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January 15, 2009

Is Newark dead? Devils owner wants to negotiate regarding Nets preseason games at the Prudential Center

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After New Jersey Nets CEO Brett Yormark stated that, contrary to a report from the day before, the team was not considering playing preseason games at the Prudential Center in Newark, a commenter on this blog yesterday asked: "Is Newark really dead as Yormark says or is this just part of a negotiating ploy to get a better deal?"

Well, in Day 3 of the saga, the Star-Ledger reported last night that New Jersey Devils owner Jeff Vanderbeek told the Nets "that he had every intention of making a proposal to host Nets preseason games at the Prudential Center and was surprised that the team abruptly stopped negotiations."

The dispute was apparently over money, with the Nets asking Vanderbeek's Devils to guarantee a gate count typical in the regular season, even though preseason games, as Vanderbeek wrote, "typically play to half the audience of a regular-season game."

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Posted by steve at January 15, 2009 9:00 AM