THE NIXED KNICKS
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IMPRESSIVE DISPLAYS OF CHUTZPAH
It was just another Tweet, one of hundreds of thousands fired off every minute, and it attracted little attention. Yet, it was notable not just for its author—Fred Wilson, the New York City-based venture capitalist responsible for funding some of the most high-profile tech startups in America—but for what it portended. Mr. Wilson had attached a photo of his television showing a professional basketball match. “Thanks everyone for your help on streaming the Knicks game,” he wrote, adding the kicker: “#screwcable.”
Mr. Wilson was one of about 2.8 million people who found themselves unable to watch the Knicks game on their usual platform, Time Warner Cable. With his legions of techie followers, he’d found a work-around. He was one of the lucky ones.
IT’S ENOUGH TO GET ONE’S KNICKERBOCKERS IN A TWIST. The MSG Network and Time Warner Cable—handily the largest cable provider in the five boroughs—are currently embroiled in heated negotiations. They’re fighting over what the cable provider is willing to pay per customer for the MSG Network, which carries the New York Knicks’ and New York Rangers’ games. If both sides fail to come to an agreement, New Yorkers with Time Warner Cable won’t get their Knicks and Rangers fix.
So the MSG Network has started a campaign, with wonderful posters like this:
For the first time in more than a decade, the Knicks are generating some late-winter excitement in Madison Square Garden. The arrival of Carmelo Anthony and Chauncey Billups to go along with the off-season’s big addition, Amar’e Stoudemire, has the team headed in the right direction after years of mediocrity.
Knick fans have suffered through Read More
Last Wednesday afternoon, James Dolan rose from his stool on a makeshift stage in the bowels of Madison Square Garden and shuffled to the podium to introduce Carmelo Anthony, the unstoppable small forward for whom the Knicks had just dealt half of their starting lineup to anoint as the team’s latest savior.
“While we have Read More
Newsday editor in chief Debby Krenek announced to her staff today in a memo that the paper will be expanding! Ms. Krenek plans to hire 37 employees — 34 journalists and three staffers to help the editorial board. Her goal is to add 2,600 pages to the paper in the next year and fill them Read More
James Dolan — the singer-songwriter, not the vengeful media owner — is profiled in The New York Times Style section today.
“I draw pictures in my mind,” Mr. Dolan told The Times about his approach to songwriting.
But can you separate the man from his music or, for that matter, the zen Read More
The Post feels it has prompted a carding crackdown. [NYP]
James Dolan writes country songs that target his enemies. [NYT]
Emergency rooms crowded in the wake of the St. Vincent’s closing. [WSJ]
Candace Bushnell‘s got two more books coming. [AP]
Well, Dave Read More
Following James Dolan-owned Rainbow Media’s purchase of Gothamist, Foster Kamer poked fun at Mr. Dolan on The Voice‘s Runnin’ Scared.
Three days later Independent Film Center, also a Rainbow Media property, pulled all of its advertising, worth some $20,000, from the paper, wrote Mr. Kamer.
Now LiveNation, which does Read More
Cablevision Systems reported a three-fold increase in net income for the first quarter, thanks to a slew of new subscriptions and robust cable ad revenues.
Revenue rose 5 percent, to $1.75 billion, slightly higher than the average estimate of $1.73 billion. A highlight was a 35 percent increase in cable advertising revenue. Revenue Read More