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SBD/October 3, 2012/Franchises
Remembering Dem Bums: Nets Trying To Get Former Brooklyn Dodgers To Home Opener
Published October 3, 2012
CHANGING THE GAME: Nets Owner Mikhail Prokhorov and Barclays Center developer and Nets investor Bruce Ratner appeared Monday night on PBS’ “Charlie Rose” to discuss the opening of Barclays Center. Ratner said the arena is “the center in every kind of way” of Brooklyn. He said, “It’s going to be a major, major shift in the way people in Brooklyn spend their extra time.” Ratner noted there was “every single impediment” to the creation of the arena, from the “recession to 35 litigations to the difficulty of constructing in the city.” Ratner: “Without Mikhail coming in and buying 80% of the team and providing the economics to do that, I don’t think we could have (built Barclays Center).” Prokhorov said Ratner is “my best partner.” Ratner noted the current level of “strong opposition” towards the project “is relatively small.” Meanwhile, he talked about the impact Nets minority Owner Jay-Z has had on the team, saying, “He’s been terrific, everything from basketball in terms of helping get players to designing logos to marketing to business sense and so on. He’s got everything” (“Charlie Rose,” PBS, 10/1).
THAT DON'T IMPRESS ME MUCH: In N.Y., Kevin Baker wrote what “stands out most about the new home of the Nets is how little it stands out.” The arena’s latticework of "'preweathered' steel panels is supposed to evoke Brooklyn’s brownstone tradition," but it instead looks like "one more bricked-up urban bunker from the 1970s, when panicky municipal authorities thought they’d be fighting a race war." Baker: "It is almost weirdly provincial for New York, more like a college fieldhouse for a Division III school in Sheboygan" (NYOBSERVER.com, 10/2).