The New York Islanders new arena is allegedly on track for 2021-2022. Yet, the Islanders sent out an email asking fans to sign a petition.
Last year, it was announced that the New York Islanders would be getting a new home at Belmont Park. It was a great sign for the Islanders, who knew they couldn’t play long-term at either the Barclays Center or the Nassau Coliseum.
Although now, the Isles are striking fear in the hearts of every single fan by sending out an email. In that email they are asking you to sign a petition, created by a fan, to convince the powers at be that Belmont Park is a great idea for the Islanders and the community.
Let this sink in for a moment. A professional hockey franchise, in New York, just reached out to fans to ask then to sign this petition. That can’t be a great sign for the state of the Belmont Arena, why else would they send out the email.
The email stated:
"“Over the past few days, a petition regarding the new arena at Belmont Park has gone viral.Thousands of fans have already given their support for a home for the Islanders. Let’s keep the momentum going and show the world that the Islanders family is strong and thriving.Please support the Road to Belmont by signing the petition and sharing it with your family and friends.”"
The optics here don’t look great at all. Essentially, the modern day version of “cold calling” fans to get their support on a petition is a weak look. I’m not sure who was behind this email, but the Isles PR department is likely firing up the midnight oil for damage control.
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