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SBD/September 27, 2011/Franchises
Jay-Z Working With adidas, Nets On New Team Jerseys For '12
Published September 27, 2011
BRINGING IT TO BROOKLYN: In N.Y., Erin Durkin notes Jay-Z will “rock the mike to open the new digs, but the rapper wouldn't say how many concerts he will be giving.” Jay-Z said joking, "Maybe one. Maybe two. Maybe three. I sound like LeBron." Sources said that Jay-Z “will give eight shows during a blowout opening” of the new arena. Jay-Z: "I asked for two things out of my partners in ownership -- that we name the New Jersey Nets the Brooklyn Nets, and ... that I open (the arena) with a concert." The Nets are “using Jay-Z's image in a new marketing campaign to sell their pricey all-access pass to the arena” (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 9/27). Markowitz said, "For generations, Brooklyn-ites were belittled and disrespected. Disrespected and belittled, no more! Next year, when we formally open this arena, the ghosts of Ebbets Field will forever be lifted" (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 9/27).
FINDING A NEW HOME: ESPN.com’s Andy Katz reported the Atlantic 10 will “move its men’s basketball tournament to the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn beginning with the 2013 tournament.” The A-10 has “one more year on its current deal to play the tournament in Atlantic City.” Commissioner Bernadette McGlade is “making attempts to get the A-10 more exposure” in N.Y., and the conference is “hosting its media day in Brooklyn on Oct. 13” (ESPN.com, 9/26).