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Shaq wants to own an NBA team... in Newark

Posted on: October 19, 2011 9:43 am
 
By Matt Moore

Shaquille O'Neal has probably the widest array of outside-basketball interests of any current or former player. He's a sherrif, he dances, it's a whole big world for Shaq. And in an interview with the New York Times, Shaq revealed that he wants to take on a new role, NBA owner, but not just anywhere, in his hometown of Newark. 

 
You’ve talked about owning a team someday. Do you still want to do that?

A.Yes. And I’m looking forward to bringing a team to Newark. I haven’t spoken to Mayor Booker about it yet, but I’m working on it. I know Newark can support an N.B.A. team. And I’m going to be one of the guys that’s going to bring a team there.
via Q. and A. With Shaquille ONeal - NYTimes.com.

So with the Nets moving to Brooklyn, there will be room in New Jersey. But of course, that means a team has to go there. So Shaq wants to buy a team, and then move it to New Jersey. That should go over like gangbusters.

Side note, can you imagine Shaq in on these NBA labor discussions? No gag order in the world could contain him. Shaq and Jordan sharing a boardroom would be pretty prolific in terms of progressing the power of modern athletes. But O'Neal needs the money, the team, and the partners to get a team first. We're a long ways off from a team in Newark, if ever. The Q&A does reveal that O'Neal's running for undersherriff in Florida, though, so he's got that going for him.  
Comments

Since: Jan 9, 2012
Posted on: January 9, 2012 11:15 am
 

Shaq wants to own an NBA team... in Newark

Well, the Nets WERE popular in NJ. A good 5 years ago almost every basketball fan I knew in Jersey was a Nets fan. True recently polls have said that the Nets have the weakest fanbase in the NBA in NJ, but you announce your'e moving a team during a historically bad 12 win season any where, be it San Antonio, Los Angeles, New York, Dallas, or whoever, the fanbase there is gonna dry up. The Nets broke their fanbase in New Jersey, hell, I was once as passionate a Nets fan as there was, even through most of their 12 win year. The announcement that they were moving to Brooklyn took the air out of me too though, I still watch the Nets and all but I'm just not as pssionate as I was. 



Since: Dec 19, 2006
Posted on: October 20, 2011 11:54 pm
 

Shaq wants to own an NBA team... in Newark

Yeah thats we need an NBA team in Newark come on.  Thankfully Shaq can't buy a team by himself.   The Nets weren't that popular in NJ, what makes him think a team in Neward would be.  Shaq thinks he can do it all be a sports reporter, cop, UFC fighter and soon we'll here he wants to run for Mayor.



Since: May 14, 2008
Posted on: October 20, 2011 4:16 pm
 

Shaq wants to own an NBA team... in Newark

I went to the new arena in Newark for a college basketball game once.  Impressive facility much like the arena in DC.  But the area around it is just horrible. I had no problems going and there was a solid police presence, but women and families would probably not go there in huge numbers consistently..



Since: Mar 13, 2007
Posted on: October 20, 2011 2:46 pm
 

Shaq wants to own an NBA team... in Newark

yes while half the league/fans are screaming for contraction... this makes a ton of sense.......

give me a break....



Since: May 2, 2010
Posted on: October 20, 2011 2:24 pm
 

Shaq wants to own an NBA team... in Newark

The Knicks, the Nets, the 76ers... do they really need a 4th team in the armpit??


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Since: Oct 20, 2011
Posted on: October 20, 2011 11:01 am
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Since: Nov 10, 2006
Posted on: October 20, 2011 10:58 am
 

Shaq wants to own an NBA team... in Newark

1. Shaq wants to move a team to Newark, NJ because that's where he's FROM.
2. This would not happen for several years, and the Nets will assuredly be in Brooklyn by then.
3. There are much worse markets than New Jersey *cough* Sacramento *cough* Minnesota, that a move to NJ could elevate these teams.
4. As I'll be moving back up north within the next year or two, I say, DO IT SHAQ!



Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: October 19, 2011 10:51 pm
 

Shaq wants to own an NBA team... in Newark

I know there has been much talk about moving the A's to Fremont, but I think having a major sports team in nearby Newark (CA)  would be just as cool. 



Since: Dec 30, 2006
Posted on: October 19, 2011 6:43 pm
 

Shaq wants to own an NBA team... in Newark

Does Shaq know that by owning a team () he will risk becoming a modern day plantation overseer?



Since: Dec 23, 2007
Posted on: October 19, 2011 5:39 pm
 

Shaq wants to own an NBA team... in Newark

is there still such a place... thought it was closed for being over paved...


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