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Sunday, October 13, 2019

Knicks fined for banning New York Daily News from press conference

James Dolan

The New York Knicks will have to pay up after excluding the New York Daily News from their post-draft press conference.

The Knicks were hit with a $50,000 fine on Monday for violating league rules regarding equal access for media after the Daily News was not permitted to cover the team’s press conference last Friday. In a statement, the league said that the Knicks have agreed to abide by the rules in the future.

In a separate statement, the Knicks acknowledged that they “made an error” in how they handled credentials for Friday’s event.

“The Knicks acknowledge that we did not comply with the NBA’s media policy, and made an error in interpreting Friday’s announcement as an invite only event,” the statement said. “As we do throughout the year, we have and will continue to provide access to credentialed media as per the League’s policy.”

The Knicks have been criticized for their actions, which are rooted in James Dolan’s long-running dislike of the paper’s Knicks coverage. It seems they will stand down going forward.

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