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Will 2,700 people work full time at the arena? No way. Actually, the arena has hired about 1,500 part-timers, more than the claimed 1,300 when hiring began last November. Whatever the number, the limited schedule surely means that the full-time equivalent (FTE) jobs are far fewer. Salaries went unmentioned.
Will the arena host over 250 events? There will be “north of 200 events a year” at the Coliseum, Yormark told Newsday. One reason for the discrepancy is that Yormark habitually blows smoke. Another is that minor league hockey is not coming, after all, though Yormark said the arena is in negotiations to add a second team to the Long Island Nets.
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NYCB LIVE doesn't yet exist beyond the Coliseum. Yormark told Newsday in December 2014 that the Coliseum would keep its name while he sold naming rights to the sports and entertainment complex.
"We wanted to be respectful of the community," Yormark said. "Keeping the existing name is the right thing to do."
Yeah, sure. They've clearly blurred it. It was supposed to be The New Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum Presented By New York Community Bank," as noted in this press release and this Newsday article.
As one Newsday commenter, Phil Insardi, wrote:
The name was supposed to be changed to "The Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum presented by New York Community Bank". Suddenly the name changes again so NYCB can get top billing. The taxpayers of Nassau own the building. We should get top billing. It is not owned ny NYCB. It is incorrect and morally wrong to change the name to "NYCB Live's Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum". It's also time for the taxpayers to learn how much Ratner got paid for the renaming rights and how much Nassau County gets from that amount.
And when Yormark suggested that the Sprint Center in Kansas City and The Forum in Los Angeles do well without an anchor major league team, Newsday noted that those venues are in entertainment districts, not surrounded by a parking lot.
Will Nassau (with help from the state) lure the Islanders back to the downsized Coliseum, as Nassau County Legislature Presiding Officer Norma Gonsalves expressed? We'll see.
The Islanders owners want to keep the team in New York City for TV revenue. Building a new arena would be enormously costly. My best guess is they'll try to renegotiate the deal with Barclays.