I’m watching the 30 for 30 series where they talk about fraud John Spano. He came in and purchased the New York Islanders in the mid 90’s. He got a loan to purchase the team, but he had no money. In case you didn’t know, you can’t buy a big league sports team if you don’t have at least some cash.
Did I ever mention that I HATE the New York Islanders more than any professional sports team ever? More than the Cowboys, more than the Yankees…more than soccer.
The show just went through the early 80’s. What a horrible time to be a fan of any other NHL team. I wanted the team to move to…nowhere. If I owned the Islanders, I would have immediately traded anyone decent for picks and then hired Mike Milbury as GM. I would have cratered the team…and then the Nassau Coliseum.
But this guy is a horrible story that no one deserves. Not even the Islanders. He wanted the Islanders to do well and he wanted the fraud to work. The problem was, he didn’t have any money. At least not that kind of money.
It tells you a bit how the NHL worked. It was a pretty sorry event. The owners had two lockouts and they wanted the players to give up money but they couldn’t even figure out this guy was a con man!
Milbury was his GM. Milbury! Are you kidding me? What a terrible match. Milbury. That makes me laugh. What a total douche. I’d rather Spano come in absolutely broke than to have Milbury as GM.