Newark Mayor Booker predicts Brooklyn deal will die: "I think there's going to be a comeuppance very soon"
The action began at about 47:50 with a New Jersey-born caller from New York named Bob.
CB: Bob, you're from New York, are you from Brooklyn?
Bob: No, I'm from Manhattan.
CB: OK, 'cause I'm trying to get those Nets from Brooklyn.
Bob: What is the status of the negotiations to keep the Nets in New Jersey and more particularly to move them to Newark?
CB: I'm going to go way out on a limb here and let you know maybe more than I should... I am confident now more than ever that the deal in Brooklyn is just not going anywhere. I think there's going to be a comeuppance very soon where the team is going to go up for sale. That's my prediction--I really do believe it.
I'm working on this issue more than I ever imagined I would, because the Nets in Newark would have a significant game-change, in terms of the energy and the excitement and the job opportunities and economic investment in our downtown. So it's something I'm working on a lot. I've watched the deal very closely. I know people that are involved in the deal. It does not look like it's going anywhere in Brooklyn.
The team's going to be put up for sale, and this is my fear--that there are going to be people competing from Kansas City to Seattle and Newark is going to have to get in that game. And there's a lot of very good investors who are already stepping up that want to purchase the team should it be put up for sale.
Prudential vs. Izod
In the rest of the segment, Booker and Essex County Executive Joe DiVincenzo, another guest on the show, discussed the importance of working out an arrangement with the Izod Center. Booker said he was "in active talks with people from the Meadowlands and the Sports Authority."
Of course, had officials from Bergen County, where the Izod Center is located, been on the show, the discussion might have been a little more contentious.