September 16, 2011
Isles to Brooklyn? Nets' Ratner would like it
Let the idiocy continue...
In an interview with Bloomberg TV today, New Jersey Nets minority owner Bruce Ratner expressed interest in having the New York Islanders as tenants in the Barclays Center.
"I would hope that's possible," Ratner said in the interview. "It depends on a lot of things. It depends on whether the Islanders want to come. It depends on whether they have different choices."
Like the arena magically expanding to accommodate an NHL-sized rink and NHL-quality sight lines.
NoLandGrab: Bruce Ratner would like to have the Los Angeles Lakers and the Green Bay Packers move to the Barclays Center, too, which is just as likely as the Islanders moving there.
Lighthouse Hockey, Meanwhile, Ratner Hopes the Islanders Join the Nets in Brooklyn
Ratner -- who remember, is angling for his own interests here -- said he "couldn't talk about" whether discussions have taken place with the Islanders. There were reports in August of a meeting between Ratner, CEO Brett Yormark and NHL executives about the NHL playing in the new arena, but no specifics were given.
Just remember that executives stay tight-lipped when they want to. And when they want to float something publicly in a way that publicizes or advances their own interests, they'll do that, too.
Although Ratner declined to reveal whether he has had talks with the NHL team, his comments were the strongest he has made yet about pro hockey joining the NBA's Nets at the Barclays Center, which opens in September 2012.
Yahoo! Sports, Islanders moving to Brooklyn?
NYPost.com NHL Blog, Brooklyn 'possible' for Islanders, says Nets owner: report
Posted by eric at September 16, 2011 12:15 PM