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GLUCKSTERN COMMITTED TO KEEPING ISLANDERS ON LONG ISLAND

          Islanders co-Owner Steven Gluckstern was interviewed by
     Doug Rossi of NEWSDAY in a Q&A.  Gluckstern, asked if he
     would move the team if arena financing falls through: "We
     are committed to keeping the Islanders and here are three of
     many reasons: The Islanders have a rich history here, the
     partners of New York Sports Ventures all live in New York
     and we have a longterm relationship with Fox Sports New
     York."  Pressed for a yes or no answer, Gluckstern said,
     "The world is not a place for yes and no answers because the
     world is constantly changing.  We are committed to keeping
     the team on Long Island, and all of the factors that come
     into play weigh heavily in that direction" (NEWSDAY, 4/6).  
          MOST FANS HAPPY SO FAR: Islanders President David
     Seldin said he's been "pleasantly surprised by the reaction"
     to the team's new campaign, a "controversial advertising
     campaign tweaking 'ignorant' Ranger fans."  During a recent
     fan forum with new owners Gluckstern and Howard Milstein,
     one fan "complained the ads give the appearance the Isles
     have 'an inferiority complex.'  Others in the crowd hailed
     the campaign" (N.Y. POST, 4/4).

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