Wednesday, October 27th, 2010 at 1:30 pm  |  8 responses

NBA Draft Being Moved to Newark

The League seems to like Newark, enough to move one of their most-watched and anticipated events from MSG to Brick City. The Star-Ledger reports: “The NBA Draft, the showcase event on the league’s offseason calendar, will be held at the Prudential Center in Newark on June 23, 2011, according to two people with knowledge of the decision. The people requested anonymity because a formal announcement will be made tonight by NBA Commissioner David Stern before the Nets host the Detroit Pistons. A statement released by the NBA today said Stern will be joined by Newark mayor Cory Booker and Devils owner Jeff Vanderbeek. The NBA’s pending announcement marks a further step in the relationship between the NBA and the city of Newark. The temporary, two-year stay of the Nets in Newark is expected to draw heavy traffic to the area and, according to people familiar with the relationship, the NBA has been working closely with city officials to help spur economic growth in the downtown area. For the first time in over 10 years, the draft will be held outside of New York’s Madison Square Garden, and it will undoubtedly be a draw for Newark’s downtown area which has slowly been making itself into a destination spot for years.”

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  • herfdawg

    Ouch. From NYC to Newark. Did the city pay them to do this or what?

  • NJ4Life

    First the draft then bring in the Kings. Keep the NBA in Newark.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Very cool.

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    Giving Knicks fans 1 more thing to feel cheated about..

  • NDP

    Isn’t it mostly because of renovations at the Garden taking place?

  • Mas

    I Work in NWK. Live near by. The social enviornment in Newark is great. the food is of the charts, the women are from all over the world, so take your pick, its five miuntes from the Airport, 20 minute ride from Downtown NYC, the nightlife isn’t NYC style but its hot enough. The Red Bulls are Eastern Conference Champs in the MLS proving that a Sports franchise can WIN in the city. Ask the Devils.
    can you ask for anything more. ?

  • http://ballislife.com Stephon

    All my Newark natives stand up! Very happy the draft is coming to Newark and cosign @ nj4life.

  • Flight

    Actually I don’t care, just as long as Stephan A, Smith remains distanced from the draft I could sort of care less.