Cablevision and MSG just hit back at the New York Daily News for this morning’s big story that the Knicks hid Jeremy Lin’s season-ending knee injury in order to sell playoff tickets.In a fiery statement, Cablevision claims that Daily News publisher Mort Zuckerman has “engaged in a campaign of intimidation and extortion” order to force a merger between the paper and the Cablevision-owned Newsday.
It sounds pretty wild and conspiratorial, but there are anecdotes:
“In fact, at a Four Seasons lunch meeting on March 6, Mr. Zuckerman once again made his proposal, this time adding that ‘the bad press would end if we became joint owners’ (a direct quote). Shortly thereafter, the Daily News ran a full front page with Mr. Dolan’s picture as a centrepiece for a skull and crossbones graphic that included the word ‘Toxic’ in bold print. Today’s back page story is just another in a series of these defamatory extortions.”
MSG, for its part, called the report “completely inaccurate” and said they’ve never had trouble selling out games.
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