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Yormark: Isles 50-50 Bet at Barclays


Chris Botta, NHL writer for Sports Business Journal and once an Islanders exec, reports that Brett Yormark is telling prospective sponsors that there is "better than 50%" chance that the Isles will move into Barclays Center once their lease at Nassau Coliseum expires in 2015.

Nets CEO Brett Yormark has not held back from talking big about the #Isles landing in Brooklyn. Sources say Yormark, in recent meetings with clients and prospective partners, has said that the chances of the NYI playing in Brooklyn in 2015 are "better than 50%." To be clear, this does not mean the NYI are definitely moving there. You cannot blame Yormark, a relentless salesman, for his sales pitch. But as of now, Brooklyn stands as the Isles' best (only?) option in the New York area if they leave Nassau.

Despite rumors that the Isles might relocate to Quebec City or Kansas City, staying in New York provides them with two major financial advantages: they have the right to play anywhere in the city and their local TV rigfhts package pays them $20 million a year, going up to more than $30 2031-32.