James Dolan should remove himself from Cablevision and focus on Madison Square Garden, Inc. For my friend Mac who jeers Mr. Dolan after every Knick home game as he passes into the tunnel this idea won’t find favor. But it is the right thing to do. Mr Dolan’s heart is not in Cablevision and Newsday and telephony and financials the way his head in into sports and entertainment. And face it, Mr. Dolan has goobed it up a little bit with the Isiah Thomas fiasco, but he still has time to play guitar, smile, and hit the Garden with love in his heart. Did I mention the NY Rangers are killing it? And NYC has become a mecca of hoops once again.
Mr. Dolan is not the boss’s son at MSG; he is a man learning a business. Every day. He’s sticking to it and earning stripes by surrounding himself with different kinds of people – some smart, some not so. (I don’t know Mr. Dolan from Adam, though we made a TV spot together as 20-sometings.) Life it too short, sir. Give Cablevision to some cable/telco/media nerds and get back to Broadway. Where else are you going to find Kate Upton, Melo and some crazy happy kids from the Bronx screeching on a Thursday night? Peace.