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Jay-Z gets Brooklyn Nets arena approved
They might not have been the main event (that honor goes to LeBron James), but Jay-Z and Beyonce were a featured attraction at the New Jersey Nets-Cleveland Cavaliers game Wednesday in East Rutherford, N.J., aired nationally on ESPN. Right before a commercial, ESPN plugged that Jay-Z and Beyonce were "coming up next." Sideline reporter Jim Gray was sitting between the couple when they came back from commercial, but it was obvious that B wanted nothing to do with him, despite the fact they were live on ESPN. Shrugging off an opportunity for free publicity for her new movie, Beyonce looked the other direction as Jim Gray tried and failed to interview her, closing quickly with, "So 'Dreamgirls' will be in theaters on Christmas" and turning to Jay-Z with some sort of weak explanation that Jay was the important guy to talk to because he was the Nets' part-owner. There was some significance to the courtside interview besides the usual ESPN celebrity stalking. Earlier in the day, the state of New York granted approval for Nets owner Bruce Ratner's arena in Brooklyn, which could be ready for the start of the 2009-10 season. In the interview, Jay-Z called out his home in his trademark style before expressing his excitement at the prospects of Brooklyn basketball. As for Nets' game against LeBron, Jay said, "He's my friend, but he's on the other team. It's a friendly rivalry." James had 37 points, but the Nets won 113-111.

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