Dolan's use their media against gullible NYI fans to sell Cuomo/Dolan taxpayer ponzi-scheme arena

New York Islander Fan Central | 8/19/2017 10:56:00 AM | Comment Here
Not a fan of these entries, my preference would be to only write about hockey.
Are NYI fans still really this gullible?

Some sure are...............

Imagine if our teams games got all this print/tv coverage, instead of one beat-writer who always does the bare minimum?

Sure would not have hurt the attendance.

Dolan state of the art journalism which in this case is a non-stop machine to create their own narrative.

It's not my agenda.
Our fans are entitled to some honesty.

I will let them prove my point with their own words. 

130+ other sports team don't have their rival run their primary newspaper behind a paywall since 2008 with biased print coverage, a television contract through 2031 (costing Dolan hundreds of millions) that hides almost 1/4 games on a channel no one can find, bid for the Coliseum in 2013 to put a Ranger AHL team there in 2013 with preseason games & now want to be our teams new landlord in his Belmont arena, among what has gone on back to 1998 when games were pulled off television without explanation.

What's next the Dolan's who could not fork over 50k for the Islanders beating the Rangers over the Metro Ice Challenge a decade ago now want to give our team an arena in the middle of nowhere just to get them out of NYC because they are the teams friends?

Why can't some people simply be honest & admit a company that lives off taxpayers/politicians like Andew Cuomo & Shelly Silver have an agenda to drive their competition out of NY entirely to regain territorial rights, and put hundreds of millions in cable television money back in their bank. 

Someone has to present an honest narrative about our team & what's going on so I write what need's to be written.

The word Dolan is off limits for Randi Marshall, Robert Brodsky, Jim Baumbach, Hank Winnicki.

Staple, no doubt got an e-mail from sports editor Winnicki for this one:
What metric does this fall under again?

Factual evidence is very good.

I have written about Islanders poor attendance in Nassau for years, and again will write if the fan support was there I would submit an NHL team can succeed there. Clearly it cannot as every NHL team needs to play inside in a major city to make enough revenue to survive, with the real estate projects like Edmonton, Detroit got with huge taxpayer money.

Dolan wanted both in 2013 which is one reason why he lost the Coliseum bid.

Has Dolan ever paid for anything without taxpayer money? Wang in 2011 got zero development rights to HUB.


We saw this game from Dolan's paid media in 2011 with the $58.00 tax hammered home to defeat a referendum so Dolan could bid for the Coliseum in 2013 with Newsday writers not even allowed to mention his name.

Randi Marshall hates being challenged, she runs from her past articles.

I could have produced a dozen more like this. 

In 2017 she's on Pat Dolan's editorial board & selling the Dolan/Cuomo narrative at Belmont & Penn Station, the same day.

Marshall was on the Empire State Development list to visit Belmont site with potential bidders.
Marshall has no clue how this is being financed, but can't wait to move it forward, unlike 2011.
Peter Luukko (correct spelling) who worked for Flyers, Panthers.
We have seen it from Dolan's employees since he lost his bid to Ratner in 2013 to prosecute the NEC lease while Dolan's pocket's are filled by Andrew Cuomo refusing to revoke Dolan's tax exemption in Manhattan on the Chase Garden, as Cuomo works to renovate Penn Station (via taxpayers) & keep Dolan's operating permit extended in perpetuity with his tax exemption.

And we see it almost daily from Dolan's media spin-machine to influence gullible Islander fans or those who want to go back to failed Long Island with lower attendance than Barclay's. (without Sat games)

We saw this scam in 2011, 2013, we see it again, it's not honest. This is to get Dolan his revenge arena or force out NEC/Prokhorov or run out the clock at Barclay's.

The NYI have never received a dime from the taxpayers. Msg has received one since 1982 that now comes to about fifty million dollars a year straight from the taxpayers.


But here they go again:
As usual they leave out Dolan/NHL approval would have been necessary from 2013 because they can't mention Dolan in the family newspaper.

And now it's time to sell a joke narrative one preseason game on a Sunday afternoon in September erases decades of fans staying home win or lose to get Dolan his Belmont arena to be the Islanders landlord via Cuomo/taxpayers.

All hands on deck, including Brian Compton, who's Ranger media bosses at NHL.com (John Dellapina, Frank Brown) can replace him with many out of work hockey writers.
Baumbach of Arbour's 740th win should not count fame, and Rangers commute to Greenberg is in the other direction is not as bad,  rewarding loyalty for Dolan taking him back after quitting Newsday in April 2010 for the Journal.
 Baumbach did not last one article in 2010 at Journal.






The part where Tavares talked about making it work at Barclay's did not make Dolan's paper or Compton's article, but was in the NY Post of all places.


Meanwhile Dolan may sue the Clippers owner for putting a new arena next to the one the taxpayers helped renovate for him in 2013, and blame the mayor. Things like this are off-limits for Marshall, Brodsky, Baumbach, Winnicki which is the only arena Dolan renovated (without Albany) as we wait and see what happens with his RFP win in Seattle where taxpayer money is needed. 




For now this game will continue, perhaps Dolan can get Nassau to revoke NEC lease which means this Belmont RFP goes away. 

Meanwhile they continue to prosecute their 2013 loss.

Mangano not picking Dolan's Hub vision in 2013 leads to articles like this, and there are plenty of people who like to build their resumes seeing their work in a newspaper.

The question is why are our fans so gullible to believe these people & not call them out on their agenda?

Are these bloggers & pod-casters interested in the truth or their resume?

It's not because our fans sold out 35 games every year at the Coliseum at big boy prices, no one moves to a proven failed location in the middle of nowhere to be a tenant of their rival. 

Newsday went through 4 publishers in six years since the 2008 paywall went up, they stopped employing one.

As LI Press wrote in 2012, 2010, not much has changed besides going from James Dolan to Pat Dolan, Altice looked at the losses and sold back a majority stake in Newsday/News12 within 2 weeks after Cablevision was sold to Altice in 2016.

Patrick Dolan still goes with James Dolan's team.

Newsday Media day-to-day operations would continue to be led by Ed Bushey.
Senior vice president/general manager, and Debby Krenek, senior vice president/digital and editorial director.

These are the people who get their marching orders from the Dolan's, and tell Marshall, Baumbach, Brodsky, Winnicki, Staple what to write/not to write.

Deborah Henley is still an editor for the Dolan's as of 2017.

Andrea Greenberg has been at Msg hiding Islander games on +2 for a few years as general manager, cutting post-games down to one interview. Plenty of disposable people like Botta, Cerney who were quietly sent out the door who know it's hard finding work without a reference from Dolan.

And as always plenty of biased Ranger media who want no part of the NYI in NYC, like Rick Carpinello who found a job working for Dolan after Journal News dumped his column. 

Newspapers have been biased back to the founding fathers last I checked.

Having written that I have never seen a sports teams fans, and bloggers be this gullible about what's going on. 

New York Notables

New York Islander Fan Central | 8/14/2017 06:36:00 AM | Comment Here
Mostly a quiet time.

Somerby is an UFA on 8/15. Snow can stock his pool with a few similar players now.

Went as deep as I care to go on Sound Tigers. Ledecky must respond this week (8/14) & we will get more of an idea of how our owners do business. (along with Bridgeport government)

So Saffan expects 250,000 customers a year there, paying $60.00 average ticket prices?
Color me very skeptical.

Cuomo/Dolan Belmont Taxpayer Ponzi-Scheme RFP Arena likely sits in Dolan media blackout mode, their narrative is set, same as 2011 that defeated the vote.

Maybe a few cheap shots or deflection articles about Coliseum, Prokhorov, Ratner or some politicians using the bring the team home campaign dance in a Dolan outlet with some writers/bloggers who need resume building.

We are going to find out what our new owners can actually get done.

We'll see if Mr Malkin-Ledecky want to use their names to be pawns as a 41 day tenant as every other NHL team (especially Arizona/Ottawa/Kanata)  recognize their teams must play inside a major city to survive, not spend 485 million to go back to a place it failed miserably with less fans at the games in a place that hosted Saturday night games.

Would get interesting if Malkin-Ledecky were trotted out as RFP winner, then Barclay's decided not to opt out of any leases & fix up the building, and our owners did the smart business move & stayed.

Don Monti was named Master Developer at the Coliseum site, you remember the maps I drew here who had what, he walked away.

RFP winners walk away all the time. Ratner walked from Barclay's/Nets, and has only a 15 percent stake in the Coliseum project. This Coliseum agreement was 260 million in a 130/130 split. 165 million was overspent on arena.

We can expect a new County Executive come November.

AEG/Barclay's vs Dolan's Oakview (who's never spent real money not from taxpayers and is the only money with no real arena building background) could backfire on them based on Seattle, his issues with the Clippers building next to his LA Forum,  & now trying to place an arena between the Barclay's & Coliseum?

Between Penn Station downstairs, Moynihan Station, and Dolan's tax exemption upstairs, not even Andrew Cuomo's,  Empire State Development can throw much more taxpayer money at Dolan who just spend over 500 million on phase one while the MTA is neglected downstairs.

By the end of January the distractions will be over regarding an arena.

I'm not a hundred percent on Tavares but expect he will be signed in camp as long as he's promised the team will stay in New York.

Our fans drive these owners out & stay home, everyone could opt out in January & this team is gone forever by May 2018. 

Bridgeport Update 8/10/17/Corrections

New York Islander Fan Central | 8/11/2017 05:35:00 PM | Comment Here
The headline here would be I'm incorrect about Live Nation/Dolan connection in my previous entry, given they already book events at Webster Bank Arena, so when wrong it goes at top of this page so my readers have honesty.

The mayor is not happy with the arena's performance regardless of who books it.

Also more clarified is this field covering is more a canvas overhang, not an enclosed roof like was done at USTA in Flushing for the 2 week tournament, and why baseball cannot still be played there.

Still, Mr Ledecky, feels these changes are competition to the arena's business operations, and a possible lease violation which could lead to a lawsuit for an agreement that only runs through 2021, with this new amphitheater not ready until 2019.

This would seem a trivial matter if Ledecky wanted to move the team in four years or sooner so a fair bet is Ledecky wants to stay in Bridgeport past 2021.


Trouble in Bridgeport: Ledecky Quoted Comments

New York Islander Fan Central | 8/09/2017 09:33:00 PM | Comment Here
Updated: 
March 2015 entry on this subject which includes Saffan's comment as an Islanders employee on lease in Bridgeport & city council documents. 

In June 2015 I reviewed the entire history with documents back to day one.
(see below) professional hockey league clause was incorrect on my part in this entry.
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Ct Post: Reports Mayor Joe Ganim’s plans to turn the city ballpark into an amphitheater for music acts  would represent competition barred in the Tigers contract with City Hall.

The project would be constructed and operated by partners ex-Sound Tigers owner Howard Saffan, a developer from Weston, and mammoth concert promoter Live Nation.

 “I therefore urge you to reconsider this course of action,” Ledecky wrote. “For if the city accepts the proposal, the Sound Tigers will be forced to exercise all of their rights under the operating agreement.”

Ledecky, in his letter Wednesday, revealed that the Sound Tigers met with Saffan, Live Nation and representatives from the Ganim administration “to discuss the (amphitheater) proposal and its effect on the continued financial viability of the arena.”

Ledecky claimed the Tigers had been given until the week of Aug. 14 “to address in writing whether and under what circumstances the Sound Tigers could accept the ballpark conversion.”

He called the city's decision to announce a deal with Saffan and Live Nation this week “perplexing."

NYIFC Comments: 
In an 8/9 interview by telephone (see twitter) Saffan makes clear somehow this 15 million dollar public-private deal will put some kind of roof on the ballpark, making it an indoor facility which would take events from the arena which is in operation year-round, hence Ledecky's reaction.

Live Nation also works for Dolan's Chase Garden so if their Belmont Ponzi-Scheme arena is built the tenant NY Islanders could be stuck with Live Nation.

Saffan was the teams president, never the owner, he booked the arena, he worked for the Islanders for over a decade, in Bridgeport, and previously the Coliseum.

And Saffan was the one making clear Bridgeport cannot move to the Coliseum in 2013 at Ratner's press conference to the point it got ugly because the contract in Bridgeport requires the Islanders to supply an AHL team or better through 2021. 


John Ledecky quoted somewhere?

Based on this one article very odd development given it claims the concert season in an amphitheater would run from May to October which would alter only a few Oct/April Sound Tiger games unless they made a deep playoff run which has happened once or twice before Roy Boe sold the team to Wang around 2003-04.

The baseball stadium's tenant, the 20-year Bluefish announced 2017 will be their final season.

Obviously both sides have issues with the arena but the Sound Tigers have a binding lease to the point.

A few years ago I worked long/hard to go through the documents. Michael Fornabaio, showed me the key document on AHL team or better clause (vs professional hockey league language change Wang wanted & was approved) which for months I was wrong about based on negotiations from 2011 when Wang bought agreement, and where the meeting documents were.

At the time I documented the history back to Roy Boe/day one.

Jon Ledecky/Scott Malkin own/operate the arena as part of the sale of the Islanders, a competing amphitheater being a problem for them is not good news if their plans are beyond 2021.

Gionta Resigned

New York Islander Fan Central | 8/08/2017 02:46:00 PM | Comment Here