Saturday, January 17, 2009

Is Seattle an option for the Nets?

Ken Berger on CBSSports.com lays out the scenario, which involves the Washington state legislature coming up with $75 million for renovations to Seattle's Key Arena--and another struggling NBA team not getting there first.

Berger joins those who think the Nets' stated Brooklyn arena opening date of 2011 is a mirage:
At a time when NBA sources tell CBSSports.com that several teams are having trouble collecting naming-rights payments for their arenas -- the Miami Heat sued sponsors and premium seat holders who owe the team $1.6 million, according to published reports -- Barclays has reaffirmed its commitment to having its name on the Brooklyn arena. This arrangement, of course, would be contingent on the arena actually being built. Groundbreaking has now been pushed to sometime this year, which would make 2011-12 the earliest possible debut for the Brooklyn Nets. Forgive me if I'm in believe-it-when-I-see-it mode.

I'd add that some sponsors might be antsy about Frank Gehry's diminished role.

The Nets, of course, would have to be sold, and that wouldn't happen, I suspect, until and unless Atlantic Yards crashes completely.

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