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#1 oat77

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Posted 13 January 2011 - 08:43 PM

The NBA is running out of spots to put their struggling teams. Newark might be their best option
New Jersey might have shot at New Orleans Hornets when N.J. Nets move

Newark is "hosting" the New Jersey Nets until a Brooklyn arena is open. Newark might be the best open market the NBA will have but that will not happen for a few years.

...would New Jersey be a viable option if Prokhorov's Nets are finally in Brooklyn? That's a good question. David Stern's three legged stool theory of being financially successful requires a city to provide government support (an arena, tax breaks, etc.), a strong cable TV money deal and corporate support.


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Posted 13 January 2011 - 09:03 PM

It's a longshot, but if it happened, I think it could really be successful this time. The Nets carried way too much baggage that a new team wouldn't have.
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Posted 13 January 2011 - 10:52 PM

It's a longshot, but if it happened, I think it could really be successful this time. The Nets carried way too much baggage that a new team wouldn't have.


Agreed.. Having a team playing in Newark, getting involved in the community there, and being proud to represent New Jersey could revive basketball in the state.. I mean, when the Nets were good I remember the stands having a decent crowd at CAA.. Newark would only do better, being in a nicer and more accessible arena.. Once Stern sees the draft hosted in the beautiful PruCenter, he will want a team playing there

Then maybe JVB will drop the charade and start paying his taxes on the place once he has revenue from another NBA team

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Posted 14 January 2011 - 10:08 AM

I would not be surprised at all. There are other factors working in favor of it:

1)No territorial issues like the Devils had to deal with
2)The majority of basketball fans in NJ aren't going to Brooklyn. They'll go to the Garden before going there
3)If this area can support 3 hockey teams for this long, then they can support 3 NBA teams
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Posted 14 January 2011 - 01:38 PM

I agree with everything that has been said here. It could work, and there is more chance of it happening than people will believe. However, if I had to place a bet, I don't think it happens.
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Posted 14 January 2011 - 10:56 PM

3)If this area can support 3 hockey teams for this long, then they can support 3 NBA teams


Huge point
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Posted 15 January 2011 - 11:16 AM

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.
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Posted 15 January 2011 - 11:18 AM

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.


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Posted 16 January 2011 - 02:59 PM

I started disliking the Nets when the move to Brooklyn was announced, but I held on in hopes that the arena would fall through, and they would basically say "our bad, we love you, Jersey." But the final straw for me was when they dropped "New Jersey" from their uniforms. If a new team moves into the Rock, I will be 100% behind them. Until then, I only root for Demon Deacons in the NBA
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Posted 16 January 2011 - 06:30 PM

3)If this area can support 3 hockey teams for this long, then they can support 3 NBA teams



Really the Nets are 30th, dead last and the Devils are 26th out of 30, you're using the term support pretty loosely.
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Posted 16 January 2011 - 07:31 PM

Really the Nets are 30th, dead last and the Devils are 26th out of 30, you're using the term support pretty loosely.

And both teams are the worst clubs in their respective leagues. And one of them is a lame duck franchise who spat in the face of NJ. Coincidence?
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Posted 16 January 2011 - 10:07 PM


Really the Nets are 30th, dead last and the Devils are 26th out of 30, you're using the term support pretty loosely.

And both teams are the worst clubs in their respective leagues. And one of them is a lame duck franchise who spat in the face of NJ. Coincidence?


Both teams have been in the bottom half (bottom third in most cases) in attendance in the past decade. Both has had consistently good seasons and making the playoffs (aside from the Nets recent mediocrity and Devils dreadful first half).
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Posted 18 January 2011 - 01:29 AM

Both teams have been in the bottom half (bottom third in most cases) in attendance in the past decade. Both has had consistently good seasons and making the playoffs (aside from the Nets recent mediocrity and Devils dreadful first half).



Exactly the sh!t attendance isn't a recent development, there's a long track record of it. Slapping a different NBA team in here would do nothing to improve it. Frankly I can't see why anybody would be crazy enough to even try it and I'm confident nobody will.
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Posted 18 January 2011 - 07:06 AM

Both has had consistently good seasons and making the playoffs

The bad seasons wayyy outweigh the good for the Nets.
If they start to average less than what the Coyotes are or in the 4 digit range, I can understand the skepticism. You forget those teams had the luxury of playing in the swamp for most of the decade, which was rated the worst NBA arena for a reason. And before you talk about the Rock, I wouldn't call 15,000 sh!t attendance, especially for a "boring," unmarketable hockey team who hasn't done anything great since 2003.
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Posted 18 January 2011 - 11:14 AM

Exactly the sh!t attendance isn't a recent development, there's a long track record of it. Slapping a different NBA team in here would do nothing to improve it. Frankly I can't see why anybody would be crazy enough to even try it and I'm confident nobody will.


The Nets were rumored to be leaving 6 years ago, and made their plans definite 5 years ago. They've been a lame duck franchise ever since.

There are markets much worse off in the NBA than a New Jersey market would be.

I'm not saying a team would definitely move in, but it's more likely than you think.
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Posted 18 January 2011 - 11:28 AM

I don't know why people think team owners care about attendance, team owners care most about revenue when it comes to dollars and cents. The Devils have been doing well in revenue.
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Posted 18 January 2011 - 02:21 PM

3 teams in this area? Can't imagine that is a good idea.
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Posted 18 January 2011 - 04:24 PM

The bad seasons wayyy outweigh the good for the Nets.
If they start to average less than what the Coyotes are or in the 4 digit range, I can understand the skepticism. You forget those teams had the luxury of playing in the swamp for most of the decade, which was rated the worst NBA arena for a reason. And before you talk about the Rock, I wouldn't call 15,000 sh!t attendance, especially for a "boring," unmarketable hockey team who hasn't done anything great since 2003.

Well, I never really said that attendance was poor or anything. I made a point that based on attendance rankings, we never really got out of the bottom half regardless of success. We still had good numbers in most cases.
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Posted 20 January 2011 - 02:30 AM

nets gave us their bad juju.

and a new team would definitely have a huge audience, if marketed right
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Posted 20 January 2011 - 02:26 PM

3 teams in this area? Can't imagine that is a good idea.


lol


they should call the team the new jersey angels.
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