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March 28, 2010

When the Nets left New Jersey the first time

By Eric Model

This article looks at the history of the New Jersey Nets team. Although the author makes the mistake that the site of the Nets arena is the same as one proposed for the Brooklyn Dodgers, he is quite right in wondering why public money is going towards a private, professional basketball arena.

And what fate awaits the Nets? Once they do or don't break the NBA record for fewest wins in a season in a couple of weeks, they'll be leaving the Meadowlands to join the Devils in Newark's Prudential Center – at least for a little while.

And will the New Jersey Nets ultimately become the Brooklyn Nets? Though it's starting to look like that scenario is getting closer to reality, only time will tell. There's still a case to be made either way.

Yes, they've broken ground for a new "Barclays Center" (no one calls it an arena anymore) at the site that a new stadium for the Brooklyn Dodgers was proposed over 60 years ago. At the same time, these are tough times and perhaps there are more pressing needs for scarce dollars than to invest in another professional sports palace.

We'll see.


Posted by steve at March 28, 2010 8:30 AM