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Report: Islanders and Nassau County owe each other millions

Mar 3, 2013, 12:01 PM EDT

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The Islanders are already set to bolt out of Nassau County Coliseum in 2015 as it is, and that separation isn’t about to go quietly.

New York Newsday reports that the Islanders and their management company, SMG, owe the county millions of dollars in back utility bills and revenue that the team is supposed to share with them.

In the report, the Isles may owe the county over $600,000 in rent and over $2.4 million in electric bills. The team also apparently hasn’t paid the county their cut for parking fees and concessions. Being that kind of tenant in an apartment would get you evicted.

If that sounds bad for the Isles, the county apparently isn’t so clean either as they may owe the team money themselves.

The letter states that Nassau may owe the Islanders and SMG for repairs the team has made to the county-owned Nassau Coliseum , the Islanders’ arena in Uniondale . But the letter to Picker, written by the county’s acting director of the Division of Real Estate Services, Michael J. Kelly, says the debts outpace anything the county might owe by at least $2 million.

What a great situation this is. Basically both sides know their time together is coming to an end and it’s time to figure out best how to conduct the divorce. Like most separations, this one seems doomed to a future in court to figure things out. Either way, the Isles probably can’t wait to get to Brooklyn.

  1. mclovinhockey - Mar 3, 2013 at 12:19 PM

    The islanders are moving off the island…. This is like if the canadiens played in L.A.

    • biff8683 - Mar 3, 2013 at 12:38 PM

      you do realize Brooklyn is on long island right???

    • missthemexpos - Mar 3, 2013 at 1:22 PM

      It would be like if the Canadiens played in Senneville Quebec, the far western part of the Island of Montreal.

    • newyorkislanderfancentral - Mar 3, 2013 at 4:27 PM

      The Montreal Expos are moving to Washington, this is like if the Yankees played in Toronto.

  2. seawurd - Mar 3, 2013 at 2:07 PM

    Who cares where they play just so long as they stay in the basement of the Atlantic division. GO PENS !!!

    • newyorkislanderfancentral - Mar 3, 2013 at 4:29 PM

      And the Pens would know considering they used to decorate the basement on their way to Kansas City while trading Kovalev, Jagr for cash with same Smg lease Wang spent money with.

    • govtminion - Mar 3, 2013 at 6:28 PM

      I love comments like this. It’s important to be able to tell who’s a hockey fan, and who’s a mindless drone. Thank you.

  3. tyler4richardson - Mar 3, 2013 at 4:06 PM

    Islanders better pay up. Asbestos filled arenas aren’t cheap to operate.

  4. newyorkislanderfancentral - Mar 3, 2013 at 4:26 PM

    Let’s see it’s silly, the usual copied article from Joe (I do nothing but copy articles) Yerdon from a paper. (owned by another NHL team wanting to save 300m dollars)

    When’s Yerdon going to link to all those articles on Newsday’s team at Msg getting 16.5m every year from taxpayers and free electricity from NYC since 1982.

    Oh that’s right, he cannot or will not or his job linking to articles would be over.

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