Ed Snider was Chairman of Comcast Spectacor and Founder of the Philadelphia Flyers.
He first worked at his father's grocery store and during his college years at the University of Maryland, created a business with his fraternity brothers to sell Christmas trees. After graduating as a certified public accountant, he and a partner started a wholesale record distributor, Edge Ltd., in 1955. Three years later, he co-founded the National Association of Recording Merchandisers (NARM) which is now known as the Music Business Association.
Ed Snider started in 1964 as vice president with the Philadelphia Eagles. Two years later, he mortgaged his home to establish a National Hockey League (NHL) franchise as the founder of the Philadelphia Flyers. The Flyers became the first expansion team to capture the coveted Stanley Cup when they won it in 1974 and again in 1975. The Flyers went on to become the only NHL team to defeat the powerful Soviet Union national team when it toured North America in 1976.
Ed Snider became the driving force behind the Spectrum, home to the Flyers and Philadelphia 76ers.
In 1973, he created Spectacor as the management company to oversee the Flyers and the Spectrum. This move helped launch an entire industry - private management of sports and entertainment facilities. In 1976, Ed Snider created PRISM - the first 24-hour regional cable network in the nation to combine sports and movies.
Under Snider, Spectacor developed and acquired nearly a dozen related lines of business including WIP-AM, which later became one of the first all sports radio stations. Spectacor was renamed Comcast Spectacor after Comcast Corporation acquired the Philadelphia 76ers in 1996 and then merged with Spectacor. Until his death, Ed Snider served as chairman of Comcast Spectacor.
One of Snider's proudest accomplishments was the creation of the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation in 2005. It provides underserved children from urban areas in Philadelphia and Camden, N.J., with the chance to learn to play the game of ice hockey. The Foundation partnered with Philadelphia and Pennsylvania in 2010 to complete a $14.5 million construction project, completely refurbishing four public rinks in the city for year-round use. Snider Hockey now funds and administers programming for more than 3,000 boys and girls at nine inner-city sites. Ed Snider matched every $1 from donors with $2 of his own money.