Inductee Profile

Ed Snider


Ed Snider has been a leader in Philadelphia sports and entertainment for over 30 years. In that time period he founded The Philadelphia Flyers Ice Hockey Team, developed two major arenas, created two cable television channels, started the world’s largest arena management company and engineered one of the largest sports mergers in the country.

In 1966, when the National Hockey League added six new teams, he brought the new Flyers franchise to the city. Recognizing they needed a home, he spearheaded the development of the Spectrum and by 1971, had assumed control of the arena.

In 1974 Snider created Spectator, a management company to oversee the Flyers and the Spectrum. Under Snider’s direction, spectator has expanded since then to now include the cable station Prism, Spectator Management Group, Spectator Films and Ticketmaster.

In 1988, he decided the Flyers needed a new home and the result is the new CoreStates Center, a state-of-the-art facility. Snider is a member of the National Hockey League Hall of Fame and serves on the NHL’s Executive Committee.

He is a recipient of the Lester Patrick Award for outstanding service to hockey in the United States and is a member of the Pennsylvania Sports and Flyers Hall of Fame.