Tuesday, March 24, 2009

NJ Congressman Thinks New Jersey (Or Anyone) Cares About the Nets

The New Jersey Nets never quite caught the attention of Jersey sports fans the way teams in neighboring New York and Philadelphia have. Who knows what a move to one of the five boroughs will do for a team that currently ranks 5th to last in NBA attendance.

Regardless, Politico reports:

Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr. (D-N.J.), wary of taxpayer anger over the AIG bonuses, wants the New Jersey Nets to reconsider selling naming rights to the British bank Barclays for an NBA arena being built in Brooklyn.

Barclays received $8.5 billion in bailout funds from the Treasury Department, and Pascrell believes the $400 million it cost to have the naming rights for the soon-to-be Brooklyn Nets arena should be used, say, for lending to consumers instead.
This would be a fair argument if not for the fact the Nets could name their arena the "Jayson Williams Shot His Limo Driver Arena" and no one would notice.

Says Politico: "It’s worth noting, of course, that Pascrell represents a lot of New Jersey Nets fans quite unhappy about losing their NBA team to Brooklyn."

Show me one.

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