Wow, we thought Bruce Ratner was getting creative with his plan to put Atlantic Yards’ investment money into escrow for awhile.
But today there’s news that Mr. Ratner will attempt to stem a sieve of losses on his New Jersey Nets franchise–the team lost $77 million last year–by renting out the team’s players. For $25,000 you can get courtside tickets to 10 games and, for one hour, you can have a Nets player at your beckon call.
“It will be interesting to have an NBA player come to your birthday party or come to your Bar Mitzvah or even just coming to your house for dinner for an hour when your friends are over,” Nets chief executive Brett Yormark told the AP.
Yes, things could get very interesting. The Nets have at least a couple of players with criminal records, so you may want to do your homework before you decide who to invite for dinner. But if your kid likes video games, Keyon Dooling loves to play World of Warcraft. And if your child is into Disney, 7-foot center Brook Lopez lined his college dorm room with Disney figurines and, according to Sports Illustrated, he simply cannot be stumped in Disney trivia.