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Jay-Z, apparently is the "author" and "creator" of the new Nets' logos, Brett Yormark, CEO of the Brooklyn Nets and the Barclays Center, told CNBC's Darren Rovell in a live interview.
I wouldn't bet that the hip-hop star/entrepreneur/producer/"cultural icon" really drew it up, rather than helped choose from competing suggestions. Yormark called the black-and-white motif a major change from the red, white, and blue of the previous logo, and noted it was the only black-and-white one in the league.
We won't disgust you with all the promotion the team is doing, as covered by Norman Oder and others, but we did want to draw attention to this promo and its doggerl about neighborhood and family:
A second promo video, lasting 1:48, addresses Brooklyn as "you," as in "You're a vision," linking past and present. "Your streets pulse to your own beat," it states, with a shot of a row-house block quite different from the Atlantic Yards plan.
The narrator states: "And now, Brooklyn, we root for the same cause, because we believe in the same things that you do, that neighborhood is family and loyalty never goes away." Tell that to residents of Prospect Heights and nearby either displaced by the Atlantic Yards project or bearing the brunt of its impact.
(DDDB's emphasis added.)
The video ends with the word "Hello" in several different languages.
The Nets (which means Prokhorov, Ratner, Yormark, the staff and a yet to be determined roster) apparently believe "that neighborhood is family and loyalty never goes away."
Pardon us, but WTF are they talking about and who do they think they are kidding? They are a "sports entertainment corporation" not a mom 'n pop shop or the friendly guy down the block.
Sorry Brooklyn, New York Nets, corporations aren't people too.
(Update: Norman Oder reports that Nets ballcaps will go for $26.00. Hello, Brooklyn! Now give us your money, neighbor.)