Monday, September 26th, 2011 at 9:00 am  |  21 responses

Jay-Z to Open Brooklyn Nets’ New Home With Concerts

by Marcel Mutoni@marcel_mutoni

Jay-Z is the only NBA team owner whose musical talents people get excited for. Sorry, James Dolan.

So, it only makes sense that the New Jersey Nets’ minority owner would help usher in the Brooklyn Nets era with a series of concerts in his hometown. Jay-Z will reportedly unveil the team’s new name in a press conference today (expected to simply be “Brooklyn Nets”.)

From the NY Daily News:

Rap mogul Jay-Z will headline a series of concerts to open Brooklyn’s new Nets arena next fall – and will make it official Monday: The team will be named for his hometown. The superstar, who owns a small piece of the soon-to-be renamed Brooklyn Nets, will perform at eight concerts to celebrate the grand opening of the arena – where all-access passes are going for up to $15,400 a season.

Jay-Z likely will be joined by his wife, Beyoncé – who by then will have given birth to the couple’s first child – at one of the shows, and will bring on a series of other performers, sources said. Jay-Z will appear with developer Bruce Ratner and Borough President Marty Markowitz to reveal details of the shows Monday at the Prospect Heights construction site.

According to the NY Post, the Nets hope to use Jay-Z’s celebrity to attract the richest and most powerful people in the New York area to the Nets’ new home in Brooklyn.

It is, after all, supposed to be a “baller’s paradise”.

UPDATE: Video added.

Jay Z: NBA Nets Renamed ‘Brooklyn Nets’: MyFoxNY.com

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  • Baller McBaller

    Jay Z, the .3% owner of the Nets

  • http://slamonline.com biged

    he should have a concert at half time during every game

  • http://www.slamonline.com tolo

    beyonce is going to give birth, at one of the shows? sick!

  • http://www.slamonline.com tolo

    there goes the neighbourhood too LOL this will be like on some American Gangster / Nikky Barnes type tip: normal people will be scared to show up with the likes of bleak, freeway, beans, DMX etc in the front rows.

  • http://slamonline.com The Philosopher

    ^That’s why the “powers that be” were scared to let Puff Daddy get a team.
    People were always getting shot, or shot at on his watch.

  • http://slamonline.com YKnoT

    Maybe Usher should do more Cavs concerts. But gangster singers like Ray J might show up in the front row and people will be scared to come.

  • Takashi

    wheres eddie with his illuminati talk lol

  • http://www.acb.com A l a n

    If Jay-Z attracts the richest and most powerful people in the New York area to the Nets’ new home in Brooklyn, then it won’t be a “baller’s paradise” but a “pimpers paradise” lol

  • rich

    how cool would it be if larry brown coached his home team, granted they would get sick of him and fire his ass but the same will happen with mike dumbtoni anyway

  • http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/7021031/the-nets-nba-economics Allenp

    Forget about his concerts.
    Click my name for how the lockout doesn’t make much sense. Please read it.

  • Nigel

    I still think they should be called the “New York Nets” like they used to be.

  • Chukaz

    why do they keep calling him a minority owner? he owns 0.3% of the team. That’s 30% of 1%. I bet you that Jack’s Laker tickets are worth more than what Jay-Z paid for his share of the nets. He basically got front row tix at a discounted price…

  • shaolin23

    @nbk – the grantland article pretty much sums up why the owners are satisfied with locking out the players. They’re like politicians, always working towards personal agendas; stuff like that makes me sick.

  • http://www.slamonline.com UNFROZEN CAVEMAN LAWYER

    But beyond that is a second, equally ridiculous assumption, which is that the economics of basketball teams are principally about basketball. As it turns out, they are not………………

  • MikeC.

    “…the Nets hope to use Jay-Z’s celebrity to attract the richest and most powerful people in the New York area to the Nets’ new home” Sounds like how they planned on using Jay-Z’s celebrity to attract the best free agents in the summer of 2010. Their haul was Travis Outlaw. So based on past performance, I guess we can expect a bunch of Kathy Griffin celebrity sightings in BK next season.
    Also, I’d caution against hyping up a season that might not happen. Jay can’t even mention a player’s name during the lockout. Hopefully no NY-area ballers want to go see Jay perform during the lockout.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Im feelin to read that as soon as I get back from lunch, good lookin out though Shaolin.

  • Bar from israel

    lets go nets from an israeli fan

  • http://slamonline.com banksy

    This is all to say if an NBA season actually happens lol..BTW was it me or is jayz already thinking like a ceo by saying it creates job? like what job jay-z?

  • Blasphemy

    Caps lock broken huh UNFROZEN CAVEMAN LAWYER?

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