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Two execs sue ex-76ers owner over $2M finder's fee

Posted Dec 28 2011 5:13PM

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Two sports executives have sued former Philadelphia 76ers owner Comcast-Spectacor seeking a $2 million finder's fee over the team's October sale.

Robert Whitsitt and Thomas Shine say they introduced investor Jason Levien to Comcast-Spectacor chairman Edward Snider. They say they were promised $2 million if they found a buyer and met other conditions.

Levien is a former Sacramento Kings executive. He's one of many new investors in the 76ers, including Hollywood power couple Will and Jada Pinkett Smith.

Whitsitt is the former president of the Seattle Seahawks and Portland Trailblazers. Shine is an executive at Canton, Mass.-based Reebok International Ltd.

Comcast-Spectacor LP spokesman Ike Richman says the company will vigorously defend the lawsuit.

The Philadelphia Inquirer first reported Wednesday on the lawsuit, filed a day earlier in federal court in Philadelphia.

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