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January 7, 2011

Daily News piles on speculation in suggesting Islanders may move to Brooklyn

Atlantic Yards Report

A Daily News article today, headlined Battle may be brewing between Brooklyn and Queens for the Islanders, is pretty short on solid facts:

Two years after the Queens Chamber of Commerce expressed interest in luring the Islanders, a Brooklyn-born billionaire has emerged as a potential buyer for the struggling team whose Nassau Coliseum lease expires in 2015.

Nelson Peltz, a corporate investor on the board of Arby's and Wendy's, has explored buying the hockey club, according to ESPN.com and NHL FanHouse.

Peltz's interest sparked speculation about the Islanders moving to his hometown borough and the under-construction Barclays Center, where the Nets are set to play come 2012.

Speculation from whom? Based on this reasoning, the home town of every potential sports team buyer, should it have an arena, should be considered ripe for relocation.

Not even the Nets were ready to embrace it:

Nets spokesman Barry Baum said the basketball and hockey teams have not discussed sharing Barclays Center.

And that, most likely, is because the Brooklyn arena is too small for major league hockey.

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NoLandGrab: The Nets and Forest City Ratner, of course, were happy to let speculation of the Islanders' relocation to their planned Brooklyn arena dangle when they were about to sell bonds to finance its construction.

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NY Daily News, Battle may be brewing between Brooklyn and Queens for the Islanders

NLG: The fantasy also known as the Brooklyn Islanders has been thoroughly debunked by both Noticing New York and Atlantic Yards Report.

Posted by eric at January 7, 2011 9:31 AM