Late last month a Star Ledger commentary by Steve Politi pointed out the shortcomings of the New Jersey Nets franchise, which can't get out of the Garden State and into Brooklyn quick enough:
The star-free roster. The bottom-barrel payroll passed off as cap space when it is really just the remains of a fire sale. The team is even removing the "New Jersey" from the road uniforms, as if it could possibly insult fans more.According to PolitickerNJ.com, the New Jersey Office of Legislative Services "is drafting a bill that would prohibit the use of tax dollars to help teams that don't carry the New Jersey name."
Senate Miniority Whip Kevin O'Toole is leading the charge (which isn't limited to the lowly Nets):
"New Jersey's professional sports teams, the Nets, Jets and Giants, have no problem feeding at the taxpayer funded trough, yet seem to forget who their benefactors are when they order the teams' uniforms. The taxpayers of this state have poured hundreds of millions of dollars into infrastructure upgrades in the Meadowlands where all the teams play their home games. Is it too much to ask that professional sports teams that benefit from the support of the New Jersey taxpayer recognize the state on their uniforms?
"These teams make hundreds of millions of dollars a year. They should not receive a single concession from the state until they get an attitude readjustment."