Islander fans eagerly await the result outside the Nassau Coliseum....

Islander fans eagerly await the result outside the Nassau Coliseum. (Aug. 1, 2011) Credit: Howard Schnapp

The Islanders often are accused of being an afterthought on the national pro sports scene.

Au contraire! They were very much on the minds of the industry types who vote in the Sports Business Journal’s annual reader survey, who were asked what facility is most in need of renovation or replacement.

Nassau Coliseum “won’’ with 21.4 percent of the vote, well ahead of the 16.4 for the Rays’ Tropicana Field and 12.5 for the Vikings’ Metrodome.

When readers were asked what the next five years will hold for the Isles, 35.9 percent said they still will be looking for a new arena deal, 34.9 said they will have an arena deal and 24.9 said they will relocate.

In the same survey Madison Square Garden was voted best arena in both the NBA and NHL, even though its massive overhaul is only one-third finished. Wait ‘til they see those “bridges’’ across the ceiling in 2013!

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