Bettman: Brooklyn would be hard for Islanders fans
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman says Brooklyn may not be a viable
potential destination for the New York Islanders because it’s hard
to reach for the team’s fan base in Long Island and Queens.
Bettman reiterated Friday that the league ideally wanted the
club to remain in Nassau County. The Islanders plan to leave
outdated Nassau Coliseum after their lease expires in 2015.
Nassau voters rejected a $400 million referendum last year for a
Bettman said at an Associated Press Sports Editors meeting that
the league was helping the Islanders explore their options ”in the
metropolitan area” and that moving the team to outside New York
was not currently being considered.
The Islanders will play the New Jersey Devils in an exhibition
this fall at the new Barclays Center, the future home of the NBA’s
Nets. January’s announcement of that game sparked talk of the club
relocating to Brooklyn.