Islanders Move to Brooklyn Could Happen

When speculation first arose about the possibility of the Islanders moving to the Barclays Center, there was some question over whether the arena could actually accommodate ice hockey. In a statement yesterday, Barclays Center CEO Brett Yormark removed that potential barrier: “The Barclays Center will have an ice rink that can support professional hockey,” he told The Daily News.

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  • A bunch of hockey fans from long island? Just what the neighborhood needs. Not.

  • I’m not sure what to think; the Islander owner seems to want to move, but at the same time demographics don’t demand a third local hockey team.

  • anyone who is opposed to hockey team @ Barclays Center is a narrow-minded fool.

  • I’m not sure what to think; the Islander owner seems to want to move, but at the same time demographics don’t demand a third local hockey team.
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    For one, the Islander owner has said several times that he wants to keep the team on Long Island.

    Secondly, to what “demographics” are you referring?

    • Keep them there, if he can. I can read between the lines of those statements.

      And I’m referring to the CBS Sports article posted last time, saying New York may not be a hockey-crazy enough place to win out over a Canadian locale. But I can guess what you thought I meant! You’re so predictable.

      • Well, I certainly wouldn’t want to disappoint you or anything.

        And, as I did when it was posted, I now question the CBS Sports article. Canada is rabid about hockey, no doubt, but most of the towns in Canada simply don’t have residents who are willing to buy the season tickets that drive these franchises, or coporations who want to buy the most expensive seats/luxury boxes. NHL Hockey has failed in several Canadian towns, from Edmonton to Quebec (where the teams where very good, BTW).

        NYC on the other hand is the largest sports market in the world. I wouldn’t bet against a hockey team becoming successful in Brooklyn, where there are not only the ordinary folks with wherewithal to support the franchise, but corporate sponsorship opportunities as well. I can’t guarantee the franchise would be successful in Brooklyn, but I wouldn’t bet against it.

        I do agree Wang wants to keep the team on the island IF he can. But he is a LI-based businessman, so I’m sure he really does mean that if it’s at all possible.

        • I’m thinking this is a somewhat idle threat on behalf of Islanders’ ownership to get something out of the state or Nassau County (are they in Nassau–I don’t even know.) I agree with those who say that NYC can’t support three professional hockey teams, especially in a recession.

          • Well I don’t think Wang is actualy threatening at all to move the team to Brooklyn; instead it’s the Barclays folks who have said that the arena COULD accommodate hockey.

            Truthfully, I think the Islanders coming to Brooklyn is a long shot. But I do think the team could develop a fan base and be successful in Brooklyn with the right marketing and ticket pricing.

    • Keep them there, if he can. I can read between the lines of those statements.

      And I’m referring to the CBS Sports article posted last time, saying New York may not be a hockey-crazy enough place to win out over a Canadian locale. But I can guess what you thought I meant! You’re so predictable.

  • The NY Daily News has been f—— this chicken for the better part of a year. Exactly 0 people have changed their statements from what they said a year ago. But every month there is a new story saying nothing. Here’s the real headline: The NY Daily News REALLY REALLY REALLY Wants the Islanders to Move to Brooklyn–”Purty Pirty Please” Say Paper’s Editors. Everyone has said that the stadium could fit an NHL rink from the beginning. The issue is that it would be the smallest stadium in the NHL by about 3000 seats.