Barclays Center CEO Brett Yormark called the New York Islanders a "rent-a-team" regarding their stint in Brooklyn, which will end permanently in the 2021-22 season.
The Islanders, who moved from the Nassau Coliseum to Barclays Center in 2015, will split time between the two arenas while they wait for the completion of the Belmont Arena in Long Island, their next permanent home.
While this is the third full season in which the Islanders play at Barclays Center, Yormark said he felt the franchise "never really embraced Brooklyn."
"Unfortunately, it didn't work," Yormark said on an interview with Fox 5, according to Newsday's Neil Best. "We had great hopes that moving the Islanders to Brooklyn would work. Unfortunately, they were like a rent-a-team."
"Their fan base resides in Long Island," he added. "They have a great, avid fan base in Long Island. Brooklyn just didn't gravitate to the team as I had hoped they would. But I think the move next year, where they're playing 12 games back in Long Island -- and after next year we'll probably play half the schedule, if not more [there] -- is a step in the right direction."