NBA’s Nets 35 years in New Jersey comes to end tonight

April 23, 2012


NBA’s Nets 35 years in New Jersey comes to end tonight

New Jersey Nets have been known by this name for 35 years. Tonight at the Prudential Center in Newark will be the last Nets home game ever in New Jersey. Next year they will become the Brooklyn Nets.

The New Jersey Nets are an original member of the American Basketball Association (ABA), the Nets were founded in 1967 as the franchise New York Americans. The Americans were to play in  the 69th Regiment Armory located at 68 Lexington Avenue between East 25th and 26th Streets in Manhattan. The NBA and the New York Knickerbockers (Knicks) blocked the option for the Americans to play in New York City. The Nets would played in Teaneck, New Jersey as the New Jersey Americans.  In 1968 the Nets would move to Long Island and rename themselves the New York Nets and playing home games in the Long Island Arena.

The Nets later relocated to the Island Garden in West Hempstead and in 1972 relocated again to the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale.
The ABA ceased to exist with the ABA and NBA merger in 1976. The New York Nets, Denver Nuggets, Indianapolis Pacers and San Antonio Spure would merge into the NBA. The Nets would pay $4.8 million to the New York Knicks due to their being located within the same metropolitan area.
In 1977 the Nets would relocate to New Jersey. The New York Knicks threatened to block the move because it would infringe on their exclusive territorial rights to New Jersey.
The lawsuit was settled between the teams after the league and the state of New Jersey intervened, and the Nets agreed to pay another $4 million to the Knicks for the rights to move.
July 7, 1977
The New York Times
Nets, Seeking to Move to Jersey, Sue Knicks Over Effort to Block It; Nets, Seeking a Move to Jersey, Sue Knicks Over Effort to Block Shift
July 27, 1977
The New York Times
Nets Will Move To New Jersey; Cost: $4 Million; Nets Will Pay $4 Million for Move to Jersey
The Nets basketball team will move to New Jersey under an agreement reached yesterday with the New York Knicks.
The team would be renamed New Jersey Nets and play in the Rutgers Athletic Center (later renamed the Louis Brown Athletic Center) was it waited to awaited move into the then new arena at the Meadowlands Sports Complex.
The Nets would then move to the  Brendan Byrne Arena (Continental Airlines Arena/Izod Center in October) in 1981.
In 2010 the Nets moved to the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ.
The team will be renamed Brooklyn Nets, after the completion of the 2011-12 NBA season when they relocated to Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

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