THE BUSINESS AND POLITICS OF SPORTS
When Mikhail Prokhorov arrives in Brooklyn with his New Jersey Nets franchise, can he bring with him a National Hockey League team — specifically the New York Islanders? The answer according to someone who has been around hockey for a long time is no because the Madison Square Garden's owners, the Dolan family, and the league won't allow Charles Wang's Islanders to invade New York Rangers territory.
The Gulf and Western owned-Garden in 1971 collected millions of dollars from the expansion New York Islanders owner Roy Boe and in 1982 from New Jersey Devils owner John McMullen when both teams opened shop in the metropolitan area as Boe and McMullen "invaded" Rangers territory. The Garden also got millions from Boe when his American Basketball Association New York Nets joined the National Basketball Association in 1976.
Perhaps Dolan would change his mind if Wang renegotiated his Madison Square Garden cable TV deal and gave Dolan more favorable terms than he presently enjoys which would allow Wang to move to Brooklyn.
(Dolan's cable TV Cablevision franchises partly depend on two planks, he has the rights to Islanders games which takes care of his Long Island systems and New Jersey Devils games which gives New Jersey systems local programming. The other is News12, which provides local news in Nassau and Suffolk counties in New York and New Jersey's News 12 does the same thing in the Garden State. It is actually clever programming and use of money as no other multiple cable systems operator can offer local cable boards when contracts are renewed that sort of option.)