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Devils owner regrets moving team to Newark, won’t leave

Apr 13, 2012, 8:45 AM EDT

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Newark Mayor Cory Booker hasn’t been shy about voicing his displeasure with Devils owner Jeff Vanderbeek over an arbitration ruling that ordered the city to pay the club $2.7 million a year in parking revenues. Booker claims Vanderbeek hasn’t lived up to his promises and called him a “high-class, highfalutin’ huckster and hustler.” The mayor also resorted to using rhymes to make his point because…

Anyways, in the wake of all this, Vanderbeek says he should have listened to friends when they told him not to move the team to Newark. (The Devils’ former home was in East Rutherford, N.J.)

That being said, now that he’s in Newark, Vanderbeek isn’t leaving.

“We plan on being here. The mayor can say whatever he wants,” Vanderbeek said. “I’m a big boy.”

Vanderbeek thinks Booker is targeting him to score political points, while Booker says that he’s merely fighting for the taxpayers. Meanwhile, the Devils will open up their first-round series against the Florida Panthers on Friday.

  1. scoops1 - Apr 13, 2012 at 9:00 AM

    Good for booker charging into a home that was on fire to save a life, but he still isn’t getting those Springsteen tickets.

  2. beardo43 - Apr 13, 2012 at 9:21 AM

    Learn how to spell…

  3. AlohaMrHand - Apr 13, 2012 at 9:25 AM

    the Devils are having a HELL of a time with this mayor aren’t they?

  4. biffnasty - Apr 13, 2012 at 9:30 AM

    Being that Newark is a city of hockey fanatics, this is a shame. Where else can you buy crack and watch a hockey game within a block of each other?

    • drunkbro - Apr 13, 2012 at 9:57 AM

      detroit

      • sunking1 - Apr 13, 2012 at 10:08 AM

        New York City, Vancouver, LA, and if I specifically knew the locations of arena’s in other big cities, I am sure that I could add more.

  5. ballistictrajectory - Apr 13, 2012 at 11:41 AM

    I’m shocked and amazed that Booker hasn’t blamed Vanderbeek for starting the fire…

  6. igglesfan - Apr 13, 2012 at 12:26 PM

    I always enjoy going to Devils games. Can anyone tell me if the rumors are true that they are not profitable? Otherwise, I don’t understand all the talk about whether they will move, they have a nice arena, good fans, and a championship history. A lot of drama here considering all of this.

    • Jason Brough - Apr 13, 2012 at 12:49 PM

      They lose money, but I believe a lot of it has to do with all the debt they have to service.
      Attendance could be better too.

      • igglesfan - Apr 13, 2012 at 12:59 PM

        I see. That’s a shame. Hopefully this playoff run will help.

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