The Islanders Are Moving To Brooklyn
Will Brooklyn be as receptive to a hockey team as it was to a basketball team? We're about to find out.
The New York Islanders, a once-proud franchise that's recently become the
redheaded stepchild stepchild that's chained up in the basement of New York sports, will be moving from their depressing digs at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum to Brooklyn's freshly built Barclays Center. Score one for Bruce Ratner's bid to take over the world.
The Daily News says the move won't take place until 2015. No word yet on if they'll have Brooklyn-y artisanal logos or force their cheerleaders to dress terribly like their parquet counterparts did. All jokes aside, this is depressing news for the pocket of dedicated Isles fans that still held strong out in Long Island.
The move will be made official later today.
The announcement was expected at a press conference this afternoon with Ratner, Mayor Bloomberg, Islanders owner Charles Wang, National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman and Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz.
Sorry, Staten Island.
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