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SBD/July 16, 2013/Franchises
Nets See Big Boost In Season-Ticket Sales After Busy Offseason Of Acquisitions
Published July 16, 2013
HEAT CHECK: In Miami, Joseph Goodman wrote in Nets Owner Mikhail Prokhorov's "bid to 'capture' the NBA championship" from the Heat, he is "playing the game by his own set of rules." Goodman: "Rule 1: Laugh at the gentlemen’s agreement, otherwise known as the CBA, set in place by the NBA’s rich-guy club to de-tooth its league." Prokhorov is "trying to buy an NBA championship." While Heat President Pat Riley and Owner Micky Arison are "trying to figure out ways to somehow save money in the months before their team’s bid for a three-peat, the Nets are working with a blank check to overthrow the back-to-back defending champions." The Nets' estimated luxury tax bill "is more than" $80M. Goodman: "Forget basketball. That’s approaching the kind of sum the Yankees spend on payroll." This has some NBA execs already "crying foul." But Riley said, "I think he’s playing within the rules. He’s taking on contracts and star players and, so, obviously they’re doing a job and they’re committed to winning" (MIAMI HERALD, 7/14).