Reality Check will be a series, and next one will be on the NY Islanders season compared to last year. But first, we will tackle Barclays.
A few things have been rumored, alluded to, and quite out-of-whack with reality lately on Barclays Center this season. Whether it has been the over-hyped lower attendance (In Nassau, SMG & the Isles, in last few years were selling tickets for very little to boost their attendance), or Barclays assumptions due to the hapless Brooklyn Nets. Lately, there are a few inaccurate items floating around again. So let’s begin with 4 items that are sourced and checked on Barclays and the NY Islanders… and you might notice that it no different to items written and tweeted by yours truly previously.
First, and I have reported this for two years now… the “out clause” to Barclay’s is mutual. Neither one can opt-out on their own.
Second, if team chooses to leave it will be to best offer, and that will be somewhere else. Team will never play on LI. That is a certainty.
Third, and importantly, Barclays is doing fine financially with the NY Islanders. Per sources, they are actually a bit better than their first year projections. Sponsorships are selling and expensive, suites are sold and expensive, best tickets mostly sold, even if people don’t come (lots of corporate sales). So despite many ignorant statements from others: there really is no financial issue at year 1 with Barclays and the Islanders.
Fourth, the “marriage” is challenging and that is understandable. Team used to owning its own arena (for the most part), so the rental thing has its challenges, a learning curve, and there are lots of adjustments. NY Islanders are the tenants, and the relationships on top is where it matters and the $$$ flow is fine.
Bottom line: Barclay’s is getting what they expected and wanted. The NY Islanders are getting what they expected financially (guaranteed money) and sources are wiling to bet quite a bit that this works out just fine, despite the rumors and pseudo-drama.
So perhaps those in the peanut gallery should stop looking for the signs of impending doom with a ignorant delusion of a return to LI. In reality, the situation is not bad.
Either way, NY Islanders fans should pray this works out unless they want to root for a Seattle or Quebec team.