Barclays Center is reportedly pushing the Islanders to play more home games at Nassau Coliseum as they await the building of their new Belmont Park Arena, per The Post's Josh Kosman and Larry Brooks.
It was reported on Tuesday by Newsday that the Isles were close to a deal that would see them splitting time between Nassau Coliseum and Barclays Center in the next couple years. New York apparently agreed to play a third of their games at the Coliseum, but Barclays Center executives thought they should be playing more in Long Island.
The idea Barclays Center has in mind is for the Islanders to play about a dozen games at the Coliseum next season, and eventually grow that number each year until the new arena is built. The reason for the Barclays Center push is due to the fact the arena loses money for each Islanders game they host. They would rather do a small, short-term lease instead of taking on most of the burden.
Last season, Barclays Center lost $6 million on the Islanders. They pay the franchise $55 million every year, and collect revenue from ticket sales, sponsorship, and suite sales. The conditions in the Brooklyn arena are not suited for hockey with poor ice and obstructed view.
However, the Coliseum is not yet NHL-ready despite its $165 million renovation last March. It only sits 13,900, and it doesn't have the luxury suites and appropriate commodities that most NHl arena have today.
The Islanders have until Jan. 31 to opt-out of their 25-year lease with Barclays Center. If both sides can't agree to a new lease, then Barclays Center has the right to opt out after the 2018-19 season, which would leave the Islanders without a home arena.
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Never a dull moment, is there? What, you thought that with the announcement of Belmont, that was it? That the drama was going to end? Hardly.
The relationship between Barclays Center and the Islanders has been strained for some time now, and only appears to be hitting its peak, as the arena wants to clear up dates for more lucrative, 'Barclays-centric' events and put the team in a minor league facility with minor league amenities for players and fans alike for as many games as possible.
It remains to be seen what the NHL decides, as Gary Bettman has already said the Coliseum is not an option for all 41 home games. Just how many he allows is the question, with this latest report suggesting 12 to start, scaling up to 20 or possibly more while the arena in Elmont is constructed.
And who knows what effect this will have on the players themselves, who for the next three seasons won't have a singular rink to call home. They'll have two and will have to adjust and adapt to playing in each.
Just another day in paradise.