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Member Since 31 Oct 2008
Offline Last Active Dec 31 2009 12:59 AM

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In Topic: Revitalization Around The Rock

16 December 2009 - 06:27 PM

To be fair Sammy, I couldn't find pics on their website so I was hoping for a link as well.

In Topic: N.J. considers ticket fee in Izod-Prudential Center deal

15 December 2009 - 09:26 PM

Personally I think the whole thing makes me sick, I can't stand Ratner and I can stand the Izod even less.

In Topic: Possible Truce Between New Jersey Arenas Could Come at a Cost to Fans

13 December 2009 - 10:27 AM

I think there are a few things going on at the same time here.

First, no one know for sure what is happening with Atlantic Yards, Ratner is beyond desperate to get Brooklyn build with that much invested in it and a loose everything scenario if he doesn't move the nets. I like popping onto the atlantic yards report and following it all there, it's a rather interesting perspective on things. The irony of all this is that Ratner is similar to developers that we have seen in Newark, nothing gets done without lots of our tax dollars.

Second is the competition for North Jersey's arena market which is something both the NJSEA and Vanderbeak want to get under control. The thought process from the Devils is that over time people would rather be at the more modern arena when pricing is taken out of equation. I a can assure you the real fights will start when the NJSEA tries to "modernize or update" the IZOD and throw more of our tax dollars into the dump.

As for Bergen County Pols, yes both they and the state overlook the huge losses that are caused by the NJSEA but in the end they are treated like a subsidy which is what Politicians love to do. There is and has been a bias against Newark for quite sometime and it's unfortunately rather shortsighted, people in the burbs think they can just cut Newark off and forget it's a decent junk of NJs population. Any shutting down of the IZOD would have to result in another boondogle project to appease power hungry politicians in North Jersey.

The ont good part of all this is the Devils feel they have now properly restructured their management to cut out problems they had had while AEG was running everything. I still stand by the opinion (however biased it is) that the staff at the Pru is infinitely better than anything I deal with at the Meadowlands (who's employees reak of government entitlement jobs, IMO).

In Topic: Possible Truce Between New Jersey Arenas Could Come at a Cost to Fans

10 December 2009 - 10:00 AM

The guys I talk with at the Pru seem to indicate they aren't going to loose the events that have already been going to the Pru. Most of this arrangement is to avoid having promoters use one arena against another to bargain down the price. If you have to book through one company, there is no playing one off the other to lower the cost of using the facility. Long term the hope is the Izod is closed but the politicos have to figure how to make the bergen, passaic and hudson county exec happy with some sort of compromise.

In Topic: What are the odds?

10 December 2009 - 09:55 AM

I have just come to accept that I am a spoiled fan that expects a winning season in which we compete to be the best in the division every year. I still remember in 95 not being given a shot against Detroit and that seems to the way the outside world views the organization. I am perfectly fine with a workman like attitude that the org takes and the "everyone is replaceable" approach Lou has created. I am proud to say that this is "Jerseys Team" and as a Newark resident very proud to call this team my hometown team. Oh and I forgot, I also love being able to tell Ranger fans they suck =-)