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What Options Do the Islanders Have?

Monday is voting day to decide the future of the NYI, but will the team really leave if citizens vote against a new arena?  From Tom Van Riper at Forbes:

But is it necessarily a case of build it or they will leave?  Despite owner Charles Wang’s insistence that his outdated Nassau Coliseum isn’t a viable option going forward, what else does he do?  Everyone talks about the Kansas City Sprint Center, which is dying for a full time sports tenant, but sports business experts doubt that the Islanders could duplicate their $15 million in annual cable money in that market, despite their second class standing in New York.  Canada could be a possibility – fans of the old Quebec Nordiques have been rallying for an NHL return- but any arena plan there is still a long way off.

“There just aren’t many markets that covet the NHL right now,” says Robert Boland, who teaches sports business at the Tisch Center at New York University.

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Craig Custance of Sporting News also comments today on the stakes of Monday’s vote in this article.

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  Tags: arenas, charles+wang, nassau+county

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J.J. from Kansas's avatar

fans of the old Quebec Nordiques have been rallying for an NHL return- but any arena plan there is still a long way off.

The lease at Nassau runs until 2015. Quebec has time if they want to woo the Islanders.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 07/29/11 at 05:39 PM ET

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The Islanders will go to Brooklyn, the Barcley Center could always use another tenant and Prokhorov has bundles of money.  Prokhorov owns 45% of the Barcley Center, so it’s to his advantage to have as many tenants as possible.

Posted by RogerNYLA on 07/29/11 at 06:51 PM ET

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