Knicks owner James Dolan runs his business more like a despot than a business person

James Dolan

James Dolan
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America may have voted largely against authoritarianism last week, but the New York Knicks continue to support it.

In James Dolan’s latest attempt to defeat any opposition to the Knicks, except for those the team is expected to face, he is attempting to ban a law firm from all assets. property owned by Madison Square Garden.

Larry Hutcher and all other attorneys for Davidoff Hutcher & Citron LLP are representing a group of ticket resellers currently barred from Madison Square Garden facilities. The agents are suing on the basis of New York Arts and Culture law. Hutcher has been a season ticket holder for the Knicks and New York Rangers for decades, but was announced earlier this year that they would not be renewed. MSG has a policy of barring attorneys from visiting its facilities if they are involved in a lawsuit against the company.

This led to a second lawsuit filed by Davidoff Hutcher & Citron LLP, and they won a partial victory on Monday. A judge ruled that corporate attorneys must be allowed to participate in musical and theater performances at the Garden, Radio City Music Hall and Beacon Theater if they present a valid ticket. There is still no verdict on the Knicks and Rangers games.

Typical behavior from Dolan and his company. This is the same person who fired Marv Albert from MSG Network in 2004 for criticizing the Knicks, called former 21st Century Fox CEO Rupert Murdoch and forced the company to remove the ads from the subway cars mocked the team, and did their best to stay away from the media.

When the Knicks exchanged for Jalen Brunson and signed a contract extension with RJ Barrett, they did not hold press conferences for both events. The Brusons are particularly suspicious, because Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau hired his father, Rick, as an assistant coach after he resigned from Thibodeau’s Minnesota Timberwolves employee following allegations of sexual misconduct which he denied. Knicks Media Day 2022 titled “Content Day.”

Since 2001, the Knicks asked team personnel to be present when the players were interviewed by the press. In a 2007 Sports Illustrated story, SL Price wrote that the Knicks have a “Big Brother’s reputation surpasses that of any team in sports.” Also included in the piece is an anecdote about Bill Parcells calling a former Knicks coach and asking cheerfully but seriously, “Is this a clean line?”

Turning the Knicks into a silo is all Dolan has been able to achieve since becoming President of Madison Square Garden. The city’s most beloved football team has made the Los Angeles Clippers a laughing stock for most of their existence. The franchise by Walt Frazier, Willis Reed, Bernard King and Patrick Ewing has won four knockouts since the turn of the millennium, two of them in 2000.

Dolan threw money at Eddy Curry, Stephon Marbury, a spoiled Amare Stoudemire, and to no avail. The Knicks didn’t look like a championship contender since Jeff Van Gundy yelled at the officials as their head coach, instead of NBA fans around the world when he felt that a bad call was made.

Instead of making better basketball decisions, Dolan took the method of declaring anyone critical, or apparently experts, on behalf of someone with a legitimate complaint against his company. , is the arch enemy.

I guess writing this column now also puts me on that list. Hey, if being the world’s most unsuccessful dictator makes him feel better about the fact that he’s built the reputation of a once-proud franchise, so be it.


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