Sound Tigers sued by Islanders
By MICHAEL FORNABAIO
The New York Islanders filed a lawsuit against the Bridgeport Sound
Tigers' ownership Friday, alleging the American Hockey League team is
significantly behind on its affiliation payments.
An industry source said Bridgeport owes more than $700,000 on its
affiliation fee for this season. The full-season fee is believed to
be a little less than $1 million.
"We are disappointed that the Islanders decided to file suit," said
Sound Tigers Executive Vice President Todd Boe.. "Someone that bid
250 million for the NJ Nets is worried about less than a million?",
Boe said, referring to Islanders owner Charles Wang, who made an
unsuccessful bid to purchase the New Jersey Nets.
The National Hockey League Islanders filed the case Friday in U.S.
District Court in Central Islip, N.Y., against Bridgeport
The case has been assigned to U.S. District Judge Leonard D. Wexler
for trial and to U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael L. Orenstein for pre-
If the Islanders do not get paid, they could end their affiliation
agreement with the Sound Tigers. The five-year deal has two years
remaining beyond this season.
A source in the industry said it's unlikely New York would pursue
pulling its players this season, considering how close the playoffs
are, and how strong the team has been on the ice. NHL teams want
their young players tested in the playoff pressure cooker, the reason
the AHL has 20 playoff teams as compared to the NHL's 16.
Given what team officials have said in the past, it's also unlikely
the Islanders would want to move their prospects; the relatively
short distance between Bridgeport and Long Island makes shuttling
players back and forth easy, and the Islanders like the Arena at
Harbor Yard as an environment for their young players.
The team's radio broadcast on WICC-AM was pre-empted Wednesday night,
a source said, because the team is behind on payments to the station.
This weekend's broadcasts will be pre-empted by UConn men's and
women's basketball broadcasts as planned.