2012-02-24 / Letters

To Jamie Dolan …

Dear Editor,

For this basketball season you are paying Tyson Chandler $12,107,837; Amare Stoudemire $18,217,705 and Brooklyn-born Carmelo Anthony $18,518,574. Few New Yorkers will ever earn this much in their lifetimes, much less in one basketball season!

Although no one but you and your privately-held Knicks Organization negotiated these outrageous salaries, and despite the fact that your team was 7 games under 500 until last week, when an about-to-be-traded scrub ignited the team into 7 consecutive wins mostly WITHOUT your top two picks, yet despite these strategic embarrassments you now seek a 53 percent boost – a tax – upon all New Yorkers to pay for your foolish and clumsy largesse.

WHY should all New Yorkers – whether they watch the Knicks or not - pay 53 percent more to subsidize your franchise? Hey, it’s a free world and if you want to raise Knicks’ seat prices at the Garden by 53 percent, go ahead ... nobody disputes that, nor should anyone interfere in your business practices.

On the other hand, what right do you have to impose a 53 percent tax on ALL New Yorkers ... whether they watch the Knicks or not? The Time Warner Corporation was granted a franchise – a monopoly – by the City of New York to provide cable TV to New Yorkers. Through this monopoly you seek to foist your extravagances upon all New Yorkers ... the way Louis XVI imposed his court’s extravagances upon all France. With Time Warner counter-proposing a more reasonable 5 percent boost, you have locked them out and you have locked all New York City out. Presently, cable TV viewers all around the country have access to MSG – but not New Yorkers!

Is it by the right of Kings that you seek this imposition – this tax – upon all New Yorkers, and is there no public figure that granted this monopoly at City Hall or Albany who cares?

Oh and by the way Jamie, that scrub transforming your team into winners is doing so with teamwork ... a character trait you either ignore or abhor!

PETE STUBBEN

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