ExPatriatePen wrote:I'm living in the NY Metro area, and sometimes I fall victim to the curse of NY. That is, the feeling that "The world revolves around NYC".
Sometimes I just assume that everyone gets the same information I do on a daily basis.
Is everyone aware tha Ratner is building his own Arena for his own Sports team?
He owns the Nets and is building an arena in Brooklyn.
We aren't dealing with Forest Gump here.
Yes, it was mentioned in the PG when they did their big write-up about the FC plan. Based on what they said however, that plan is stalled because of a lot of push back from the community in Brooklyn. Is that the case? If so, why can't he take the money for that arena and plug it in here? He will make it back with the slots license.
Exactly. I read that he is negotiating with the Meadowlands to extend his lease there as a contingency if/when the Brooklyn deal falls through. He has not received a warm welcome from Brooklyn and made little if any progress on his proposed development there.
As I recall the only way he had $$$ for a new arena was if he obtained some prime Brooklyn real estate at bargain prices for non-sports development. The arena was kind of a gimmick to get his foot into Brooklyn. This is similar to the model Ellman used with the Coyotes in Glendale, except there isn't a ton of undeveloped cheap land in Brooklyn.
Just to add a point of clarification. The Ratner that owns the NJN is part of the family, but is a brother, cousin, nephew, or some sort of relative of the guy spearheading the SS proposal. It isn't the same frontman.