Nassau County raised, I have been a lifetime fan of the Islanders. To know that there is a professional sports team on an island that takes two hours to cross is just pleasing to its inhabitants and its sports fans. However, recent struggles have come their way such as the awful stadium they play in and their mediocre ownership. Fortunately for Brian Yormack and Bruce Ratner, they see it as a major opportunity to bring another professional sports team to their new state of the art arena in Brooklyn. The idea of being able to sell entertainment tickets ranging from concerts, a professional basketball team and a hopeful professional hockey team is an owners dream. However, obstacles lay in place such as the 3-year lease remaining on the Islanders current home, Nassau Coliseum. As well as the possibility of other areas (although it has been reported that these places are lacking the sufficient funding) building a new arena to give the Islanders another shot.
Yormack and Ratner are the answers. From what I have been reading, the Islanders are either Brooklyn bound, leaving the New York area as a whole, or potentially dying as a franchise. The right pieces are in place for the Brooklyn Nets home, The Barclays Center, to make a move on the Islanders. It would be great for the new coming Nets fans in the Atlantic Yards area to have another professional sports team to root for. It would sell tickets on the off nights for the Nets and bring in a whole new brand of merchandise not imagined of when the stadium first broke ground (and we all know how well the Nets merchandise is doing). The Islanders would now play in the heart of the best city in the world, would have new owners with deeper pockets, and a liberation, if you will, of what was once a dying franchise to potentially a contender with the Rangers for top dog in the city. I know Nets fans want it. Lets just hope the arena modifications to a rink don’t resemble the Pru, can’t have Deron complaining on not being able to shoot .
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