Ball point pen on today's newsprint

I've read a lot of analysis for why the Nets never caught on in New Jersey but they all seem to leave out the Sportschannel variable. The Nets front office made a lot of mistakes: selling Dr. J's contract to Phillie for cash, playing in an arena that was hard to get to, but I think what doomed the Nets from the start was a deal that took a new NBA team, moving to a new state, looking to build a fan base and put all their games on a premium, pay-to-watch cable channel. Like the Julius Erving debacle, the cash grab was short sighted. By not making the broadcasts free, the local fan base never reached a point where ...

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