TWEET: Brad Richards On Being A Ranger

Darren Dreger also says that Richards will likely wear #19 for the Rangers again.

Update: 4:38PM:

Gord Miller tweets that the contract breaks down as $12 million, $12 million, $9 million, $8.5 million, $8.5 million, $7 million, $1 million, $1 million, $1 million.

Update: 6:20PM: Larry Brooks tweets that the deal has a no-move clause throughout.

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New York, July 2, 2011 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has agreed to terms with unrestricted free agent forward Brad Richards.

Richards, 31, is a former Conn Smythe Trophy winner as the most valuable player in the playoffs after leading the Tampa Bay Lightning to the 2004 Stanley Cup Championship. The 2011 NHL All-Star was also named the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy winner in 2004, for combining sportsmanship with a high standard of playing ability, and was nominated for the award again in 2010. Among active players, Richards ranks seventh in the NHL in points per game over the last two years (1.11), 20th over his career (0.93) and 13th over his career in the playoffs (0.98).

Richards appeared in 72 games with the Dallas Stars last season, registering 28 goals and 49 assists for 77 points, along with 24 penalty minutes. He established a career-high with 28 goals, including his 200th career NHL goal with the game-winner vs. Anaheim on November 16. Richards led Dallas and ranked 10th in the NHL in scoring with 77 points, and he ranked second on the team and tied for 10th in the league with 49 assists. He also led the Stars in shots on goal (272) for the second consecutive season. By recording 28 goals and 77 points, Richards surpassed the 20-goal mark for the eighth time in his 10 NHL seasons, and eclipsed the 70-point plateau for the sixth time. Richards was selected to his first career NHL All-Star Game on January 11, tallying one assist for Team Lidstrom in the contest. He recorded his 700th career NHL point with a goal vs. Phoenix on February 9. In addition, Richards led Dallas with 21 multi-point performances, including four, three-point efforts, and ended the regular season with a season-high, six-game point streak (three goals, five assists over the span).

In 2009-10, Richards ranked among the league leaders in several offensive categories, including second in power play points (40), tied for second in power play assists (27), fourth in assists (67), tied for sixth in multi-point performances (27), and seventh in points (91). He led Dallas in points, assists, power play goals (13), multi-point games, and shots on goal (284), while establishing career-highs in power play goals and shots. His 91 points also tied his career-high, originally set in 2005-06. Richards recorded his 400th career NHL assist on November 21, 2009 vs. New Jersey, and skated in his 700th career NHL game in the season finale on April 10, 2010 at Minnesota.

The 6-0, 195-pounder has skated in 772 career regular season contests with the Tampa Bay Lightning and Dallas Stars, registering 220 goals and 496 assists for 716 points, along with 177 penalty minutes. He has surpassed the 60-point plateau in all but one of his 10 NHL seasons, in 2008-09 when he recorded 48 points in 56 contests, and is one of only 19 active NHL players to eclipse 90 points at least twice. In 2005-06, Richards established career-highs in assists (68), points (91), power play assists (39), power play points (46), and shorthanded goals (four). He became the first player in NHL history to record five assists in his debut with a team, accomplishing the feat while skating in his first game with Dallas on February 28, 2008 vs. Chicago following his trade from Tampa Bay two days earlier. Richards, who missed only two games in six seasons to begin his career, was named to the NHL All-Rookie Team in 2000-01, after leading all NHL rookies in goals (21), assists (41) and points (62) in 82 games. He made his NHL debut on October 6, 2000 vs. the Islanders, and recorded his first NHL point with a goal on October 8, 2000 vs. Vancouver.

In postseason competition, Richards has appeared in 63 career contests with the Lightning and Stars, registering 21 goals and 41 assists for 62 points, along with 36 penalty minutes. He established playoff career-highs in 2004, tallying 12 goals and 14 assists for 26 points, along with seven power play goals, seven game-winning goals, 88 shots on goal, and a plus-five rating in 23 games to capture the Stanley Cup Championship and Conn Smythe Trophy as league playoff MVP. Richards led the league in playoff scoring that season, ranked second in assists and tied for second in goals, and his seven game-winning goals established an NHL record for a single playoff season. In 2008, Richards tied an NHL playoff record by registering four points in a single period, tallying one goal and three assists in the third period of Game Two in Dallas’ Western Conference Semifinals matchup against San Jose on April 27.

Internationally, Richards has represented Canada in several tournaments, including as a member of Team Canada at the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Torino, Italy. He led Canada in scoring during the 2006 Olympics, registering four points (two goals, two assists) in six tournament contests. Richards captured the gold medal with Canada at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey, tallying one goal and three assists in six games. In addition, Richards led Canada in scoring with six points (three goals, three assists) in seven games at the 2001 World Championship, and captured the bronze medal with Canada at the 2000 World Junior Championship.

The Murray Harbor, Prince Edward Island native was originally Tampa Bay’s third round choice, 64th overall, in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft.




460 comments
Don22
Don22

This website has deteriorated so much that not only are we fighting over "Pro Wang/Garth -vs- Anti Wang Garth", but now we are fighting over Long Island fans -vs- NYC fans and who is the toughest?  And the worst part is I let myself get sucked in.


At least the Wang/Garth arguments actually had some hockey content in them.

Rob R
Rob R

remember the time brooklyn broke off and was no longer on long island?

1940isdead
1940isdead

As a long time NYR fan ( 52 years) who would nothing more than to see a contending Islanders team fight us in the playoffs( if you missed the 1975, 79 and the early 80's) you really have no idea how intense it was. I'd much rather be playing the NYI instead of the Flyers. With a good owner and the right marketing, this rivalry could become like the Dodgers and Giants from 60 years ago. I think it's time the NHL stepped in to pressure Wang to sell the team to a group who knows how to run a winner ( like a Mark Cuban). They are so stupid, they are sitting on a potential gold mine with these teams playing in the same city 10 miles apart.

David Rosenthal
David Rosenthal

According to MitchFritz..."btw ...as train rides go ...the ride to msg is much more direct and faster..nicer ride..and you walk right up stairs. so they didn't get that right either ..like the off center scoreboard..train ride to Brooklyn on a cold night is no treat"...Now complaining about the walk across the street from LIRR or a few dozen feet from the subway....its a short walk no different than Citi or Yankee Stadiums, if not closer... My fellow Isles fans are the softest fan base  in sports seemingly.

jepliberty
jepliberty

@Don22

All due to the rudderless ownership of this team, along with his cabin boys ie; Milbury, and Snow.

Nobody promised it was going to be easy, but this debacle is mind numbing.

tpjm
tpjm

@orange2327 Just as all ranger/knicks fans don't come from manhattan or yankees fans only from the bronx etc, all NYI fans won't come from the Brooklyn demographic. Other areas of metro NY will be attending.  Even a few non-wimpy types from the eastern burbs. Again it will probably be few and far between from nobodycaresville but the rest of the boroughs and westchester, jersey etc will be at BC not just Brooklyn.

I agree with David Rosenthal with one addition - LI Isles fans are the softest fan base in sports. Just witness what we've seen here for 2 days from them - they didn't care enough to keep their team yet they constantly whine about trains, commutes, BC and seats in the place that saved them. It's comical. They should just STFU and be glad they still have a chance to see NYI in person after they did little to nothing to prevent the move. Bunch of spoiled whiny babies.

tpjm
tpjm

@David Rosenthal I agree with one addition - LI Isles fans are the softest fan base in sports.  Just witness what we've seen here for 2 days from them - they didn't care enough to keep their team yet they constantly whine about trains, commutes, BC and seats in the place that saved them. It's comical. They should just STFU and be glad they still have a chance to see NYI in person after they did little to nothing to prevent it. Bunch of spoiled whiny babies. 

willymayshays
willymayshays

@David Rosenthal  

Why are you acting so high and mighty??

You said it would be easier for you coming back from work right?  That was you I think...  

Taking the train requires switching lines and that can have a lay over, sometimes the trip can take 1hr1/2 not 40 mins... Even 40 minutes is almost 2x the trip driving Nassau was.    makes a big different on weeknights... 

slapshot18_rs
slapshot18_rs

@David Rosenthal  does it matter? - the commute is very different, some people are not happy about it. you are the opposite, you seem to prefer it.  its just an opinion. doesnt have to be called out all over the thread.  i guarantee it doesn't change their support of the team on the ice. 

dkdk
dkdk

Hey Mitch .... What's up?

Don22
Don22

@tpjm Where do you live tpjm?  And how much do you pay in taxes?

slapshot18_rs
slapshot18_rs

@willymayshays @David Rosenthal  and regardless, the islanders are  LOCAL team to long island, which is a major reason anyone from the area fell in love with them as opposed to the rangers or another team.  isles were easy for everyone to relate to..they are the ISLANDers...is it really that out of line for anyone to be upset that their local team is not so local anymore? 


and believe me, much prefer barclay center over out of state - just saying, its  not that shocking that people are bummed about the longer and less local cummute. 

David Rosenthal
David Rosenthal

@willymayshays @David Rosenthal High & Mighty?, I am not the one declaring I cant change a commute cause its my lifestyle and cannot adapt...and I am not the one complaining about a short walk to the arena...the train for me on the LB line is 41 min, instead of leaving work early, getting to my car and driving to coliseum, which is what I have had to do....now its 25 min subway directly from my office to arena, then 41 min LIRR ride home..easier for me, hey did exactly what you guys are complaining about for years...but I did it. If fans of other teams can do it, we can too...that doesnt mean I am being high & mighty at all

David Rosenthal
David Rosenthal

@slapshot18_rs @David RosenthalAs a Yankee fan, growing up in the city taking the subway all the time...if I want to go to a Giants game or Islander game I had to change/adapt my commute...and we all did it. I am not saying every game...lets make that clear. While people have the right not to go obviously, some are making it sound like the end of the world and F the team, they wont change their habits for anything...(if the team is smart, and I believe at least Yormack is...they will come up with some sort of discounts for current season tix holders to entice them to come..at least thats what I would do) Hell since they charge step up rates on the LIRR itself, maybe they can give discounts on the LIRR if you present the train person with that nights ticket  on the way there).....I mean this guy is complaining about the SHORT walk to the arena as one of the problems he has with it lol...we all agree that once the shiny new toy isnt new anymore the product will effect attendance..Isles will be under more pressure being in NYC than in Nassau..and hopefully a new owner will build the team up, that I know we all agree on....do/did I enjoy going to coliseum...yes..it was different, it was fun...the atmosphere during sellouts/playoffs is UNMATCHED...but Nassaus time was up, the people didnt want it, Suffolk and its population didnt step up...the owner, the politicians, most of the citizens, Garden City residents were ready to riot....and the fanbase was dwindling/complacent. Now the org will have room to grow again, even if the team is just decent...

jepliberty
jepliberty

@orange2327

Orange, I am a lifelong Manhattanite born and raised here, During the late 70s and 80s I went to as many games as I could considering I worked nights, and most weekends, drove out with a buddy of mine from here any times,it took about an  hour of travel time during crush hour but to me it was worth it to see my team, but I haven't attended as many games in the last 10,or 12 years and guess why? I believe you,and many others on this thread know that answer. PS,My area of Manhattan is a huge, huge Ranger fans area, and the bar I imbibed at had only 4 Isles fans, even during the 79 playoffs, broke our hearts but got back at them the following year, and 3 more after that.

jepliberty
jepliberty

@dkdk

Right dk, Who the hell wants to spend time travelling to get to Bklyn, with Wang still the owner,watch them lose consistently, and travel home again, oh yeah and spend $$$$ too, the travelling wouldnt hurt as much if they won on a regular basis. 

jepliberty
jepliberty

@mitchfritz @dkdk

These Wang apoligist's, I'd like to sabotage their love life by putting sand in their Vaseline.

David Rosenthal
David Rosenthal

Dkdk....thank you for flattering me by calling me honey, nicest thing you've said about me all day haha.... I said he was soft and he said he'll show me by kicking my ass, and called me all sorts of names...and since you are the moral police those names like fa g etc I'm sure you approve of that more so than the very evil "soft".whatever I think of Mitch I know he doesn't need a lackey like yourself though kissing his backside....wait let me guess you are gonna kick my ass too to impress Mitch huh lol...when it comes to the team itself Mitch and I actually agree about most stuff...he even mentioned that in an earlier post...and we have similar stories about the not one more cent crowd whose complacency helped put our team in the position to move like my neighbors...perhaps after he's done kicking my ass all over NYC to li and back again we can enjoy an islander game watching our post-wang islanders from a non-obstructed seat in our new modern arena in Brooklyn :)

dkdk
dkdk

Rosie, honey I just found it funny that you insulted Mitch several times over along with the whole fanbase and when he says he is going to kick your azz you call him a keyboard assassin. Mind you, you started the whole thing!

David Rosenthal
David Rosenthal

Apparently this is addressed to me, you and dkdk enjoy massaging each other's egos. You ignored my question about your vote for hrs saying you were busy yet still were free enough at the very sametime you can check the comment times to verify, you threatened to kick my ass lol...then you project your cyber as s kicking skills while complaining that I am picking on you. perhaps you doth protest too much..You are very sensitive...meantime you avoided my question for hrs. Believe me I've kicked as s and gotten my as s kicked by better/tougher than you, unfortunately I've got the scars to prove it.....that being said you finally put aside your cyber courage/rage to finally answer my question about voting.....and guess what??? I agreed with just about everything you said pertaining to the vote, mangano corruption etc...hell had they built a bldg in Nassau perhaps you could've worked closer to home since you work with steel....and if you read my comments about the coliseum...having attended 93 playoffs as a kid , and every playoff series since then Nothing was better than that atmosphere but through politics, no caring as a whole and bad ownership...it was time to move on, the fan base dwindled at least in passion from a general perspective, the immense passion of a small but proud minority was not loud or powerful enough to get the county & most of the voting population to care, and with little pressure from govt, ownership was permitted to operate an almost criminally managed team

dkdk
dkdk

That's what gets me too Mitch. I understand that the commute is easier for some and they may like it and that is their prerogative. Same as it is ours to not like it. But at least show some understanding that this is a paradigm shift and is vastly different than what long time fans have known.

Don't give me the rags fans do it, they have always had to train in, that is what they know. If they were suddenly playing in babylon or Poughkeepsie I bet their fans would be confused/concerned/etc too. Along with the mets, I was also a Red Sox fan because my uncle played in their system. If the sox played at jones beach it would be much easier for me, but I understand that isn't where they belong.

My bottom line is, for ME and MY FAMILY, the move is a hardship. Will I stop supporting them? No. But I want the move to lead to something better. And if wang is a part of it I don't see the something better. If he goes and we get a good owner and start winning I will be fine. But everyone should acknowledge how different things will be. And it has nothing to do with fear of the city. Fear of the expense yes.

dkdk
dkdk

I hear ya Mitch. I was also annoyed when I saw someone jumped in on our discussion with MrC about his 9/11 detail. Of course it was rm with his usual drivel. Very annoying. Pick your spots. We know he thinks this world around him, but 9/11 is sure as shyt a lot more important than hockey. Really classless in my book.

dkdk
dkdk

Nada buddy. I did learn a lesson though, someone can insult you 6-7 times including calling you soft than you finally throw down the gauntlet and you are the tough guy .... Lol. What a world.

jepliberty
jepliberty

@orange2327

Uhh , demographics? Who feels like getting mugged at10 pm in Newark? Not I.

dkdk
dkdk

Orange thanks for the local perspective. My wife lived her whole life in Brklyn until we married and she came out to the south shore with me and she feels the exact same way.

David Rosenthal
David Rosenthal

Wang was willing to build it with his own money allegedly but when told no he took his ball and went home....and crippled the team with terrible mgmt hockey and lame excuses...the county tried to negotiate for something but TOH and Kate Murray refused no matter who was going to pay for it delay delay until a new ce came in who cared less from a isles stand point than the previous one....and guess what the isles fan base is too small to impact both Murray and mangano we're reelect end by huge numbers, losing the isles was not even a major campaign issue...at my train station Murray visited several times anytime someone mentioned isles most people in the vicinity said who cares and went crazy ranting about no new taxes the population does not have stomach to build even anew arena and hotel.

Don22
Don22

@isles23 It is absolutely part of the problem.  But the high taxes has been going on for years - across party lines.  Ultimately I think CBW and Mangano screwed up on 2 accounts - 1: changing the election to August when people are either not around or don't want to be bothered with a special vote. It was a terrible turnout and 2: not educating the public on the true potential costs to them.  I think a lot of people may have voted for the arena had they gotten some assurances their taxes wouldn't go up a lot, or only temporarily.  There was too much unknown for people that were not die-hard fans to vote yes - and die hard fans make up a small percentage of registered voters in Nassau.  There was no information out there.  I almost felt like there was more pub for anti arena out there than pro.  There are a lot more voters in Nassau that are more concerned about their taxes than the Islanders.  Those of us that voted yes like myself were really pretty much voting blindly because we had no idea how it would affect our taxes.  Logically, I should have probably voted NO.

isles23
isles23

@Don. Sorry man but how much you pay in taxes is part of the problem here. OK so say you are right about the vote for the NVMC and it was a no win situation. Then why do the people of Nassau continue to re-elect the same people that burden them with these heavy taxes? Not only that they get re-elected aftet letting the isles leave. How about holding them responsible for letting the isles leave. There is plenty of blame to go around and that includes the people that vote and live in Nassau.

David Rosenthal
David Rosenthal

Don Sunday games are all day 4pm or night games people travel to and from jersey on work nights......a lot of the same people make similar commutes to yanks/mets why should commuting to isles games be any different...unless you were a season tix holder...and had to do that for every game...look at lirr after every met knick ranger game it's packed...people drive to and from too...last I checked we didn't have a huge season tix base.

David Rosenthal
David Rosenthal

rob r I'm on south shore too and now I'm 25 min from them from work

tpjm
tpjm

@willymayshays "I don't blame residents for voting NO. It's been a sh1tty business with sh1tty ownership for 2 decades."

Clueless as usual.

The vote was for many events at the arena not just NYI. Anyone who voted NO got what they deserved. No more NYI on LI. 

David Rosenthal
David Rosenthal

@slapshot18_rs @David RosenthalI am trying to pry Mitch's vote outta him on the coliseum issue, its like pulling teeth, i would like to see what the person with the most to lose voted..but he is too busy trying to defend is WWE Internet championship...after this much time to answer I wonder if he voted at all...but I am sure after this comment, hell say why of course i voted yes!


David Rosenthal
David Rosenthal

@slapshot18_rs @David RosenthalI never said it wouldnt be an adjustment, and the adjustment will be easier with a decent product on the ice...like i said you have a better view of things than some of the others

David Rosenthal
David Rosenthal

@slapshot18_rs @willymayshays@David RosenthalSlaps you have a very romanticized view of the Islander fan base, some of it is probably true i dont doubt, but i would wager there are more Ranger fans on LI, especially nowadays, and we dont live in a local world anymore when it comes to sports...."all things are local" doesnt apply anymore..not when half the coliseum is filled with Long Islanders cheering for Sidney crosby dressed in Pens jerseys, etc

David Rosenthal
David Rosenthal

@willymayshays @slapshot18_rsWilly and Slaps, you guys seem to have a better view of it, unhappy but not mad...my comments are for the people who have swore never to go to another game because the commute is too difficult...like i said I voted yes...the plan was flawed, but it wouldve brought jobs and a new arena to Nassau...did anyone else vote yes...did anyone else show up...it was my first vote as a nassau resident and i lost badly lol...Mitch you live near Coliseum and seemingly had the most to lose by the team moving...how did you vote on the issue?

willymayshays
willymayshays

@slapshot18_rs  


Exactly, not mad, just unhappy

Not changing teams, just going less.  And not in spite. 


Like Mitch said, the product changed.  

willymayshays
willymayshays

@David Rosenthal @willymayshays @slapshot18_rs  


buddy, I don't live in Nassau, and personally, I commend you for voting yes for your team.  Yet I don't blame residents for voting NO.  It's been a sh1tty business with sh1tty ownership for  2 decades.  Those kind of business's go out of business.

slapshot18_rs
slapshot18_rs

@David Rosenthal  you're missing the point.  EVERYONE here that goes to games is going to make the commute to BC.  they just arent happy about it.  they preferred the current commute, but will still make the commute - its just, now we dont all have the time to do it as often as we could in nassau county.  


yes all of these other sports do it too, but they have been in their current location forever it seems - they arent picking up and relocating.  


its the change that is unfortunate, but no one is going to stop being a fan because of it.  

David Rosenthal
David Rosenthal

@willymayshays @slapshot18_rs@David RosenthalWell the population of long island, especially the 60% who voted no arent sad for them to leave...by the way I was one of the 11% of nassau residents...and despite not liking the plan..to keep them on LI i voted yes...did you guys show up?

David Rosenthal
David Rosenthal

@slapshot18_rs @willymayshays@David RosenthalIsles fans from NJ and the city did it all the time, so do Jets/Giants fans...Long Island Yankee fans the samething...even Met fans going to Citi is a good distance for Suffolk fans...Ranger fans would make the trek to coliseum & jersey (even when they were at meadowlands) in huge numbers going a good distance...but they do it, if they can do it...we can do it...if Isles fans coming from work or living off LI could do it...you guys can do it too..thats my point.

David Rosenthal
David Rosenthal

Mitch my neighbor said the samething to me and a lot of people had the same feelings...one guy said hell no to any more taxes not one cent...can't afford it, already having trouble paying off his 5 cars... Yes you read that right NO to $50 more taxes per year but yet buys 5 cars for himself...plus his two kids have cars too...,I think we are more like each other than you think lol

Don22
Don22

@David Rosenthal @mitchfritzI assume you are not a Nassau resident so you don't pay high taxes like most of us.  The way Mitch voted has no bearing on this discussion.  The vote was almost a damned if you damned if you don't.  The new arena passes and yeah, Isles stay - but then we maybe find out our taxes go up another $100 a year.  The arena doesn't pass and the Isles leave, but our taxes remain the same.


It's funny, you and I are usually on the same page regarding issues about the team - or at least close - and Mitch and I are usually on opposite ends.  Yet you come off very pompous by choosing to battle someone about their decision not to attend weekday games.  Forget who can whip who and all that macho BS.  He has good reasons for not going.  This move, while maybe best for the team as a whole does alienate a large part of the fan base.  That doesn't make anyone soft.

David Rosenthal
David Rosenthal

@mitchfritz Mitch, since you have kicked my ass 3-4x already over cyber space, but havent answered my voting question during the same time period, so you are monitoring the comments, i will guess you didnt vote, otherwise you wouldve said your answer already....maybe keeping isles close to you wasnt THAT important afterall

David Rosenthal
David Rosenthal

@mitchfritz.Mitch you live near Coliseum and seemingly had the most to lose by the team moving...how did you vote on the issue?

David Rosenthal
David Rosenthal

@mitchfritz With all this talk about kicking my ass, lets hope you could do it, otherwise it would be very embarrassing after making that promise over an islander team blog lol

David Rosenthal
David Rosenthal

@mitchfritz 1) Climbing steel is a tough job, if you really do that, hats off to you...not suprised you wouldnt want to sit there in dirty clothes...but you are telling me you then drive home and go to the games at the coliseum, isnt that more tiring than changing/taking mass transit to the game?

David Rosenthal
David Rosenthal

Don the ranger fan base out here and those that already make drive out hear is big enough they would survive pretty easily, add in mass transit and even more of them would show up

Don22
Don22

@David Rosenthal @Don22@slapshot18_rsOK - fair enough.  But I don't think Mitch said that.  He said he won't be going to weekday games - or at least not many.   Regardless - just because someone doesn't want to trek into the city for a game doesn't make them soft.  That's always been the division between city people and Long Islanders.  It's two different cultures.  


Try reversing the situation.  Let's say for some ungodly reason the Rangers decided to move out to Long Island.  They would alienate a large chunk of fans who are in the boroughs.  I am very sure that many who jump on the subway for a 15 minute ride to the arena would think twice if it became over an hour 1 way. 

David Rosenthal
David Rosenthal

@Don22 @David Rosenthal@slapshot18_rs Don22 please refer to my other comments, I did not mean for those to go every night and be season tickets holders, i commented on those saying they will never go to a game because of the commute.

Don22
Don22

@David Rosenthal @Don22@slapshot18_rsYou can't count football because a)it's once a week and b) mostly on the weekend.  Baseball is 81 home games.  I doubt many of those LIers that trek in are season ticket holders.  I am willing to be that even partial plan holders drive in and choose as many weekend games as possible.

Don22
Don22

@David Rosenthal @slapshot18_rsDavid - although I understand where you are coming from I disagree with a couple of points.  In regards to the the people not wanting the team or a new arena, I don't think that is accurate.  What people didn't want was the burden of paying for a new arena via taxes.  It was never truly made clear about how a new arena would affect residents (like myself).  We never clearly knew how much, if any our taxes would go up.  Some said it would go up significantly and some said very little if at all.  The problem is we have been burned so much taxes that nobody wants to take the chance. For the record, I did vote FOR the new arena.  The move to vote in August also backfired. They wanted to keep politics out of if but instead they alienated many voters who may have been away on summer vacation.  When I went to vote all I saw were 70 year olds who you know didn't care about the team.

Second, you made mention about fans Island fans wanting to see the Mets and Yankees and they had to take public transportation. That is true.  But these fans have always done that.  You can't ask a fan base that has been driving to games for 40 years to all of the sudden jump on trains like it is nothing.  You call it soft - I call it unfamiliarity.  Maybe in time a portion of fans will get used to it. But I doubt many will, mainly because of the cost.


Unless they are able to fill those seats with corporate tickets and a new fanbase from NYC, my bet is you are going to see a decrease in season ticket holders and in increase in TV ratings.