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Knicks Fire Coach Thomas

Patience finally runs out on woeful 'rebuilding' process at Madison Square Garden

(Newser) - Isiah Thomas was fired today as head coach of the New York Knicks, the Times reports. Team president Donnie Walsh said that Thomas will remain as an adviser, although he’ll have no direct responsibilities. The Knicks were 56-108 in his two seasons at coach; they've made little headway since... More »

The Garden to Get a New Look

$500 million in renovations set to begin spring of next year

(Newser) - Madison Square Garden is getting a  $500-million overhaul. After pulling out of a plan to build a new arena as part of a new Penn Station project a few blocks away, Cablevision, the Garden's owners, unveiled a renovation plan yesterday.  The work is slated to start next spring and... More »

Dolan Still Wants Thomas

Owner says he won't get in way of a new GM, but hopes Isiah remains on bench

(Newser) - Donnie Walsh's handshake agreement to run the Knicks next season could end up being a goodbye wave if owner James Dolan meddles too much, reports the New York Daily News. Dolan had said he won't step in if Walsh wants to replace coach Isiah Thomas, but he also made it... More »

Cheerleader, MSG Settle Harassment Suit

Ex-Rangers Skater likened Garden atmosphere to a frat

(Newser) - Madison Square Garden, perhaps having learned from the costly and disastrous harassment case brought by an ex-Knicks exec, yesterday settled a suit by the former captain of the Rangers City Skaters. The ex-cheerleader accused Garden brass of condoning an inappropriate working atmosphere and firing her for turning down a threesome,... More »

Stern Rips Knicks Over Thomas Lawsuit

Commish says of MSG: 'they're not a model of intelligent management'

(Newser) - NBA Commissioner David Stern, in an interview broadcast yesterday on ESPN, lambasted the New York Knicks organization's mismanagement of Anucha Browne's successful lawsuit against coach Isiah Thomas, the New York Times reports. "It demonstrates that they're not a model of intelligent management," Stern said, citing a failure to... More »

Dolans Lose Buyout Bid for Cablevision

Investors nix plan to take company private; offer too low

(Newser) - Cablevision shareholders today rejected a bid by the Dolans, the company's founding family, to take the Long Island-based cable provider private. The family offered $10.6 billion, or $36.26 a share, below what major investors felt was the firm's value, the AP reports. Analysts valued the company, which also... More »

Dolan Deal for Cablevision Is on the Rocks

Largest shareholder balks as family declines to increase offer

(Newser) - The Dolan family bid to take Cablevision private is on the verge of collapse, the New York Times reports, after James Dolan announced last night that the $10.6 billion bid won't be upped, and the company’s largest shareholder balked. ClearBridge Advisors, which owns 13.6% of shares, threatened... More »

MSG Sex Nightmare Isn't Over

Rangers cheerleader claims she was solicited for sex by PR official

(Newser) - The PR debacle may only be beginning for James Dolan and Madison Square Garden, as sexual harassment charges have been filed by another employee—a former captain of the Rangers' cheerleading squad. Courtney Prince, 29, claims she was pestered for sex by a Rangers public relations manager at a bar... More »

Dolan Cultivated Garden of Heathens

Times columnist says daddy needs to yank MSG from Jim's hands

(Newser) - James Dolan is only in charge at Madison Square Garden, the New York Times’ Selena Roberts says, because his dad wanted to keep him out of trouble. The court decision against Isiah Thomas, which exposed the Garden’s seamy underbelly, proves that didn’t work very well, she says, describing... More »

Zeke Accuser Awarded $11.6M

Jury finds Thomas liable for harassment, but won't have to pay damages, MSG will

(Newser) - A jury today found Knicks coach Isiah Thomas liable for sexually harassing a fired MSG exec, but made boss James Dolan and the Garden foot the bill, Newsday reports. Dolan, who fired Anucha Browne Sanders when she complained of the unwanted advances, will personally cough up $3 million. Said Thomas... More »

Dolans' Offer Scores With Cablevision

Third time's the charm for founding family buying back the company

(Newser) - The Dolans have finally  struck a deal to take Cablevision private. The $10.6 billion transaction, announced today, ends two years of wrangling with the entertainment conglomerate's board, and is a victory for Charles, the company's 80-year-old founder and his son James, now CEO. More »

Dolans Make Third Run At Buying Back Cablevision

Offer shows confidence in cable future

(Newser) - Cablevision's founding family is close to taking the entertainment giant private, the Journal reports. The Dolans have tried and failed twice since 2005 to strike a deal with the board, but the third time may be the charm. The magic number is $36 a share, up from $30 in an... More »

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