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March 15, 2012

Payback: LIU, fervent supporter of Atlantic Yards, will play at least four games a year at Barclays Center

Atlantic Yards Report

So now we know a little more why Long Island University Provost Gale Stevens Haynes has been so gung-ho for Atlantic Yards.
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The goal is to use the Barclays Center the way the St. John's University program uses Madison Square Garden. In other words, basketball boosts the university's image. The rest of the specific benefits seem pretty paltry.

After all, LIU has its own new and very serviceable gym, the Wellness, Recreation, and Athletics Center (WRAC), which seats 2500 (the Post said 2000 and the Times last year said 1800).

When I saw a game last month against crosstown rival St. Francis, even that wasn't sold out. Last year, according to the Times, "the team did not sell out its home games until the Northeast Conference final."

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"Paltry?" Au contraire, Norman Oder. LIU students are going to get schooled by the best.

The deal with Barclays Center officials also includes a small educational component: Students in sports journalism and management will get five, one-hour classes featuring executives from the Brooklyn-bound New Jersey Nets.

NoLandGrab: One can't put a price tag on the opportunity to listen to five hours of bulls**t from the likes of Brett Yormark and Barry Baum.

Posted by eric at March 15, 2012 11:33 AM