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James Dolan Raising Money For Opponent of Politician That Told Him To Sell Knicks

“The Post obtained an email Dolan sent encouraging the recipients to donate as much as possible to the Malliotakis campaign and he references Rose’s crack about him needing to sell the Knicks as the reason why.”

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If we have learned anything over the last few years it is that the quickest path to James Dolan’s bad side is publicly saying that he should sell the New York Knicks. It is a lesson that Staten Island congressman Max Rose is in the middle of learning.

According to an article in the New York Post, the owner of the New York Knicks, Rangers, Madison Square Garden, and MSG Networks has given $50,000 from his company to the Governing Majority Fund, a political action committee set up to help conservatives win seats in the House of Representatives.

The Governing Majority Fund is run by former Representatives John Faso and Jeff Denham. A source close to Fasso told The Post that Dolan told Fasso that he “got pissed off at Max Rose because he said something about the Knicks being a sh–ty team and then Dolan turned around and wrote a $50,000 check to his PAC.”

Dolan has also donated to Rose’s opponent, Republican Nicole Malliotakis, directly and is encouraging his friends to do the same.

The Post obtained an email Dolan sent encouraging the recipients to donate as much as possible to the Malliotakis campaign and he references Rose’s crack about him needing to sell the Knicks as the reason why.

“It will help send a strong message to all NY politicians that the Knicks will not be their political ticket to reelection,” the email reads. “The most you can donate is $2,800. I cannot do this alone due to the limit on campaign contributions.”

James Dolan is taking a big leap here. Not only is he assuming his friends are as hurt by Max Rose’s comments as he is, he is also under the impression that those friends don’t also think the Knicks would be better off with a new owner.

A survey of Knicks fans conducted by The Athletic last year revealed that 91.8% disagree that James Dolan has been a good owner for the team. Only 4.2% said they trusted him to run the team well going forward.

Real Clear Politics calls the race between Rose and Malliotakis a “toss up.”

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LIV Golf Nearing TV Deal With The CW Network

“LIV Golf television analyst David Feherty had hinted that the upstart league could potentially have a deal in place with The CW Network for American television rights.”

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According to a report from Front Office Sports, LIV Golf has laid out a deal with The CW Network for television carriage in the United States.

The deal is a multi-year agreement that will see the tour own real estate in lesser-viewed time slots on the network. A revenue-sharing relationship between the tour and the television network is expected to be struck.

LIV Golf television analyst David Feherty had hinted that the upstart league could potentially have a deal in place with The CW Network for American television rights.

After a standup comedy show in West Palm Beach last week, Feherty reportedly told the crowd “Have you heard of CW? I might get fired for this, but…,” according to report from Tom D’Angelo of The Palm Beach Post.

Sports Business Journal reporter John Ourand had previously reported a deal between the Saudi-backed breakaway golf tour and the network was likely.

Nexstar Media Group — the nation’s largest television owner — is the majority owner of The CW Network. There are around 220 affiliates of the network on over-the-air television stations. Rumors of an acquisition of LIV Golf’s rights come on the heels of The CW Network being linked to the potential launch of a college football bowl game that would air exclusively on the network.

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Stephen A. Smith: ‘I Don’t Feel Obligated To Agree With Black Community’

“I want the Black community to always know that they have somebody in me that’s going to at least tell the world what we’re feeling and why, whether I agree with it or not.”

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Stephen A. Smith is out promoting his new memoir Straight Shooter. He recently sat down for a conversation with Men’s Health magazine.

Interviewer Rachel Epstein covers a wide variety of topics with Smith. Some are about what can be found in the book. Some are about the First Take star’s public perception.

She asked how Smith balances the responsibility of representing the Black community with his brand. On ESPN, Smith is known for being unique and unapologetic for his sometimes over-the-top persona.

“Number one by being fair,” he said. “By trying to gather as much information and educate myself on issues as much as I possibly can.”

He added that he has never felt pressure to think a certain way or say a certain thing. Even if pressure existed, he prides himself on not giving in to it.

“I never feel an obligation to agree with my community. I believe we all have a right to think the way we want to think. But I do feel a responsibility to make sure that the perspective emanating from my community is heard, even if I disagree.”

Stephen A. Smith is one of the highest-paid and most visible employees at ESPN. He said that a certain responsibility comes along with that status. He wants the Black community to know that even if he doesn’t agree, he will make sure people know what he is hearing when he is on TV talking about an important subject.

“I want the Black community to always know that they have somebody in me that’s going to at least tell the world what we’re feeling and why, whether I agree with it or not.”

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Kathryn Tappen Joining NBC’s Big Ten Coverage

“Tappen was in line to replace Michele Tafoya as the sideline reporter for Sunday Night Football but was passed over by the network in favor of Melissa Stark.”

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NBC has tabbed Kathryn Tappen as its sideline reporter for the network’s upcoming coverage of Big Ten football, according to a report from Andrew Marchand of The New York Post.

According to Marchand, Tappen was in line to replace Michele Tafoya as the sideline reporter for Sunday Night Football but was passed over by the network in favor of Melissa Stark.

Tappen has hosted Notre Dame football’s studio coverage and Peacock Sunday Night Football Final. She also worked as NBC’s lead interviewer for its coverage of the PGA Tour, but left that broadcast team at the end of 2022 as part of the network’s larger shakeup of its golf coverage.

The appointment of Kathryn Tappen conceivably concludes the Big Ten on NBC broadcast crew. Noah Eagle and Todd Blackledge are expected to pair as the network’s play-by-play announcer and color analyst, respectively. NBC has yet to officially unveil its coverage plans for the 2023 college football season.

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