Two years after the Queens Chamber of Commerce expressed interest in luring the Islanders, a Brooklyn-born billionaire has emerged as a potential buyer for the struggling team whose Nassau Coliseum lease expires in 2015.Speculation from whom? Based on this reasoning, the home town of every potential sports team buyer, should it have an arena, should be considered ripe for relocation.
Nelson Peltz, a corporate investor on the board of Arby's and Wendy's, has explored buying the hockey club, according to ESPN.com and NHL FanHouse.
Peltz's interest sparked speculation about the Islanders moving to his hometown borough and the under-construction Barclays Center, where the Nets are set to play come 2012.
Not even the Nets were ready to embrace it:
Nets spokesman Barry Baum said the basketball and hockey teams have not discussed sharing Barclays Center.And that, most likely, is because the Brooklyn arena is too small for major league hockey.