Bruce Ratner

The Nets & Knicks split the season series, but the Knicks pulled ahead in the battle for Nassau. (AP)

The Brooklyn Nets & Manhattan/New York Knicks have a budding on-court rivalry, after splitting their first season series playing home games in the same city 2-2, but the rivalry doesn't just exist on the basketball court.

Barclays Center developer Bruce Ratner and Madison Square Garden/New York Knicks owner James Dolan both placed a bid to redevelop Long Island's Nassau Coliseum (the current home of the New York Islanders, and also an eyesore), and the bids were allegedly competitive -- until a Long Island developer backed Dolan's bid, knocking Ratner into a distant second.

The reason given by the bidder?... MORE →

 

via NetsDaily:

Islander star John Tavares and several of his teammates made their first visit to their new home, Barclays Center, Monday night, watching the Nets beat the Bulls in Brooklyn. The Nets made the most of it by showing the group waving "Blackout in Brooklyn" rally towels on the big Daktronics screen late in the game. Tavares and Matt Moulson were also featured in a public service announcement about arena policy. Arena officials were also quick to note that the players arrived at Barclays via the LIRR ... and that it's possible the Islanders could be in Brooklyn by 2014, not 2015.

Expect a lot more of that cross-marketing soon: the Nets/Barclays Center management, led by Brett Yormark, is taking over Islander business operations. An official announcement is expected soon. The takeover will include marketing and ticket sales. Yormark and Islanders owner Charles Wang hinted at the arrangement last week during a Sports Business Journal event at Barclays.

The post goes on to note that the Islanders likely won't change their name, nor their colors to black-and-white, but they may have a black-and-white alternate uniform.

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Barclays Center released information regarding a "major announcement" at 1 P.M. today, and it appears that announcement is that the New York Islanders, who currently play on Long Island, will join the Nets in Brooklyn and play their home games in Barclays Center in 2015.

From the NY Post:

Developer Bruce Ratner has scored a major goal by landing the Islanders ice hockey team for his Barclay's arena in downtown Brooklyn, sources said.

The announcement was expected at a press conference this afternoon with Ratner, Mayor Bloomberg, Islanders owner Charles Wang, National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman and Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz.

Also: the NHL is currently locked out.