Fans wary of decision to move Brooklyn Nets operations to Russia
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 01:16
March 26 - New Yorkers say 'gimme a break!' to plans by the Brooklyn Nets owner to bring the NBA club under Russian jurisdiction. Mana Rabiee reports.
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That's Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov.
His U.S.-based company owns the Brooklyn Nets basketball team, seen here visiting Moscow in 2010.
Prokhorov told reporters this week he plans to move the company that own the Nets to Russia.
Fans outside Barclay's Arena in Brooklyn, New York are none too impressed.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) KIM WASHINGTON SAYING:
"This is Brooklyn. They're the Brooklyn Nets and the Brooklyn Nets should stay in Brooklyn, plain and simple. Tell his ass to go back to Moscow."
The move is in keeping with the Kremlin's call on Russian businessmen to repatriate their assets.
This, after the U.S. passed sanctions on Russia for its actions in Ukraine.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) TIM O'GRADY SAYING:
"New Yorkers are a proud bunch and very proud of their city, so it's not going to be something they're happy about. A very controversial country."
It's just the ownership company doing the moving, the Nets still have their home in Brooklyn.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) MARCY SAYING:
"A move to Moscow for the New York Nets? Give me a break!"
The National Basketball Association says it isn't aware of any plans for a move.
Prokhorov's wealth is estimated to be over $10 billion.
So if he does relocate to Russia, he can afford the moving bills.
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