Sep 25, 2013; New York, NY, USA; President and CEO of cablevision systems corporation and executive chairman of The Madison Square Garden company James Dolan speaks during a press conference to announce the 2015 NBA All-Star weekend in New York City at Industria Superstudio. The skill competition will be held at the Barclays Center and the All-Star game will be held at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

New York Knicks fans plan protest of James Dolan


New York Knicks fans have had enough of Knicks’ owner James Dolan and want their voices to be heard.

Dec 25, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks executive chairman James L. Dolan reacts during the fourth quarter of a game against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Madison Square Garden. The Thunder defeated the Knicks 123-94. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

According to Marc Berman of the New York Post, there will be a protest of Dolan at Madison Square Garden before the Knicks game against the Indiana Pacers on March 19.

Berman writes:

A rally to protest Knicks owner James Dolan’s handling of the sinking franchise is on tap for March 19 in front of the Garden before the team hosts the Pacers.

The organizers of the “KF4L Rally,” which has its own Facebook page, are promoting the rally via social media. The KF4L stands for “Knicks Fan for Life.’’

Knicks fans Michael Brown, who has staged demonstrations in the past, Anthony Samaroo, a Chicago-based Knicks fan, and Mark Griffin are the rally’s promoters.

The organizers of the rally issued a statement that said  the rally is being staged because of “Dolan’s failure to allow knowledgeable basketball people the autonomy/power to make basketball related decisions…His insistence on overriding the opinions of his basketball people by bidding against himself in negotiations and overpaying in trades.’’

The also take issue with the re-hiring of Steve Mills and the fact that he hasn’t spoken to the media about the state of the franchise since he came back, something that I have noted is an issue on plenty of occasions.

Their final statement read:

“We understand Dolan will not sell. We understand change may not come of this. We just want our voices heard. We want to remind Dolan and the NBA that our voices matter. We buy the tickets, the jerseys, the NBA League Pass subscriptions. We are frustrated. We are tired. We deserve better.’’

I don’t know what this protest will accomplish, but good for you. Hopefully someone will listen.

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