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Why Brooklyn Won’t Work For The Islanders

from Stu Hackel of the Red Light,

So here we go again. Islanders owner Charles Wang, still unable to get any movement in Nassau County on a new arena, has decided to have his team host a preseason game in a large arena elsewhere, one that does not already house an NHL club. The obvious implication is that if he can’t get a deal to his liking on Long Island, he’s got options. Look out Long Island — Charles Wang is moving his team.

Well, he’s done this before with Kansas City. This time he’s doing it with Brooklyn. But, like the Kansas City ploy — where the game drew only 9,792 people, thus cooling any ardor Wang may have had for relocating there — this Brooklyn gambit is likely more of a charade than a bona fide threat.

It’s not because the Islanders-Devils game on Oct. 2 won’t draw well. It probably will. It’s just that the new Barclays Center, a state of the art arena designed for the NBA’s New Jersey Nets (who, quite ironically, enjoyed their greatest success as the ABA’s New York Nets while playing in Nassau Coliseum when it was new), is truly not a viable option for the Islanders.

Why not? For one thing, it moves the Isles into the territory of another team: the Rangers. All NHL franchises have defined territories that are exclusively theirs to exploit for business purposes. And while a certain overlap exists among the three New York City metropolitan area teams, Brooklyn is, as far as is known, still Rangers territory.


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(Brooklyn) as far as is known, still Rangers territory

Known by whom? Manhattan is a separate island and the Islanders already paid to enter the territory. I wish Stu, using the vast resources available to him, would clarify the most important aspect of his argument. without just guessing. Did the NHL tell him this or James Dolan?

Posted by hockey1919 from mid-atlantic on 02/01/12 at 07:40 PM ET


Working class Brooklyn is another stupid stereotype. The area anot too far from the Barclay’s is actually thought of as hipster/publisher paradise and has had a vast influx of wealth. I wish Stu would jutst go try and buy a brownstone in the Heights or in Park Slope on his stipend.

Posted by hockey1919 from mid-atlantic on 02/01/12 at 07:43 PM ET


Comparing fan bases to Phoenix is also wrong. All of those wealthy Islander fans must be working in Manhattan and commuting right past the Barclay’s on a daily basis. One of the Coliseum’s problems is that it is nearly impossible to easily make it out on the Island from the city even for people that live on the Island. Pheonix is asking people to commute to the game, the Barclay is asking people to remain where they are during the week with mass transit access..

The whole argument falls apart when you realize the Nets are in the same exact situation as the Knicks and are moving to the delight of the NBA. Now I expect some stereotype that Brooklyn is some ghetto that would only attract basketball fans.

Posted by hockey1919 from mid-atlantic on 02/01/12 at 07:47 PM ET


Wow, you’d think Hackel would do SOME research first -
Rangers only “possess rights” to Manhattan and The Bronx.

Isles can move anywhere in LI, Queens or Brooklyn.

That sort of renders rest of article lame because who knows what we CAN believe if he couldn’t find that basic fact out.

Posted by Honest Rob on 02/01/12 at 08:32 PM ET


It actually could work It’s where O’Malley wanted to put the replacement for Ebbets field.  The LIRR stops right there.  O’Malley thought his fans that had moved out to Long Island would have an easy time getting to games.  Robert Moses thwarted his plan insisting dodgers move to Queens and build his new stadium where Shea Stadium ended up.  Bottom line if team continues to lose it won’t draw no matter where it is.

Posted by 13 user names on 02/01/12 at 09:33 PM ET

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