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Ratner Feels MSG Can't Veto Isles Games At Renovated Nassau Coliseum

Nassau Coliseum would host a handful of Islanders games under Ratner's plan
Forest City Ratner Chair & CEO and Nets investor Bruce Ratner, discussing his company's bid for Nassau Coliseum and the Islanders potentially playing a handful of games at the renovated arena after '15, said the venue "really needs to be redone." Ratner appeared on Fox Business Wednesday, and said of his plan for the arena, "We're going to change it the same way we did in Brooklyn. It's going to look beautiful." The net's Liz Claman noted that MSG also had bid for the facility and said, "They're not going to let you do this." Ratner: "I don't think it requires their approval. It doesn't actually." Claman added, "I read everywhere that they could veto it." Ratner said "even if they could, ... why would anybody deny the people of Long Island the right to see a team? I don't think they would do that" ("Countdown to the Closing Bell," Fox Business, 5/22).
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