In a move that just about everyone in basketball anticipated, New Jersey Nets part-owner and hip-hop mogul Jay-Z announced the team will officially change its name to the Brooklyn Nets for the 2012-13 season.
The Nets will relocate to Brooklyn’s new Barclays Center, which will fittingly be christened by one or a series of performances from Jay-Z himself in late September of next year.
The New York Daily News reported the concert series will include eight performances and that the rapper’s wife, Beyoncé — currently pregnant with the couple’s first child — will likely join him on stage for at least one of the shows.
Jay-Z even took a slight dig at LeBron James — a player who the Nets tried but failed to land last summer — when he pondered the number of performances.
“Maybe one, maybe two, maybe three — I sound like LeBron,” he quipped in reference to James’ much ballyhooed NBA titles prediction upon joining the Miami Heat.
The franchise — owned by Russian billionaire and new Right Choice party leader Mikhail Prokhorov — is already marketing $15,400 all-access passes to the area that include courtside seats for 44 games along with admittance to clubs, free food and first priority on tickets to other events at the arena.