Posts Tagged ‘Darren Rovell’

A Different View At Renovated MSG

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS – For years folks have debated the best places to watch NBA games, with tradition and atmosphere often trumping the new arena smell of buildings that have gone up more recently than others.

Madison Square Garden has always been one of the staples in that debate. And now it appears the ongoing renovations at MSG could vault the experience of watching games at the basketball mecca into another stratosphere for fans willing to pay the price.

MSG will offer fans a “sneak peek” of the players, similar to what fans of the Dallas Cowboys enjoy during home games and a feature Dallas Mavericks and Houston Rockets fans also enjoy, writes CNBC Sports Business Reporter Darren Rovell:

In an era of ritz and glitz, fans are asking for more than the best eats and real mahogany wood in their suites. They want to see the players before the game.

And so, when the folks at Madison Square Garden were dreaming up new features for their big renovation, giving fans the option of seeing Knicks and Rangers players leaving the locker room to go onto the court and the ice was a must-have.

“We obviously gutted the whole place so we had an opportunity to do what we wanted,” said Hank Ratner, president and CEO of Madison Square Garden. “We did surveys and fans, not surprisingly, told us they wanted to get closer. So we did this.”

The area in the arena is called the Delta SKY360 Club and fans can watch the Knicks and Rangers go from their locker rooms onto the court and ice before they go to their seats. Those fans can also watch through the glass to see what is going on in the MSG studio.

There are 800 season ticket holders (sold separately for Knicks and Rangers fans) that have access to the club and they pay an undisclosed amount for the all-inclusive tickets, which include a seat just above the floor, food and non-alcoholic drinks.

You want to be close to the players as they make their way to the floor?

You’ll have that option at the renovated MSG.

More Mixed Signals On ‘Melo Front

LOS ANGELES – Anyone thinking there would be a resolution in the Carmelo Anthony saga during All-Star Weekend obviously hasn’t paid attention to the last six months of this drama.

We are, however, inching closer to Thursday’s trade deadline. And that in turn means that the stakes have been raised for all involved — Anthony, the Nuggets, Knicks, Nets and anyone else interesting in entering these sweepstakes.

Mostly there are mixed signals about Anthony’s ultimate destination. Anthony hasn’t tipped his hand either way while facing a daily barrage of questions about his plans here during All-Star Weekend.

The Knicks reportedly have offered Raymond Felton, Danilo Gallinari and Wilson Chandler in exchange for Anthony, Chauncey Billups, Shelden Williams and Anthony Carter. But they’re done toying around with that package and will go no further, according reports out of New York.

Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov met with Anthony Saturday and spoke with CNBC’s Darren Rovell Sunday in an exclusive interview and made clear his intentions to either bring Anthony to New Jersey or make the Knicks pay dearly to do so.

“I think we made a very good tactical decision to force (the) Knicks to pay as much as they can,” Prokhorov said. “So it’s very good, it’s very interesting, it’s very competitive.”

It’s also going to continue to be the hottest topic in the league until Anthony makes a decision or until the trade deadline passes, whichever comes first.

One thing is clear, though, Anthony has not shut the door on any of his options yet. Why else would Prokhorov meet with him after making it clear that he would not?

The King’s Q Score Tumble

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HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS – We realize that Pat Riley doesn’t particularly appreciate all the heat being thrown at LeBron James for coming to Miami, but the negative vibes the James relocation project generated this summer are real.

And it’s not just the fans of other teams (and their coaches and executives, mainly in Orlando) whose opinions about James have changed.

His Q Score ratings took a monstrous tumble this summer, as CNBC Sports Business Reporter Darren Rovell explains:

In January 2010, The Q Scores Company took a poll of the general population and found that 24 percent of people thought of James in a positive light, compared to a 22 percent negative opinion.

Henry Schafer, executive vice president of the company, told CNBC that the average sports personality has a 15 percent positive score and a 24 percent negative score.

“LeBron’s positive score at that time was the highest we had ever seen it,” Schafer said.

But since “The Decision” show on July 8, things have gone seriously downhill for the NBA star.

LeBron’s Q Score today?

Schafer says that now only 14 percent of the general population see him as a positive figure, a 41.6 percent drop, while 39 percent view him in a negative light, a 77 percent decline.

In fact, LeBron is now the sixth most disliked sports personality, according to The Q Score Company, behind Michael Vick, Tiger Woods, Terrell Owens, Chad Ochocinco and Kobe Bryant.

But wait, there’s more:

Perhaps equally as interesting is the fact that James has apparently dragged down the general population’s opinion of his new teammates.

Dwyane Wade’s positive Q score went from 21 in January to 15 today.

His negative Q score rose from 18 in January to 25 today. Chris Bosh – whose move to Miami was part of what sealed the deal for LeBron – saw even a worse drop. His positive Q score only fell from a 13 in January to a 12 today, but his negative Q Score rose from 21 percent in January to 35 percent today.

Schafer says that LeBron’s “Decision” was one of the most detrimental acts – not related to any anti-social behavior —  by a sports personality since the Q Scores were first developed more than 45 years ago.

Lucky for James, the only numbers folks are going to care about in a few days are how many points, rebounds and assists he can pile up playing alongside Wade and Bosh.

The only categories that will matter are wins and losses.

And the only score that will be important at the end of his journey is how many titles he and his new teammates can win together in Miami.

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