by Patrick Hoffman on 09/05/09 at 11:56 PM ET
From Jeff Kline at The New York Times:
When some 10,000 fans showed up at Nassau Coliseum on June 26 to watch on the video scoreboard as the Islanders chose John Tavares No. 1 at the N.H.L. draft in Montreal, it showed there were a lot more loyal Islanders supporters than most outside observers realized.
Loyal fans were up in arms in late July when the Islanders, who had been making budget cuts since January, told Botta they would reduce their financial commitment to Point Blank. After Botta announced it on the blog, there were online petitions supporting him that had more than 1,500 total signatures.
Last week Botta began a freelance assignment that he said he owed to the popularity of Point Blank, writing regularly about the N.H.L. for AOL FanHouse.
Dey said that the Islanders hoped Botta could find backing for Point Blank because “we’d love to see it continue with Chris’s commitment, passion and insight.” But if not, Dey added, there “might be an opportunity for another entrepreneur to cover the Islanders in a similar manner.”
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