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Joe Tsai offering season ticket holders an incentive to renew for next season

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In an effort to make good on the pandemic-shortened season — and provide an incentive to renew for next season, Joe Tsai is offering a Nets season ticket holders a choice.

According to an email sent out last week, the Nets will offer a full refund on the remaining nine games of the 2019-20 season or an opportunity to roll over the value of the lost games into next season. To make the second option more attractive, Tsai has agreed to provide a 20 percent bonus on the cost of the rollover.

The Nets will be one of 22 teams playing in the NBA’s renewed season starting next month at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports at Walt Disney World. Those games, of course, will not be open to fans no matter how far the Nets go.

Next season, of course, the Nets are expected to be title contenders with Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving healthy. The 2020-21 season isn’t expected to start until sometime in December. Like other aspects of the NBA’s return-to-play that date is subject to negotiations between the league and the players’ union.

How many fans will have confidence enough to attend a game at Barclays once they’re permitted back in the building? According to a NetsDaily poll of more than 1,000 Nets fans, only 26 percent said they’d return as soon as Barclays Center opened, while 29 percent said they’d wait till a COVID-19 vaccine is available. The rest, 45 percent, said they’d be happy to watch Nets game on the YES Network.

How unique is the Nets plan? Hard to tell, but the Knicks also gave their season ticket holders a choice: a refund or a rollover enhanced with a gift: a food and beverage credit, MSG Store credit or an RJ Barrett “swingman” jersey.