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He’s a business, man — Jay-Z to christen the Barclays Center

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Rap mogul Jay-Z will christen the Barclays Center when the under-construction $1-billion home for the Brooklyn-bound Nets opens on the corner of Atlantic and Flatbush avenues next fall.

The hip hop star, who owns a very small portion of the basketball team, will headline the venue’s first performance during a three-week grand opening at the Prospect Heights arena in September, 2012, according to a source familiar with the plan.

Jay-Z is set to announce the dates at a press conference at the Barclays Center on Monday — where Nets officials are expected to unveil a new team name (see sidebar).

It will be a “major announcement,” Nets CEO Brett Yormark tweeted.

The 19,000-seat arena is the centerpiece of developer Bruce Ratner’s $5-billion Atlantic Yards mega-project, which was once slated to contain 16 residential towers stretching from Flatbush to Vanderbilt avenues — but all but one of the towers are on hold due to a weak economy.

In April, Nets officials announced that the Barclays Center would open on Sept. 28, 2012, with a series of concerts and shows — such as college basketball games and Disney on Ice — in the run up to the Nets inaugural season.

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DCarlyle from Park Slope says:
Wow !!! How much of the team can You Buy ?
Sept. 23, 2011, 5:31 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
I know how Jay-Z feels to be playing at a playground made for the rich, especially because of how much they will be paying him to do them.
Sept. 23, 2011, 9:07 pm
blaze from Queens says:
cant waitt !!!!!
Sept. 23, 2011, 10:18 pm
Kalahari Dessert from Brooklyn says:
Nets: The New Crack Cocaine.

Remember what he said: he just sold it to poor Bed Stuy fools, he didn't smoke it. Now that's a business strategy, man!
Sept. 23, 2011, 11:20 pm
John from Westminster Road says:
Here are new name suggestions for the Nets:

The Brooklyn Regrets
The Brooklyn Could-a-beens
The Brooklyn Modest
The Brooklyn Fundamentals
The Brooklyn Cranks
The Brooklyn Loud Mouths
The Brooklyn Nostalgias
The Brooklyn Ethnics
The Brooklyn Self Thwarters
The Brooklyn Dissed
Sept. 24, 2011, 12:24 am
Steve Nitwitt from Sheepshead Bay says:
I can deal with any other names but the Brooklyn Papers or Brooklyn Markowitzes.
Sept. 24, 2011, 3:12 am
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
I have some better names.

Brooklyn Traitors
Brooklyn Sellouts
Brooklyn Refugees
Brooklyn Boondoggles
Brooklyn Rats
Brooklyn Unknown
Brooklyn Wannabees
Brooklyn Pretenders
Brooklyn Back Rooms
Brooklyn Subsidies
Brooklyn Puppets
Brooklyn Yesmen
Sept. 24, 2011, 6:21 pm
harriet from brooklyn says:
Jay-Z owns less than 2% of the team. He's a token, in the most cynical version of the term.
Sept. 25, 2011, 11 am
al pankin from downtown says:
reading these comments from a bunch of jealous cry babbies is really funny..especially from people who don't even live in Brooklyn....too bad the original Frank Gehry design didn't get built, held up by another bunch of grumblers.
Sept. 25, 2011, 12:31 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
If you asked me, Jay-Z should just stay out of being a businessman and go back to rapping. Don't forget that he failed to get a hotel in the Meatpacking District in the Chelsea section of Manhattan. Keep in mind that he owns less than one percent. In other words, when the stockholders place it to a vote, he will barely mean anything unless there is a tie and his vote can break it like the vice president when giving the deciding vote over the Senate.
Sept. 25, 2011, 9:10 pm
common sense from bay ridge says:
Brooklyn Yesmen could work, considering the network that broadcasts their games.
Sept. 25, 2011, 9:11 pm
Friend of Marty Mashugana from Borough Hall says:
Tal double dribbles
Sept. 25, 2011, 9:47 pm
Daquan13 from East Boston says:
I am a supreme fan of Aaron McCargo and Jay-Z.

How about the Brooklyn Tal——s?

-Tannis Baker
Sept. 26, 2011, 2:52 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Please define the word yes man, common sense, because then you will know why I used it.
Sept. 26, 2011, 5:54 pm
common sense from bay ridge says:
I know why you used it, but it works on a number of different levels. Go Nyets!
Sept. 26, 2011, 11:32 pm

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