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Rangers urge fans to support Islanders arena vote

Posted on: July 28, 2011 6:31 pm
Edited on: July 28, 2011 6:42 pm
 
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By: Adam Gretz

The future of the New York Islanders could be on the line on Monday, as a referendum to fund a new arena to replace the archaic Nassau Coliseum will be put to the vote. The Islanders PR blitz has been in full force for a while now -- as highlighted here on Tuesday -- and now their biggest rival, the New York Rangers, is joining the campaign and urging their fans to help out.

The Rangers released a statement on Thursday stating their support for the Aug. 1 referendum, while also urging their fans to vote yes to help keep the 40-year-old rivalry going strong.

Said Rangers general manager Glen Sather in the statement: "The rivalry that has existed between the Rangers and Islanders for almost 40 years is one of the best in hockey and in all of sports. The intense passion and emotion involved in these games is something we cherish and would like to see continue for generations to come. We urge Rangers fans, Islanders fans and all hockey fans in Nassau County to vote yes for the referendum on Monday, August 1"

It's easy to see why the Rangers would support the vote, as the Islanders are their biggest natural rival, and it's not like they're going to put out a statement that is anything but supportive.

While this situation doesn't happen all that often in sports, it's not uncommon for rival teams and fans to show support for one another when the future of one of the franchises is in question. I remember back in 1995, for example, when the Browns were on the verge of being yanked out of Cleveland and Steelers fans, their biggest and fiercest rival, staged a Save The Browns rally before their last regular season meeting in Pittsburgh. Kind of a sports version of keeping your friends close and your enemies closer.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 16, 2011 3:57 am
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Since: Nov 4, 2006
Posted on: August 9, 2011 10:13 pm
 

Rangers urge fans to support Islanders arena vote

Honolulu Islanders. Jee I wish I could spell.



Since: Nov 4, 2006
Posted on: August 9, 2011 10:12 pm
 

Rangers urge fans to support Islanders arena vote

Honaolulu Islanders seems appropriate! Keep the cool Orange 'N Blue but have smokin' hot hula dancers perform during intermissions...Hawaii has had the NFL's All-Star Game for oh so long. Would a long plane ride to paradice really be asking too much of Sidney Crosby or Alex Ovechkin? Who knows. After a trip or two, they might even stop being bachelors.



Since: May 12, 2011
Posted on: July 30, 2011 1:36 am
 

Rangers urge fans to support Islanders arena vote

I wonder if the Rangers really care about the Islanders, or if this is an attempt to drag islanders fans to the darkside if the team is moved.



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: July 29, 2011 8:35 pm
 

Rangers urge fans to support Islanders arena vote

Taxes would go up 4% for people in Nassau.  Over the long that will be washed away if this project is done correctly.  Big time performances do not go to Nassau because of the Coliseums size.  Living in North Jersey, I have Giants Stadium and The Garden within 10 minutes from me.  The first time I went to the Coliseum I thought I wondered into my high school hockey rink in Jersey.  Granted, anything in the greater NYC are is over shaddowed by the 2 other venues, but a new Nassau venue would bring greater interest from entertainment groups then the current Coliseum does.



Since: Sep 16, 2007
Posted on: July 29, 2011 8:15 pm
 

Rangers urge fans to support Islanders arena vote

See Ya Icelanders!! Dont let the NY door hit you in the azz on the way out!  Lets GO Rangers!!



Since: May 16, 2007
Posted on: July 29, 2011 5:09 pm
 

Rangers urge fans to support Islanders arena vote

Do some research before you spout off. Wang offered to pay for the entire arena himself provided he could develop the surrounding land. The Tonw of Hempstead shot him down because he wanted to put affordable housing on the lots which meant an influx of traditionally democratic voting demos in a republican controlled twon.

The Islanders on ice product, while much to their own doing the past 15 years has been hampered by signing the worst lease in pro sports back in 1985. They could sel lout the Coliseum every night and still not be profitable. hard to invest much into the team when you're already cut off at the knees to start with.

Thi is the last option. And it's not just about the Islanders, It's about everything else the arena is used for.  Losing the Coliseum and all the revenue around it will cripple Nassau. Sometimes you need to spend money to make it.



Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: July 29, 2011 4:28 pm
 

Rangers urge fans to support Islanders arena vote

There is no reason in this day and age to support the construction of multi-million dollar arenas for professional sports franchises-- especially ones that put a poor product on the field, court, or ice.  The financial benefits to the town, county, or state are always dwarfed by the usual cost overruns and shifty deals that give the occupants of the buildings a greater chunk of the revenues generated by building events.

Look at it this way.  If the construction of a new arena can be profitable and financially rewarding to a sports franchise within the matter of a decade, they'll do it gladly -- why share the profits when you can have it all in a matter of time.  When sports teams are "willing" to share the costs and profits with municipalities, it's probably because they don't have the long-term financial interests of the team at heart or the desire to stick around after the quick buck is made.

The Islanders have put a terrible product on the ice almost every season since the early 1990s-- the lone exception being the 2nd place team from 2001-02.  In a league where it seems like nearly every team makes the playoffs, the Islanders have missed 11 of the last 15 seasons and 4 of the 5 seasons since the cancelled season of 2004-05.  Without another full-time tenant for a new arena out in Nassau County, building an arena that has a potential cost of over $800 million makes no fiscal sense for the people of Long Island.  At most, the hockey team would occupy the building roughly 50 nights a year if they go deep into the playoffs.  What happens on the other 300+ days in the calendar year?  There's only so many trips Sesame On Ice, the Harlem Globetrotters, and Justin Bieber can make in a year.  I'd humbly suggest Mr. Wang hit up the NHL for secured loans through their credit sources.  If the NHL wants to stay on Long Island, they'll find a way to make it happen.  If Gary Bettman and the Board of Governors would rather make road trips to Kansas City, Portland, Las Vegas, or Quebec City, the Islanders better start shopping for a moving company in the near future.



Since: Aug 9, 2008
Posted on: July 29, 2011 2:32 pm
 

Rangers urge fans to support Islanders arena vote

Why should I vote "Yes" to increase my taxes?The Islanders are the worst organization in hockey and one of the worst in all of sports. Get used to it Islander fans cause here comes the Kansas City Tornadoes!!! LMAO!!!



Since: Aug 9, 2008
Posted on: July 29, 2011 2:31 pm
 

Rangers urge fans to support Islanders arena vote

Why should I vote "Yes" to increase my taxes?The Islanders are the worst organization in hockey and one of the worst in all of sports. Get used to it Islander fans cause here comes the Kansas City Tornadoes!!! LMAO!!!


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