So the Nets are moving to Brookyn
4/12/2011, 4:39 p.m.
Moving to Brooklyn doesn't mean the Nets will become NBA champions overnight.
But it does mean more exposure for the franchise. Let's be honest, the Nets have failed to really make a splash since joining the NBA.
Sure, they had a great run earlier this decade with Jason Kidd, Kenyon Martin and Richard Jefferson. The team made six straight playoff appearances, including two straight trips to the NBA Finals. Even that success didn't make the Nets a household name.
The Nets didn't sell out the first two playoff games the first year they made the playoffs in 2002. That should tell you something.
Moving the Brooklyn will give the franchise the shot in the arm it needs. One of the reasons the team failed to sell out was directly connected to the location of the Meadowlands.
Getting to the arena was a hassle. There was no subway or rail access until recently - New Jersey Transit added a stop right in front of Giants Stadium - . Before this new railstop, fans who weren't driving had to go to Port Authority and catch a fan bus. Even if you lived in New Jersey without a car, you had to travel to Port Authority and catch the bus.
Playing in downtown Brooklyn solves the transportation problems. Anyone of several subway lines (A, B, C, D, G, F, N, Q, R, 2, 3, 4, 5) will drop you at the arena. The Long Island Railroad's Brooklyn hub is within walking distance.
Of course there will be traffic and parking issues. But it's the same way at Madison Square Garden with the Knicks. Everyone takes the subway.
Convenience is an important thing for fans these days. No one wants to pay $20-plus to park. No one wants to shell out extra money for gas. Jumping on a subway or the railroad is just what the doctor ordered. It is especially convenient for those who come in groups or want to drink a little. No need to worry about drinking in driving or car pooling.
In the end, this could be a good for everyone involved.
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