Funny thing happened on last night’s HNIC telecast…they had a quick blurb on that Charles Wang was fed-up with the Lighthouse situation and was looking to sell the team.
Funny…in that all the way back in Feb 09 I had a piece on just that scenario as Charles Wang was meeting one potential buyer at Gary Bettman’s behest. However, nothing really came of it. Or was it just due diligence and a far-envisioning Bettman forseeing the mess that would come between what Nick Giglia aptly terms: an unstoppable force hitting an immovable object.
Some Isles bloggers seemed to be in a panic last few months pushing fans to Queens, Brooklyn, Suffolk, Queens, Brooklyn, and of this late date…maybe now Nassau again. Talk about hedging your bets.
REMEMBER THIS ONE?
“And with each week, Queens becomes a more realistic, attractive option. Did you know there is a Charles B. Wang Community Health Center in Flushing? Did you know Wang’s family moved to Queens when…” One blogger on 3/23/09
Oh boy. No wonder Islander fans have been in a tizzy. This spurred on push has been going on for months…so much it has left many of a fan base confused/irate or like lemmings waiting for the next rumor. Everyone seems to have a lot of guesses. But no solutions. Plying another area IS NOT a solution. Especially when they are reticent to actually going into the negatives of each area. Instead it has been up to others to remind that Brooklyn, Queens and Suffolk are not easy places, and are rife with their own issues. We all want an easy solution…just aren’t any.
If these were truly solutions offered, then it is on those same bloggers to divvy into the real issues of that area as well. The fact they many do not is not quite responsible and smacks of agenda to this blogger.
It seems at times that some in the blogosphere and mainstream press prefer the Isles faithful confused, by changing gears so often. That and citing perhaps only half a story. Is this for more readers or paper sales? Add whit the media blackout by the Lighthouse Development Group, and all we are left with is rumor, innuendo and a state of fear for the hard trudging fan who was called for service earlier this summer.
If we flash back to the very start of this ridiculous slew of events, we’d come across the Kansas City rumor. The Isles moving out of this area was never going to happen, despite words otherwise… KC was never EVER a reality. Anyone who read my blogs on the subject would know it was a pile of crap from the very start. Err…the rumor, not my blog.
Not to tout my own horn too much, but the my take on KC proved a reality when Charles Wang admitted that they were never going to KC when they met with the Nassau County Legislature mid-summer.
Though that rumor as dumb and far-fetched as it was still grabbed up by Newsday for a whole series of articles….on a subject that was never going to happen.
BLOGGER NOTE: If we look back over the course of the year, Newsday has eaten humble pie for just about everything. To the ridiculous KC rumor they ate up, to the Queens/Brooklyn spin, to god knows what else. They even bit on the Matt Duchene rumor which was an obvious phantom ploy by the Isles who had decided extremely early who their pick was.Sadly, Logan took the fall. But who takes the fall for the slew of erroneous, ill-found, slanted Hempstead work, and non-reported issues Newsday has done over the year?
As I said on radio, blog, and anywhere else, the NHL will NOT let a cup-winning, much less, dynasty team from a lucrative market move outside the region.They already looked weak with the Phoenix fiasco, where they had to change their plans to do the draft there to show their power, to now LA.
Ok, not outside…but what about Queens, Brooklyn and other areas within the NY area. Well, there is something there once Nassau is closed out.
The reason Queens has moved to the wayside in the rumor-mill is due to that the Isles would be 1 of over 29 possible suitors. That’s not good odds, thus Fans and Bloggers Who Cry Queens has moved away from citing Queens as a rumor anymore, and now is the Fans & Bloggers Who Cry Brooklyn.
Brooklyn? Sure. Right. Yeah.
Most already know my take on the place. To me, it is just another apple thrown in front of Isles fans by the stick of the same ilk.
Wang would never be a tenant … much less to a guy he hates. Ratner torpedoed his NJ Nets dream and two-team Coliseum move that would have made things a lot smoother for his Lighthouse Project. But now we are supposed to think the Isles will be retro-fitted possibly in Brooklyn thanks to some innocuous text?
Way too many are retro-fitting Brooklyn to fit the Isles.
If Wang would sell to the Russian billionaire…sure. THEN there are legs to it. I’ll give it that.
But last night, in the vacuum of lack-of-info came the HNIC rumor of possibly selling. Very strange.
This was a rumor way back from Eklund of all people that Wang was considering selling the team. Of course, that led to a bitch-slapping fest between him and Chris Botta…”protector of the Isles” who was conveniently also receiving a severance check from that very team at the time.
Or, as Chris Botta immediately responded from his own vacation in a cantankerous mood as if he was Christain Bale on a movie set. He insinuated that Eklund launched a rumor capitalizing from a large long island readership on Hockeybuzz and because his Bottaness was out of the country.
Will Charles Wang sell the Isles? Well, more on that later…
The bigger issue is that people need to stop trying to be the hero to guessing the results on all this and start actually reporting from both sides of the issue. If people are just going to hedge bets and try to remind us they had it back when with the ten thousand other guesses they made, they are wasting time, effort, and should try a new field of work.
Nassau: make no bones about it. IT is in trouble right now. Wang says he’s done and waiting for a vote. However according to the ToH, the LHP is supposed to supply information to them. Between the two sides there is now a lot of bad blood over the hullabaloo that has gone on all the way since Feb of this year.
So is Wang ready to sell? Who knows. So much games have been played by both sides, the only thing that is clear is the deep divide and the unwillingness by both sides to reach any kind of flexible compromise.
If Wang is to sell, can someone like Scott Rechler take over…a man who the ToH has made many a comment on being far more reasonable, respectable and knowing how to play this game? Or does anyone want to buy-in to a team clearly on the rise, but with a horrendous venue that leaks cash, and deal with the entrenched political system that has left the Coliseum and area in disarray for years and years.
Guess there is a sucker born every minute. After all, D’Amato got Charles Wang to buy the Islanders in the first place.
Anything is possible, but the stare-down between the LHP and ToH needs some smarts, not political and public relations shellac. Meanwhile, Edward Mangano has yet to take over as Nassau Exec, yet has his coffers padded by many developers who seem to be positioning themselves for Charles Wang’s failure in Nassau County. That is a sour feeling as we go into a holiday season with not much clarity and a hell of a lot of confusion.
BUT, if he does…do we open up Pandoras Box on Long Island once again? NY islanders can pin a lot of their woes in the last 15 years not only on a horrendous GM, but also a mess of ownership.
To me, this project is about Charles Wang’s legacy…just as buying the Isles in the first place was to lay foundation for that purpose. I don’t see him selling until he FORCES the ToH’s hand to vote NO. Or until the new year when Mangano and the Republicans take over.
Just my humble opinion. And yes, it does go against we we have heard from others. I am complained to them privately and publicly that they are telling only half a story. The answer I was given was some passive/aggressive veiled threat and they didn’t care since they have a large size of audience. No answer I will accept.
About the Author: B.D. Gallof is a published writer and hockey blogger. He writes about Hockey, NY Islanders & the NY Islanders venue situation for CBS New York. BD has been written up in Sports Illustrated, TSN.ca, the NY Times Slapshots blog, Yahoo's Sports and SportsBusiness Journal. He has been a featured blogger for The Huffington Post, as well as owner, lead writer, and managing editor at HockeyIndependent.com.