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"Why should people get to see plans? This isn't a public project."
Bruce Ratner in Crain's Nov. 8, 2009

Actually, it's 18.6% About Basketball...

There's been lots of discussion lately about the Nets' trading strategy and whether it's about basketball or real estate.  Both No Land Grab and Atlantic Yards Report note that even putative Nets supporters can't help but have doubts, pointing to this comment by NetsDaily blogger NetIncome:
We find the Nets’ policy of not signing players for more than two years a bit rigid… and some of us are skeptical that it’s all about Lebron. We suspect it’s about cutting back on salary commitments just in case Brooklyn falls through and the team is put up for sale. Whenever any business with poor growth prospects starts cutting back on long-term commitments, selling assets, investors believe that company is “in play”, meaning up for sale.
Last Friday, in When Ratner says it's 100% about basketball, it's time to check the b.s. meter, Atlantic Yards Report introduced the phrase "sports entertainment corporation," originally used by Bettina Damiani of the watchdog group Good Jobs New York in testimony before the 10/10/07 hearing of Dennis Kucinich's Subcommittee on Domestic Policy, in this context:
Although sports entertainment corporations have an entire section of every day’s newspaper devoted to them, the Yankees and the Mets are, we must always remember, privately owned entertainment corporations. It’s discouraging that officials are confusing teams with public goods like parks, water and transit that are essential to the city’s public health and economic vitality.
Which leads one to ponder the fact that actually, according to the KPMG report on the economics of Atlantic Yards back in December, 2006, the Arena will only be used 41 times a year for the Nets, with another 179 "non-NBA activities."  What might those activities be?  Well, looking at this summer's fare in another 20,000 seat arena, the Verizon Center in DC, that could include: WWE presents Monday Night RAW LIVE ("featuring Batista, John Cena, CM Punk, Rey Mysterio, Triple H, Edge and More"); Pop Tarts Presents American Idols Live – 2008 Tour; Women of Faith; and George Michael's first North American tour in 17 years.   

That means in actuality, the Nets Arena is approximately 18% about basketball, and 82% about....other stuff.  But when you're asking for hundreds of millions of dollars in subsidies, it's probably not quite so effective to say that most of the time you'll be featuring Pop Tarts, George Michaels and really big guys in tights...

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