New Jersey Rumors
The state believes sports betting can help revive its struggling casino and horse racing industries. The sports leagues have argued that it will damage fans’ perception of the integrity of their games, although NBA commissioner Adam Silver recently said expanded legalized sports betting in the United States is inevitable. New Jersey will file an appeal within days, State Senator Raymond Lesniak told ESPN. “We continue to believe that New Jersey has the right to allow sports betting in the state and we will keep up the fight in court,” State Senate President Steve Sweeney said in a statement. “We are going to continuing pursuing every legal option available. The economic impact that sports wagering can have on New Jersey is far too important to simply shrug our shoulders and move on.”
A U.S. District Judge ruled in favor of the NCAA and four major professional sports leagues Friday and issued a permanent injunction to prevent New Jersey casinos and racetracks from offering sports betting. Judge Michael Shipp wrote that New Jersey’s latest efforts — the 2014 Sports Wagering Law — violates the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992. Shipp heard oral arguments from both sides Thursday in Trenton, New Jersey, before releasing his decision just hours before a temporary restraining order that stopped the state’s thoroughbred track Monmouth Park from opening its sports book was set to expire.
Adam Silver: “I do think that sports betting on a widespread legalized basis in the United States is inevitable in part because States like New Jersey are pushing hard to generate additional revenue in the same way that lotteries have expanded to virtually every State now. I think sports betting will follow behind. My view is that if that is inevitable, and it’s gonna happening, then we need to participate in the regulatory framework that will be designed around our game. I mean, ultimately we have the responsability for the integrity of the game, to ensure the competition is pure, to ensure that no one in the NBA family -a team, a referee- is in any way influenced by gamblers. We of course do all these things now, but frankly because the industry is not transparent, we can’t do as good a job I believe as we could if it were all highly regulated. I mean for example, right now, there’s a huge offshore online business in sports betting.”
The NYC Marathon field will have a slightly taller look this year as the National Basketball Association joins in to promote physical activity throughout New York’s five boroughs. The NBA will hold a relay, pairing league celebrities with local youth runners to complete the Nov. 2 race in 24 legs, league Commissioner Adam Silver and Mary Wittenberg, chief executive officer of race organizer New York Road Runners, said yesterday at a pre-race luncheon. Silver, a two-time NYC Marathon finisher, will run the first leg with 14-year-old Staten Island resident Lauren Pitarresi, while Dikembe Mutombo, the 7-foot-2 center who played for both the New York Knicks and then-New Jersey Nets, will run the final leg of the 26.2-mile (42.2-kilometer) race.
The NCAA, NFL and other major professional sports leagues will file for immediate injunctive relief Tuesday to prevent New Jersey from offering sports betting this weekend, according to State Sen. Raymond Lesniak. Monmouth Park, one New Jersey’s oldest thoroughbred tracks, is planning to offer sports betting next Sunday, unless a court order stops it.
The Philadelphia 76ers will build a massive state-of-the-art practice facility and team headquarters on the waterfront in Camden, New Jersey, the team announced Tuesday, just hours after the New Jersey Economic Development Authority unanimously voted to provide the NBA franchise with $82 million in grants to be paid over 10 years. Construction on the 120,000-square-foot training center, the largest in the NBA, is expected to begin in October and be completed in time for the Sixers to begin using the facility in June 2016. It will be located on Delaware Avenue, between Martin Luther King Boulevard and Harbor Boulevard.
A year ago on Tuesday, Brett Yormark, chief executive of the Brooklyn Nets NBA basketball team, was watching his team play its first game in its new home after a move from New Jersey to New York. Twelve months on, and the 10-mile move to Brooklyn now looks inspired, with an expensively assembled “super-team” of stars, playing in front of bigger audiences in a new arena. “In every respect the move has been transformational,” Mr Yormark tells the BBC News website. “We have moved a few miles but we could have moved to the other side of the country, such is the difference. We got more buy-in from New York people than we expected. “The resources we have at our disposal are now so different.”
When the Nets were planning their move to Brooklyn, their analysis told them that 17.8 percent of their fans would be residents of New Jersey. The reality was that only about half that number showed up in Brooklyn … 9.8 percent of fans who attended games returned to their homes in New Jersey. Apparently, the Nets haven’t given up on fans from across the Hudson. Best Trails & Travel, the Official Charter Bus Sponsor of the Brooklyn Nets, is once again offering shuttle bus service from Paramus to Brooklyn. In an email sent out to New Jersey fans this week, the Nets announced they’re offering a 10 percent group discount.
Then there’s that thing of having more baskets for the players to shoot at, which Carlesimo prefers. At the arena, they’d just use the main court most of the time because their practice court inside the arena is small and has only two hoops. Over on the Jersey side of the Hudson, they have more room to stretch their legs at their facility. “They had a lot of input into it and guys are going to be divided,” Carlesimo said. “I’m sure a couple of the New York guys would rather be in Brooklyn. You can make a case for that too . . . But I like coming here because I like the setting better for getting things done. “You also don’t have the other team on your back. If the other team is coming in, you have to be off at a certain time. In here, we do whatever we want. So it’s just an easier setup for us.”
Since moving to Brooklyn, the Nets had conducted all their shootarounds at Barclays Center, using their $1-billion home arena in the mornings to work on their shooting and game plan for that night. But interim coach Carlesimo left the ball in the players’ court, giving them the chance to bring about their own change if that’s what they desired. So for now , the plan is to hold shootarounds at the Nets’ training facility in New Jersey throughout the week and possibly hold them at the arena if they need to before one of their weekend games. “We just kind of talked about it,” Johnson said, “and since you really only have two or three guys that live in the city and everybody else lives here in Jersey, this is kind of what they wanted.”
Commissioner David Stern scolded Gov. Christie and said New Jersey “has no idea what it’s doing” by seeking to allow sports betting in the state in a deposition published Friday in the ongoing legal battle between the governor, the four major professional sports leagues and the NCAA. Stern and the heads of Major League Baseball, the NFL, the NHL and the NCAA were questioned recently by lawyers representing the state as part of the leagues’ lawsuit seeking to stop New Jersey from instituting sports gambling. “The one thing I’m certain of is New Jersey has no idea what it’s doing and doesn’t care because all it’s interested in is making a buck or two, and they don’t care that it’s at our potential loss,” Stern said when asked how the advent of sports betting in New Jersey would harm the NBA. “And wholly apart from the fact that a governor, who’s a former U.S. Attorney, has chosen to attack a federal law which causes me pause for completely different reasons since I’ve at times sworn to similar oaths about upholding the law of the United States,” Stern continued.
MLB commissioner Bud Selig said in his deposition he was “appalled” that New Jersey would look to sports gambling as a fiscal solution. “I know states need money. I really mean that,” he said. “I understand all the problems. Federal government needs money, going over a cliff, cities need money. Chris Christie needs money. But gambling is so … the threat of gambling and to create more threat is to me — I’m stunned. I know that people need sources of revenue, but you can’t — this is corruption in my opinion. “I have to say to you I’m appalled. I’m really appalled.”
NBA commissioner David Stern scolded Gov. Christie and said New Jersey “has no idea what it’s doing” by seeking to allow sports betting in the state in a deposition published Friday in the ongoing legal battle between the governor, the four major professional sports leagues and the NCAA. Stern and the heads of Major League Baseball, the NFL, NHL and NCAA were questioned recently by lawyers representing the state as part of the leagues’ lawsuit seeking to stop New Jersey from instituting sports gambling. “The one thing I’m certain of is New Jersey has no idea what it’s doing and doesn’t care because all it’s interested in is making a buck or two, and they don’t care that it’s at our potential loss,” Stern said when asked how the advent of sports betting in New Jersey would harm the NBA. “And wholly apart from the fact that a governor, who’s a former U.S. Attorney, has chosen to attack a federal law which causes me pause for completely different reasons since I’ve at times sworn to similar oaths about upholding the law of the United States,” Stern continued.
Detroit Pistons coach Lawrence Frank’s family is without power but safe in the aftermath of the massive storm Sandy that swept through the East Coast with tons of water and high winds. His immediate family is in New Jersey, where Frank once coached the then-New Jersey Nets. “The power supply is down; no one has power,” said Frank, whose wife, Susan, and daughters are riding out the storm in New Jersey. “They’re dealing with that, but there are people in a whole lot worse situation. Your prayers go out to the people impacted by that.”
If owners Jay-Z and Mikhail Prokhorov hadn’t moved the Nets to Brooklyn, All-Star point guard Deron Williams probably wouldn’t have re-signed with the team. “It was a huge factor,” Williams told us about the Nets moving to Brooklyn. “I don’t think I would have even thought about staying if it (the Nets franchise) was staying in New Jersey.”
The Nets may generate revenue of $140 million and turn a profit of as much as to $15 million, the New York Post reported last month citing an unidentified person with knowledge of the matter. The team is now worth $575 million, 60 percent more than its $357 million valuation last season in Forbes Magazine’s annual rankings, the newspaper said. “Before, we had to have brochures and video of, ‘This is what it’s going to be when we’re in Brooklyn,’” Nets General Manager Billy King said in July. “Now we can take them there. It’s a reality now, and I think it’s going to be great for the people of Brooklyn and our fan base. It’s going to be great for our players to be part of something special.”
The Nets’ revenue should improve from “pretty bad” during their last season in Newark, New Jersey, to one of the league’s top five or six, according to Stern. “The Nets have these wonderful tent-pole sponsorships, they’re doing spectacularly in their season-ticket sales and they have retained a team that, in reading about it, looks like they’re going to compete,” he said.
The Nets’ PNY Center, which opened in 1998, has a cafeteria, a staff chef, a lap pool and a player lounge. It is where the Nets will spend a majority of their time. “I actually wanted to live in Brooklyn,” said the Nets’ C. J. Watson, who has friends in the borough. But he chose Edgewater, a 12-mile drive from East Rutherford, because “I just had to stay close to the practice gym.”
There is a certain chicken-and-egg logic at work: The old training center is drawing players toward New Jersey. A Brooklyn practice site, if it opened tomorrow, would surely draw them toward the borough. “I would have definitely lived in Brooklyn if we were practicing there,” Stackhouse said.
Williams is renting in SoHo while shopping for a permanent home, preferably one with easy tunnel access. He will have company. Joe Johnson, the Nets’ newly acquired All-Star guard, forward Kris Humphries and guard Jerry Stackhouse will all be living in Manhattan as well. Seven Nets will reside in New Jersey, including the rookie Tyshawn Thomas, who got an apartment in Hoboken, his hometown. (Two others, Mirza Teletovic and Tornike Shengelia, are playing overseas and have not yet shopped for homes, but they are likely to end up in New Jersey, too.)
Here are your new jersey numbers for the newest #nbakings: Thomas Robinson: 0, Aaron Brooks: 3, James Johnson: 52, Tyler Honeycutt is changing his jersey number to 9.
After years of taking that winding drive along New Jersey Route 3 to have their fortunes determined by ping-pong balls in a drum, the 14 teams that miss out on the playoffs this season will be taking a journey to a different location in hopes of altering the course of their respective franchises. The NBA is moving the draft lottery to New York, according to multiple league sources. Since 1994, the NBA has held the draft order drawing for the teams that failed to make the postseason at its studios in Secaucus, N.J. But the league laid off more than 100 employees and shut down one of its two offices in Secaucus last summer, creating an opening for a new venue. The lottery will be held on May 30 and the location in New York will be announced in the next few weeks.
The desire is apparent. Always one for big proclamations, he said if a team arrives “we’ll have the biggest party Newark has ever seen.” But O’Neal also took to filibustering when asked how the plan would come together, corking the details rather than divulging them under prodding. His role in the process still seems unsettled. He wouldn’t say if it was a new franchise in the works, giving the league an odd number of teams unless paired with another, or if a current organization would be dropping in. “It would be as an owner, possible general manager, possibly introducing some people to some people,” O’Neal said. “A couple of years ago I tried to help the marriage of the Nets to the Newark arena when I just made the statement, ‘How come the Nets are not playing in this arena?’ It was too late. But if I had been in those conversations earlier, hopefully the Nets would still be playing (in Newark).”
Chambers, a billionaire philanthropist, co-owner of the Devils and a former Nets owner, helped move the Devils to Newark. O’Neal, a native of the city, wants to deliver a professional team as well. He said he is working to bring an NBA team to the Prudential Center, where he appeared today as an honoree of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Newark. O’Neal first dropped hints of that goal last year, and the pursuit is still on. With the Nets set to migrate to Brooklyn next season, the arena will be short an NBA tenant. “Yes, still working on it, still having conversations and still doing certain things to help beautify this city,” O’Neal said. “When the time is right, we’ll have a party. I don’t want to say things that are out of pretext or context. There’s things going on, we’re working on it, trust me. We’re working on it every day.”
Dwight Howard: He’s the biggest name and seemingly the most likely to be dealt. But none of his supposed preferred destinations, at least New Jersey and Dallas, have anything worth taking for Orlando. Although the conventional wisdom is the Magic cannot afford to lose him for nothing like with Shaq in 1996, since then Orlando has proven to be a destination for free agents. So it makes sense to ride it out with Howard and see if he’ll wear the black hat and walk out on the team and for less money in free agency. I suspect the Magic is betting he won’t. If it were me, I’d take Andrew Bynum from the Lakers. But they seem determined to keep him and trade Pau and Howard hasn’t given any indication he’ll extend to stay with the Lakers. Chances of Howard being traded: 25 percent.
The ultimate disaster for New Jersey would be if Williams and Howard end up playing together, but not in Brooklyn. With some roster alterations that are doable, including using their one amnesty move on Brendan Haywood, the Mavs could be set up, cap-wise, to accommodate both players. “The Mavs want to do what Miami did and put together their own big three,’’ said another GM. “That’s their goal.”
The New Jersey Nets have quietly indicated that they plan to take Arenas on if they’re able to complete the trade for Howard that the Magic keep resisting. The intentions of the other three teams, though, appear to be in flux.
Marc Stein: In most advanced scenario discussed, Blazers swingman Gerald Wallace would join Nets center Brook Lopez as principal pieces Magic would get
The New Jersey Nets have signed free agent forward Shelden Williams, Nets General Manager Billy King announced today. Per team policy, terms of the contract were not released. “We are pleased to add Shelden to our roster,” said King. “He is a proven veteran who will add depth to our frontcourt rotation.”