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April 21, 2012
Gary Bettman: Brooklyn not viable
AP via ESPN.com
We've been saying this for years, but if you don't believe us, listen to the guy who runs the National Hockey League (though he gets the reason wrong).
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman says Brooklyn may not be a viable potential destination for the New York Islanders because it's hard to reach for the team's fan base in Long Island and Queens.
Bettman reiterated Friday that the league ideally wanted the club to remain in Nassau County. The Islanders plan to leave outdated Nassau Coliseum after their lease expires in 2015.
Nassau voters rejected a $400 million referendum last year for a new arena.
Bettman said at an Associated Press Sports Editors meeting that the league was helping the Islanders explore their options "in the metropolitan area" and that moving the team to outside New York was not currently being considered.
NoLandGrab: The reason Barclays Center is "not viable" as a home for the Islanders has to do with the fact that it's built for basketball, not an NHL-sized ice surface.
Posted by eric at April 21, 2012 11:17 AM