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IslesBlog Podcast: Newsday’s Jim Baumbach on Islanders – Barclays Opt-Out and More


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In the latest edition of the IslesBlog Podcast, Joe Buono talks to Newsday reporter Jim Baumbach on his in-depth report that provided some very relevant insight into the details surrounding the Islanders and Barclays Center opt-out clause and other other specifics related to the unique partnership between the two sides.

Joe and Jim discussed:

  • The roadmap of who can opt out and when
  • Whether or not the Islanders are using Belmont and Queens as purely leverage
  • The Islanders receiving more revenue than originally thought
  • His view on which side benefits most from the current deal
  • The impact of Ledecky/Malkin and Mikhail Prokhorov on this relationship
  • The long-term viability of Barclays as the home of the Islanders
  • Which possible location between NVMV, Belmont and Willets Point is most likely