Opening Day a Bust in Newark

NEWARK NJ - OCTOBER 23: A general view of the Prudential Center prior to the game between the Buffalo Sabres and the New Jersey Devils on October 23 2010 at the Prudential Center in Newark New Jersey. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

The Nets were supposed open their last season in New Jersey Saturday afternoon vs. the Pistons, but instead fans will be trying to locate video feeds of Sunday's matchup of Deron Williams and Bojan Bogdanovic in Istanbul, wondering where to find reports on MarShon Brooks and Anthony Morrow's efforts in an Atlanta benefit game Saturday and hoping mediator George Cohen can break some ice in the congested waters of CBA negotiations in Manhattan...at any time. All poor substitutes.

Along Edison Place in Newark, it's more about survival.  This is the just the latest blow. Word got out this week that the Devils and the Prudential Center will likely have to file for bankruptcy. For the three local restaurants and bars lined up across the street, it's kind of slow.

"We would have definitely opened for lunch, probably about 11, if there was a basketball game," said the owner of one. "Now, we’ll open around 4 for the hockey game. For seven servers, two bartenders, and maybe one or two hostesses, plus the back [staff in the kitchen], that’s a whole shift they lose".

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