Yes, now you too can bring home Devon Harris here, or any of the New Jersey Nets, for your child’s birthday party or Bar Mitzvah. All one has to do is fork over $25,000 for four of the team’s best courtside seats for 10 games, and the Net of your choice can be yours.
Hey, it’s a tough economy, and the team is doing what it can to move tickets. But you heard it right: Pay the 25 grand, and that includes seats, parking, access to a private lounge at the Izod Center, free food and beverage, and a NJ Net at your office Christmas party. Wait … Yi Jianlian is my Secret Santa?
“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 said. “That’s a terrific thing and it’s tough to put a price tag on it.”
The package offers a discount: Purchased individually, Nets courtside seats sell for $750 each and 40 would cost $30,000.
Not satisfied with this information, I called the Nets ticket office myself. Would, say, Jarvis Hayes attend my bachelor party? Would Tony Battie burst out of a cake? I’m waiting to hear back.
Players will not be compensated for the one-hour visits, the Nets said. “It helps everybody to have more fans at our games, so if the players can make a difference by meeting with ticket buyers at their homes or offices, we are happy to participate,” Nets guard Devin Harris said.
While Harris is the most popular Nets player, Yormark said not everyone will get their top choice of players for an appearance.