A summer blockbuster on Long Island

The Aug. 1 arena vote could be the Islanders' biggest save since Billy Smith retired

Updated: May 12, 2011, 7:54 AM ET
By Christopher Botta | Special to ESPNNewYork.com

After nearly two decades of pain and suffering on and off the ice, the New York Islanders and their fans -- the community still proudly known as Islanders Country -- are finally one realistic step closer to having a new home in Nassau County.

A plan was announced Wednesday at an awkward, often cringe-inducing combination news conference/booster club rally/labor union gathering at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum -- which, along with the Joe in Detroit, is one of only two arenas ...

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