September 16, 2008
Brutally weird: ESDC blames project opponents for using name "Barclays Center"
Atlantic Yards Report
Huh? Developer and team-owner Bruce Ratner splashes the name "Barclays Center" all over town and in the press, but according to papers filed by the Empire State Development Corporation, it's the project opponents' fault that the "publicly owned" arena appears to be a private enterprise??
In the brief from the Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC), amid a dispute over whether a "civic project" must be publicly owned or leased to an entity with a civic purpose, the state agency strains credulity with a posture of baffling obtuseness:
Finally, Appellants labor to fortify their argument by calling the Arena the ‘Barclays Center.’ There is no record evidence that this name will be used, although this name has been reported in the press.
If there's "no record evidence," shouldn't the developer's efforts (see screenshot) to call the arena the Barclays Center hold any weight? What about the efforts of Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, as in his 2007 State of the Borough address? Indeed, the appellants note that the ESDC tries to minimize the name despite the presence of the BarclaysCenter.com web site.
NoLandGrab: Keep in mind that the public doesn't see a dime from the $400 million naming-rights deal.
Posted by lumi at September 16, 2008 4:35 AM