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Islanders Owner Charles Wang Getting More Suitors Interested In Buying Team

Wang reportedly hasn't decided whether or not he's going to sell the Islanders
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said that he spoke with Islanders Owner Charles Wang as recently as yesterday morning, and added Wang has received a "number of expressions of interest" in the potential sale of the team, according to Katie Strang of ESPN N.Y. Bettman said Wang "hasn't decided whether or not he's going to take them to the next step." Bettman: "His position on that has not changed." However, the commissioner did "not seem to think a sale of the team would affect or potentially expedite the team's move to Brooklyn." He said, "I think their move to Brooklyn is regulated by their contractual commitment to Nassau County on Long Island." Philadelphia attorney and hedge fund manager Andrew Barroway, who has been pursuing the team, reportedly is interested in bringing AHL Syracuse Crunch Owner Howard Dolgon "into the fold, but that could be troublesome" since the Crunch are affiliated with the Lightning. NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said, "There could potentially be some issues with that" (ESPNNY.com, 4/22).

SEE YOU AGAIN: The Islanders and Barclays Center announced that the team will take part in the second-ever NHL game at the Brooklyn venue on Sept. 26 for a preseason game against the Devils. Barclays Center and the Long Island Rail Road are coordinating to provide extended train service for the game. The Islanders will make Barclays Center their home venue starting with the '15-16 season. The Islanders played the Devils in a preseason game last September in front of a sold-out crowd of 14,689 (THE DAILY).
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