by PuckStopsHere on 10/24/12 at 11:13 PM ET
All of our recent NHL news is business news. The owners decided a few years ago that they would lock out players in 2012 in order to try to force them to reduce a lesser share of revenues. This has taken away NHL hockey for the first part of the 2012/13 season. Who knows when games will return.
Lost in this poisoned atmosphere we have one positive piece of business news at least if we are interested in seeing the New York Islanders do well. The New York islanders will be leaving Nassau Coliseum in 2015. This Long Island location just outside New York City has been their home since they entered the NHL in 1972. It is probably the most outdated stadium in the NHL today. They will be moving to Brooklyn to play in the new Barclays Center. This is where the New Jersey Nets have moved to and become the Brooklyn Nets. The New Jersey Nets were once the New York Nets playing in the Nassau Coliseum until they left for New jersey in 1977. They will share a venue with the islanders again in the future.
Being in Brooklyn will make Islander games easier to get to for more people and being in a better stadium will help them to increase their revenues. This is good news for the NHL. Even the incredible mismanagement the New York Islanders have had under Charles Wang does not prevent them from improving their financial position significantly.
This is why the NHL lockout is unnecessary. The NHL is capable of making intelligent business moves that will significantly increase the overall revenues of the league - for example moving a team from Phoenix should be a no brainer - even in the current situation where they get record revenues annually. This increased revenue helps everyone - owners and players. The problem is the owners are not satisfied with merely making the pie bigger as they are doing on a regular basis, they also demand a bigger overall share of the pie and that is nothing but pure greed. This greed is holding NHL hockey hostage.
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