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Old 10-24-2012, 10:56 AM
 
Location: Brooklyn, NYC
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The deal was to be officially announced Wednesday afternoon at a news conference at the new arena in Brooklyn with Charles E. Wang, the owner of the Islanders, and Bruce Ratner, the owner of the Barclays Center.

Under the 25-year agreement, which has to be officially approved by the National Hockey League, the Islanders would move to the Barclays for the 2015-16 season. The fate of this year’s hockey season is in limbo because of a labor dispute.

The Barclays is already home to the Brooklyn Nets basketball team, which moved from New Jersey, and adding a hockey team would represent a major coup for Mr. Ratner and his arena. The Islanders would play 41 regular-season home games, doubling the number of professional sports games at the Barclays. But unlike the Nets, the Islanders would keep New York in their name.

“It’s a major windfall for Brooklyn,” said one city official, who did not want to speak publicly ahead of the official announcement of the deal. “Brooklyn went from having no professional sports to two.”
Welcome to Brooklyn.
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Old 10-24-2012, 11:06 AM
 
Location: Helsinki, Finland
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The Islanders are stuck with a lease that will keep them at the blighted Nassau Coliseum for quite some time. Lol!
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Old 10-24-2012, 11:11 AM
 
Location: Bergen County, NJ
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Their move would begin 2015-16.

Definitely an improvement over Nassau Colliseum which is universally considered a dump. But the Islanders have a loyal hardcore fanbase out in LI, they are gonna lose a lot fans. Sure a few will still trek it to brooklyn but quite a few will be pissed about this. The team will need to create a new fanbase to make up for it...
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Old 10-24-2012, 11:15 AM
 
Location: Helsinki, Finland
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Half-empty arena.
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Old 10-24-2012, 11:17 AM
 
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Good news for the Islanders and hockey fans in Brooklyn overall. I might go watch the Islanders
for a few games if the tickets are cheap. Although I'm a fan of the Rangers, Giants, Knicks, and
Mets, I don't hate the Islanders, Yankees, Jets or Nets. I support all New york teams when they
are not playing against my favorite team.
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Old 10-24-2012, 11:20 AM
 
Location: Eastchester, Bronx, NY
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Brooklyn Islanders.

Is there a big hockey fanbase in Brooklyn?
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Old 10-24-2012, 11:24 AM
 
Location: Helsinki, Finland
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Good news for the Islanders and hockey fans in Brooklyn overall. I might go watch the Islanders
for a few games if the tickets are cheap. Although I'm a fan of the Rangers, Giants, Knicks, and
Mets, I don't hate the Islanders, Yankees, Jets or Nets. I support all New york teams when they
are not playing against my favorite team.
You sound like a NYC politician they also support all NY teams.
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Old 10-24-2012, 11:36 AM
 
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They should probably change their name...Any ideas?
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Old 10-24-2012, 11:37 AM
 
Location: Upper East, NY
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No but there are lot of Manhattan companies that are much more likely to buy boxes and are priced out or unable to get Rangers boxes.

Buddy, neither the Nets or the Islanders is about the Brooklyn populace. Never has been. They are there because it is close to Manhattan money and has good transportation links.
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Old 10-24-2012, 11:39 AM
 
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You sound like a NYC politician they also support all NY teams.
You mean to say I've got some potential to be the mayor of NYC in the future?

There are probably a lot more people like me out there who support all NY teams just
because of the NY logo.
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