Barclays Center Rumors
Prigioni, the former Argentinian national team point guard and 2008 bronze medalist, was at Brooklyn’s shootaround Thursday morning at Barclays Center. The 40-year-old was first spotted at Nets shootaround on February 9 and has attended all of Brooklyn’s three home games since. Prigioni is visiting and learning about all phases of basketball operations, from coaching to management, while in town with the Nets.
There are multiple suitors late in the process to buy a 49-percent stake in the struggling NBA team, along with the right to buy a larger stake and become the controlling owner in three years, sources told The Post. The sale does not include Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.
Despite a league-low payroll, the Nets lost $44.3 million last year, according to confidential league documents obtained by ESPN’s Zach Lowe. That’s the league’s second biggest loss, behind only the Pistons who lost $45.1 million. The Pistons’ losses were actually much greater. The Nets did not receive revenue-sharing money from the league and their profits from Barclays Center are not included in the analysis. The Pistons, on the other hand, lost $63.2 million before collecting revenue sharing last season, “the largest loss by a wide margin,” Lowe notes. Detroit doesn’t own its own arena, unlike the Nets.
The Brooklyn Nets will hold an open audition for a public address (PA) announcer on Tuesday, July 18 at 3 p.m. at Barclays Center. Registration begins at 2:30 p.m. at the EmblemHealth Dean Street entrance lobby. The PA announcer serves as the main voice of the Nets during all home games at Barclays Center. The role includes calling the starting lineup, game action, and other in-arena announcements.
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.”