October 15, 2008
The AY meme meets Mike Francesa: project is "about down the drain"
Atlantic Yards Report
The skeptical Norman Oder is tracking the Atlantic-Yards-is-toast meme, this time it makes it all the way to "Double-U-F-A-N The Fan New York":
No Land Grab has a clip from WFAN's Francesa on the Fan show, in which Mike Francesa, who, like many sports talk show hosts, sounds authoritative, even though he's talking through his hat.
Francesa was on more solid ground when he suggested that 2012 or 2013 are the earliest the arena would open--Forest City Ratner has finally started using 2011, but I think 2012 is a more likely best-case alternative.
He predicted principal owner Bruce Ratner will sell the team and it will move to Newark, where the Prudential Center has already opened.
NoLandGrab: Typically, Mike Francesa talks through a mike, not a hat. However, when supporters stop believing, then the air of inevitability may give cover for the developer or NY State to finally pull the plug.
Posted by lumi at October 15, 2008 7:53 PM