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More cancellations coming...and a view on the Isles

Islanders owner Charles Wang addresses the meida during

Islanders owner Charles Wang addresses the meida during a press conference on Oct. 24, 2012 announcing that the Islanders will move from Uniondale to play at Brooklyn's Barclays Center starting in 2015. Credit: AP

Lost in the wash of the Islanders-to-Brooklyn news yesterday lurked the real possibility of more NHL games being scrapped.  I wrote about it while I was speaking to dozens of long-time Islanders fans on Long Island who shudder at the impending loss of the local club.

Hearing this morning that the ax will fall on another chunk of games, probably tomorrow, but back to the Isles for a second. 

Yes, an era is ending and the fans are right to blame politicians for not finding a common-sense solution to keep the team in Nassau or Suffolk when they had a chance...

Having said that, the job of the brass is to try to keep shards of the former fan base---discounted tix for LI residents/ticket holders?---and mine a new one in the boroughs. Fans who can't land Rangers tix perhaps? School groups/teams?  Listen, I've long thought, and many sports business analysts far sharper than me have insisted that for an arena to be viable, it needs two pro teams as tenants....

By the way, from a business perspective, why would the Garden not be in a mood to stop the plan?  Well, we're told the league's Board of Governors didn't have to approve the shift because it was in the Isles "territory".  And the Rangers were aware of the impending move.

And there's this: In 2015, 41 dates will be blocked out at Barclays, dates that the transformed Garden can book for concerts and other events.  And the rivalry and MSG's TV contract with the Isles is solid.  In fact, more fans may be watching in years to come---if the team improves. 

Wouldn't have happened in Quebec or Kansas City or Seattle...

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