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From the AP via NHL.com:
The New York Islanders may still get a new arena on Long Island, but in a different county.
Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy says he welcomes the idea of the hockey team moving to the eastern end of the island that he represents, as long as it’s good for the team and for the community.
He said on Saturday he called team owner Charles Wang last week to talk about the idea.
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 Despite owner Charles Wang’s insistence that his outdated Nassau Coliseum isn’t a viable option going forward, what else does he do?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.
Craig Custance of Sporting News also comments today on the stakes of Monday’s vote in this article.