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Nets One of an Historic Number of Franchise Shifts

The sale of the Seattle Supersonics last week provoked a discussion of just how fragile NBA links to hometowns can be. Professional basketball teams move more than any of the other major sports and are cheaper to buy. The Nets' move to Brooklyn is just one of several that could take place over the next few years, along with teams in Seattle, New Orleans and Portland. And if a hometown won't go along with a new arena, there is always a new arena beckoning in Kansas City or San Jose.