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Letters: Nassau Coliseum's uncertain future

A file photo of the Nassau Coliseum.

A file photo of the Nassau Coliseum. Credit: Getty Images, 2011

Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano is right on target with his proposal to turn the Nassau Coliseum into a scaled-down arena with 8,000 to 12,000 seats for family shows, concerts and minor league sports ["Nassau could go small," News, March 13].

The article mentions that, preferably, the county would have a commitment from a professional sports team to play home games in the Coliseum. The National Lacrosse League could be a good match. It has nine teams and is seeking a 10th.

Long Island is one of the nation's hotbeds for lacrosse, and lacrosse is one of the fastest-growing sports in the country.

Lee Nober, Plainview

Editor's note: The writer teaches sports management at Walt Whitman High School.

I almost laughed out loud when I read that Edward Mangano met with Barclays Center developer Bruce Ratner about retooling the Coliseum. Isn't that like asking the cat, after he's eaten your canary, if he'd like you to prepare some dessert?

Ratner played Charles Wang against Nassau County and won his prize -- a National Hockey League franchise for his Brooklyn facility. The Coliseum, as a secondary venue, would pose no threat to Ratner's empire.

Smart, smart moves on Ratner's part. Like a cat. No wonder Mangano is thinking small. Like the canary.

And Nassau Coliseum becomes the home of arena football and indoor lacrosse, if Mangano's lucky.

Jeffrey Cohen, Flushing