NEWARK, NJ - APRIL 02: Fans play hockey prior to the Chicago Blackhawks playing the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on April 2, 2010 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
The Devils have yet to make a profit at "The Rock", but they say they're getting close. They have yet to pay Newark what the city says they owe, but they're getting close there too. Still the numbers are giving the team some hope their move from the IZOD to The Rock will pan out...and it gives the Nets some hope they can cut their staggering losses.
As the Times reports, they sold out 18 games this season, up from 10 last year. The Nets didn't sell out a single game at the IZOD this season. The team filled more than 90 percent of its 2,300 club seats. There are no club seats at the Meadowlands. And fans are spending four and a half hours in Newark on game days, compared with less than three hours when the Devils played in East Rutherford.
Meanwhile, back in Brooklyn, a new controversy. A Forest City Ratner executive touring the Barclay Center site said Daniel Goldstein was indeed in it for the money, that the main sticking point in getting him to move next week was "how much money he wanted.” Goldstein said that Bruce Ratner's people had approached him four times during the last several years about selling out, but he declined each time. He disputes the exec's characterization of the talks.
- Devils’ Move Paying Off for Team, and Newark - Ken Belson - New York Times
Devils' principal owner starts search for answers - Tom Gulitti - The Record
- Ratner exec: Goldstein was in it for the money! - Stephen Brown - Brooklyn Paper
Goldstein's attorney responds to Gilmartin's quote - Norman Oder - Atlantic Yards Report