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Monday, March 30, 2021

off the island
The New York Islanders have found a relocation option more feasible than their trumped-up Kansas City/Sprint Center canard, and it’s right across the county border: New York City’s Queens borough is dangling Willet’s Point, near the Mets’ new Citi Field, for a new hockey arena complex.

Transportation is key:

The Queens Chamber of Commerce is pitching Willets Point as an ideal spot for the four-time Stanley Cup champions given its proximity to highways and the No. 7 train.

A spokesman for the city Economic Development Corp. said a request for proposals on Willets Point will go out this year, allowing developers a window of about two months to respond.

I’m thinking a location right near mass transit — subways and buses more than commuter trains — would do loads to pump up attendance. If nothing else, the Isles would be practically guaranteed sellouts when the Rangers visit, and possibly the Devils too. In fact, New Jersey’s recent move from the Meadowlands, which is chiefly car-accessible, to downtown Newark, which is on the PATH line, has a lot to do with that NHL team’s uptick in ticket sales.

Can the club still call itself “Islanders” after moving to the five boroughs? Sure can, because political-perceptional divisions aside, Queens really is part of Long Island, and even resembles Nassau County in terms of suburban/urban blend.

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 03/30/2009 01:56:52 PM
Category: Hockey, New Yorkin', SportsBiz
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His departure from General Motors has been presumed for months, well before the Great Recession-prompted chaos that has swallowed the U.S. auto industry. Still, now that CEO Rick Wagoner is officially quitting, with a not-so-subtle sweep from the U.S. bailout broom, I wonder:

Will this move serve as a rallying cry around future bailouts, especially when they lead to actual or de facto ownership stakes? After all, this is the greatest fear of nationalization in key industries: The government “running” things by firing management. Wagoner’s case is a weak example, because he was embattled long before the Federal dollars came along — indeed, that’s probably why the Obama Administration felt this was a safe move in that sense. Still, it wouldn’t take much revisionist spinning to make this look like White House micromanagement in private industry (to paint this with the appropriately broad brushstroke). Wagoner would go from being the ineffectual corporate steward to a martyr for anti-nationalization forces.

My guess is that it’ll take one more high-profile shove out the door by a similarly bailed-out industry (banking/financial, basically) for this scenario to coalesce. The evolution should be fun to watch.

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 03/30/2009 12:46:11 PM
Category: Business, Politics
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kiddin' playa
I’ll admit, I haven’t jumped onto the LeBron James bandwagon (by the way, how is it possible that this star, the National Basketball Association’s designated Second Coming of Jordan, doesn’t have his own website up and running yet?).

But after catching his new State Farm commercial, wherein he channels Kid ‘N Play in all their House Party foot-locking choreographed glory:

I guess I’m now a fan of King James. Or at least, as much of a fan as I, being a hoops-hater, can be.

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 03/30/2009 12:08:17 PM
Category: Advert./Mktg., Basketball, Comedy, Movies, Pop Culture
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