Patrick Ewing says he wasn't recognized at Madison Square Garden and was "accosted" by staff
Knicks legend Patrick Ewing played at Madison Square Garden (MSG) for 15 years, but the Hall of Famer has been treated like a stranger in his old stomping grounds. Ewing, who is now the head coach for Georgetown, was at MSG for the team's game against Villanova. He said he was asked to show his passes so many times that he considered calling Knicks owner Jim Dolan, MSG Entertainment executive chairman and CEO. "I thought this was my building and I feel terrible that I'm getting stopped, accosted, asking for passes. Back in 2017, Knicks legend Charles Oakley had an altercation with a security guard at Madison Square Garden, and was ultimately arrested, CBS Sports reports.cbsnews.com
Charles Oakley wins right to jury decision on assault claim
NEW YORK – A jury can decide whether former New York Knicks star Charles Oakley was ejected from Madison Square Garden with excessive force when he was removed as a spectator to a 2017 game, an appeals court ruled Monday. Circuit Court of Appeals reinstated assault and battery claims Oakley made in a lawsuit brought against the team’s owners after his February 2017 removal from a game the Knicks lost to the Los Angeles Clippers. The appeals court, though, rejected Oakley's claims of defamation and false imprisonment. Oakley was a Knicks fan favorite from 1988 to 1998. It said Dolan and Madison Square Garden then launched a defamatory public relations campaign, accusing Oakley of abusing fans and staff, acting inappropriately and struggling with alcoholism.
Rangers buy out star goaltender Henrik Lundqvist's contract
FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2017, file photo, New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist celebrates his 400th career win, after an NHL hockey game against the Colorado Avalanche, in New York. The New York Rangers have bought out the contract of star goaltender Henrik Lundqvist. The New York Rangers bought out the contract of star goaltender Henrik Lundqvist on Wednesday, parting ways with one of their greatest players in franchise history after 15 mostly spectacular seasons. “We would like to thank Henrik for his immeasurable contributions to the New York Rangers,” Rangers President John Davidson said. His Henrik Lundqvist Foundation strives to create positive change in the lives of children and adults throughout the world through education and health services.
Judge dismisses ex-Knicks star Oakley's lawsuit against Dolan, MSG over ejection from game
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal judge has dismissed former New York Knicks star Charles Oakleys lawsuit against team owner James Dolan and Madison Square Garden Co stemming from his forcible, televised ejection from a 2017 basketball game. Sullivan also said Oakley failed to show that his treatment by Garden personnel at the game, where he was arrested, handcuffed and led away from his courtside seat, amounted to assault and battery, as well as false imprisonment. The Knicks have had three winning seasons and 13 coaches in the last 19 years under Dolan, who is also executive chairman of MSG and co-defendant MSG Networks. Its just the beginning of the fourth quarter and we are confident that we can turn this around.MSG welcomed the decision. Sullivan, previously a federal district judge, now sits on the 2nd U.S.feeds.reuters.com
Judge dismisses ex-Knicks star Oakley's lawsuit against Dolan, MSG over removal from game
REUTERS/Mark Blinch/File PhotoNEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal judge has dismissed former New York Knicks star Charles Oakleys lawsuit against team owner James Dolan stemming from his forcible, televised ejection from a basketball game at Madison Square Garden. Circuit Judge Richard Sullivan said Oakley failed to show that the defendants, including Madison Square Garden Co and MSG Networks Inc, defamed him by falsely branding him an alcoholic and accusing him of assaulting Garden workers at the Feb. 8, 2017, game. Sullivan also said Oakley failed to show that his treatment by Garden personnel at the game amounted to assault and battery, as well as false imprisonment. A lawyer for Dolan and the MSG defendants did not immediately respond to similar requests. Sullivan was a federal district judge when the lawsuit was filed, and now sits on the 2nd U.S.feeds.reuters.com
Why New York Knicks might look to break the mold with Leon Rose and Steve Stoute picks
Steve Stoute, founder of Translation, participates in a social justice panel at the Civil Rights Summit at the LBJ Presidential Library on April 10, 2014. If the report becomes official, the hire of Rose would come after the team fired team president Steve Mills, and weeks after the Knicks hired Steve Stoute, the branding guru who founded marketing agency Translation. If Dolan does hire Rose, he's using the player-agent model to build his front office, which is a move growing in popularity among NBA owners. Rose represented NBA superstar LeBron James before he switched to current agent Rich Paul of Klutch Sports Group. He tried the NBA guys Steve Mills, a guy who came from the NBA offices originally he tried that model.cnbc.com
Knicks hope to hire agent Leon Rose as new president, report says
RJ Barrett #9 of the New York Knicks shoots the ball dunks the ball against the Detroit Pistons on November 6, 2019 at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, Michigan. The New York Knicks are looking to hire top agent Leon Rose as president of basketball operations, ESPN reported. The Knicks fired Steve Mills as team president on Tuesday. Before Mills' dismissal, Knicks owner James Dolan was already considering naming an agent as a team executive, league sources told ESPN. Read more about the potential hire in ESPN's report.cnbc.com
Steve Mills fired as New York Knicks president
President Steve Mills of the New York Knicks before the preseason game against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center on October 3, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The New York Knicks parted ways with team President Steve Mills on Tuesday, the team said in a press release. "Steve and I have come to the decision that it would be best for him to leave his role as president of the New York Knicks," team owner James Dolan said in the release. General Manager Scott Perry will take over basketball operations until the team finds a new team president, according to the release. Talk about Mills leaving the team had been brewing since head coach David Fizdale was fired on Dec. 6, according to Bleacher Report.cnbc.com
Activist with stake in MSG stock sees Knicks and Rangers worth more than $7 billion
James Dolan, executive chairman and CEO of MSG, has been planning to spinoff the struggling New York teams from the other MSG assets, which include the Madison Square Garden arena and Radio City Music Hall. Robbins told Bloomberg he thinks shares of MSG are worth about $400 per share today. Through Wednesday, shares of Madison Square Garden are up only 3% since January. The activist investor group has been looking into ways MSG can boost share performance. Silver Lake Partners, which owns about 10% of MSG, reportedly offered buying a larger stake in the MSG sports teams ahead of the spinoff, the New York Post reported Wednesday.cnbc.com
Forget Kevin Durant: New York Knicks owner James Dolan's actual passion project is building futuristic, dome-shaped arenas
New York Knicks James Dolan has never made the team his number-one priority, much to the chagrin of the NBA team's exasperated fan base. MSG Spheres won't just house live concerts and other spectacles, they'll also be able to feature movies and media specifically for the arena. The Las Vegas MSG Sphere will have an interior giant movie screen of about 160,000 square feet, wrapping up, over and behind a stage. The idea is to make MSG Spheres the gold standard for modern venues. Kevin Durant, who won the 2017 NBA Finals MVP award with the Golden State Warriors, will not be playing for the New York Knicks next season.cnbc.com
Knicks fined $50,000 for banning newspaper from news conference
Abbie Parr/Getty Images(CNN) - The New York Knicks were fined $50,000 by the NBA on Monday for violating league rules regarding equal access for members of the media. A reporter from the New York Daily News was banned from the introductory news conference for the team's two new players, RJ Barrett and Ignas Brazdeikis, despite having a credential to attend. The newspaper has long had an adversarial relationship with team owner James Dolan, and writer Stefan Bondy was banned from a news conference in December. According to Forbes, the New York Knicks are the most valuable franchise in the NBA, with a $4 billion valuation. "James Dolan, the owner of the Knicks franchise, previously has said that barring Daily News employees from media availabilities sends the Daily News 'a message.'