If we have learned anything over the last few years it is that the quickest path to James Dolan’s bad side is publicly saying that he should sell the New York Knicks. It is a lesson that Staten Island congressman Max Rose is in the middle of learning.
According to an article in the New York Post, the owner of the New York Knicks, Rangers, Madison Square Garden, and MSG Networks has given $50,000 from his company to the Governing Majority Fund, a political action committee set up to help conservatives win seats in the House of Representatives.
The Governing Majority Fund is run by former Representatives John Faso and Jeff Denham. A source close to Fasso told The Post that Dolan told Fasso that he “got pissed off at Max Rose because he said something about the Knicks being a sh–ty team and then Dolan turned around and wrote a $50,000 check to his PAC.”
Dolan has also donated to Rose’s opponent, Republican Nicole Malliotakis, directly and is encouraging his friends to do the same.
The Post obtained an email Dolan sent encouraging the recipients to donate as much as possible to the Malliotakis campaign and he references Rose’s crack about him needing to sell the Knicks as the reason why.
“It will help send a strong message to all NY politicians that the Knicks will not be their political ticket to reelection,” the email reads. “The most you can donate is $2,800. I cannot do this alone due to the limit on campaign contributions.”
James Dolan is taking a big leap here. Not only is he assuming his friends are as hurt by Max Rose’s comments as he is, he is also under the impression that those friends don’t also think the Knicks would be better off with a new owner.
A survey of Knicks fans conducted by The Athletic last year revealed that 91.8% disagree that James Dolan has been a good owner for the team. Only 4.2% said they trusted him to run the team well going forward.
Real Clear Politics calls the race between Rose and Malliotakis a “toss up.”
Mike Tirico, Tom Brady, Manningcast Win Sports Emmys
The annual Sports Emmys were handed out on Tuesday night, and some usual names and new names ended up taking home hardware.
Among the usual names were NBC’s Mike Tirico, who won for Outstanding Personality/Studio Host, and soon-to-be Sunday Night Football broadcast colleague Cris Collinsworth, who was named Outstanding Personality/Sports Event Analyst.
But among the new names as Sports Emmy winners include Tom Brady and both Eli and Peyton Manning.
Brady’s Man in the Arena saga won Outstanding Documentary Series, while the Mannings were rewarded for their work on the Monday Night Football Manningcast, which won Outstanding Live Series.
Here’s a rundown of some of the key Sports Emmy winners:
Here is a full list of winners and nominees for the 2022 ceremony.
Joe Buck Says He Won’t Miss World Series
“This is the first time since I was 18-years-old, and I’m 53, that I’m not doing a baseball game.”
Among the bigger chain reactions set off by Joe Buck leaving FOX for ESPN was the sudden vacancy in FOX’s main MLB broadcast booth.
The 2022 World Series will mark the first time since 1995 that Buck will not be on the microphone.
Speaking to Chris Long on his podcast Green Light, Buck hopes to be in a more exotic location watching World Series games this fall.
“I would like to be in Cabo San Lucas with a margarita in my hand and a half-smoked cigar watching Game 7 of the World Series,” Buck said. “Cheering on Joe Davis and John Smoltz, and Ken Rosenthal, and Tom Verducci, and Pete Macheska and Matt Gangl and right on down the line.”
Buck added he’ll take pleasure in turning the broadcast off if it’s Game 7 and there’s an insurmountable lead. But the broadcasting legend said even on a bigger scale, not calling any baseball games at all this season, let alone the World Series, is a bit surreal after covering the sport for so long.
“This is the first time since I was 18-years-old, and I’m 53, that I’m not doing a baseball game,” he said. “And that’s really weird to me, but I walk away really proud of what I and we did.”
He added that he will not miss the opportunity, because he does not feel like he will “leave any unfinished business” in FOX’s MLB booth.
Buck further praised his FOX colleagues and said it was time for a change. He knows Joe Davis will thrive in the opportunity.
NFL Likely To Launch NFL+ Streaming Service This Summer
“A source tells Fischer that a $5 per month price has been discussed for NFL+.”
According to the Sports Business Journal, consumers could be downloading NFL+ by July. Now, just what NFL+ will be is still yet to be finalized.
Ben Fischer of Sports Business Journal reported in the site’s newsletter that live games will certainly be at the center of the league-owned streaming service. It is likely to only be available on phones and tablets with no option to stream to a larger monitor.
The viewing options would be limited. No out of market games would be available on the app. It is meant to replace the deals that recently expired with Yahoo and mobile phone carriers that recently expired.
The app could also include other content. Radio calls, team-created digital content, and league-owned podcasts are all options.
A source tells Fischer that a $5 per month price has been discussed for NFL+. The pricing structure can and likely will change before the app hits the market.