New York Rangers Fans Face James Dolan “Booze Ban” At MSG
James Dolan always seems to have a beef with someone. Now the owner of Madison Square Garden, the New York Rangers and the New York Knicks is in the midst of a fight with the New York State Liquor Authority and Blue Shirt fans may get their beers knocked out of their hands in the melee.
As reported by Justin Tasch of nypost.com, Dolan was on “Good Day New York” on Fox 5 on Thursday when he took aim at the liquor authority. Under Dolan's direction, Madison Square Garden security has used facial recognition technology to enforce bans from MSG properties against lawyers suing James Dolan.
The article said that the New York State Liquor Authority sent a letter to Madison Square Garden warning that it could be operating as a “non bona fide” premises, as a result of his banned list. "All retail liquor licensees, excluding non-for-profit club licensees, must allow the general public access to their premises. Otherwise they are considered “non bona fide" and therefore would have their licenses revoked. James Dolan doesn't like to be threatened. Just ask former Knicks star, Charles Oakley.
“They’re being extremely aggressive and they’re saying, ‘We’re gonna take away your liquor license.’ So I have a little surprise for ‘em. They’re basically doing this for publicity, so we’re gonna give ‘em some publicity. What we’re gonna do, right, is we’re gonna pick a night, maybe a Rangers game, and we’re gonna shut down all the liquor and alcohol in the building. This isn’t gonna bother me because I’ve been sober 29 years. I don’t need the liquor.” It sounds like Dolan is absolutely fine curtailing Rangers fan's enjoyment to prove a point or to throw a punch. No date for the proposed alcohol ban has been announced.