management event you know coaches and general managers. Better listen because they're not stupid. They know they know what they expect. And when they get unhappy they have a pretty good reason. Also when you take a look around the national hockey league it seems to have Peace Now. As far as Labor peace goes in the sport seems to be expanding. Now tell me a little bit about Hockey is you've you at today. Why I think it's it's always been the greatest spectator sport in my mind and now it's even better than ever? I mean with the rule changes and not only rule changes but the enforcement of the wolves that already existed like cooking and grabbing and everything else. It's faster the players are a bigger. They're more talented It's just it's a phenomenal game to watch in fact. I think it's better than ever. When you go back to the sixties when you started the Philadelphia via flyers and think about those championship teams? I remember talking to some of the players Bernie parade being one of them and some of the players that were on those teams and what was the catalyst list for their success back then because you said seven years into their expansion. They win a Stanley Cup Championship. While we had a great general manager and Keith Allen who thought auden tremendous talent and we had a great coach and Freddie Shero we had a great captain Bobby Clarke We had guys would back down from anybody. You like Dave Schultz and Bob Kelly and Moose Dupont and we had tremendous talent. I mean you know Rick McLeish Billy Barber you know. Barbara's in the hall of same Clark's in the hall of fame and Bernie was. I mean if he hadn't gotten injured I think we would have won four or five straight cups but unfortunately we lost him but he was a great eighty degrees. We didn't lose them as a human obviously but we lost him as a goaltender needs still working for the organization. But you know we just had a mix of guys who are great opening up hockey to the European players Particularly the Eastern European players. What did they bring to the game that that wasn't there before it? I don't know that they brought anything to the game. That wasn't there before they. You know they had some of them had a little bit of a different style but they had adjusted the North American style because their style was more of of a kind of a stick handling the rinks were a little bit bigger where they not. Yeah they are bigger they still are and so they have to adjust the North American hockey in those that can N.. Excel I mean. We've had some great players come from Czechoslovakia in Russia and Finland and Sweden. And I think it's expanded the the the group of players that we have available for our teams and even though we've expanded from originally six teams and then when my we came and it was twelve L. teams and now that's thirty teams. We have a pool of talent internationally and and I think that's the reason the game is better than ever I. I remember when the national team from Russia the Soviet national team came through a Seattle to play an exhibition game. They were not very comfortable with the physicality of the game. They didn't like the back checking they didn't like being boarded in everything. Has that changed as far as that type of player coming out of Europe now the the players coming out of Europe now those that are in the National Hockey League they play the National Hockey League style. Just as well as North Americans. It's it's all the same. There's no difference. I know you're involved with the project back in the city. Yeah Philadelphia that. You're pretty proud of and that the city has opened up three. A city owned public skating. rinks tell me a little bit about what you you didn't. In being involved in that when the city there were five rinks in the city owned by the city and they were going to shut them down because of economic reasons and we five years ago we volunteered to operate them at no cost to the city managed them and and you know we went in and the five rinks quite frankly. We're we're very dilapidated. They'd been neglected. They were built in the fifties and sixties and and no one had kept up with them so to speak and They were open air. They had to move but they had no sides You could only play from March to November from November to March And you know sometimes. How'd you couldn't play at all because of leaking roofs? And what have you so we made a deal with the state to stay put in six and a half million we put in six and a half million and we've enclosed already three of the ranks there now beautiful there year round we can use them three hundred and sixty five days a year. We put a twenty year lease with the city living and we run them and we provide ice time equipment Co. cheen educational services to the kids free of charge and it's been a phenomenal title program for the Inner City kids. Yeah the Snyder hockey started in two thousand five and you also work with them in life skills. Do you not trying to develop life skills. We to help with their homework. They have to get passing grades to continue in the program. And we've had some wonderful wonderful success stories and the parents of these kids are are just thrilled and and so it's been a big big thing and it's something I really wanted. I wanted to be my legacy because I really feel that these intercity kids need needs needed to help they can get. I agree. And it's a great program. We only have about twenty five seconds left when you think back on your long career associated with sports particularly hockey anything. Stand out in your mind that that you'll never forget. Well I'll never forget the first cup point. We Pete Boston with body or Phil Esposito at all one to nothing Bernie. Peron shut him out in game six fixes the Stanley Cup. That year. Seven is we talked about. Nothing will ever top from me and I want to thank you for your time and again. Congratulations on the Snyder. Hockey program in the city city of Philadelphia. And the way you're giving back it's very meaningful. Thanks a lot for joining us on sports byline. Okay Ron. Thank you Ed Snider with US ed. US Hockey Hall Hall of fame member. Now going in with Chris Chilies Mike Emmerick and also Keith Tkachuk. He is the chairman of comcast spectacle and they own the Philadelphia Flyers and doing doing a great job in the city of Philadelphia. We continue with more of you and sports byline..

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