Now that we are several months past the announcement that the Islanders are leaving Nassau, I think it is a good time to examine who is to blame. For me the answer is simple and the blame is squarely on the shoulders of the Long Island politicians.
The demise of the franchise was set into motion by Al D'Amato. The former New York Senator was the person that created the worse professional lease between the Islanders, Nassau, and SMG, which put the team in a terrible financial situation. This lease made it impossible for the Islanders to compete in the modern sport climate by giving 2/3 of the teams revenues generated from the arena away to SMG and the county. There is even a story out their that D'Amato gave the Lighthouse the evil eye, since Wang wouldn't hire his brother.
Ed Mangano is the man who is going have the Islanders leaving Nassau County on his record, but he is possibly the lease responsible. He was given the arena problem with nearly no time left on the clock with one hand tied behind his back, since NIFA controlled the county's spending. Sadly he couldn't come up with a plan to save the team, but he did try a Hail Mary with the referendum that if it passed would put pressure on NIFA to seriously consider spending money on an arena. Sadly it failed and he had little to no other options to save the team.
All of these politicians failure led to the Islanders leaving their birthplace Nassau County, which by all means people can and should be upset about. However, people shouldn't be upset about Brooklyn or the Barclays Center, since it was the only option for us to keep or team in New York.
I much rather be playing here.
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We can still have this