Friday, August 16, 2013

Long Island Sound Tigers??

photo by BridgeportCT 

Update 2: Here is Bridgeports full statement to islanderspointblank regarding the prospect of the team moving:

“Our agreement with the City of Bridgeport ends on August 31st, 2020. We have seven years remaining on this deal. The Sound Tigers have an agreement to play in Webster Bank Arena until then and plan on doing so until we hear otherwise from our owner. There is no agreement in place between the Islanders organization and the Ratner Group or Barclays Center. The Sound Tigers love being in Bridgeport and absolutely plan on spending at least the next seven AHL seasons here”

Update:  According to Mike Fornabaio, a reporter that covers the Sound Tigers, Howard Saffan who is the President of the Tigers told him, "We absolutely do not have any arrangement in place (re: Sound Tigers to NVMC).  Our owner has not executed any agreement."

At todays press conference from the Nassau Coliseum, Bruce Ratner said that as part of his proposal the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, the AHL affiliate of the Islanders will move to the Coliseum.  There has long been rumors of this happening with no confirmed reports.

They really didn't put a timeline on things, but if I had to guess I would say it would happen in 3-4 years assuming all goes smoothly which you know on Long Island is never a guarantee.  As someone who has gone to a lot of Bridgeport games the last two seasons this is certainly something I would be excited about.

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