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May 15, 2009

Newark Mayor Booker predicts Brooklyn deal will die: "I think there's going to be a comeuppance very soon"

Atlantic Yards Report

With this week's revelation that Forest City will not be "commencing any new vertical development in the near term," could Nets-to-Newark be the next big news?

Three weeks ago on the WBGO radio show Newark Today with Mayor Cory Booker, the mayor asserted, "I believe the project in Brooklyn is not going to work," and in last night's show Booker expressed even more confidence in that prediction, again arguing for the Nets to move to Newark's Prudential Center.

The action began at about 47:50 with a New Jersey-born caller from New York named Bob.

CB: Bob, you're from New York, are you from Brooklyn?

Bob: No, I'm from Manhattan.

CB: OK, 'cause I'm trying to get those Nets from Brooklyn.

Bob: What is the status of the negotiations to keep the Nets in New Jersey and more particularly to move them to Newark?

CB: I'm going to go way out on a limb here and let you know maybe more than I should... I am confident now more than ever that the deal in Brooklyn is just not going anywhere. I think there's going to be a comeuppance very soon where the team is going to go up for sale. That's my prediction--I really do believe it.

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Posted by eric at May 15, 2009 10:39 AM