Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Nets-Knicks opener in jeopardy because of Sandy

The Brooklyn Nets regular season debut in their spanking new arena is in jeopardy because of superstorm Sandy which wreaked destruction on most of the eastern seaboard.

The Nets were set to host the New York Knicks in their new cross-city rivalry on Thursday at the Barclays Center but the league is considering postponing the game while New York City picks up the pieces of the devastating storm.

"Tonight's games will be played," Tim Frank, the NBA's vice-president of communications, told the New York Times.  "We are still assessing the situation with regards to the rest of the week."

Right now, the post-storm situation suggests it would be sensible to put Hello Brooklyn on hold.

As of Tuesday morning, parts of Brooklyn — along with sections of every other borough — have been flooded while huge sections of the city still remain without power.  All New York City tunnels have been closed and service on all subway and LIRR train lines have been suspended.  The extent of the water damage from flooding to rail lines is still up for debate but it seems unlikely the lines will be up and running normally in two days.

"Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc on our entire transportation system, in every borough and county of the region," Metropolitan Transportation Authority chairman Joeseph Lhota said on Tuesday.

The highly-anticipated matchup drove ticket prices to playoff-like levels but Bloomberg Businessweek reported that prices are dropping because of Frankenstorm.

The next Nets home game will be Saturday against the Toronto Raptors.

The Knicks opening season game Friday at Madison Square Garden against the Miami Heat is also looking at postponement.

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