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Charles Wang on WFAN

by Katrina Doell / New York Islanders
Although it’s not often a topic on Mike Francesa’s No.1 talk show on WFAN even in season, hockey dominated nearly two hours of the show Tuesday.


Francesa opened his program, which is also simulcast on YES, discussing the new sports and entertainment complex referendum vote held on August 1st in Nassau County.

A half hour into the show, Francesa welcomed his first guest on the subject with a call-in from Nassau County Democratic Party Chairman Jay Jacobs. Francesa grilled the party chairman on his position on the project, and it was not long before Jacobs exposed politics as a real roadblock to success in the development of the Coliseum site.

Jacobs spoke for 20 minutes before Islanders owner Charles Wang was brought on the show.

A dozen or so callers were supportive and covered a wide range of topics from the impact on local businesses to how long the Islanders will stay on Long Island.

The social networks were lit up with chatter during the show. Jacobs received a lot of criticism for his comments some that were seemingly out of nowhere and related to PSLs. Wang however was well received and talked about how revenue is paid back to the residents, how he is responsible for cost overruns, and how every year “even if I don’t sell a single pretzel in the building” a minimum of $14 million will be paid to Nassau County by the Islanders.

Francesa closed the segments by urging his fans, whether they are hockey fans or not, to vote yes on August 1st.

Complete show clips can be heard clicking on the links below.

Jay Jacobs Interview
Charles Wang interview - Part 1
Charles Wang interview - Part 2
Charles Wang interview - Part 3
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