Wednesday Nov. 12, 2008
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- The New Jersey Nets are offering to
help some of their fans find jobs in these hard economic times. The NBA team will provide 1,500 free tickets over the next two months to unemployed fans who submit their resumes to the team. The Nets then plan to send the resumes to their 120 corporate sponsors and a couple hundred firms that own season tickets in an effort to find jobs for the fans.
Nets chief executive Brett Yormark says it's an attempt to invest in people who may later invest in the team. He does caution that the Nets are not guaranteeing they'll get jobs. The Labor Department last week announced that the nation's employers cut 240,000 jobs in October, hurtling the U.S.
unemployment rate to a 14-year high of 6.5 percent.
The ticket giveaway for the unemployed will be for five games, starting Nov. 22 against the Los Angeles Clippers at the Izod Center. Fans seeking jobs can sign up for free tickets through the Nets' Web site. They must e-mail their rDesumDe, including last employer, along with contact information and career field of interest.