More From Times Writer on Jay-Z

Brooklyn Nets

David Halbfinger, who wrote the Times story on Jay-Z's role with the Nets, spoke to an online magazine about the process of reporting the story and what else he learned about the relationship. Halbfinger told The Launch Magazine that Jay-Z not only failed to cooperate on the story, but tried to kill it.

He explains how Jay-Z's holdings in the Nets and Barclays Center shrunk so much, discusses whetther he gets "sweetheart" deals from the Nets; details Jay-Z's efforts to recruit LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Shareef Abdur-Rahim and claims "brand" issues kept him away when they were 12-70.

Now, however, Halbfinger says Jay-Z has multiple financial interests in the team and arena. "He’s got four different business lines going here," he said of the relationship. "He has the advertising agency [that had the commission for the transition from New Jersey and Brooklyn], the club [the 40-40 Club opening inside the arena], the clothing [a Rocawear store on the ground floor at the arena] and the champagne [the Armand de Brignac Champagne Bar in the "Vault"] and who knows if there is more."

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join NetsDaily

You must be a member of NetsDaily to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at NetsDaily. You should read them.

Join NetsDaily

You must be a member of NetsDaily to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at NetsDaily. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9347_tracker