Morning Coffee Apr 04 2012

Media Executive Beef: Dolan v. Zuckerman

By damian ghigliotty

Someone call the media referees!

Cablevision Chief Executive James Dolan is contending that Mort Zuckerman, the publisher of the New York Daily News, has been making unwanted advances and wants to force him into a merger, according to Bloomberg.

The genesis of Dolan's accusation appears to stem from a lunch the two media moguls had March 6 at the Four Seasons where Zuckerman proposed a business marriage. Dolan refused. After that, Zuckerman's Daily News began running negative stories about Dolan's favorite basketball team, the New York Knicks, which Dolan owns as well as Madison Square Garden, the stadium that the Knicks call home.

Or so says Dolan. He cites a Daily News story April 1 that suggested the Knicks withheld news about an injury to their star player, Jeremy Lin, due to fears about lower ticket sales.

The "story in the New York Daily News is just another in a long list of articles and cover stories designed to provoke Cablevision and the Madison Square Garden," according to a statement from Dolan's Cablevision. "Mr. Zuckerman's attempts to parlay this into a favorable arrangement for himself could not be more misguided," Dolan said in the statement.

The Daily News folks deny any involvement in the Dolan-Zuckerman-Knicks-Jeremy Lin spat. There has been "no more supportive a newspaper than the Daily News about Lin's superb performances with the Knicks," said Colin Myler, the Daily News' editor-in-chief.

This is what happens when rich guys own newspapers. (Bloomberg)

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