Friday, December 12, 2008

Daily News: Nets' official attendance "seems suspiciously high"

Julian Garcia, the New Jersey Nets beat writer for the New York Daily News, writes today about the team's surprisingly poor record at home:
The fact that the Nets are 22nd in the NBA in average home attendance likely has something to do with that. In fact, their officially listed average home crowd of 16,098 seems suspiciously high to those who regularly attend games at the Meadowlands, which they could be playing in for years to come. Officials with team owner Bruce Ratner's company admitted on Wednesday that the Atlantic Yards project in Brooklyn, which includes the team's proposed new arena, has been put off indefinitely for financial reasons.
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I've made that point about inflated attendance figures several times (here, here, here, here, and here).

The Star-Ledger also noticed that the arena on Wednesday night seemed to have as many fans of the Knicks as of the Nets:
After losing to the Knicks on Wednesday, they face the struggling Raptors Friday at Izod Center, where sparse crowds have been the backdrop for a disappointing home record.


Despite Nets' CEO Brett Yormark's denials, the Prudential Center in Newark has to be on the team's radar screen as at least an interim location.

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