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<<Political Fallout Could Land the Islanders in Brooklyn
The Business of Sport
By EVAN WEINER
September 21, 2005
The New York Islanders franchise has always been more a topic
for Nassau County politics, cable TV, and real estate than it
has been a sports team competing in a major professional league.
Almost 34 years after the NHL gave Roy Boe an expansion
franchise in Uniondale, not much has changed. Islanders owner
Charles Wang is currently wrangling with Nassau County
politicians to develop land around the Nassau Coliseum and has a
large cable TV security blanket.
But Nassau County politicians shouldn't feel so smug about the
long-term prospects of having an NHL team - not with Nets owner
Bruce Ratner's new Brooklyn arena in the picture. As the
centerpiece of the urban development being proposed for the
Atlantic Yards, Ratner's arena is slated to house the Nets and
other, yet unplanned, sports events. That could mean hockey.
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