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#1 evilzyme

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Posted 24 October 2012 - 10:03 AM

Puck daddy just released article
http://sports.yahoo....09123--nhl.html

never did i think brooklyn would have a... hockey team.

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Posted 24 October 2012 - 10:56 AM

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Posted 24 October 2012 - 11:01 AM

At 14,500 seats, the Barclays Center will have the lowest seating capacity of any stadium in the league. However, for the Islanders, that's not a problem, as the last year they averaged attendance over that mark was 2002-2003...

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Posted 24 October 2012 - 12:25 PM

Strange that the Islanders would be moving off the island. Brooklyn is barely on their logo, if at all... Definitely a good money move. More people, more trains, means probably more revenue. The booming artsy fartsy scene over there can probably adopt them too.

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Posted 24 October 2012 - 12:56 PM

I'd rather Brooklyn get their baseball team back instead of a hockey team. In terms of logistics it makes sense; Brooklyn in the most populated borough, has train connections to Queens, Manhattan, and the Bronx AND bridge connection to Staten Island.....if more people can get to the games, more people will go to the games. Provided the product is good and the league is back to work by then.

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Posted 24 October 2012 - 01:02 PM

Strange that the Islanders would be moving off the island. Brooklyn is barely on their logo, if at all... Definitely a good money move. More people, more trains, means probably more revenue. The booming artsy fartsy scene over there can probably adopt them too.


Brooklyn's part of Long Island. The Islanders signed an agreement with the Rangers that allows them to play in the New York area, but they're restricted to Long Island (so, they couldn't move to The Bronx, or Manhattan, for instance). Of course, if they had moved to Kansas City, then it wouldn't matter.

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Posted 24 October 2012 - 01:27 PM

Brooklyn's part of Long Island. The Islanders signed an agreement with the Rangers that allows them to play in the New York area, but they're restricted to Long Island (so, they couldn't move to The Bronx, or Manhattan, for instance). Of course, if they had moved to Kansas City, then it wouldn't matter.

Well that clears things up. Way better place to play on Long Island as far as revenue is concerned. Should have started out there in the first place.

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Posted 24 October 2012 - 01:48 PM

During the press conference, the Islanders confirmed that neither the team name (New York Islanders), nor their logo will change when they move.

And they better get nice and comfortable at the B.C. They'll be there for at least 25 years...

http://sports.yahoo....17366--nhl.html

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Posted 24 October 2012 - 01:51 PM

as long as it helps them fill their seats im happy for them

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Posted 24 October 2012 - 02:21 PM

So that leaves Phoenix as still the team most likely to relocate to Quebec City.

Who else could be up for relocation? Florida?

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Posted 24 October 2012 - 02:58 PM

During the press conference, the Islanders confirmed that neither the team name (New York Islanders), nor their logo will change when they move.

And they better get nice and comfortable at the B.C. They'll be there for at least 25 years...

http://sports.yahoo....17366--nhl.html


That is kind of dumb....they will share the arena with the BROOKLYN Nets, who weren't afraid to change their name (from New York Nets/New Jersey Nets, obviously) to reflect where they're playing. This stinks of Bettman...he's ushered in a status-quo era where changes that make business sense are rarely (and seemingly randomly?) done.

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Posted 24 October 2012 - 03:10 PM

as long as it helps them fill their seats im happy for them

Doubt it will help much. It's only like 25 miles from where they were.

I guess every little bit helps though.

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Posted 24 October 2012 - 03:53 PM

Doubt it will help much. It's only like 25 miles from where they were.

I guess every little bit helps though.


well they have some good potential players so hopefully ppl come around

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Posted 24 October 2012 - 04:04 PM

Doubt it will help much. It's only like 25 miles from where they were.

I guess every little bit helps though.


It would seem to me that 25 miles could make a huge difference considering the population density of New York.
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Posted 24 October 2012 - 07:01 PM

The Barclay's Center is only going to seat 14,500 for games. Smallest seating in the NHL. Kind of intimate and if I were Mr. Wang (It's a parking lot, what's with the pictures) I wouldn't plan on making a huge gate each home game

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Posted 24 October 2012 - 07:13 PM

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Posted 24 October 2012 - 07:27 PM

Smartest move by Wang since he fired Milbury.

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Posted 24 October 2012 - 08:33 PM

So weird.....

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Posted 24 October 2012 - 08:39 PM

The Barclay's Center is only going to seat 14,500 for games. Smallest seating in the NHL. Kind of intimate and if I were Mr. Wang (It's a parking lot, what's with the pictures) I wouldn't plan on making a huge gate each home game


The Puck Daddy piece I linked to earlier somewhat addressed that point...

While the team is still three years away from debuting, one of the concerns of hockey at the Barclays Center was the seating capacity for hockey. At the moment, Barclays seats approximately 14,500 for puck, but NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said today that Wang and Barclays minority owner and developer Bruce Ratner were working that issue and that it's "not an issue".


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Posted 24 October 2012 - 09:07 PM

As a hockey fan, a Brooklyn-ite, and a goddamned Islanders fan. I couldn't be more pleased. Barclay's is a 10-minute walk from my house. Nassau Coliseum, despite all it's history, is a dump and is less than ideal to get to if you do not live out on the Isle and/or you don't own a car.
Hell, it's been easier, more pleasant experience, and I'll even go so far as to say SAFER* trip for me to get to Newark to see hockey than it is to go out to Long Island.

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Well that clears things up. Way better place to play on Long Island as far as revenue is concerned. Should have started out there in the first place.


Brooklyn now is not Brooklyn of then. Hell, Brooklyn now isn't what it was when I moved here nine years ago.

well they have some good potential players so hopefully ppl come around


People love to s*** on this team, but they have some real offensive talent. Additionally, the new location could attract some better players (veterans or defensemen...PLEASE!!) to the team.

That is kind of dumb....they will share the arena with the BROOKLYN Nets, who weren't afraid to change their name (from New York Nets/New Jersey Nets, obviously) to reflect where they're playing. This stinks of Bettman...he's ushered in a status-quo era where changes that make business sense are rarely (and seemingly randomly?) done.


I'm not going to lose any sleep whether they're called the Brooklyn Islanders or the New York Islanders. It's not like the Rangers are the Manhattan Rangers or the New York City Rangers. They're the New York Rangers.
The Islanders, for history's sake, will thankfully remain the New York Islanders. It's not like they're moving from Winnipeg to Phoenix and taking 17 years (more including their WHA years ) of history to a different country and climate... they're moving 25 miles down the road.
If we want to split hairs... sports team naming and branding is a headscratcher: Tampa Bay is in Florida and the Panthers play in Sunrise. Where's the consistency?
How many NHL Teams play in California that aren't called the California ______.
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It would seem to me that 25 miles could make a huge difference considering the population density of New York.


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