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Posts Tagged ‘Madison Square Garden’

GeekWire Shoots Down the Idea of ‘Microsoft Square Garden’

MSG-Network1The Bay Area correspondent for Seattle website GeekWire has spoken. After reading today’s TheStreet op ed by contributor Jonathan Yates, Blair Hanley Frank rifled off an angry response:

So wait, let me get this straight: buying Madison Square Garden, for whatever exorbitant sum that might cost, is a good idea because it keeps Microsoft from buying a tech company?

The way Yates sees it, Microsoft made a bad deal in 2007 [for aQuantitative], so it should spend money on a sports stadium. Really.

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Meryl Streep Hangs with 50 Cent

Last night, Charlie Widdoes reminded that sometimes, the best option is to squelch the selfie. There is no CW pose, no CW locale and very few CW cohorts that could top the following tweeted photo from the New York Knicks digital media coordinator:

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If this were a movie, it might be called January: Knicks Country. A rap song: “In Da Oscar Club.” Per a report in the New York Daily News, add in – just for kicks – a five-time NBA champion superstar and it becomes ree-donk-ulous:

“Best ball KOBE, Best Rap 50, Best Actress Meryl Streep,” Fiddy captioned the [Instagram] pic. “TOP THAT.”

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Billy Joel Set to Redefine ‘New York State of Mind’

Although Billy Joel recently confirmed his decision to forego the biography-autobiography route, he will be returning to the fore with a vengeance in the new year. Per a live-streamed press conference this morning from Madison Square Garden, the entertainer will begin performing monthly concerts in January, for essentially as long as the public wants to buy tickets for them. The 2014 “franchise” performances will include a show on Joel’s 65th birthday (May 9).

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The press conference, streamed live at 11 a.m. ET on the Internet and several TV channels, will be re-aired tonight at 9 p.m. on the MSG Network, with the added bonus of a Joel interview. Meanwhile, if you want to see how this morning’s big media event went down, search the Twitter hashtag #BillyJoelMSG.

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Knicks Owner Banishes Woody Allen

Shutterstock_WoodyAllenAll indications are that New York Knicks owner James Dolan will not be giving thanks this holiday weekend for the friendship of longtime fan Woody Allen.

According to a frivolous but fun item by Richard Johnson, Dolan has lowered the VIP boom on the Woodman, banning him from Suite 200 at Madison Square Garden. Why? Here’s what Johnson’s “Woody source” told the New York Post columnist:

“Allen 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.”

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Daktronics Plays Madison Square Garden

It reads like one of those great, underdog sports team movie scripts. Daktronics, founded in 1968 by a couple of electrical engineering university professors in South Dakota, gets its first patent three years later, goes public in 1994 and triumphs yet again at MSG on October 25, 2013.

New GardenVision at Madison Square Garden

That’s the day the company’s custom-designed, center-hung multi-media component GardenVision will be officially unveiled at Madison Square Garden. The specs:

- Four main video displays 15’7″ tall by 28 feet wide;
- Four auxiliary video displays six feet tall by 29 feet wide;
- Four curved displays matching the height of the main video displays;
- Four curved displays matching the height of the auxiliary displays;
- An ID ring LED panel that is more than two feet tall and circles the entire top;
- Internal Wi-Fi, IT and broadcast equipment designed to improve Wi-Fi coverage throughout the Arena and provide “new unique and compelling camera angles” for MSG Network.

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Rolling Stone Names MSG Best Arena in America

The best.

Madison Square Garden was named the best arena in America by Rolling Stone. The magazine asked dozens of music promoters, artist managers and musicians to vote on which music venues were the “coolest,” and the Garden won for the Arena/Stadiums category.

Dennis Arfa, an agent who has worked with acts such as Metallica and Billy Joel, told Rolling Stone, “There aren’t many venues that make a difference, but the Garden does.” You’re damn right it does.

Barclays came in fourth on the Arena/Stadiums list, but keep in mind, this was a poll considering music only. We assume that the Garden would maintain its spot on a sports list, but Barclays wouldn’t even make the cut. That’s what happens when you employ two of the worst Boston Celtics ever.

Cablevision Lays Off Dozens in MSG Varsity Restructuring

Bethpage, New York-based Cablevision has laid off dozens of employees in a major restructuring for MSG Varsity.

A source spoke to FishbowlNY under the condition of anonymity as the severance package hasn’t been yet been received.

“Somebody’s got to say this is wrong. To have a conference call [with] only three sentences and click, and you turn in your badges,” the source described the company’s notification to exiting staffers.

The source says the layoffs took place two weeks ago. Cablevision at the time said in a statement that “it is combining MSG Varsity with Optimum Local, the company’s local programming unit. This will result in an expansion of MSG Varsity’s programming line-up to include local public affairs, educational, and Optimum branded shows to complement its powerful line-up of tri-state high school programming, which is available exclusively to Optimum customers.”

The source, though, intimates that the sale of Cablevision will take place in the summer. Three years ago, Cablevision spun off is subsidiary, Madison Square Garden LP to The Madison Square Garden Company led by company chairman James Dolan.

“[He] will announce a new enterprise where the new owners of Cablevision will continue to run News 12 with Pat Dolan in charge,” the source says. “Public access will be eliminated. MSG Network will continue.”

“Yes, there were some positions eliminated as a result of the merging of MSG Varsity and Optimum Local,” a Cablevision spokesperson says. “As for the rest of these allegations, they are anonymous and inaccurate.”

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