Because Putting The Nets In Newark Makes Too Much Sense…

Prudential Center

I checked out the Nets pre season game against the Celtics last night. The Nets lost a game they should’ve won but that’s not the point. Instead, it seems like their new owner has the game locked up as far as moving the squad to Brooklyn. I can go on about how it’s a dumb move in more ways than one but think about this. Why not just play in Newark?

Its a logistically and financially sound alternative to this oft-delayed move. Prudential isn’t used that heavily outside of Devils games and the occasional concert/event. On top of that Penn Station is just a few blocks away. You want to get idiots (like me) to pay for those PATH trains and overinflated NJ transit tickets if they’re not driving in. Besides Cory Booker is all gung-ho about revitalizing Newark. Therefore, I’m surprised he didn’t campaign harder for the Prudential Center to serve as the potential home of the Nets. Hell even the Devils said they’d work with the Nets in organizing home games.

Nets Prudential

Yes,building a new stadium creates new jobs and the Barclays Center looks impressive. But they’re beyond expensive usually don’t see profits for years to come. On top of that I never saw a huge demand behind BK wanting it’s own team outside of Mikhail, Bruce Ratner and co. trying to capitalize on an appealing location. NY belongs to the Knicks when it comes to basketball and Madison Square Garden is up there with Yankee Stadium anyway. The Barclays Center looks like the ugly stepchild in comparison and it’s not even here yet. On top of that New Yorkers either don’t like or don’t care for the Nets for the most part. What makes the owners think that the fans will keep coming after the honeymoon is over? It’s not like Lebron is coming here anytime soon.

Nets Prudential 2

Most importantly, as a NJ resident and one of the few that follows the squad, I’d hate to hit the bridge just to watch my team in person. The Meadowlands ain’t easy to get to either. In a perfect world the Nets would’ve been at The Rock since the Devils arrived: rendering the Izod Center worthless.

8 Responses to “Because Putting The Nets In Newark Makes Too Much Sense…”

  1. 1 sunny October 15, 2009 at 8:56 am

    please visit my home.

  2. 2 #%Larry D%@ October 15, 2009 at 12:23 pm

    holly molly whae i grow up i wanta play b-ball dang that well be soo koll

  3. 3 Gary Fischer October 16, 2009 at 12:15 am

    Finally the right thing has been done, Lets make some sense

  4. 4 trainstar October 16, 2009 at 2:26 am

    There is another preseason game on the 21st. According to what I have read, the move has not been finalized. If turnout is good, they might reconsider.

  5. 5 fakehustle October 17, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    @ trainstar

    Yeah they’re playing the Celtics on Wednesday. The move isn’t finalized yet but their new owner looks like he has enough money and influence to make it happen down the line. Still I think it’d be great if they used the Prudential Center for home games this season until this situation gets figured out.

  6. 6 Mike D. October 17, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    Dude, you don’t get it. The people in Newark would love nothing more than for the Nets to come there — but the Nets don’t want to do it because Bruce Ratner bought the club for the sole purpose of building an arena — and office buildings and expensive condos — in Brooklyn, even though most people in Brooklyn, especially people in Prospect Heights, DON’T want it built. It doesn’t matter what Cory Booker does or says, unless the Nets are sold or David Stern forces him to, he’ll pursue his Quixotic dream of an arena in Brooklyn. Keep in mind that when the Brooklyn arena was proposed, Citi Field, New Yankee Stadium and New Meadowlands Stadium hadn’t even been conceptualized yet. Now two are open and the third almost done. And the last time I checked, it was a hell of a lot easier to get to Newark from Brooklyn than East Rutherford. The Nets at the Izod Center make no sense, but if Ratner’s team is playing in a state-of-the-art building, where’s the impetus to move?

    And I have a hard time believing Stern wants some shady Russian oligarch as an owner in his league.

  7. 7 fakehustle October 18, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    @ Mike D. No I get all of that but I’m not sure if that was aimed at me. Bruce did buy the team as a screen to develop Atlantic Yards. Dude has had a lucrative career in real estate so of course he wanted to build on that opportunity. Then he gave Mikhael majority ownership as he had the bucks to keep the operation from stalling even further.

    I do agree that having the Nets at the Izod Center doesn’t make sense. Also like you said BK’s community as a whole wasn’t behind the Barclays Center and Atlantic Yards.

    It didn’t seem like Stern was too opposed when Mikhael got majority ownership. Still I think that move was kinda shady. Dude slid right in and he wasn’t even on the radar.

  1. 1 Newark vs Brooklyn « Trainstar Trackback on October 18, 2009 at 11:14 pm

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