As NHL Commissioner questions Nassau Coliseum likelihood for Islanders stint, transcript shows Yormark misleadingly said question would be resolved last year
according to Newsday's Jim Baumbach.
"I'm not going to engage with Nassau politicians on any of that," Bettman said. "They, at least to this point, they've had their time to do what has to be done. If something else materializes, you know, we can all deal with it at the time. But I'm not focused on anything going on because the track record is terrible."
Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, noting the planned renovations led by Barclays Center developer Bruce Ratner, countered,: "I believe that if Mr. Bettman likes the Barclays Center, he will similarly like the renovated Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum."
Legislator Delia DeRiggi-Whitton stated: "There's a letter that I have a copy of from [then Islanders owner] Mr. [Charles] Wang which is dated June 6th which just states that he is ready to commit to the six Islander games annually at the Coliseum subject to the NHL approval. Do you know if we were able to obtain that approval?"
Ratner responded that it had not yet been proposed, and Yormark seconded that.
"But as of right now we don't have a firm commitment on the six games yet?" DeRiggi-Whitton asked.
"We don't and we didn't expect to have it now," Yormark responded. "We expected it to be an ongoing process over the next couple of months." That meant by early 2014.
Actually, as we now know, that process could not launch until the Coliseum gets renovated.