to a Newsday report (subscription required), Islanders owner
Charles Wang has talked with Mets COO Jeff Wilpon about possible moving
the team to Queens to be part of a shared complex with Citi Field. Per
“I’ve had conversations with Charles,” Wilpon
said by phone Tuesday, “and we’ve talked about Queens. We’d like to be
helpful and I think Queens is an option. We built Citi Field well
under budget and on time. I have all my guys ready.”
states that no agreement has been made, just that the two sides are
talking. He also has not directly discussed purchasing the team with
Wang, although he has not ruled out ownership of the Islanders.
has been frustrated with the Town of Hempstead’s stalling on ruling on
his proposal for a new arena, and has stated several times that
relocation is a possibility. He’s also frustrated over the financial
losses he’s taking each season and might look to sell the franchise or
even turn over controlling interest of the franchise to the NHL.
the league really needs to be owning and running two teams.
this point it’s looking like the Islanders might not be staying in
Nassau County, despite what town officials state, as Wang explored every
possibility if his Lighthouse project proposal isn’t approved.