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‘Monster Inc.’ headphone deal not quite the monster Nets hoped for

‘Monster Inc.’ headphone deal not quite the monster Nets hoped for

The Nets are suing Monster Inc, claiming the headphone maker didn’t pay the team sponsorship fees. As Forbes reports the Nets allege a number of things in their complaint... The professional relationship between the Nets and Monster began on March 13, 2017, with the execution of a Sponsorship Agreement under which Monster was given the title of “Official Headphone and Speaker Sponsor of the Brooklyn Nets” along with other rights in connection with the Nets, the New York Islanders and Barclays Center as well as exclusivity in the headphone and speaker category in exchange for the...
Apr 24, 2018
Pablo Prigioni, Tiago Splitter join Nets staff

Pablo Prigioni, Tiago Splitter join Nets staff

Hello, South America. The Nets announced Tuesday that they have added two of South America’s most accomplished players to their staff. Argentina’s Pablo Prigioni has been hired as an assistant coach on Kenny Atkinson’s staff, while Brazil’s Tiago Splitter will join the club as a scout, with “added duties related to player on-court development.” No word if the two will be additions to the staff or will replace those who were on the staff last season. Brian Lewis was first to report the addition of Prigioni, an Argentine playmaker who became somewhat of a New York darling...
Apr 24, 2018
Are Barclays Center bonds about to be downgraded?

Are Barclays Center bonds about to be downgraded?

Crain’s New York Business reports that the recent change in the Nets ownership structure required Mikhail Prokhorov to revise certain aspects of the team’s relationship to Barclays Center ... and that arena bondholders are not happy. Crain’s reported that the big bond rating agency, Standards and Poor’s, “warned on Friday that it might downgrade the $527 million worth of bonds used to pay for Barclays’ construction in downtown Brooklyn. For now the bonds are rated “BBB-,” the lowest rung for investment grade. One step down would relegate them to junk status.” Such a move...
Apr 24, 2018
Deadlines and Commitments - No. 113

Deadlines and Commitments - No. 113

It’s all draft and free agency now. Undergraduate college players and international players had until Monday to declare for the Draft. They can opt out in June as long as they don’t hire an agent, which some have already done. It’s three weeks till the lottery and almost nine weeks till the Draft. We update draft order and add a few things about Nets own free agents. Here ya go... May 15 - NBA Draft Lottery (Chicago). No need for Nets fans to tune in, unless it’s out of curiosity or a masochistic bent. The Nets pick, now in the hands of the Cavaliers, is eighth overall, giving...
Apr 23, 2018
YES ratings still lowest ... but up 11 percent over 2016-17

YES ratings still lowest ... but up 11 percent over 2016-17

The local TV ratings are in and the Nets had the lowest rating in the NBA for the fourth consecutive year, but the 0.38 number represented an 11 percent bump over 2016-17, first in the Nets rebuild, according to Sports Business Journal’s annual survey. The 0.38 rating means that a little more than one-third of one percent of New York’s TV households were tuned into Nets games on YES. That’s around 27,000 households. The SBJ survey did not list the Knicks ratings, but they generally are about six or more times higher. The ratings do not mean the Nets had the smallest local TV...
Apr 22, 2018
NetsDaily Off-Season Report No. 2

NetsDaily Off-Season Report No. 2

And we’re back, for our 11th big year! Every weekend, we’ll be updating the Nets’ off-season with bits and pieces of information, gossip, etc. to help take the edge off 28-54. Searching out the strategy There’s a lot of speculation out there about what the Nets are planning this off-season ... tanking for the 2019 pick? Going for broke with big free agent? Tendering another offer sheet for a restricted free agent? Or banking on continuity? Here’s our take from reading between the lines of comments made by Sean Marks, Kenny Atkinson and even some of the players over the last ten...
Apr 21, 2018
The Development Game: It HAS to work

The Development Game: It HAS to work

Jarrett Allen turns 20 Saturday. He’s no longer a teenager, and no longer a rookie either. He now has a year under his belt as an NBA player. He likes how things have worked out. “I remember when I first walked in to meet Kenny and Sean it was me and my family, and Kenny had a meeting with all of us and they just told me how invested they were in me. The vision they had for me. “They even talked to my family and told them all of that, so you feel a sense of being wanted, being a part of what they’re building here. It seems like a big part of the culture here,” said Allen in an...
Apr 20, 2018
Jeremy Lin: Bridging gap between U.S. and China ‘my off-court job’

Jeremy Lin: Bridging gap between U.S. and China ‘my off-court job’

In an interview aired this week, Jeremy Lin talks to David Meltzer of Sports Marketing about a lot of things, how he sees “God’s fingerprints” on everything in his life, the importance of his family ... and how his unique position as the first Chinese-American in the NBA gives him an opportunity to bring China and the United States closer. In talking about that role, Lin said he’s “very cognizant” of the power of his brand. ”That’s like my off-the-court job, is figuring out this platform and how to do it right and create a positive impact,” he said, adding that he...
Apr 19, 2018
DRAFT WATCH NO. 5: The order is set, but that’s about it

DRAFT WATCH NO. 5: The order is set, but that’s about it

Unless you’re in the playoffs, you and your team are all about the Draft. Tanking season is over, and the full 60 pick order has been established ... at least until the Draft Lottery in May. (That’s not something we need to worry about.) Sean Marks an his press conference with Kenny Atkinson Monday talked about how the Nets are preparing for the draft ... and free agency a few days later. Although workouts haven’t started yet, planning has... “We’re hopefully preparing for every different scenario that may never happen or may happen,” Marks told the media. “So we don’t...
Apr 17, 2018
Sean Marks: ‘Never bet against Jeremy Lin’

Sean Marks: ‘Never bet against Jeremy Lin’

The question at Monday’s “Markinson” presser was simple, What is Jeremy Lin’s role? With Lin returning from a lost season and a unique recovery/rehab program, you have to wonder what’s going on, particularly with the backcourt logjam and Lin’s belief he’s stepping back into a starting role. Sean Marks wouldn’t get into details, but he made it clear that a competitive Lin, a healthy Lin is a good thing. “He’s proven people wrong his entire career, so that’s something when we first brought Jeremy on board intrigued us about him,” Marks said. “There’s no market...
Apr 16, 2018
Tsai Effect: As sports betting explodes, Nets see Asia as big market

Tsai Effect: As sports betting explodes, Nets see Asia as big market

In a story Monday on the rise of sports betting, Sports Business Journal points to Asia as a crucial market and Nets CEO Brett Yormark believes the Nets team’s ownership structure will be advantage in selling sponsorships in Asia. SBJ notes “For those selling and marketing sports media and sponsorships, the imminent legalization of widespread bookmaking is like a map to buried treasure.” Experts think that rather than being sportsbook operators, leagues and their teams will be smarter to a seller of sports media and sponsorships. And that’s where the Tsai Effect will come into...
Apr 15, 2018
NetsDaily Off-Season Report No. 1

NetsDaily Off-Season Report No. 1

And we’re back, for our 11th big year! Every weekend, we’ll be updating the Nets’ off-season with bits and pieces of information, gossip, etc. to help take the edge off 28-54. First things first As we note above, we’ve been doing this for 11 years, through thick and (mostly) thin. Some editions will be long, some will be short. Some will be better than others. Some will come out on Saturday, some on Sunday. The Off-Season Report will follow the off-season, right up to October 1, which is the start of the pre-season ... nearly SIX MONTHS FROM NOW. This one is pretty basic. Welcome...
Apr 14, 2018
Can D’Angelo Russell move on to the next step? Next season will tell

Can D’Angelo Russell move on to the next step? Next season will tell

15.75 35.9% 42.5% 5.7 4.5 In the last month of the regular season, D’Angelo Russell seemingly caught fire. He had a triple double of 18, 11 and 13; five games of 20 or more points, including a 32-point performance vs Toronto; three games of more than 10 assists that included some eye-openers. But... His numbers —15.8 points, 5.7 assists and 35.9 percent from deep— weren’t much different from his final season numbers, and were below what he was averaging when he want down in the Nets 12th game: 20.9 points, 5.7 assists and 4.8 rebounds. Moreover, during that month, he was...
Apr 14, 2018
Coaches’ advice to Nets: Be patient, fly under the radar

Coaches’ advice to Nets: Be patient, fly under the radar

The Times gathered some coaches and others to offer advice to the Nets and Knicks on how to proceed after a season where the two teams won a combined total of 57 games, two fewer than the Raptors. The Knicks advice came from a variety of coaches, fans, podcasters and announcers. The Nets advice came from three coaches — Mike Fratello, winner of 666 NBA games who’s now with YES; Nancy Liebermann, the Brooklyn-born Hall of Famer and assistant coach of the Kings; and Butch Beard! Yes, the Nets head coach in the 1990’s! To a man, the coaches preached patience. The Times also talked...
Apr 14, 2018
Nets to pick at 29, 40 and 45 in Draft

Nets to pick at 29, 40 and 45 in Draft

Last July, the Nets had no picks — either round— in the 2018 NBA Draft. Their only hope for a pick rested on Indiana’s second rounder. If the Pacers didn’t make the playoffs, the Nets would get their pick. Looked good, too. Indiana had lost their best player, Paul George, and their return, Victor Oladipo, was okay, but fans wondered if he’d ever reach his potential. After Friday’s tiebreakers at the NBA Board of Governors meeting Friday, Brooklyn controlled the 29th, 40th and 45th picks, a first and two seconds. In a second round tiebreaker, the Nets got 45, the Rockets 46. ...

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