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Phony Islanders buyer admits regret

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10:37 AM ET 10.19 | The man in the Islanders cap and sweatshirt partying with a dozen or so fans outside Nassau Coliseum last January was a specter from the team's weirdest and maybe darkest days. It was John Spano, the businessman-turned-felon from Dallas who had nearly bought the team 16 years earlier, even though he never had the money to pay for it. Spano had gone to jail and vanished publicly in the intervening years, but now he was back in Uniondale, munching on snacks and swapping stories about the Islanders' lean years and their comparatively bright future. One of the fans had invited him through Twitter -- Spano had just joined -- to the home opener of the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season. Spano, who now lives in Ohio, where he works as a salesman, was, to them, a curiosity, the owner who wasn't, the guy who had nearly pulled off an astonishing scam.

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October 19, 2013  10:47 AM ET

Now he's trying to sell the Islanders. Let's see if anyone notices.

October 19, 2013  10:56 AM ET

Spano, who now lives in Ohio, where he works as a salesman...I thought his sentence was over.

October 19, 2013  11:53 AM ET

The Gorton's fisherman jerseys didn't help the once proud franchise either...

October 19, 2013  02:06 PM ET
October 19, 2013  05:59 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Something else for the HM to "view"....http://www.fannation.com/throwdowns/show/689781-i-put-my-money-o n?cat egory_id=17

Done.

 
October 19, 2013  10:58 PM ET

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