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Arena Saga: Islanders may want Belmont, but it’s not only their call

April 20th, 2017 at 11:16 PM
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And the horse you rode in on.

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The never-ending arena saga surrounding the New York Islanders has picked up steam lately with more buzz about Belmont Park as the next destination if and when the imperfect Brooklyn marriage is broken. As multiple reports emerge from completely different sources, the chances increase of actual fire behind that smoke.

But as always in Islanders “areener” news and New York politics, it’s not as simple as Jon Ledecky and Scott Malkin saying, “We’ve got money, we’ve got the will, let’s go… HERE.” (Just ask Charles Wang about the arena search that consumed his entire ownership tenure.)

The latest uptick in Belmont buzz began with NHL insider Bob McKenzie last week, saying he’s heard a lot that things are trending toward a relocation to Belmont.

That’s from arguably the most connected media man in NHL hockey.

Then this week there was a little more from local sports radio, with Craig Carton elaborating on the morning show he co-hosts with a former NFL quarterback on WFAN:

“Barring a last-digit [sic] change … ’cause like I said its is not 100 percent, they’re dotting I’s and crossing T’s, there will be a new arena on the …

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