Knicks’ owner James Dolan loves controlling the media
There’s no question that New York Knicks’ fans and the media aren’t crazy about owner James Dolan.
Actually, let’s be honest, they hate him and it’s safe to say that Dolan isn’t a fan of the media as well.
Dolan has held grudges and even went as far as getting revenge against WFAN by ordering the Knicks and Rangers to not work with Entercom, the company that owns WFAN after Maggie Gray went on a rant and called him “vile piece of trash,” among other things.
So after Dolan stated that he could sell the Knicks in the future if the price is right, the New York Daily News released a headline that read “DO IT!”
Here's our @NYDNSports Tuesday back page:— Scott Chiusano (@scottchiusano) December 18, 2018
James Dolan won't rule out selling #Knicks for hefty price of 5 billion big ones (@SBondyNYDN): https://t.co/odC4amsTkn@NBAonTNT @espn @BackPageGuyNYDN @APSE_sportmedia pic.twitter.com/uyQsEovEH7
After seeing the Daily News’ headline, it looks like Dolan wasn’t very happy, so he decided to ban Stefan Bondy from a press conference that included Steve Mills.
On Friday, Daily News Knicks beat writer Stefan Bondy was banned from attending Knicks prez Steve Mills’ press conference. Perhaps Dolan, who likes projecting a street fighter image, was sensitive to a recent Daily News back page that begged him (the headline read “DO IT”) to sell the Knicks, a team he has mismanaged (that’s being kind) for over two decades.
There was a point where the media was hoping that Dolan would be able to deal with what they write about his team. But it’s obvious that he’s very sensitive and can’t handle being the owner of a team like the Knicks in a giant media market like New York.
Dolan would have been better off owning a team in the midwest, where the media market has one beat reporter to cover a team like the Memphis Grizzlies. He’s too soft for New York City.
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