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Islanders, UBS Arena Enter NFT World with Orange Comet Partnership

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The New York Islanders and UBS Arena Partners announced a multi-year deal with Orange Comet, powered by the Avalanche Blockchain, to produce and sell NFTs (Non-Fungible Tokens).

The partnership will be a new way for fans to experience the Islanders like never before. The first NFT will drop on Nov. 20, the first day that UBS Arena opens its doors for a National Hockey League game.

The first 1,000 fans who pre-register for the Islanders’ Nov. 20 NFT drop will receive a limited edition custom goalie mask, courtesy of Orange Comet.

Special Edition UBS Arena NFTs will be gifted to the UBS Arena Foundation Benefit Event attendees on Nov. 19.

Details will be announced later regarding future NFT collectible drops, which will be geared towards certain events, merchandising, tickets, and more.

Part of the partnership developed from Founder and President of Orange Comet David Broome’s local connection. Broome is a Hofstra University alumni who was thrilled to partner with the New York Islanders franchise on the project.

“As it comes full circle for me, we at Orange Comet could not be more thrilled to bring our creative, dynamic visual NFT designs to the forefront of a world-class organization like the New York Islanders,” Broome said in a press release. “Bridging the gap between digital art, storytelling, and visual imagery, we are delighted to be part of this new innovative relationship between the Islanders, their fans, and technology.”

Orange Comet is a premium NFT and blockchain experience company that is backed by Broome, a Hollywood producer, NFL Hall of Famer Kurt Warner, and music icons Gloria and Emilio Estefan. The group believes that the future of media and entertainment is in the digital space. Orange Comets’ innovative technology and creative team are looking to make the experience for Islander fans and fans of events at UBS Arena even more special.

An NFT is a newer type of digital asset that represents real-life events, more often highlights or moments in sports. These NFT’s can be bought and sold, a unique kind of memorabilia for die-hard fans to possess, collect, and trade.

Tuesday’s announcement isn’t the first Islanders-related NFT that has hit the market. In September, Bryan Trottier and Denis Potvin created an NFT in partnership with Fanaply and creative studio Flux88 to honor the history of the Nassau Coliseum.

“The future of sports collectives will undoubtedly be in the digital world, and we’re excited to add some of our favorite memories to the mix,” Trottier said at the time.

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