Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010 at 10:15 am  |  20 responses

Get Ready for Nets Basketball, Newark

As they await their new Brooklyn home to be ready (presumably in time for the 2012 season), the Nets will reportedly call Newark home for a coupld of seasons: “While they are still on schedule to move to Brooklyn at some point in 2012, the Nets likely will be playing in Newark the next two seasons after reaching a preliminary lease agreement with the Devils to play their home games at the Prudential Center, according to a source familiar with the team’s situation. According to the source, the Nets and Devils reached a new agreement last week and are expected to sign it this week. It should reach Gov. Chris Christie’s desk soon after and it is expected to be approved. ‘It’s going to happen,’ said a source familiar with the negotiations. The Nets and Devils, former co-tenants in the Meadowlands until the Devils moved to Newark in 2007-08, had already reached a lease agreement that was approved but not signed by former governor Jon Corzine. But when Corzine was unseated by Christie in November, that deal fell through, leaving the teams to start from scratch.”

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  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    First off, this BETTER happen. Secondly, I think it will be a lot longer than 22 months or whatever. No way Barclays Center is ready for business by 2012 tip-off (if ever….)

  • http://theurbangriot.com/ NUPE

    The deal to move to BK is already done so why don’t they just play in the Meadowlands for two more years untl the new home is finished? If they want to move next season it would have been nice if they would have made a deal to play in MSG versus Newark. The Clipps and Lakers share a home so as a temp thing seems like they could have worked something out. Oh well, guess this is just part of the business of basketball.

  • http://myspace.com/rsaenz24 RoG23

    Msg is home to all those college games also. So I don’t think it would be as easy as sharing staples center.

  • NJ4Life

    FINALLY! New Jersey gets to watch their team in a legitimate arena. Oh and there’s no way the Nets would play in msg. They’re currently the Knicks biggest rival.

  • http://myspace.com/brandnew Bryan

    I went by the site in Brooklyn and Ben is 100% right they haven’t done sh*t yet.

  • http://digitalthread.com AlbertBarr

    I dont know. I bet there are A LOT of unemployed construction guys and just straight up laborers who will be glad to swarm the Barclays Center when it starts building. 24 hour building site…billionaire investor…it could happen. Unlikely…but possible.

  • ave. joe

    Why does it say I am ave. joe?

  • ave. joe

    I am anony mous!

  • wilz

    ya im sure the MSG big wigs would love to give up 41 events for Nets home games

  • http://twitter.com/dyalektraps d.Y.

    Develop, don’t destroy Brooklyn. Stay in the Bricks.

  • http://www.rich-imaging.com Dutch Rich

    All for it, so I can leave the car home. Haven’t been in the “Rock” yet. Shaq said it’s dope.

  • http://FVSports.com Peter Nygaard

    Thank God. They need to revamp the parking setup by the Rock, but at least they’ll be playing in a real arena now. Now, if only we can get Tony to cause some trouble over at the Brooklyn Yards site to keep the Nets in NJ.

    Side note – “coupld” in the first sentence, a few words after the link. Might want to fix that.

  • Bobbo

    Let me help you…

    –The vertical construction at Barclays begins in March. The official estimate is 28 months. That would put completion in July 2012, in time for the 2012-13 season. Two seasons in Newark. Could it get done earlier? The new Giants/Jets Stadium was finished four months early, in part because of the ample labor AND material pool available. The Rock took 24 months at the height of the building boom.

    –The Nets want to move to Newark for a number of reasons, primarily because they believe they will be able to get, for the first time, significant numbers of people from Manhattan. Take any train west out of Penn Station New York and you will be in Penn Station Newark within 18 minutes. The arena is about a 4 minute walk from the station to the arena.

    –The Devils agreement with Prudential includes a provision for a bigger naming rights package if an NBA team moves in…perhaps as much as $5 million a year more. The Nets wanted–and apparently got–some of that money.

    –Mikhail Prokhorov has agreed to eat up to $60 million in losses while the team is in New Jersey. If the team is decent, and they do attract a Manhattan clientele (and keep much of their Jersey base), that could be reduced.

    –The Rock would be the second newest arena in the NBA next year. Only the Amway Center in Orlando will be newer. Its locker rooms were built to NBA specs. It’s a better place to play and watch games.

  • NJ4Life

    The Nets belong in Jersey. *@!$ Brooklyn and *@!$ NY.

  • http://www.stonesthrow.com/madlib Michael NZ

    I’ll believe there’s a Barclays Center when I see there’s a Barclays Center.

  • chintao

    As a Knick fan, it gives me great pleasure to agree partially with NJ4Life. What is the won-loss record for the Nets right now? No doubt, the Nets belong in Jersey.

  • JoeMaMa

    1) Wasn’t Newark recently classified as the place where dreams go to die?
    2) If Prokhorov ‘eats’ $60 million I will spike his vodka with ipecac and follow him around with a plastic bag.

  • http://www.another48minutes.com Gerard Himself

    NJ4Life: they might belong in Jersey, but tell that to other Nets fans. Even when Kidd was there, even when they went to the Playoffs every season, people just won’t show up.

  • chintao

    ^ One of the problems has been that they were out in the swamp. I wonder if the winning + Newark would equal success at the gate. I guess we’ll never know.

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