For 57 years, Brooklyn was without a professional sports team. Now, in a matter of months, two clubs, one in the NBA, one in the NHL, have agreed to call Brooklyn home, the Nets for 37 years, the Islanders for 25. Although they haven't had their best years lately, the two will play in America's most modern sports venue ... the Nets next week, the Isles in 2015, if not earlier.
How it happened is the second day story, with the key protagonists Bruce Ratner and Charles Wang getting a lot of credit for taking risks that paid off. Although Wang said he planned on abiding by his lease, he wouldn't rule out an earlier arrival. As the Nets learned, selling tickets while a lame duck isn't easy. Said one Nets insider, "Don't be surprised to see them play in Brooklyn in 2013."
For Nets fans, there is likely to be minimal effect -- Mikhail Prokhorov and his Russian team made certain of that.. The Nets will not have to share locker space with the Islanders. There is enough room under sections 22 - 26 for an Islanders' "campus." And the changes to the arena layout, designed for basketball, won't have to be major, the parties agreed.
For the franchise, the effect is huge and positive. The Nets investors, who control varying stakes in the team, arena and larger Atlantic Yards, find their stakes in all three with greater value Thursday morning than 24 hours earlier. The Nets were already on their way to being one of the NBA's most profitable teams. Now the investment in the arena is likely to be highly profitable as well.
- After years of trying to keep Islanders in Nassau, Charles Wang chose alternative - Neil Best - Newsday
- Islanders brand should grow in Brooklyn - Neil Best - Newsday
- Charles Wang says move to Brooklyn won't affect name - Neil Best - Newsday
- Avery welcomes Isles to Barclays - Rod Boone - Newsday
- Many longtime Islanders fans upset - Steve Zipay - Newsday
- Former Islanders have mixed feelings about leaving Nassau Coliseum - Arthur Staple - Newsday
- Isles GM Garth Snow has a selling point now with new arena - Arthur Staple - Newsday
- Fans react to Isles leaving (Video) - Newsday
- Islanders are on the move, heading to Brooklyn and Barclays Center as of 2015 - Stefan Bondy, Reuven Blau & Bill Hutchinson - New York Daily News
- Islanders moving to Brooklyn faces no big protest from Nassau Coliseum faithful - Stefan Bondy - New York Daily News
- Islanders' move to Brooklyn is latest case of team fleeing suburbs for city - Filip Bondy - New York Daily News
- Islanders Follow the Nets to a New Arena in Brooklyn - David Chen & Charles V. Bagli - New York Times
- A Home Not Built for Two (Graphic) - New York Times
- Charles B. Wang, the Islanders’ Unorthodox Owner - Richard Sandomir - New York Times
- New York Islanders, in Name Only, Head to Brooklyn _ George Vecsey - New York Times
- Islanders Timeline: From Expansion to Dynasty to Disaster - New York Times
- Here Comes Hipster Hockey - Jason Gay - Wall Street Journal
- Move to Barclays is a win for Islanders, fans & New York City - Larry Brooks - New York Post
- Glory years, Coliseum memories left behind - Mike Vaccaro - New York Post
- Still ‘New York Islanders’, but will play in Brooklyn - John Brennan - The Record
- New York Islanders to Barclays Center (Video) - Gary Kaminski - CNBC
- Do the NHL’s Islanders Belong in New York City? - Ishaan Tharoor - TIME
- NHL Hockey at the Barclays Center - Eli Rosenberg - Brooklyn Paper
- Twice as nice: Islanders ink 25-year deal to join Nets at Brooklyn's Barclays Center - John Torenli - Brooklyn Daily Eagle
- Islanders to the Barclays Center: Wang won't rule out move before 2015 - Norman Oder - Atlantic Yards Report
- Islanders announce 25-year “ironclad” lease in Brooklyn, starting in 2015 - Neil deMause - Field of Schemes
The Islanders Claim They'll Keep The Old Logo When They Move To Brooklyn. But There's Something Very Wrong With It Now. - Barry Petchesky - Deadspin