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 that's not going to make up the loss from 6 less games at Barclays.
ESPN NY story from Strang with a couple more points:
According to NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly, via a league spokesperson, the issue is an "internal matter upon which we are not commenting."
Although at least one league source doubted the capacity issues would be a deterrent -- "I don't think that would be a determining factor," the source told ESPNNewYork.com -- another person briefed on the situation believes otherwise.
That source said sacrificing revenue on those six games at Nassau, which is expected to hold a capacity of 13,000 fans after renovations, is a major concern.
One of our posters bought up the point, that the Isles paid the NYR $4.5m for a territory fee and amended the agreement in the 1980s, allowing the Isles to play anywhere in Suffolk, Nassau, Queens or Brooklyn.
I expect Ratner would argue the NYR should have no say. A bigger issue could be, the league not wanting the isles playing 6 games in a 13,000 seat arena.
I think Wang probably has agreed to Ratner's plan.
Wang has turned the business side of running the isles, over to the Ratner group. Wang/Snow continue to run the team.
Earlier this month, the Barclays Center unveiled its bid for a revamped Nassau Coliseum, spearheaded by developer Bruce Ratner and CEO Brett Yormark. The plan includes six Islanders games in a new, scaled down 13,000 seat arena back in Nassau County — with owner Charles Wang’s blessing — with the hope that the team should stay connected with its Long Island fanbase.
Finally, Yormark told SBJ that the has an agreement in place with an AHL franchise to move into the Coliseum if his group wins the bid, but would not reveal which team he has partnered with.
Why should the NHL care how big an arena is? If I think I can make the most money with a 9,000 seat arena then the NHL should go and pound sand.
It's not like 13,000 is some ridiculous number, it's only 1500 fewer people than the Frankenstein half-rink the Isles are actually going to be playing their other 35 home games at. The Isles on The Island makes a lot of marketing sense for them and if the Ratner people turn the Coliseum into a half decent arena then they could make just as much money from those games (since they'll be events they can charge premium prices for) as from their games in Brooklyn.
I don't understand, if they are going to renovate the arena, then why couldn't the Islanders just stay?
Why renovate after the main tenant leaves?
Wang's 1st attempt was the $3 billion Lighthouse project. It was going to be a huge privately funded project. Partisan pols and the nimby crowd blocked this project.
Wang's 2nd attempt was the 2011 bond vote, that would have the public pay $400m for a NYI arena and I think a minor league baseball stadium. Voters rejected this plan. Some voters and pols, seemed to think Wang should pay for an arena he wouldn't own, on land he was leasing.
With about 2 1/2 yrs left on the Coliseum lease, Wang gave up and signed the Brooklyn lease. This finally got County pols off their ***** and now they look ready to get the land developed. A day late and a dollar short.
The Sabres have played regular-season games in the 11,200 seat Rochester arena, including one where only 8,552 were in attendance. Given that, I don't see why the still-reduced capacity of a renovated Nassau Coliseum over the Islanders new arena would be an issue.