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Report: Knicks ban Woody Allen from MSG VIP lounge. Of course.

Nov 25, 2013, 4:14 PM EDT

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Most NBA teams will do just about anything to cater to celebrities and the cachet their bring by attending games.

The New York Knicks are not most teams.

They have a few superfans/celebs that are regulars but now one of them — famed director Woody Allen — has gotten in hot water with the owner James Dolan, reports the New York Post (take this with the appropriate salt considering the source):

Sources say Dolan had the Oscar-winning director banned from Suite 200, the VIP lounge at Madison Square Garden, after Allen refused to do any promotion for MSG Network or the Garden of Dreams Foundation.

Allen had been a regular for years in the suite, where models, pop stars and pro athletes gather before games and at halftime for free drinks and food.

According to the report the MSG Network (owned by Dolan and which broadcasts the Knicks) bought the rights to several Allen films to show, they wanted him to come on and talk about them before hand, give a little insight. Allen, who can be publicity shy, declined. The Knicks told him maybe he shouldn’t be in the VIP lounge anymore, Allen said fine.

When the Post called for comment, the Knicks wouldn’t say anything other than to point out Allen has never done any work for Dolan’s youth charity, Garden of Dreams.

Whatever. Unless it the VIP room has Miley Cyrus performing with a huge image of a kitten behind her, who wants to go anyway?

The VIP lounge of the Garden was expanded during recent upgrades to the building. That’s all I can really tell you about it, that’s not the kind of place I get invited.

  1. dinofrank60 - Nov 25, 2013 at 4:29 PM

    This is a bad thing?

  2. antistratfordian - Nov 25, 2013 at 4:37 PM

    Both parties have had difficulty rekindling the glory of the 70s.

    • doc305 - Nov 25, 2013 at 4:51 PM

      Great. now i gotta go explain to my boss what i was laughing so hard about! Thanks!

    • eugenesaxe1 - Nov 25, 2013 at 4:55 PM


  3. cbking05 - Nov 25, 2013 at 4:57 PM

    They should just kiss and make up … It’s the only solution!

  4. eugenesaxe1 - Nov 25, 2013 at 4:58 PM

    First the cheerleaders/dancers, now Woody. Who’s the next contestant on “Dolan Punishes Everyone Except the Idiot Responsible for This Fiasco”?

  5. chargerdillon - Nov 25, 2013 at 5:08 PM

    Calling the Knicks the Woody Allen of Basketball would be an outright lie. Woody Allen is actually successful at what he does, the Knicks however…….

    Dolan knows how to make headlines, just not for a successful product in New York

  6. vi3tguy415 - Nov 25, 2013 at 5:10 PM

    gotta give it up to dolan tho. he do what he do. he no care what people say.

  7. drewzducks - Nov 25, 2013 at 5:15 PM

    Sun Yi still isn’t 21 ?

    • mydoghasfleez - Nov 25, 2013 at 9:37 PM

      If Sun Yi has boy with Woody, is it her son or brother?

      • mydoghasfleez - Nov 25, 2013 at 9:38 PM


      • drewzducks - Nov 26, 2013 at 12:35 AM

        It’s confused !

    • sasquash20 - Nov 26, 2013 at 7:19 AM

      Haha I just lost it. Woody is a creep

  8. henryd3rd - Nov 25, 2013 at 5:49 PM

    Woody will get the last laugh and I am sure he get a couple of good jabs at the Knicks and Dolan in one of his upcoming films

  9. kristucker3 - Nov 25, 2013 at 6:38 PM

    Do yourself a favor and don’t speak

  10. kristucker3 - Nov 25, 2013 at 7:10 PM

    vi3tguy415 That public school you attended really paid off.

    • vi3tguy415 - Nov 26, 2013 at 12:38 AM

      Huh? Me Donno what me do but than you!

  11. 1972wasalongtimeago - Nov 25, 2013 at 10:36 PM

    The award for Greatest Facsist Dictator now goes to James Dolan

    • 1972wasalongtimeago - Nov 26, 2013 at 11:40 AM

      Nobody saw Annie Hall?

  12. hodag54501 - Nov 26, 2013 at 8:41 AM

    Maybe Dolan has a 10 year old stepchild.

  13. trollaikman8 - Nov 26, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    “Free food and drinks”

    [rubbing hands feverishly]

  14. iowahbr - Nov 26, 2013 at 12:02 PM

    Most nights the Knicks seem to play like they had too much free food and drink. Get them out of the VIP room as well.

  15. hdsnake867 - Nov 26, 2013 at 1:23 PM

    To paraphrase Groucho Marx, “I wouldn’t want to be in a room that has James Dolan in it.” Look for Woody to start going to Nets games.

    • 1972wasalongtimeago - Nov 26, 2013 at 10:02 PM

      Not to be didactic nor facetious in any manner

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