At a press conference earlier today, Jay-Z and other New Jersey Nets partners announced that the team’s move will be completed for the 2012-13 NBA season and they will play at the under-construction Barclays Center.
“From the moment the Barclays Center became a reality,” Jay-Z said in a statement, “I knew this meant something significant for Brooklyn.”
The Nets will be the first major professional sports team in Brooklyn since baseball’s Dodgers moved to Los Angeles in 1957.
Any new logo or jersey redesigns have been kept under wraps, but for now, New York will officially be getting a second NBA team. I’d say that it would be difficult to displace the town’s love of the Knicks, but that team’s been a train wreck for the most part of the last decade. (Not that the Nets are any better — they were atrocious last season.)
It was also announced that Jay-Z will inaugurate the Barclays Center with a series of headlining concerts next September.