COULD ISLES ARENA PLANS GET DELAYED IF MILSTEIN WINS BROWNS?
Islanders co-Owner Howard Milstein's bid for the Browns
may be "problematic" for the team's future, according to
Larry Brooks of the N.Y. POST, who examined what Milstein's
possible departure would do to the NHL club. Brooks wrote
that Milstein "is the money man who is supposedly critical
to fashioning a new arena in Nassau County. If there's no
Milstein, if there's no new arena, the hockey team will not
be long for the Island." Isles President David Seldin: "We
don't believe that engaging in speculation is healthy for
the franchise. Howard may or may not get the Browns. That
may or may not have an impact on this ownership group.
Whatever happens with the Browns, co-owner Steven Gluckstern
will certainly provide continuity." Brooks wrote that if
Milstein gets the Browns, Seldin "will almost certainly" go
with him (N.Y. POST, 8/23). NEWSDAY's Monte Young wrote
that a new arena deal "could be delayed" if Milstein wins
the Browns. Morton Certilman, Negotiator for Nassau County
Exec Thomas Gulotta: "I'm fearful of completing a deal and
then having Milstein no longer be with the team and have to
deal with a new owner." Isles officials say that
"everything is still a go and that they are not concerned"
if Milstein decides to sell, as Gluckstern would "probably
buy Milstein's interest" (Monte Young, NEWSDAY, 8/23).