How the Islanders leave Nassau early
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01-15-2013, 08:03 AM
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If you think for a second that the "joke" tag is removed because they change addresses you are sadly mistaken. That tag goes away once ownership starts spending some money and puts a quality product on the ice. That tag goes away when they get rid of the former back up goalie as the GM. That tag goes away when they hire a real coach.
Where they play doesen't matter if ownership is dedicated to winning, which we all know Wang is not. If you need any proof just look at the Mets. Shinny new stadium that was only half full by the end of its first season. Why? Cause they sucked.
People don't like to watch losing teams. It is a simple concept. In 2001 when Wang took over and they sold out almost every home game, they did so cause of Yashin, Peca, Osgood et al and they won. Quality players, quality product. DiPietro, Guerin, Hilbert, Sim, Pock et al and they lost. Crappy team, crappy results, empty building.
IMO as with most things in life the answer is somewhere in the middle.
Your point in many way's is spot on. In order for Brooklyn to succeed Wang must get off the cap floor.
But in today's sports economic climate you need corporate support and high visibility to generate the dollars needed to compete. At least that should be the formula.
The Islanders are projected to bump up revenues by 35 mil a year by moving to Brooklyn.
Given Nassau's unwillingness to accommodate the Islanders the move to Brooklyn became 50% of the solution, and you need to get half way there before you can finish anything.
So the Islanders are half way there.
Now the rest is up to Wang.
Hopefully there is some pressure put on Wang from the Barclay's group to ice a competitive team.
The comparison to the Mets is irrelevant. Whether they are guilty of wrong doing or not the Wilpons (nor half of Wall Street) saw the Madoff fiasco coming.
The bottom line is that the faster they get to Brooklyn the faster they inject new capital and hopefully the faster Wang has to start running a team on more than just surviving.
Half way there.
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