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Philadelphia Flyers Founder Ed Snider Dies at 83

The founder of the Broad Street Bullies has passed.

Ed Snider, the billionaire businessman who co-founded the Philadelphia Flyers, died at 83 after a long battle with bladder cancer.

Mr. Snider, known as one of the most enthusiastic sports owners in Philadelphia history and chairman of the Flyers’ parent company, Comcast-Spectacor, was named to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1988 and over the years received numerous honors for his philanthropy and business success.

Most of all, though, the Flyers were his baby. Nothing made him more proud. He was there for their birth, and he watched them grow into one of the NHL’s most respected franchises.

Just before the current season started, Mr. Snider told The Inquirer his cancer had returned and that he had to undergo more treatment. But he did not want it publicized. He wanted the focus to be on the team, not his health issues.

Snider was arguably the most influential executive in Philadelphia sports history. He was chairman of the 76ers and was once a part-owner of the Eagles.

-- Glenn Erby

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