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April 9, 2015 Updates

Knicks owner James Dolan has been dedicating more and more time to his band in recent years, but apparently has been using his music behind the scenes for years. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Dolan was asked about a rumor that during a negotiation he got out a guitar and played a song called ‘Lockout Blues.’ Dolan replied: “That was during the NBA lockout. I was on the negotiating committee.” For The Win

You're paying Phil Jackson $12 million a year for five years. Still worth it? James Dolan: You got to believe, baby! I believe, I believe! The Hollywood Reporter

Jackson has said he was assured by you that there wouldn't be any interference. But at what point does the leash get tugged? James Dolan: I don't see it happening. Phil is a brilliant basketball guy, and he and Steve [Mills] are working together great. The Hollywood Reporter

Yes, you emailed a fan and told him off and suggested he might be an alcoholic. Do you regret what you wrote? James Dolan: I don’t believe what I said was wrong. I believe responding to him was wrong. I believe what I said was absolutely correct. But that’s the thing — why engage with people like that? That was a mistake. The Hollywood Reporter

March 16, 2015 Updates
March 5, 2015 Updates

The 74-year-old Walsh, back in Indiana as the team’s consultant to basketball operations, is remembered for clearing cap space, bringing in Amar’e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony, but leaving the Knicks’ cupboard bare. It wasn’t necessarily by his choice, as multiple sources said Walsh didn’t want to give up all those assets to Denver for Anthony in February 2011 but was encouraged by star-struck owner James Dolan. Walsh declined to sign a contract extension, leaving in 2011 after three seasons. “My feeling was we had to build a good team beyond the stars and so I never did that because I left,’’ said Walsh, sitting courtside at Bankers Life Field House. “That’s what will have to be done. Good players and great players. You can’t just get a couple of great players and say, ‘OK, we’re done now.’ ’’ New York Post

March 3, 2015 Updates

MSG and Cablevision boss James Dolan wants to buy the New York Daily News and has a team of bankers exploring the possibility, Page Six has exclusively learned. A source tells us Dolan’s interest in the tabloid is a natural extension of Cablevision’s current ownership of Newsday. But Dolan and MSG have been locked in a 10-year feud with the News, which could put some of the paper’s editorial staff in a precarious position if he becomes the buyer. The feud between Dolan and the News dates back to ’05, when the paper backed a plan by former Mayor Mike Bloomberg to build the West Side Stadium. Cablevision, with Dolan as CEO, opposed the move, as the new sports venue would have competed directly with MSG. New York Post

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

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