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Bettman Tours Renovated Nassau Coliseum To Assess Suitability As Possible Home For Isles

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman toured the renovated Nassau Coliseum yesterday to "assess the improvements needed for the arena to host Islanders games while the team’s new home at Belmont Park is being built," according to Jim Baumbach of NEWSDAY. Nassau County Exec Laura Curran, Islanders co-Owner Jon Ledecky, Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment CEO Brett Yormark and Long Island Association CEO Kevin Law "also were in attendance." A source said that there was a 30-minute meeting "followed by a 90-minute tour of the facility." The Islanders and Barclays Center are in the "process of opting out of their lease agreement." Ledecky has said the Islanders "plan to play" the '18-19 season in Brooklyn, as per the team’s arena lease. Sources said that the two sides are "discussing playing some Islanders games at Nassau Coliseum as early as next season" (NEWSDAY, 1/10).