James Dolan Rumors
James Dolan couldn’t take the joke and his anger went all the way to the top. The Knicks owner complained to NBA commissioner Adam Silver about a 2018 episode of “Game of Zones,” an animated web series that poked fun of various NBA teams and characters, according to the show’s co-creator, Adam Malamut. Dolan’s complaints also reached David Levy, the former president of Turner, but were brushed aside, according to Malamut, who implied that Dolan’s hothead reputation made him easy to ignore.
“The league is cool with (Game of Zones). But technically they work for the owners and technically they had to let us know Dolan wasn’t cool with it,” Malamut said on the podcast ‘Rejecting the Screen’ with hosts Adam Stanco and Noah Coslov. “But everyone else was like, ‘That’s just this particular guy (Dolan), he’s a little fussy.’”
World Wide Wes, whose real name is William Wesley, was hired by the Knicks in June to work with his longtime associate Leon Rose. It’s Wesley’s first official job with an NBA team after decades as a behind-the-scenes power broker who leveraged relationships into influence. World Wide Wes, who has James Dolan’s ear, is an animated figure on the sidelines this season, both on the road and at MSG, but has never spoken publicly.
Madison Square Garden Entertainment Corp. released dismal Q2 earnings for its fiscal year 2021. MSG Entertainment’s prized possession, Madison Square Garden, closed to guests in March 2020. As a result, the company reported revenue of $23.1 million during the quarter – a 94% decrease from last year’s Q2. MSG also took an operating loss of $112.5 million during the quarter, and operating income was only $69.6 million. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s recent approval of a plan to reopen stadiums and arenas provides opportunity for MSG to bounce back. Cuomo announced that stadiums and arenas can reopen beginning Feb. 23.
Stadiums that have an occupancy of 10,000 people or more will be limited to 10% capacity. Madison Square Garden has a capacity between 18,000 and 21,000, depending on the event. The Garden plans to allow 2,000 fans at New York Knicks and New York Rangers home games upon reopening. “We know there continues to be significant pent-up demand for live entertainment and we remain confident in the strength of our business and the long-term outlook for our Company,” said Executive Chairman and CEO James Dolan in a press release.
While he’s not willing to reestablish his long-term Knicks fandom as he runs for mayor, Yang’s tone on his podcast, “Yang Speaks,’’ this week seemed to shift on the Garden’s team — impressed with its 8-10 start. Yang said the club has “turned the page” with new coach Tom Thibodeau getting the club to “overachieve.” Yang said he believes in Thibodeau because he’s part of Jeff Van Gundy’s “coaching tree.”
Knicks and Rangers owner James Dolan, the chair and CEO of Madison Square Garden Entertainment Corp., is behind a new political expenditure committee called “The Coalition to Restore New York,” state filings show. The group’s web site warns of a return to the “unseemly era of the 1970s and 1980s,” and emphasizes priorities such as bringing back tourism, a business friendly regulatory environment and “access to the best tools and training” for police.