Madison Square Garden Rumors
But in hindsight, Oak said he feels it was calculated to steer All-Star Weekend away from the ugly spectacle of his arrest-by-force at Madison Square Garden on Feb. 8. It didn’t fix the years of ill will between himself and Dolan that detonated in the Garden stands last week. Bygones can’t be bygones yet. “I’m not happy,” Oakley said. “I told them I’m not happy. They’re tryin’ to sweep this under the rug. I gotta think about this. They tried to tell me, ‘Let’s get some understanding around this.’ I told them in the meeting, ‘My understanding is, it might be three, four, five years before I come to a conclusion how I feel about going back in the Garden. I’m not just going back in the Garden because you want to honor me.’
Forbes announced today its annual valuations of the National Basketball Association’s 30 teams. The New York Knicks remain in the top spot for the second consecutive year. The team is now worth $3.3 billion, which is a 10% value increase from 2016. They continue reaping the rewards of a $1 billion renovation to Madison Square Garden, which produced new revenue opportunities from sponsorships and seating. The Knicks had an NBA-record operating profit of $141 million last season, despite a 32-50 season record. It was the first season of the team’s new local cable deal with MSG, which paid $100 million in year one.
The New York Knicks lifted their ban on former player Charles Oakley on Tuesday, sources told ESPN, but Oakley says he just wants an apology. “It’s not about being at the Garden,” Oakley told ESPN’s Jeff Goodman. “It’s about the fans. I want them to apologize to the fans. I told the commissioner I want them to apologize to the fans.” Oakley said he is “in pain now. I’m hurt.”
Later on The Dan Le Batard Show on ESPN, Oakley was asked whether he would attend Madison Square Garden as Dolan’s guest. “Right now, no,” he said. “I told him yesterday.” “I have never asked for nothing,” Oakley added. “I love the fans in New York. They’ve been supportive. One of the things I told the commissioner, I want to have a press conference and I want him to apologize to me and the fans. They’ve had my back and they’ve felt the pain. I really appreciate the people all around who’ve had my back.”
The New York Knicks lifted their ban on former player Charles Oakley on Tuesday, sources told ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith and The Undefeated’s Mike Wise. A source within the Madison Square Garden organization told Smith of the move, while Wise was informed by a source close to Oakley.
The Madison Square Garden Company has parted ways with its security chief, two days after Charles Oakley was arrested after getting into an altercation at a New York Knicks game, a team official confirmed to The Undefeated’s Mike Wise. The official wouldn’t say whether the firing of Frank Benedetto, formerly the senior vice president for security for MSG, was related to the Oakley incident.