James Dolan continues to make unpopular moves for the Knicks, and how they are branded.
Earlier this year Dolan said he wanted the Knicks dancers, the Knicks City Dancers, to dance less at games, and only be on the sidelines handing out t-shirts and holding up signs.
Now the Knicks owner is involved in a feud with Woody Allen which has seen the Academy Award winning director banned from Madison Square Garden's swanky Suite 200 club where celebrities go to hang before and during games.
Apparently, the Knicks had asked Woody to do some promo work for them, and he turned them down. Afterwards he was notified that he was no longer welcome into Suite 200.
“He got a call from someone at MSG saying they had bought the rights to air several of Woody’s movies on the MSG channel and wanted Woody to go on the air and talk about his movies or introduce them,” a Woody source told me.
“Woody said he would not be comfortable doing that. He has never done that for any show or network. They then said that this was a ‘reciprocal arrangement’ and that if Woody couldn’t go on TV for them, he should not eat in their VIP restaurant anymore. Woody said fine and thanked them for the many years he had enjoyed the space there.”
A Garden spokesman politely declined to comment but pointed out that Allen — unlike Spike Lee (who has worked on documentaries about the team) and Matthew Modine — has never done anything to help the team or Dolan’s youth charity, Garden of Dreams (of which Modine is a board member)