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Mike Francesa: ‘New York Islanders Are A Third-Rate Organization’


Mike Francesa of WFAN didn’t have nice things to say about the New York Islanders organization on Wednesday afternoon.

Mike Francesa has never been a fan of hockey – or the New York Islanders.

So it should come as no surprise when “The King of New York Sports Radio” trashed the organization for a solid minute when asked about whether or not he’d attend a playoff game at Barclays Center.

Here was the exchange:


I just wanted to ask you a question, you know, I always ask you, is it going to take the conference championships to get you to Barclays?


You know what, here’s what’s wrong with them right now: they’re not, I’m going to be honest with you, they’re not very good at promoting themselves. They’re third rate at promoting themselves. They gotta realize that this is New York and this is the big time because they’re a third-rate organization. They are — I’m sorry. They’re a third-rate organization and they don’t know what they’re doing. They’re in the playoffs in the second round now; they don’t even know how to be there. They don’t know how to promote themselves, they couldn’t even find the time to get the coach to show up here. We were willing to take him; they couldn’t even get him to the show on time. So I mean, they don’t know what they’re doing. They’re a little lost right now; they’re a little deep. Now they’re players aren’t, but the organization is; their organization right now as far as what it’s doing, and especially from a PR standpoint, is lost. I mean, they’re third rate at best.


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Justin Weiss is a staff editor at Elite Sports New York, where he covers the New York Islanders and Brooklyn Cyclones. In 2016, he received a Quill Award for Freelance Journalism. He has written for the Long Island Herald, FanSided and YardBarker.