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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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Morning Media Newsfeed: AP Journalists Shot | Schultz’s Legal Woes | Blade Sues U.S. Gov’t

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AP Photographer Killed, Reporter Wounded in Afghanistan (The Associated Press)
An Afghan police commander opened fire Friday on two Associated Press journalists, killing Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Anja Niedringhaus and wounding veteran correspondent Kathy Gannon — the first known case of a security insider attacking journalists in Afghanistan. FishbowlNY Niedringhaus and Gannon were covering the nation’s election when a policeman opened fire on their vehicle. Niedringhaus was killed instantly and Gannon was shot twice and later underwent surgery. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media Niedringhaus and Gannon were traveling in a convoy of election workers delivering ballots from the center of Khost city to the outskirts, in Tani district, protected by the Afghan National Army and Afghan police. As they were sitting in the car waiting for the convoy to move, a unit commander named Naqibullah walked up to the car, yelled “Allahu Akbar” — God is Great — and opened fire on them in the back seat with his AK-47. He then surrendered to the other police and was arrested. BBC News The attack came as Afghanistan intensified security ahead of presidential elections on Saturday, in response to threats of violence by the Taliban. The new president will succeed Hamid Karzai, who has been in power since the 2001 fall of the Taliban but is constitutionally barred from seeking a third consecutive term. The run-up to this historic election had already been the bloodiest, and fears of electoral fraud are pronounced. NYT Niedringhaus, a German citizen who was based in Geneva, first came to Afghanistan after joining the AP in 2002, and she quickly formed a partnership with Gannon. They were among a band of female photographers and correspondents who persevered through many years of conflict in Iraq as well as in Afghanistan. In the process, they helped redefine traditional notions of war reporting. Even as they covered the battlefield, they also focused attention on the human impact of conflicts known for their random, unpredictable violence against civilians.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: TV Station Mega Merger | Pakistan Censors NYT | Apple Taking on Spotify?

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TV Station Mega Merger: Media General, LIN Set $1.6 Billion Deal (Variety)
Station groups Media General and LIN are poised to merge in a $1.6 billion cash and stock deal that will create the nation’s second-largest pure-play broadcast group. With LIN’s roughly $1 billion in debt included, the deal has an enterprise value of $2.6 billion. TVSpy The deal will bring together 74 stations which are either owned or operated by the two companies in 46 markets. Combined, the new company’s stations will reach 23 percent of U.S. TV households. THR The deal is the latest in the ongoing consolidation of the TV station business as broadcasters have looked for scale to strengthen them in dealings with networks and pay-TV operators and the like. Poynter / MediaWire It is just the latest in a flurry of acquisitions and mergers in the TV industry that has seen Belo broadcast and Gannett merge and earlier, Media General and Young Broadcasting combined forces. Other players including Meredith, Journal, Tribune, NBC Universal and Sinclair have been recent buyers, too. WSJ Greater scale should help the combined company garner higher revenue from fees it charges pay-TV providers to carry its signal, known as retransmission fees. It should also gain leverage in negotiations with media companies. These factors, plus the ability to expand LIN’s digital advertising business and savings from corporate overheard, underpin the companies’ projected $70 million in run-rate synergies over three years.

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Madison Square Garden’s Best Moments Part of Transformed Arena

There have been enough memories at Madison Square Garden to fill a museum, and MSG officials are doing just that!

With the second-leg of the transformation project set for completion in the fall, the “Memorable Moments Every Day” exhibit will debut.

The expanded 6th floor concourse, which already features additional retail stores, restrooms and one-of-a-kind food and beverage offerings, will now include the visual retrospective bringing to life one moment in Garden history for every day of the year.

The retrospective will wrap the entire circumference of the arena, creating a visual calendar of the Garden’s rich history.

“We are honored that Madison Square Garden has played host to so many iconic moments in sports and entertainment history, and value the unique connection fans, athletes and performers have with The Garden,” said Hank Ratner, president and CEO, The Madison Square Garden Company. “Paying tribute to the Arena’s storied history is a priority for us and, as part of the Transformation, we will showcase both the memorable moments that happen every day along with the Garden’s most defining moments. This phase of the Transformation will preserve and celebrate the great history that has made The Garden such a special place for the more than four million people who walk through our doors annually.”

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Taking a Tour of MSG Transformation Project

New Courtside Seating for Basketball Games

The idea of building a new Madison Square Garden was floated in recent years. Instead, MSG executives opted for a three-season overhaul to the World’s Most Famous Arena.

The first phase of the Transformation Project has just been completed to coincide with the start of the 2011-12 Rangers and Knicks, assuming there’s an end to the lockout.

FishbowlNY joined several in the media yesterday for a tour of the renovated arena with Madison Square Garden Company president and CEO Hank Ratner.

“A project like this has never been done, an actual arena being transformed,” Ratner says. “An arena [that’s] still hosting two professional sports teams and the busiest concert venue in the world.”

Work on the next two phases will go on during the season, but Ratner says not on game days.

Then, once the Rangers and Knicks seasons conclude, the Garden will, once again, turn the arena into a closed construction zone.

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