Team will be called "Brooklyn Nets" after move

NEW YORK Mon Sep 26, 2011 12:35pm EDT

Jay-Z and Beyonce (L) sit court-side and watch the New Jersey Nets play the Indiana Pacers in their NBA game in East Rutherford, New Jersey, January 16, 2006. REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine

Jay-Z and Beyonce (L) sit court-side and watch the New Jersey Nets play the Indiana Pacers in their NBA game in East Rutherford, New Jersey, January 16, 2006.

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - The New Jersey Nets will be renamed the Brooklyn Nets when the National Basketball Association (NBA) franchise moves across the state line and into a new arena next year, minority owner and rap star Jay-Z said on Monday.

The Nets, who have played in New Jersey since joining the NBA in 1976, are due to move into the Barclays Center in Brooklyn for the 2012-2013 season. The arena is under construction.

"From the moment the Barclays Center became a reality, I knew this meant something significant for Brooklyn," Brooklyn-born Jay-Z told a news conference.

The team had been known as the New York Nets for a few seasons when it played in the defunct American Basketball Association, but now will take on the name of a borough that is part of New York City but maintains its own identity.

(Reporting by Paula Rogo; Editing by Daniel Trotta)

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