Except for the NHL Devils, New Jersey team sports seem to be the result of a bad bluff by team owners who did not think New York politicians would let them bolt. For football, fans only have to trek across the river 8 times a year for regular season games. The teams benefit by keeping the New York name and identity, and fans get the extra space to tailgate.
The Nets had the option of moving from Secaucus (the Meadowlands) to Newark, where the Devils plan to build their new arena. As a former New York team now owned by a New York real estate developer, the team is actually an ancillary part in the new owner’s desire for other real estate ventures in Brooklyn.
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