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February 16, 2015 Updates

Knicks owner James Dolan had to move from his regular seat for Sunday night’s All-Star Game in his building, but his seating issue was nothing compared to the 1,000 or so fans in Sections 111-115 who had obstructed or no view of the entertainment stage. During the pregame and halftime shows and pregame introductions, large video boards were raised behind the stage. Fans behind the basket could only see the back of the video boards and not the stage or court. New York Post

According to an NBA source, when Dolan heard he was being displaced, the seating change was a concern. But the issue was rectified as the owner still sat on the opposite baseline. NBA officials — not Garden brass — are in charge of seating for the All-Star Game. New York Post

February 14, 2015 Updates

Last year, a judge with the National Labor Relations Board ruled that Cablevision officials had threatened to reduce workers’ benefits and deny training if they unionized. The company unlawfully fired 22 technicians in Brooklyn who supported the union. This struggle appears to have a happy ending. On Friday, the union announced, after more than three years, it had reached a tentative contract settlement with Cablevision. The fate of a union leader, fired for challenging management, remains uncertain. The union declined to comment. New York Times

February 13, 2015 Updates

Moments later, after talking again how sports fans are starting early and emerging with the help of sports-themed video games, he was asked the question that has probably been on the minds of New York sports fans recently: "What on earth caused you to respond to that angry fan's e-mail criticizing your ownership of the Knicks? And why did you send that heated response?" The smile disappeared and Dolan's eyes narrowed slightly "Oh no, no, no, not going to get into that," Dolan said as he stood by an exit New York Daily News

Stephen Pagliuca, co-owner and managing general partner of the Boston Celtics, who was part of the same panel with Dolan on Friday morning, described the interchange between Dolan and the fan as simply a result of two fanatical people discussing sports. "I think in general it just speaks to the passion of sports and that's why we're all here," Pagliuca told the News following the discussion. "If people weren't passionate about it, then it wouldn't be much fun. So people are very passionate around the kitchen table and now on the internet with Emails. I hope everybody continues to love the sport and be that passionate about it." New York Daily News

February 12, 2015 Updates

For all the blood, sweat and tears Charles Oakley sacrificed while wearing a Knicks uniform, the former enforcer has no love lost for owner James Dolan, calling the Garden chairman “a bad guy” Wednesday. Oakley said he had been “quiet for a while” on his feud with Dolan. Not anymore. “As hard as I played for that motherf-----, and he don’t want to talk with me?” Oakley barked. New York Daily News

The big story here in New York is the insensitive email James Dolan recently sent to a Knicks fan. Why did you decide not to punish the Knicks owner? Adam Silver: Players, league executives and owners historically have not been disciplined for similar outbursts. As I said, he reacted in an emotional, impassionate way to a direct criticism of him. That’s not the kind of behavior that traditionally commissioners have become involved in. New York Daily News

February 11, 2015 Updates

"I asked the commissioner (Adam Silver) to set up a meeting with (Dolan), make a step forward," said Oakley. "I want to know what I did to be hated so bad by an owner. The dad (Charles Dolan), I never heard him say nothing bad about me. I asked players I played with to go talk with (Dolan). He said he don't want to deal with me." Oakley said Knicks fans are the ones hurting these days, because Dolan's product stinks and fans are "paying their money to watch" terrible basketball. "It's all gimme basketball now," said Oakley. "One guy can't make a team better. We had a lot of high IQ guys playing. There's no leaders. When I was here I treated people with respect," said Oakley. "How can I be that bad?" New York Daily News

February 10, 2015 Updates

Speaking at the 14th annual Cal Ramsey Distinguished Lecturer Series in Sports Management at New York University, Stern was asked what he would have done with Dolan if he were still commissioner. “Would I discipline James Dolan for that email?” Stern asked. “Why would I do that?” “We have our own brand of due process,” Stern later added. “In terms of all the things that people should be held accountable for … if you are looking for every email that gets sent to a fan who sends a nasty email, I’m sorry … that’s almost beneath the commissioner’s duties.” ESPN.com

Stern, who retired after three decades last February and has been staying busy as the CEO of DJS Global Advisors, said Dolan’s email isn’t even a blip on the radar when it comes to serious concerns the NBA has had to deal with over the years. “That’s a nothing,” Stern said. “There have been some serious issues in our time from Magic (Johnson’s HIV) to Ron Artest to you name it, we’ve dealt with it. This doesn’t raise … this is just New York at its best, which is let’s make something out of nothing.” ESPN.com

Irving Bierman, the 72-year-old Knicks fan and email target of James Dolan, said he doesn’t need an apology from the Knicks owner, just an NBA title. “I’m not looking for an apology, all I want is improvement and to win a championship,’’ Bierman told The Post Monday from his Myrtle Beach, S.C., home. “We’re not even competitive. They have not won one in [42] years. You think they’re going to turn it around in six months? Right now they’re sitting on the balls of their behinds.’’ New York Post

His wife, Joan Bierman, said the irony of Dolan accusing him of alcoholism is he doesn’t even drink. “He won’t even have an occasional glass of wine,’’ she said. Bierman said he still plans to keep rooting for the Knicks, and not switch allegiances to the Nets, who aren’t planning on making a publicity stunt and offering Bierman free Nets gear and courtside seats. Bierman moved to South Carolina a year ago after living in Westchester. “I’m Brooklyn born and raised, still a Brooklyn Dodgers fan from 1955,’’ Bierman said. “I’m still going to root for the Knicks. [Dolan] doesn’t control what I do. I’m not rooting for the Nets.” New York Post

February 9, 2015 Updates

Ian Begley: Not that you need me to confirm what Adam Silver's already said, but I am told that James Dolan will not face NBA discipline for his email. Sources say Dolan wasn't fined because his email wasn't vulgar & didn't broach subjects that may cause the NBA to act such as race, gender. Twitter @IanBegley

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