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March 4, 2009

Nets will play two of three preseason games in Newark, one in Queens

Atlantic Yards Report

In what may be a prelude to a temporary move (at least) to the Prudential Center in Newark, the Newark Star-Ledger reported that the Nets will play two preseason games there next October, and a third game at St. Johns University in Queens.

While Nets CEO Brett Yormark is still touting the team's move to brooklyn in 2011, Norman Oder isn't buying it.

As I've pointed out, 2011 is unlikely, leaving 2012 a more likely best-case scenario for a Brooklyn move. That would mean at least three more seasons in New Jersey and, given the poor attendance at the Izod Center, a temporary move to Newark--where the new arena has room on its schedule to accommodate an NBA team--has to be considered.

And if lawsuits and financing problems significantly delay or kill the Brooklyn arena, the test run at The Rock would help the Nets, New Jersey Devils (the main tenant), and city of Newark negotiate a future deal.

It's all negotiable

In mid-January, when a potential plan to play preseason games in Newark fizzled, Yormark told the Star-Ledger, "If that means taking us out of Izod Center, I'll consider that. However, all discussions (with the Devils) are off."

Now, as we realize, it's all negotiable.

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Posted by eric at March 4, 2009 4:08 PM