UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) _ The Iowa Barnstormers, the Arena Football League team where Kurt Warner once played, were sold to the owners of the NHL's New York Islanders and will move to Nassau Coliseum on Long Island.

The sale was announced Wednesday by Jim Foster, the Barnstormers' majority owner and league founder. The price was not disclosed.

The team will play next season in Long Island under the name the New York Dragons. The Barnstormers played for six years in Des Moines, the smallest city to have an Arena Football League team.

The new owners are Charles Wang and fellow software company executive Sanjay Kumar. They paid about $190 million for the Islanders last April.

``As much as we wanted to keep an AFL franchise in Des Moines, the financial dynamics of the league have changed dramatically over the last six years to where it just wasn't financially feasible to operate a team here,'' Foster said.

The team never turned a profit. It lost $1.2 million last season, Foster said, despite average crowds of nearly three-quarters capacity.

Warner, the NFL MVP last season, joined the Barnstormers the year they were formed and twice led them to the championship game before signing with the St. Louis Rams in 1998.

The Barnstormers qualified for the playoffs five times, compiling an overall record of 61-32. The team lost the championship game in 1996 and 1997.

The rights to the Barnstormers' name and logo remain in Des Moines. Foster said he is considering putting a team in Des Moines for Arenafootball2, the minor league for Arena Football.