January 13, 2009
New Jersey Nets might play preseason games at Prudential Center -- could permanent move to Newark follow?
By Dave D'Alessandro
Today's Star-Ledger scoop is another sign that Bruce Ratner's New Jersey Nets aren't headed to Brooklyn any time soon:
The Nets could be headed for Newark after all.
For a short while, anyway.
Nets management has begun negotiations with Devils owner Jeffrey Vanderbeek to play three preseason games at the Prudential Center next October, according to several people with knowledge of the discussions who asked not to be identified out of concern for affecting the talks.
Nets CEO Brett Yormark would neither confirm nor deny the discussions Monday night, but he strongly implied such an arrangement could be feasible for his team.
"We're exploring many different options, continue to regionalize the franchise," Yormark said through a team spokesman. "Preseason games afford us the opportunity to do this."
Vanderbeek also didn't confirm or deny any talks with the Nets, but he said Monday night no preseason games had been scheduled for the Prudential Center.
"No, not that I know of," he said.
Commenters over at Nets Daily are pretty excited about the prospect that the team might have a future in NJ, with some calling for a pre-season package.
Norman Oder feels that "the New Jersey Nets are apparently making an about-face in their willingness to consider Newark as an interim home, at least."
Though Nets CEO Brett Yormark insisted last month that the Izod Center is "a perfect setting for us right now," he conceded to Star-Ledger reporter Dave D'Alessandro that it "still doesn't provide us with the resources we need, and the contemporary look and feel of some of the newer buildings."
Posted by lumi at January 13, 2009 5:10 AM