Barclays Center Rumors
After two years and countless complaints, Brooklyn’s Barclays Center has concluded it’s no longer worth it to host the New York Islanders. The arena, which is already home to the NBA’s Nets and one of the world’s top-grossing concert venues, would make more money without the National Hockey League team, according to people familiar with the facility’s financials.
According to a Nets insider, the Russian oligarch would like to sell up to 49 percent of the Nets, but NOT the other assets held by Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment: Barclays Center, Nassau Coliseum, and the Brooklyn Paramount Theater. There’s no indication that Prokhorov has set any deadline for a sale or who might be interested.
However, of the nine, only the Nets and Raptors have opened their doors with the others scheduled to greet players anywhere between this fall and fall of 2018. That means only the two already opened can be used to sell free agents this summer. And it’s not just players who will find the facilities attractive. SBJ says they’re becoming important in recruiting coaching and other staff. (As a member of the Spurs front office, Sean Marks got a preview of HSS early last season.) “It’s a first-class addition to what we already do here in Brooklyn,” Brett Yormark told SBJ. “It’s one train stop from Barclays Center and 15 to 20 minutes by car. Most importantly, it’s a great recruiting chip.”
The Nets parent company, Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment announced Wednesday that ESL, the world’s largest esports company, will bring the East Coast’s largest esports tournament to Barclays Center in October. ESports are online video game competitions. Now, as esports grows, big tournaments will be conducted live in large venues like Barclays. Barclays Center will play host to a US$250,000 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive competition, with more games joining the tournament’s lineup to be announced in the coming weeks. Esports has become a top priority for BS&E, Mikhail Prokhorov’s “mother ship” for sports and entertainment, particularly CEO Brett Yormark.
The N.B.A. regulates stuff as much as the Federal Reserve. Each playing surface must measure 94 feet by 50 feet. A traveling violation in San Antonio is the same as a traveling violation in Cleveland. Quarters are 12 minutes long. In other words, players generally know what to expect once they step onto the court. But visiting locker rooms remain one of the great variables with divergent setups across the league. Size, furnishings, urinal access — it all depends on the city. Players and coaches have their favorites, which tend to be in newer arenas like Barclays Center, where the Nets play their home games and where the league had requirements in place.
The NBA has pushed back the starting time of Sunday’s game in New York between the Brooklyn Nets and the Oklahoma City Thunder because of the blizzard that walloped much of the East Coast. The league says the game originally scheduled for 3:30 p.m. at the Barclays Center will now be played at 7:30 p.m.