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Nets TV ratings drop 20 percent, Knicks even worse

Sports Business Journal reports the Nets and Knicks both lost big chunks of the local TV audience this season, part of a trend that also saw drops in Los Angeles and Chicago. The Nets ratings dropped by 20%, Knicks by 29%.

And in the middle of it all, Drake disses Jay-Z

Drake, the Raptors' rapper, is an adviser to his hometown team. Saturday, he sat beside the Raptors' TV team and took a dig at Jay-Z, suggesting that he remains a man of the people while Jay-Z "is sitting somewhere eating a fondue plate."

Arena tower construction hits snag

The Times reports that the breakthrough modular technology being planned for three towers around Barclays Center has achieved neither the savings in time or money Forest City Ratner had anticipated and so the next towers will be built conventionally

"The most connected stadium in the world"

Tech Republic, the CBS magazine for IT professionals, reports this week on connected stadiums and arenas and calls Barclays Center "the most connected stadium in the world," with its Wi-Fi, apps and reliable, scalable access.

Optimistic writer wants Nets parade in Brooklyn

Denis Hamill admits, "We’re jumping way out in front of ourselves here," but he's claiming some Brooklyn turf just in case the Nets bring home the Lawrence O'Brien Trophy. "Forget the Canyon of Heroes. Brooklyn should parade in Brooklyn."

Nets going green ... atop Barclays Center roof

SHoP, the Barclays Center architect, has released a new image of the arena, with a green roof, surrounded by the planned three apartment towers at the eastern edge of the building site.

Time to market the team as well as the borough?

Jake Appleman, fresh from his "Brooklyn Bounce" book tour, takes another look at the team whose first year in the borough he chronicled. It's a more interesting team and a more interesting story than the first year when things were more mundane.

Report: Maccabi Tel Aviv to play Nets in preseason

Sport5, an Israeli sports site, is reporting that Maccabi Tel Aviv, one of Europe's perennial basketball powers, will play a preseason game vs. the Nets on October 7, one of two games Maccabi will play in the U.S. The other is in Cleveland.

Islanders plan big push to woo Brooklyn fans

More than a year and a half from opening night at Barclays Center, the Islanders have hired a consulting firm to woo fans from the borough and keep their fans in Nassau and Suffolk counties, Sports Business Journal reports.

Green roof planned for Barclays Center

Norman Oder, critic and chronicler of Barclays Center, reports that deep inside Empire State Development Corporation documentation is a notation that the arena roof may be going green. The roof currently features a huge Barclays logo.

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How analytics helped Nets improve crowd control

Ever wonder why Barclays Center often looks empty a half hour of so before the game, then fills up? Ever notice, how fans move to the left once they enter the arena? So have the Nets. So they've employed analytics to help them.

Plumlee wants in on dunk contest ... at Barclays

The NBA is looking to re-vitalize the Slam Dunk contest at next year's All-Star Weekend, which takes place in Brooklyn. Here's one idea: invite a seven-footer with a 36" vertical and hand him three balls. Mason Plumlee has proof he can do it

ACC Tournament to be hosted at the Barclays Center

Pete Thamel of Sport's Illustrated reports that the ACC and the Barclays Center are finalizing an agreement that will bring the ACC conference basketball tournament to Brooklyn as soon as 2017.

Yormark: Time to turn Knick fans into Nets fans

Brett Yormark, who always tried to keep the peace between the Nets and Knicks, took a page from his boss' playbook Thursday when he told Mitch Abramson that Mikhail Prokhorov's dream of turning Knicks fans into the Nets fans could come true.

Prokhorov spending too much on Nets? YES!

Here's our response: as Nets fans, we don't care. We aren't multi-millionaires or billionaires. If the Big Russian wants to try to build a championship by "overspending" on the team, we are with him! We support him! You go, Big Mike!

Nets plan "global," "weeklong" All-Star Break 2015

in an interview with Sports Business Journal, Brett Yormark is thinking big about the 2015 All-Star Weekend in New York. The Brooklyn side of the festivities should be global and go on for the week, he told SBJ.

Look Up! Barclays added acoustic baffles

Norman Oder, critic and chronicler of Atlantic Yards, reports that Barclays Center has already installed $500,000 worth of acoustic baffles in the arena ceiling and is planning "architectural and environmental" enhancement to the arena roof.

Talking with the author of "Brooklyn Bounce"

We sat down recently with Jake Appleman, author of "Brooklyn Bounce: the Highs and Lows of Nets Basketball's First Season in Borough. He talks about what he saw behind the scenes during a year with the team.

Nets Kids Dancers popular in their own right

WABC in New York visited Barclays Center last week to speak with Tanisha Scott, the Nets choreographer, and the Nets Kids dancers, whose performances are fast becoming a highlight of timeouts.

Ratner: Wouldn't change a thing about Barclays

In an interview with Bloomberg TV before Friday's game, Ratner said he wouldn't change a thing about the Nets' home.

Nets say they aren't star-stalkers

The Knicks, we learned this week, have an elaborate and mysterious system for assigning seats to celebrities. Not so the Nets, says Barry Baum, their spokesman. "Celebrities that do come to Nets games pay for their seats,' Baum told the Post.

From intellectual to fan: Reihan Salam's journey

Reihan Salam, conservative intellectual, writes Saturday of his metamorphosis to Brooklyn Nets fan. A native of the borough, the team caught his interest and now he knows all about them, even as he writes, "the refs are always biased against us."

Cuban goes after fellow (but lesser) billionaire

Before this team lost to the Nets Friday night had himself some fun at Mikhail Prokhorov's expense. Hypothetically, he said he couldn't see how ownership from 5,000 miles away could succeed. Of course, the Nets are more valuable than the Mavs.

Nets' "Random Acts of Kindness" are back

Shaun Livingston and the BrooklyKnight surprised wide-eyed shoppers at the a Park Slope Key Food supermarket with gift cards on Wednesday night — and even helped them bag a few groceries. It's part of the Nets' Random Acts of Kindness program.

Babo leads Fener to upset, wins praise from GMs

Bojan Bogdanovic has now missed 15 straight three pointers in the Euroleague and Turkish League but even with his touch from deep missing, the 6'8" swingman had enough to lead Fenerbahce to an upset win over Panathinaikos of Greece.

Nets to wear 'Dodger Blue' and Grey

The Nets calendar lists five games where the team will wear "alternate home uniforms" which are separate from the "Christmas Short Sleeve Jerseys." The jerseys will be worn March 21 and 28 as well as April 4, 11, and 15, the season's last home game.

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