HoopsHype Madison Square Garden rumors

November 3, 2012 Updates
October 19, 2012 Updates

You've been to every NBA arena and were at Brooklyn's preseason debut. Is the arena as cool/beautiful/swag as everyone says it is? KB: It's a cool place, in a cool place. Once you get past the oddly shaped and rust-covered exterior, the inside is truly spectacular. The highlights are the herring-bone floor and the way the lights shine on the court and leave the crowd in relative darkness -- a la Staples Center. Everything is shiny and new and smartly done. The deciding factor as far as how good an arena this is will be the crowd. The bar has been set pretty high six miles away at Madison Square Garden, which buzzes like no other place in the league when the Knicks are good and engaging a marquee opponent. Selfishly speaking, early indications are that the wifi signal made available to the media works and is super-fast. Based on how shaky/nonexistent wifi is in the majority of NBA arenas, this is the best thing about it, in my opinion. CBSSports.com

September 23, 2012 Updates

Baron Davis will have a multi-faceted role with the Knicks this season: He will spend some time around the team in an advisory role; he will work with Madison Square Garden's "Garden of Dreams" Foundation; he's expected to provide content for MSG's in-game entertainment and he may do some scouting for the team, according to two sources with knowledge of Davis' agreement with the Knicks. ESPN.com

September 6, 2012 Updates
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August 24, 2012 Updates

More than 95 percent of Knicks season-ticket holders have renewed their plans during the off-season, while more than 90 percent of Rangers season-ticket holders have already done so, according to the teams. Last season, the Knicks’ renewals were over 90 percent and the Rangers’ more than 85 percent. New York Times

Most of the increases in ticket prices are focused on seats in Madison Square Garden’s upper bowl, which has been refurbished. After opening 20 new suites last year, the teams will open an additional 58 suites that are roughly 23 rows above the rink for hockey games and 30 rows above the court for basketball games. More than 90 percent of these suites have been sold or have agreements that are being finalized. New York Times

August 9, 2012 Updates
May 4, 2012 Updates

You might think this callous right about now, in the short period after the news broke that Adam Yauch — better known to millions as MCA, one-third of the Beastie Boys — died Friday at the age of 47. I can understand that, but in all honesty, it's not clickbait; it's just sort of working it out. What you see above is an archived video of an event streamed on the Internet last year, when the Beastie Boys debuted their most recent album, "Hot Sauce Committee Part Two," at center court of an emptied Madison Square Garden, just hours after a blowout loss to the Boston Celtics in the first round of the 2011 NBA playoffs. The headline on Y! brother site The Amplifier read, "Beastie Boys Outplay the Knicks at Madison Square Garden." Whether or not you like the record, that basically couldn't have been wrong, if you watched the Knicks' home games last postseason. Let's listen to it, together, and remember not only the art that Yauch made while he was alive, but the way it interacted with and was informed by his love of the game we love. Yahoo! Sports

February 27, 2012 Updates

Once Knicks owner James Dolan kicked off plans for his $800 million Garden transformation, one of the big events he has eyed was bringing the NBA All-Star Game back to New York. But it has yet to become reality despite recent bids. NBA commissioner David Stern has insisted the transformation be completed before bringing the event to the Big Apple. Stern passed on the Garden for next season, choosing Houston in an announcement made last week. New York Post

While the final stage of the three-summer Garden project is expected to be finished in time for the 2014 All-Star Game, a person familiar with the NBA’s thinking said New York is not expected to be considered because the Super Bowl will be on Feb. 2 in East Rutherford, just two weeks earlier. “It just wouldn’t make sense having two of the biggest sports events just two weeks apart,’’ one person familiar with Stern’s thinking said. However, sources believe the 2015 game at the Garden is a virtual lock. The Knicks haven’t hosted the All-Star Game since 1999. New York Post

February 24, 2012 Updates

While watching Madison Square Garden Network’s postgame show on Monday night, after the Nets beat the Knicks, 100-92, there were no expectations of hearing anything about Spero Dedes and the flap over his “c---- in the armor” reference he made the previous Friday when describing Jeremy Lin’s first loss as a starter. When it comes to these type of affairs, rare as they might be, this was business as usual. This is the Gulag, where many things are done surreptitiously. The statement MSG issued concerning Dedes was typically cryptic. It said that, even though Dedes used an “inappropriate” term “unintentionally and inadvertently” after the Knicks lost to New Orleans, he was still the recipient of “appropriate disciplinary action,” which Garden management would not disclose. New York Daily News

If anyone had a problem with what Dedes said, which he apologized for in a statement issued by MSG (“I will be much more sensitive to my choice of words moving forward”), then the alleged “disciplinary action” amounted to a tug on his ear lobe. Dedes was not pulled from the air. In fact, he called the Hawks-Knicks game on Wednesday night for MSG TV. A well-embedded Garden mole said Dedes, in one of the days following his extremely poor choice of words, received a tongue lashing from a Garden executive. Other than that, logic suggests Dedes either got fined or was forced to watch “The Best of Jill Martin’s Halftime Interviews.” Now that’s tough “disciplinary action.” New York Daily News

February 20, 2012 Updates

The owner of the New York Knicks has finalized its deal to return the NBA team's games to about 2 million Time Warner Cable subscribers in the New York area. The Madison Square Garden Co. said Monday that it agreed to a multi-year deal under which the cable operator will carry its networks MSG, MSG+ and Fuse. dispute between MSG and Time Warner had left the cable subscribers unable to watch Knicks games since Jan. 1. That coincided with a media frenzy surrounding Jeremy Lin, an untested Knicks point guard who led the team to seven straight wins. New York Post

February 17, 2012 Updates

The 48-day standoff between the MSG Network and Time Warner Cable ended Friday, according to two people aware of the resolution who were not authorized to speak publicly. New York Times

The end of the impasse will be announced Friday afternoon by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and executives of both companies. A settlement had been urged by Eric T. Schneiderman, the state’s attorney general. The governor’s intervention in the past 24 hours with James L. Dolan, executive chairman of Madison Square Garden, and Glenn Britt, chief executive of Time Warner Cable, accelerated the agreement, which is a long-term deal. The blackout deprived many Knicks fans around the state of seeing much of the rapid rise to stardom of point guard Jeremy Lin — as well as the continued success of the New York Rangers. Friday night’s Knicks game will be available to all Time Warner customers. New York Times

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