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Last year's ranking: 78
Title track: 93
Fan relations: 107
Stadium experience: 122
Bang for the buck: 96
We won't have Nassau Coliseum or Charles Wang to kick around in our Ultimate Standings anymore. The Islanders play their final season in Uniondale in 2014-15 before their fans hop on the Long Island Rail Road for the trip to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. For the fifth time in the last six years, the Islanders rank dead last in all of pro sports for stadium experience. The culprit is the so-called Mausoleum, the NHL's second-oldest building behind Madison Square Garden, which recently underwent a major face-lift. The seats are cramped, the street-level concourse gets as crowded as the nearby Southern State Parkway and the roof leaks. But there is a certain charm to the building that housed four straight Stanley Cup winners in the 1980s. "The sight lines within the building are second to none and when the place is packed, the atmosphere is hard to match," says Isles GM Garth Snow. "The Coliseum is sacred to a lot of people on Long Island who made lifelong memories within this building."
There is far less reverence for Wang, who has ranked in triple-digits in ownership for the sixth straight year. Wang will soon be able to avoid scrutiny; he recently reached an agreement to transfer ownership of the team to a group led by former Capitals co-owner John Ledecky within two years. The Islanders snapped a five-year playoff drought in 2013, but the club missed the postseason this past spring, and its players ranking slumped 55 points to 89th. There was no love lost for winger Thomas Vanek, who was acquired in late October but reportedly wanted no part of a long-term deal with the Islanders and was traded away in March. Vanek has a new ZIP code, just like the Islanders will a year from now.