Regarding NJ Nets, Christie Should Build, Not Belittle

When Christie says "good riddance" to the NJ Nets he is acting in a typically petty and petulant matter. He sounds like a nasty, spoiled child when he adds, "If you don't want to stay, we don't want you."

The decision to move the Nets to Brooklyn goes back to 2004 when Bruce Ratner purchased the franchise to add value to his Ratner City development project there. The plan gained further steam when  Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov bought a majority interest in the Nets and also agreed to help fund construction of the Brooklyn arena.The history of sports franchises is that they sadly but often move on to greener fields.

Christie lived in Newark as a child and says he cares about the city. He should be using his mouth and his mind to help build a new pro basketball team in Newark. Prudential Center is a great facility in a city with excellent transportation and plenty of basketball fans. Particularly, as the economy improves, there should be opportunities for investors who care about Newark, basketball, and money to create a new team. Investors already have an existing arena and there are local cable sports networks that would be happy to pay new owners to broadcast the games.

We know Christie can be vindictive and nasty, but what happened is not his fault nor that of New Jerseyans. It's time for him to move on and use his leadership to facilitate the development of a new team. He has to show he has the skills to build not just to belittle.    

 

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