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14 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Scott O'Neil. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Scott O'Neil, often where they are interviewed.

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14 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Scott O'Neil. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Scott O'Neil, often where they are interviewed.

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Learn from your mistakes: Scott O'Neil CEO, Philadelphia 76'ers & New Jersey Devils

Small Things Make A Big Difference
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This week Scott O'Neil, CEO of the Philadelphia 76'ers and the New Jersey Devils shares why learning from mistakes and having a mentor/peer feedback group is so important to your development.  Scott shares what small leadership habit makes a big difference in his life and the many people he interacts with. 

May 24 2020



Podcast Bonus: Coronavirus A ‘Wake Up Call’ To Investors Says Scott O'Neil

Investing with IBD
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Scott O’Neil, CEO of Data Analysis Inc., joined host Irusha Peiris for a special bonus episode of “Investing with IBD” to address investors about the coronavirus stock market correction. For the video version, show notes and charts, visit

Mar 12 2020



Scott O'Neil, From Mail-room to C-Suite

The Sports Entrepreneurs Podcast by Marcus Luer
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 Key Highlights 

  1. Scott shares his early days, coming out of college and how he got started (the hard way) in the industry (at the New Jersey Nets)
  2. How he found his groove, valuable lessons for any student and inspiring sports executive
  3. How is own experience shaped his Leadership style now
  4. His NBA days and lessons learned there – relationships and communication (face time)
  5. His view of falling in love with the power and influence of Sports
  6. Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment – most talented sports executive group ever assembled
  7. Strong Community Services philosophy
  8. Winning or Losing seasons – Building a long term winning mentality & culture
  9. Scott’s take on E-sports and Sixers Innovation Lab and products coming out of it
  10. Unique partnerships with other organizations from San Francisco 49, Live Nation/Ticketmaster, etc
  11. Eye on China and lessons for opportunities outside of the US

About Scott O'Neil

Scott O’Neil is the Chief Executive Officer of Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment, an organization with the mission of building passionate, high-performing teams that inspire people to enhance the communities where its teams live, work, play and win.

O’Neil is responsible for the organization’s leadership, strategic vision, operations and global ambitions, including the pursuit and acquisition of sports, entertainment and consumer-facing properties. He is the acting Chief Executive Officer over all properties within the organization’s portfolio and under the ownership of Managing Partners Josh Harris and David Blitzer, including: the Philadelphia 76ers (NBA), the New Jersey Devils (NHL), Prudential Center, a top five-ranked performance venue in the U.S. located in Newark, New Jersey; Dignitas, an internationally renowned esports organization which includes Clutch Gaming, the NBA 2K League’s 76ers Gaming Club, the Sixers Innovation Lab, the GRAMMY Museum Experience Prudential Center, the Delaware Blue Coats (NBA G League), and the Binghamton Devils (AHL). He is an acting Co-Managing partner for Elevate Sports Ventures, a sports and entertainment agency created in partnership between HBSE, Live Nation | Ticketmaster, the San Francisco 49ers and Oak View Group. With more than 20 years of experience in the NBA, NHL and NFL, O’Neil has earned a reputation as a leader of leaders and is one of the most connected, dynamic and driven executives in the industry today. Previous executives whom he has mentored and managed run many of the top organizations in sports and entertainment today; those he currently manages are poised to lead the industry into the next generation.

O’Neil’s reputation for authentic leadership, unparalleled drive to innovate, and emphasis on the importance of corporate culture has placed him at the forefront of the industry vanguard. In merely six years overseeing operations for the properties in HBSE’s portfolio, O’Neil led the Philadelphia 76ers to sign the first jersey patch sponsorship in “Big Four” sports history; construct the most technically advanced training complex in professional sports, the Philadelphia 76ers Training Complex; establish an industry-leading Innovation Lab, and become the first U.S. professional sports franchise to acquire a world-renowned esports team. In that same period, under O’Neil’s ambitious and aggressive leadership, Prudential Center has become a top seven and top five most-played venue in the U.S. and the world by Billboard and Pollstar, respectively, and welcomes over 1.75 million fans and event attendees through its doors annually.

Of his professional accomplishments, O’Neil considers his organizations’ corporate culture and dedication to community service his greatest successes and future legacy. The Philadelphia 76ers have been named one of the “Most Innovative Companies” in the world by Fast Company magazine (2018), one of the “Top 50 Cultures” in the U.S. by Entrepreneur (2017), three-times named a “Best Place to Work in Philadelphia” by the Philadelphia Business Journal (2016, 2015, 2014), twice named a “Best Place to Work in Pennsylvania by the Central Penn Business Journal (2018, 2017) and twice named one of the “50 Best Companies to Sell For” by internationally-renowned Selling Power Magazine (2019, 2018). Prudential Center was named a “Best Business” by NJBiz (2016). O’Neil’s belief that those who steward iconic sports and entertainment brands have the responsibility and privilege to use those platforms to mentor the next generation of leaders and make the world a better place is the driving force behind HBSE’s community engagement initiatives.

Recognizing the important role HBSE’s properties play within its communities, O’Neil’s employees individually volunteer 76 hours of service annually in the communities where their fans and patrons live, work and play, resulting in more than 30,000 hours of dedicated community service each year. The Philadelphia 76ers’ charitable endeavor, the Sixers Youth Foundation, has additionally raised more than $1 million for Philadelphia-area youth last year alone and is leveraging sports to help children in need.

A former President of Madison Square Garden Sports, O’Neil was the key architect in some of the largest venue sponsorship deals in history while overseeing iconic sports properties including the New York Knicks (NBA) and New York Rangers (NHL). O’Neil spent seven years as the Senior Vice President of the NBA’s renowned Team Marketing and Business Operations group, where he advised NBA, WNBA and NBA Gatorade League teams on all business operations, CRM Department and NBA Canada business. Earlier in his career, O’Neil served as the President of and held positions with the Philadelphia Eagles (NFL) and New Jersey Nets (NBA).

For almost a decade, O’Neil has served as an Alternate Governor for the NBA and NHL.  In 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 the Philadelphia Business Journal named O’Neil to their “Power 100” list of the “most influential people” in the greater Philadelphia region; he additionally received Philadelphia Business Journal’s “Most Admired CEO” honor in 2018.  In 2019, The Hockey News named O’Neil No. 37 on their list of their list of “100 People of Power and Influence.”  In 2019, Hashtag Sports honored O’Neil with an award for “Leadership in Supporting Diversity in Sports.” Sports and technology outlet, SportTechie, named O’Neil as 2017’s “Most Innovative Executive”; in 2016, Philadelphia Magazine declared him one of the “Most Innovative Leaders” in Philadelphia. He has been twice named to The NJBiz “Power 100” list. As a young executive, O’Neil was thrice recognized at Sports Business Journal’s acclaimed “Forty Under 40” Awards; launching him into the publication’s renowned “Hall of Fame.”  He additionally received “Forty Under 40” honors from Adweek and Sporting News in 2006 and 2005 respectively. 

O’Neil’s influence and experience has earned him a place at the podium at some of the largest industry conferences in the world, delivering keynotes at events such as: Leaders in Sport, Beyond Sport, Sports Business Journal’s World Congress of Sport, the IEG Pivot Conference, the Ivy Sports Symposium, Sport Marketing Association’s Conference and more. O’Neil’s leadership practices have been chronicled and applauded in The Outward Mindset by the Arbinger Institute, publishers of The New York Times Best Seller, Leadership and Self Deception, The Orange Revolution by Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton, and Potato Chip Ticket Sales by Kathy Burrows. He has made numerous appearances on CNN, CNBC, FOX Business Network, and has twice co-hosted Bloomberg television’s Bloomberg. He also interacts daily with his nearly 20,000 Twitter and 35,000 LinkedIN. He serves on the boards for the March of Dimes, Zoomi Inc., the Sixers Youth Foundation and the Sixers Innovation Lab.

O’Neil earned his bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Villanova University and his master’s in Business Administration from Harvard Business School. He currently resides in Pennsylvania with his wife, Lisa, and three daughters.

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Dec 19 2019



Episode 5" - Weird Al Orchestrator Scott O'Neil

Dave & Ethan's 2000" Weird Al Podcast
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Dave and Ethan interview accomplished conductor and orchestrator Scott O'Neil. Scott shares his experiences working with Weird Al to orchestrate songs for the Strings Attached tour. He mentions working with other comedy music legends and gives an inside look at the process to perfect the orchestrations for some of Weird Al's most notable works.

This episode mentions songs that will be played on the Strings Attached tour, so if you'd rather be surprised when you attend, please listen to this episode shortly after!

Jun 05 2019



Ep. 7 "Innovaton & Being First" Scott O'Neil, CEO HBSE

The Sports Business Nation Podcast
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Ep. 7 "Innovaton & Being First" Scott O'Neil, CEO HBSE by Sports Business Nation

Dec 04 2018



Scott O'Neil: CEO, PHL 76ers, NJ Devils & Crystal Palace F.C.

Suiting Up with Paul Rabil
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"Have a passion for the business, have a great management team, and then search for real opportunity." Scott O'Neil is the CEO of Harris Blitzer Sports and Entertainment (HBSE), a group that manages the Philadelphia 76ers, New Jersey Devils, and English Premier League's Crystal Palace. Their ongoing vision is to focus on acquiring sports franchises, sports venues, and sports and entertainment properties.

Scott and I talk about the state of the teams in his current portfolio, then dive deep into the operational team at HBSE, the culture they've built, and the sales metrics (or what he calls "touches") they study to improve things like season ticket sales, digital impressions, and sponsorship opportunities. 

I asked Scott two questions that I'm constantly working through, as well as observing others' management techniques. First, what does he look for in a qualified candidate, and second, how he balances oversight of multiple properties, strategy, and interpersonal relationships at the office. What he discloses is fascinating (hint: he's big into mindfulness and gratitude). 

Hosted by professional athlete and entrepreneur, Suiting Up Podcast is a show that explores the psychology, playbook of tools, and strategies of the most influential people in sports, entrepreneurship, and entertainment. 

Feb 19 2018

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Ep 28: Scott O'Neil & Katie O'Reilly

Leaders Sport Business Podcast
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Would you trust the process behind 'Trust the Process'? If you worked with Philadelphia 76ers CEO Scott O'Neil and his indefatigable CMO Katie O'Reilly you would. (Arguably, you'd have no choice.)

O'Neil is one of the most forward-thinking senior leaders in sport, and he’s renowned for the inspiring working cultures he builds around him - a working culture at the 76ers that has resulted in the franchise consistently topping various NBA commercial tables even with a historically bad team on the court.

As CEO of Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment (HBSE), he leads the 76ers organisation in the NBA, as its Prudential Center arena, the New Jersey Devils NHL team, the new Sixers Innovation Lab, and esports outfit Team Dignitas.

On the conversational agenda:

- Onboarding and the the working culture at HBSE and the 76ers;

- The importance of language in the business of sport, 'Trust the Process', and what it means to be 'palms up';

- The nuts and bolts of an NBA international trip, and what the 76ers did with the 200 people they brought from Philadelphia to London last week;

- Building an international content plan around a cosmopolitan team that is finally coming good;

- Forging the next generation of sporting leaders;

- NBA China trivia;

- The Sixers Innovation Lab - what exactly is it?

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Jan 18 2018



Scott O'Neil, CEO of Philadelphia 76ers and New Jersey Devils

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Scott O'Neil joins Bram to discuss innovation, entreprenuership and his work at the 76ers and the Devils.

Oct 18 2017



Esports Special: Scott O'Neil

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On this special edition of the Esports podcast, Sixers CEO Scott O'Neil chats with Jacob Wolf about the challenges of entering the LCS, his future hopes and more.

Aug 26 2017



Episode 30: Scott O'Neil - Company Culture Hacker

Why Not Now? with Amy Jo Martin
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He's one of the most accomplished sports business execs. Scott O'Neil is the CEO of the NHL's NJ Devils, NBA's Philadelphia 76'ers AND the Prudential Center. (Yes, all three at the same time.) He's spent time as the President of Madison Square Garden and SVP at the National Basketball Association. I met Scott while working in the NBA and I've always been drawn to his contagious energy and unique leadership style. In this episode, we discuss everything from leadership to company culture to the secret of life - just to name a few of many topics. Show Notes:

  • Scott's Why Not Now? moment happened when he left Madison Square Garden and added a new filter to how he evaluates opportunities on his career path.
  • How Scott continues to grow company revenue despite the team's performance on the court and/or ice.
  • Scott's unique formula for company culture. His goal is to create the greatest place to work in the world.
  • How Scott motivates his employees (the majority are millennials).
  • As a leader, Scott talks about how he manages standing up for what he believes while not falling down the slippery slope of the polarizing political rhetoric. He also shares how he empowers his staff to stand up for what they believe.
  • A large percentage of Scott's leadership team are women. Scott shares his approach to empowering women.
  • Scott shares his experience attending Harvard (also he has delivered a commencement speech!)
  • Tips for running a great meeting.
  • Scott reveals the secret to life. (NBD)
  • How Scott keeps his mind healthy.
  • Scott's current Why Not Now?
  • Pirates or Ninjas, who is tougher according to Scott?
  • What keeps Scott up at night?
  • What advice Scott would give to his younger self?
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Mar 14 2017