NHL Franchise Notes: Isles To Better Mix Games At Nassau, Barclays
On Long Island, Andrew Gross reports the Islanders again will "split their home schedule" this coming season, with Nassau Coliseum hosting 21 games, including the Oct. 4 home opener against the Capitals, and Barclays Center getting 20 games. While both arenas hosted the Islanders last season, the '19-20 campaign includes a "more equal mixture in terms of the dates." The team last year played the first of 21 games at the Coliseum, while it ended its 20-game Barclays slate before the end of February (NEWSDAY, 6/26).
LOCALS ONLY: In Nashville, Paul Skrbina reports the Predators announced a unique partnership with Ticketmaster in which fans who "wish to resell their tickets will be able to do so with a mysmashvilletix account." Tickets sold through that outlet "will be available only to people within the Predators television viewing area." The team has long "tried to keep opposing fans out of Bridgestone Arena" (Nashville TENNESSEAN, 6/26).
GETTING CLOSER: In Las Vegas, Richard Velotta noted Alex Meruelo's purchase of the Coyotes is "more evidence ... that the relationship between professional sports and the gaming industry is changing." Meruelo owns several casinos, including the SLS Las Vegas. Meanwhile, Velotta predicted Meruelo likely will take Coyotes games "off the board next season" (LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL, 6/24).