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Brooklyn Arena another step closer to reality

Mar 1, 2010, 1:02 PM EST

Great news Brooklyn — you’re that much closer to having a six-win team play in your back yard. Break out the champagne and Beluga caviar.

State development officials can seize properties in the footprint of developer Bruce Ratner’s Atlantic Yards project through eminent domain, a state court ruled on Monday morning, removing the most significant legal hurdle remaining before construction can begin on the Barclays Center arena.

New York State Supreme Court Justice Abraham Gerges ruled this morning that 14 claims asserted by condemnation opponents — including the timing of the condemnations, the legality of a modification of the Atlantic Yards project plan and even the state’s failure to use the words “public use” in a section over why the land is being condemned in the first place — had no “merit.”

In the legal world, that is essentially what Dwight Howard did to Michael Beasley yesterday. Send that shot into the first row.

The regulars at Freddy’s Bar & Backroom may not like it, but the deal to build a new home for the Nets in Brooklyn is happening, it is a steamroller now that will not be stopped.

Brooklyn has had a professional sports team in the past, it’s time they once again got to enjoy the play of some bums.

  1. Jersey Mike - Mar 1, 2010 at 1:32 PM

    Kurt,
    Enjoy those jabs while you can. The laughing stops this summer. Not only are the Nets a better team than their putrid record may say, they have a 20-10 21-year old center, a solid PG, the best chance to win the upcoming lottery, and the arrival of the wealthiest owner in all of professional sports. Add those ingredients to two new arenas as home courts and this team WILL be in the playoffs next year, with or without LBJ.
    It doesn’t take a whole lot to kick a dog while it’s down, so why don’t you cut it out.
    Jersey Mike

  2. Brett - Mar 1, 2010 at 6:04 PM

    Couldn’t have put it any better jersey Mike. Gotta love these guys like Kurt who take jabs at a team with an extremely promising future trying to spin it off like Brooklyn is getting a team destined to fail. The Nets will have a drastically different team next year..excellent article Kurt.

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