For the last several years, the Yormark brothers have been fighting a losing battle. Brett's NBA Nets and Michael's NHL Panthers were bottom-dweller in their respective leagues. Some of their moves were controversial (Brett's more than Michael's) and their one joint effort, a "snowbird" ticket exchange between the two teams, was seen as gimmicky at best.
Now, things have changed. The Panthers ended a 10-year playoff drought last year, losing to the Devils in the first round. The Nets opened a new arena in a new city and appear headed for the playoffs themselves. The two have set up exclusive clubs at their arenas for high-rollers. Things are good.
Brett was in Florida this week for an off-site conference of some 40 Barclays Center executives (nice timing!). He and his brother sat down with the South Florida Sun-Sentinel to talk about their hopes for their franchises. He said the big difference in Brooklyn is that the franchise is no longer in "survival mode."
Yormark twins have Panthers, Nets on the rise - Craig Davis - South Florida Sun-Sentinel