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#21 TheMazz

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Posted 20 January 2011 - 03:36 PM

I'm not much of an NBA fan, but I did go to a few Nets games back in the day. With a new team, that is proud to call itself an NJ team, I think they could do very well in Newark. Right now, who in NJ wants to go to a Nets game...they are deserting us.

One possibility I have heard before is that the Bucks move to NJ. They wouldn't even have to change the name. Drive 20 mins west of Newark and you are in deer country.



You'd be surprised. I went to a game against the Bulls a month or so again and it was packed. You'd think they were playing in the Conference Finals.
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Posted 25 January 2011 - 10:29 PM

Christie says he's had 'casual' talks with NBA on a new team for N.J.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011
BY JOHN BRENNAN
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Christie arrives at a press conference at Newark’s Prudential Center, which touted the upcoming NCAA men’s college basketball tournament games to be played there in March.

Governor Christie has had “casual conversations” with National Basketball Association Commissioner David Stern about the possibility of Newark getting another NBA team once the Nets leave for Brooklyn in 2012, he said Tuesday.

Christie said he is aware that Stern has expressed doubts about the feasibility of a third NBA franchise joining the Nets and New York Knicks in the same metropolitan area.

“But sometimes people don’t say things to me that are going to make me unhappy — you know how that works,” the sometimes combative Christie said with a smile at a press conference at Newark’s Prudential Center. The event touted the upcoming NCAA men’s college basketball tournament games to be played there in March.

“I think there is a future for NBA basketball here in Newark,” Christie said. “I think that New Jersey having a state-of-the-art facility like Newark has here, you have the possibility of doing that. We support three [National Hockey League] teams in the region, so I don’t see why we can’t support three basketball teams.”

The Nets moved to Newark last fall from the Izod Center for the first of what is scheduled to be two seasons at “The Rock” while the Barclays Center is being built near downtown Brooklyn. But thanks to the Nets’ lame duck status, lack of a charismatic star, and another poor record this season, the Nets remain last in the NBA in average attendance at 13,123 per game. That’s up just 20 fans per game from last season.

Christie said Newark will impress fans from whichever four visiting NCAA schools advance to the third tournament round to play there in March.

“They’ll say, ‘I’m glad I came here — I had a great meal, saw great entertainment at The Rock,’” Christie said. “And for the team that [advances] to the Final Four, they’ll have even fonder memories of Newark.”

The Prudential Center beat out a bid by the 30-year-old Izod Center, among others, to host the NCAA contests. The Newark facility also last year surpassed Izod Center in ticket sales for concerts and family shows.

But Christie said that Newark’s success does not have any relevance to the future of Izod Center, which Christie hopes to see privatized.

“Newark competed for this and got it, and that’s good for Newark and good for the state, which is what matters most to me,” Christie said.

Triple Five, which runs the giant Mall of America in Minnesota and the West Edmonton Mall in Canada, signed a letter of intent last month to take over management of the stalled Xanadu shopping and entertainment complex adjacent to the Izod Center. Christie would not address whether Mall of America might also manage the arena, saying only that he would have “major announcements in the coming weeks about Mall of America’s involvement” at the Meadowlands Sports Complex.

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#23 thefiestygoat

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Posted 25 January 2011 - 10:41 PM

I would be thrilled if these talks progress to NJ getting a team...not going to get my hopes up though. If NJ does get a team I wonder which franchise it would be moving here?
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Posted 26 January 2011 - 12:35 AM

With our luck they'll be named after New York. :(
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Posted 26 January 2011 - 01:14 PM

Nah, the real question is how the structure would be and how it would work with JVB. I personally do not think JVB has the money to buy a NBA franchise so another owner would have to come in and then you would have to work out ownership with the arena (maybe say buy out the city's share :rolleyes: ). Their will be franchises available over the next decade as one or another market fails, you just have to have someone with the money to scoop them up.
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Posted 26 January 2011 - 05:51 PM

I love how the NBA claims they are so strong yet their franchies constantly move around. The Sonics, The Nets, The Hornets. Now talks of the Kings, Bucks, Wolves possibly moving. Its a joke; its like musical chairs.

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#27 MantaRay

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Posted 11 February 2011 - 01:06 PM

You'd be surprised. I went to a game against the Bulls a month or so again and it was packed. You'd think they were playing in the Conference Finals.



The Nets give-away probably more free tickets than any other profession franchise.

That being said, an NBA team in Newark would be great for the State.
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Posted 22 February 2011 - 09:27 AM

This state derserves a team that actually is proud to call NJ home. I think the Nets attendance would be a lot better is they weren't deserting the state in 2012.
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Posted 22 February 2011 - 04:15 PM

within a span of 15 miles there would be three professional basketball teams? haha wow
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Posted 27 February 2011 - 09:23 PM

within a span of 15 miles there would be three professional basketball teams? haha wow

Its gonna happen to LA when the Sacromento Kings move to Anaheim.
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Posted 27 February 2011 - 09:55 PM

within a span of 15 miles there would be three professional basketball teams? haha wow


If basketball is as popular as NBA try to make it sound, shouldn't be a problem.
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