Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Nets CEO Yormark, 3 months after asserting Gehry was still on the job, now says the world's changed from 3 years ago

New Jersey Nets CEO Brett Yormark has now surpassed the "suspicious spin" I cited when he spoke in March.

Today, according to the AP, Yormark explained why architect Frank Gehry was jettisoned from the AY arena:
Unfortunately the world we live in today is very different than what it was three or four years ago when we hired Frank," Nets chief executive Brett Yormark said Wednesday at Street & Smith's SportsBusiness Journal's conference on sports facilities and franchises.

"The world is more simplistic. It's not as grand and glitzy. And I'm not sure that design would have been appropriate right now, as much as we all loved it. I think the design that we have now is very appropriate. It speaks to Brooklyn."


Speaking to Brooklyn?

Well, let's put aside how much it speaks to Indianapolis, being modeled on the Conseco Fieldhouse (itself modeled on the Hinkle Fieldhouse at Butler University there).

Instead, consider that, less than three months ago, on March 25, Yormark told WFAN:
Frank Gehry is still the architect of this project. And he loves it. It’s very dear to his heart, no different than it is to all of us – Bruce Ratner, our investors and myself. I think his statements were misconstrued.

Thanks for clearing that up.

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