Nassau County arena reno bid promises Islanders return (for 6 games)
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05-27-2013, 07:56 PM
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Steve55 posted this.
Ratner's group and a group from MSG, are 2 of 4 groups bidding to develop Coliseum land. Part of Ratner's bid is having the Isles and Brooklyn Nets, play some regular season games at the new 13,000 seat Nassau County arena. Isles would play 6 games.
But, Ratner looks to have included that 6 game proposal, without clearing it with the NHL or Rangers. No way would the Rangers want to help Ratner's bid and I don't see the NHL wanting the isles playing in a 13,000 seat arena.
By JOSH KOSMAN
Last Updated: 3:59 AM, May 15, 2013
Posted: 11:35 PM, May 14, 2013
The battle to renovate and operate a downsized Nassau Coliseum may be about to get nasty.
Bruce Ratner, one of four who is vying for the job and who is wooing Nassau County executives by promising to play six Islanders games at the 41-year-old arena even after they move to Barclays Center, may not be able to deliver on that promise, The Post has learned.
Madison Square Garden, which owns the NHL’s Rangers and is also bidding on the job, has to approve such a move — and that OK is not guaranteed, sources said.
Ratner took a full-page ad in a local newspaper yesterday touting the six-game slate, calling it “Nassau Like Never Before.”
“You can’t run around playing games wherever you want to,” a sports owner not directly involved in the battle said...
I thought Ratner is trying to bite more than he can chew here anyway. Also it may not make financial sense to play 6 games at the renovated Coliseum since nethat's not going to make up the loss from 6 less games at Barclays.
The Isles will be a force with better management
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