Life on the Road With the Knicks

There is much to be excited about this season with the new-look Knicks and I look forward to giving the fans’ VIP access to the team on our MSG Networks telecasts.

But beyond Game Day, have you ever wondered what goes on, off the floor? Consider this: The team roster is 15-deep, but as an organization, we travel with nearly 50 people on road games. What is that about? And what is life like on the road?

Welcome aboard. This season I’m taking you with me on my adventures, providing direct access to everything Knickerbockers and beyond. Get ready for exclusive interviews, video footage, giveaways and more. Get to know the broadcast crew, players, coaches and staff Beyond the Baseline. I’ll have you covered on MSGNetworks.com, and on Instagram and Twitter under @rebeccahaarlow.

We’re 17 games into the season, and with a much-improved Knicks team, there have been plenty of season-high moments — on and off the floor.

To name a couple:

Movie night with Knicks producers, Howie Singer and Spencer Julien

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Carmelo Anthony enjoys Knicks Movie Night

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Boston marked the first Knicks Movie Night of the year. When we fly to games, we usually arrive the day before. This allows players time to receive treatment or catch up on rest. What’s a better way to relax than a movie? The major motion picture, Bleed For This treated us to a private screening of the movie at the theater before the official release. Based on a true story and full of willpower, it is one of the greatest comeback stories in sports history.

About a week later, it was onto Washington after a game at The Garden. Although we typically travel by plane, it was a time-saver to jump on a chartered train at Penn Station. Several elevators and secret passageways later, who knew that you could go directly from the Knicks’ locker room to the train dock? My 007 dreams came true!

It was a first for me and for Kristaps Porzingis, who had already channeled his own James Bond with a new career-high 35 points that night in a win over Detroit.

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With the holiday season upon us and one our longest road trips of the season coming up in December, it’s going to be a busy month of big-time games and plenty of fun on the road.

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Crispy’s Pre-Game Notebook: Knicks-Timberwolves

Strange night in the NBA yesterday: For only the second time in history (last time was 1969), six teams with worse records than their opponents won every game! One of the biggest shockers was the Magic’s win against the Spurs in San Antonio. The Spurs’ home record is surprisingly 4-4 this season.

Now on to tonight’s matchup:

Minnesota Timberwolves (5-12)

  • Twenty-fifth in the NBA and 13th in the Western Conference, Minnesota begins a stretch of eight games in 14 days. The Timberwolves have averaged 26 wins over the past five years and missed the playoffs for 12 straight seasons, one shy of the Warriors’ franchise record of 13 straight.
  • Andrew Wiggins, the former No. 1 pick traded for Kevin Love, is averaging 24 points per game and is only 21-years-old.
  • Karl-Anthony Towns, the reigning Rookie of the Year, had 51 double-doubles last year and is averaging 21 points and 9.8 rebounds this season.
  • Towns showed his leadership abilities Monday night after a home loss to Utah by taking full responsibility for the loss after the game. I asked him this morning why he took so much of the blame for the team’s slow start, and he responded, “I have big shoulders to hold the pressure. Haven’t been shooting the ball well lately, and I need to do better for this team to win.”
  • Tom Thibodeau, a Connecticut native, was more to the point when I talked with him after practice this morning, “It’s a process, but something is missing. We have to look at everything, but getting out-rebounded, fouling recklessly and not protecting the basket is unacceptable,” he said. “The fourth quarter vs. Utah was a disaster. We allowed 13 blow-bys and didn’t have any weak-side rotation awareness.” He concluded, “Talk is cheap, actions are what matter.”

New York Knicks (8-9)

  • The Knicks are one of seven teams with one or fewer road wins.
  • Kyle O’Quinn, who may start at center tonight with Joakim Noah favoring a left ankle sprain, talked about playing on the road at shoot-around. “You don’t have the 20,000 behind you,” he said. “The rims are not as familiar as [The Garden]. On the road, you have the crowd against you, but you must block that out, every possession matters. Rebounding is one of the keys, we have to read the shooters and look for bodies as they attack the offensive glass. Against OKC, we had to fight back after taking the initial hit under the boards. We have to deliver the blows first tonight.”

Kyle O'Quinn explains why the Knicks lacked physicality in their loss to the Thunder and looks ahead to Wednesday's game in Minnesota.

  • The bench was outscored 48-19 in Monday’s loss vs. the Thunder. Jeff Hornacek will be looking for more offense from the likes of Willy Hernangomez and Justin Holiday. When asked if those two will be seeing more time on the floor, the coach said, “It’s possible, and with Lance Thomas still out, we need some offense from our reserves.” Hernangomez in his last eight games has helped secure five wins and has averaged 8.0 points and 5.0 rebounds, while shooting 65 percent from the field on 4.25 shots per game. Holiday in his last eight games is 24-for-47 on 51 percent shooting and 9-for-21 from three-point range.
  • Courtney Lee has picked it up in his last five games as well, shooting 9-for-23 from three-point range and tallying double figures in four of the last five, at an average of 11.6 PPG.
  • One thing the Knicks will need to have more of is free throw attempts. Opponents have had 127 more attempts from the charity stripe, an average of 7.47 a game.  That adds up to 4.6 more points a game for opponents at the free throw line.
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MSG NETWORKS KIDS Rangers ANALYST FOR A DAY

VISIT CHARITY BUZZ TO PLACE YOUR BID NOW!

Have your child (age: 7-15) be on air with Al Trautwig as a pre-game analyst for an upcoming Rangers game. This “once in a lifetime” experience will allow the winner’s child to be featured as a pregame analyst for an upcoming game.

The guest analyst (one child) will have the opportunity to discuss the upcoming game, their favorite Rangers player and their outlook for the Rangers going forward this season in one segment during the pregame show.

Your experience will include a meet-and-greet with the MSG Networks’ Rangers announcers and sit in on the Rangers pre-game production meeting for the winning bidder and guests. This experience comes with four (4) tickets to that night’s Rangers game. All proceeds go to the Garden of Dreams Foundation.

An industry leader in sports production, and content development and distribution, MSG Networks Inc. owns and operates two award-winning regional sports and entertainment networks, MSG Network (MSG) and MSG+, and a live streaming and video on demand platform, MSG GO. The networks are home to 10 professional sports teams, delivering live games of the New York Knicks; New York Rangers; New York Islanders; New Jersey Devils; Buffalo Sabres; New York Liberty; New York Red Bulls and the Westchester Knicks, as well as coverage of the New York Giants and Buffalo Bills. Each year, MSG and MSG+ collectively telecast approximately 500 live professional games, along with a comprehensive lineup of other sporting events, including college football and basketball, and critically-acclaimed original programming. The gold standard for regional broadcasting, MSG Networks has won 145 New York Emmy Awards over the past nine years.

VISIT CHARITY BUZZ TO PLACE YOUR BID NOW!

  • Age requirement of 7 – 15 for child guest however guests under 18 must be accompanied by an adult (counts as one of the attendees).  Any minor must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian at all times.
  • This experience will take place on a mutually agreed up on date between December 19, 2016 – April 9, 2017.
  • Experience date will be based on MSG Networks availability and the Rangers home schedule.
  • Approximate duration: 6-7 hours.
  • Valid for 4 people.
  • Pre- game production meeting experience is for winning bidder and guests.
  • For the avoidance of doubt, only the child (one) will appear on-air during the pre-game analyst.
  • This is a private meet and greet for 4 people.
  • The meet and greet will take place at a to be determined time before the game; all details, including duration, will be determined by MSG Networks.
  • The winner and guests may take photos.
  • Winner and guests may not sell or license the photos to any other person or entity, and may not exhibit, distribute or otherwise use the photos for any commercial purpose (nor permit any other person or entity to do so) without prior written consent of MSG Networks.
  • Winning bidder and guests can take something small to be signed.
  • Seat locations will be determined by MSG Networks.
  • Tickets are subject to terms and conditions specified thereon.
  • Experience cannot be resold or re-auctioned.
  • Travel and accommodations are not included.
  • If, for any reason, any element of the Experience cannot be provided, remainder of Experience will be provided and the Garden of Dreams Foundation will have no further obligation to winner.
  • Security requires a photo ID.
  • Winning bidder and guests subject to security screening.
  • Winner may be required to sign an affidavit of eligibility and release for child’s appearance on-air.
  • We expect all winning bidders and their guests to conduct themselves appropriately when attending an experience won at Charitybuzz. Polite manners and respect for the generous donor and adherence to any rules or parameters are a must.  Failure to do so may result in forfeiture of experience.

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Game Preview: Islanders vs. Penguins

By: DAVID KOLB

PITTSBURGH PENGUINS (13-6-3) @ NEW YORK ISLANDERS (7-10-4)    

DESPERATE FOR POINTS

The New York Islanders defeated the Calgary Flames on Monday and look to make it two-in-a-row tonight against the reigning Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins. The Isles are 0-1-1 against Pittsburgh this season, and with upcoming matches against the Washington Capitals and New York Rangers, the Isles have to find ways to gain points if they want to climb back into the playoff race.

Jack Capuano talks about the Islanders' strong team-effort in their overtime victory over Calgary.

HOME SWEET HOME

The Islanders are clearly a different team on their home ice as they sit 1-6-1 on the road while improving to 6-4-3 at the Barclays Center following their win Monday over the Flames.

CROSBY ON TOP

Sidney Crosby scored Saturday against the New Jersey Devils and is now tallying nearly a goal-per-game with 15 goals in 16 games to lead the NHL. Crosby will warrant serious coverage tonight as he enters the game with 20 points, including five power play goals.

91 ROLLING

Isles’ captain John Tavares scored a first-period goal and then assisted on the game-winning goal in overtime against the Flames Monday, giving No. 91 his first goal in nine games. The pair of points gives Tavares six goals and 17 points through 21 games, however, the pressure will be on tonight for the Islanders’ top center to keep pace with the Penguins’ high-skill scorers.

HORNQVIST TO RETURN

The Penguins will get an offensive boost tonight as Pittsburgh right winger Patric Hornqvist is slated to return after missing six games with a concussion. Hornqvist has been excellent this season and begins the night with five goals and 13 assists for 13 points in 16 games.

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All’s Well That Ends Well Against Canes

Rangers 3, Hurricanes 2

Since winning lately had become more of a chore than a chuckle for the New York Rangers on their home ice, it was no surprise Tuesday night that the Blueshirts had to grapple for a 3-2 comeback win over Carolina.

Whether it was the absence of Mika Zibanajad or a case of arthritis in Alain Vigneault‘s scoring machine, winning no longer was as easy as exhaling or piling up four goals or more a game as in the past.

But in the ultra-competitive National Hockey League, two points are more valuable than ever so the New Yorkers should be tickled pink that they could overcome an early two-goal deficit and walk away with a W.

This is especially valued since they now travel to Buffalo on Thursday to face the re-energized Sabres and their returned ace, Jack Eichel.

But without the Mighty Mika, the Rangers have found players who can help regain the winning routine — especially Rick Nash who ignited the comeback with the game-tying red light in the third period before Jimmy Vesey’s power-play goal sealed the deal.

Joe Micheletti analyzes Rick Nash's dominant performance and how he single-handedly turned the game around for the Blueshirts.

OVERVIEW
A fast up-and-coming Carolina club gave the Blueshirts fits, but the key was the New Yorkers ability to fight them off, get on the score sheet in the second period, tie it early in the third and then put it away late in the final frame.

WHAT WENT RIGHT 

1. THE CONQUERING KING: When the visitors were ahead 2-0, the Rangers appeared bewitched, bothered and bewildered. It was up to Henrik Lundqvist to put the brakes on the Carolina Express. He did just that long enough for defenseman Nick Holden to put New York on the score sheet in the second frame. Better still, he thwarted a final moment Canes surge when it appeared they just might tie the contest.

2. HIGH-SPEED NASH: They don’t make Nash automobiles anymore, but the Rangers Rick is thundering like a Mack Truck. His end-to-end game-tying rush at the start of the third period should earn him the nickname “The Big N,” as in notable.

3. VESEY’S STREET: There’s a Vesey Street in Manhattan and a Vesey in the Rangers lineup. For a while, the rookie was in a slump, but no more. He sure was Jimmy On The Spot potting the game-winner on the third-period power play. The Kid is a comer and will only get better as the season unfolds.

4. POWER PLAY POWERED: They finally did it. Turning a PP into a game-winner couldn’t have come at a more appropriate time.

WHAT THEY WERE SAYING

1. THE COACH: “It’s what we needed,” said coach Alain Vigneault. “Rick Nash was our leader, especially with the first shift of the third period and helped set up the winner.”

2. THE GOALIE: “The key for me was to stop them from scoring the third goal and that happened,” said Lundqvist. “For us, this was a good test.”

3. THE ANALYST: “The veterans — Nash, Lundqvist, and Ryan McDonagh willed this win,” concluded Dave Maloney of MSG Network.

4. THE FAN: “It was a grind it out win for the Rangers,” writes Rob Taub of Long Island. “When they fell behind they never faltered and that, in the end, turned the game around in their favor.”

LOOKING AHEAD
The next Rangers game is in Buffalo on Thursday night. Bolstered by the return of Jack Eichel, the Sabres will be a tough foe. Don’t miss complete coverage on MSG Network beginning at 6:30 PM.

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Lee, Okwara Display Special Bond That Athletes Often Share

The connection between athletes is really cool.

On a regular basis, I have the opportunity to watch the Islanders interact with one another. I’m at practices and skates, interviewing them after wins and losses. I’m there on the plane with them for hours and hours as they fly all over the US and Canada.

To me, the way their relationships evolve over time is pretty fascinating. There is a bond between players. It grows with the number of games they play together, and is tested with the highs and lows throughout a given season. The common thread is in the jersey they wear and the game they love.

Recently, I’ve noticed the bond formed between athletes that play different sports. I had the opportunity to go along with Anders Lee to the New York Giants‘ training facility in New Jersey. He was super excited to meet a young rookie defensive end who plays for Big Blue, Romeo Okwara. The two had never met before. They play different sports while representing the same city, New York, but that was just part of their instant connection as they shook hands and chatted happily.

Romeo and Andres are both very proud of their Fighting Irish roots as they both were student-athletes representing the University of Notre Dame.

Anders Lee of the New York Islanders gets a behind-the-scenes look at the New York Giants' facility from fellow Notre Dame alumni Romeo Okwara.

Watching them interact throughout the day brought back some college memories for me, too. I could understand the ease they felt meeting one another. Their common thread of being a college athlete at Notre Dame is part of who they are as people now. Many hockey players don’t go through the college pipelines before going to the NHL — same goes for baseball. But in my experience, that time in college is invaluable and the connections you form with other athletes can stay with you throughout your lifetime.

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I was a swimmer at the University of Missouri, as some of you might already know. As a student-athlete at Mizzou, some of my closest friends were other athletes and not just on my team. I had friends who ran track, wrestled, played baseball and football. We ate at the dining hall together, studied at the student-athlete facilities and went to each others’ games and meets to share support. Years after graduating, I’ve had a few instances where our paths cross again.

The first time I walked into the Detroit Tigers’ clubhouse, I thought Max Scherzer was going to die when he saw me. We knew each other from our time on the Student Athlete Council at Mizzou. What were the chances I’d end up covering the team he was pitching for? It was fun watching Max continue to develop into one of the league’s premier talents. And, though we both moved on from Detroit, I still make an effort to watch his starts at Citi Field when the Nationals are in town. I felt Mizzou pride when Max was awarded the Cy Young award a few weeks ago. Once a Tiger, always a Tiger.

Looking back at the day Lee and Okwara met, I could have told you in the first five minutes their bond will last a lifetime. The Notre Dame experience and their respect for their professional endeavors in sports was evident.

Anders invited Romeo to come visit Barclays Center to experience an Islanders game. The next home game was that Friday and guess who was there sitting by the glass wearing an Islanders jersey? Romeo Okwara. He chanted “Yes, Yes, Yes” during the game and toured the Isles’ dressing room after. It was a new connection formed, not between teammates, but like-minded athletes.

From college to the pros, the respect Romeo and Anders have for each other and the games they love is something special.

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New York Acura Dealers Sweepstakes

Official Rules

NO PURCHASE OR GAME WATCH NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. NEITHER A PURCHASE NOR GAME WATCH WILL INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING.

ELIGIBILITY: The New York Acura Dealers Sweepstakes (“Sweepstakes”) begins at 12:00 p.m. (noon) Eastern Time (“ET”) on December 6, 2016 and ends at 11:59 p.m. ET on December 29, 2016 (“Sweepstakes Period”). Sponsor shall have the sole discretion in determining the timeliness of any action or inaction related to this Sweepstakes. All times mentioned in these Official Rules are in Eastern Time, unless expressly noted otherwise.

This Sweepstakes is only open to legal residents of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania, 18 or older.  Employees, officers, directors and agents of MSGN Holdings, L.P. (“Sponsor”), New York Rangers, LLC (“Rangers”), the National Hockey League, its member teams and NHL Enterprises, L.P. (collectively, “NHL Entities”), New York Acura Dealers, and their respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates and advertising and promotion agencies, public relations agencies, prize suppliers, including any vendors providing services in connection with this sweepstakes (collectively, the “Sweepstakes Entities”) and members of their immediate family (spouse, parent, children, siblings and their respective spouses, regardless of where they reside) and persons living in the same household, whether or not related, are not eligible. Void outside the Territory and where prohibited. Subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws.

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To enter, visit http://www.MSGNetworks.com/NYAcuraDealersSweeps (“Sweepstakes Entry Page”) during the Sweepstakes Period and follow the directions to enter the Sweepstakes. You can earn one or more entries by completing the following actions on/through the Sweepstakes Entry Page (each, an “Entry Action”):

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You should only refer friends with whom you have a relationship.  Share messages should not be altered in any way.  Each Entry Action must be taken using the tools provided on the Sweepstakes Entry Page or entrant will not receive entries for completing that Entry Action.  If you do not have a Twitter, Instagram or Facebook account, establishing an account is free.  All Twitter, Instagram and Facebook terms and conditions apply (as applicable).

All entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. ET on December 29, 2016 (with the exception of the Watch & Win mail-in entries described below).

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Entries generated by script, macro or other automated means or by any means which subvert the entry process are void.  Entrants can only obtain an entry(ies) for any Entry Action one (1) time, except for the Watch & Win Code submission Entry Action that can be taken once per New York Rangers live broadcast on MSG Networks during the Sweepstakes Period, for a total of twelve (12) times.  No entrant can earn more than 80 entries in this sweepstakes. Entries become the sole property of Sponsor. Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any entry and remove any post that it determines, in its sole discretion, is not in compliance with these Official Rules.

WINNER DETERMINATION:  One (1) potential Grand Prize winner will be selected by Sponsor in a random drawing on or about January 5, 2017 from among all eligible entries received.  Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received. Sponsor’s decisions with respect to winner determination are final and binding.

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PRIZES:  Grand Prize (1):  Winner will receive an MSG VIP Experience for winner and one (1) guest, which includes the following: (i) a tour of studio at MSG Networks (exact details of tour will be provided by Sponsor; tour may be provided as part of a group tour), (ii) a meet and greet with an MSG Networks on-air talent (exact person(s) to be determined by Sponsor) and (iii) two (2) tickets to a Rangers regular season home game. Approximate Retail Value: $400.00. Transportation to and from game is not included as part of prize.  Tickets are subject to certain terms and conditions as specified by issuer.  The terms and conditions of the tickets will govern if the game is cancelled due to weather, an act of God, an act of terrorism, civil disturbance or any other reason. NHL game, event, and exhibition times are determined in the sole discretion of NHL and/or applicable NHL team, as applicable, and may be subject to change.  Released Parties (as defined below) are not responsible for, and will not replace, lost, mutilated, or stolen tickets.  Seat locations will be determined by Sponsor.  Winner and guests must comply with all venue rules and regulations.  Failure to do so may result in forfeiture of prize.  Exact details of meet and greet, including on-air talent and duration, will be determined by Sponsor. The applicable Sweepstakes Entities reserve the right to remove or deny entry to winner and/or his/her guest who engage(s) in non-sportsmanlike or disruptive manner, or with the intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person at the game, event or exhibition.

Prize is non-assignable and nontransferable and cannot be redeemed for cash.  Prize is awarded “as is” with no warranty or guarantee, either express or implied.  Winner is responsible for all federal, state and local taxes as well as any costs and expenses associated with prize acceptance and use not specified herein as being provided, including, but not limited to, transportation to and from the tour/game.  Winner may not substitute a prize, but Sponsor reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to substitute a prize (or portion thereof) with one of comparable or greater value. All prize details are at Sponsor’s sole discretion.

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This sweepstakes is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, or NHL Entities. You understand that you are providing your information to Sponsor and not to Facebook or Twitter or Instagram or NHL Entities.

Disclaimer: MSGN Holdings, L.P. is responsible for the collection, submission and processing of entries and the overall administration and execution of this Sweepstakes. Entrants should look solely to MSGN Holdings, L.P., and not any of the other Sweepstakes Entities, regarding any questions related to this Sweepstakes.

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Game Preview: Sabres at Senators

BY: DAVID KOLB

BUFFALO SABRES (7-9-5) @ OTTAWA SENATORS (14-7-1)

RIVAL GAME – EICHEL BACK

The Sabres are in Ottawa tonight to face off against the Senators. The game looks like it will mark the return of Jack Eichel, who sprained his ankle in practice the day before the season began. Eichel has missed 21 games and the Sabres are 7-9-5 during that stretch.

NO EASY FETE

The Senators have been fantastic defensively and in net, allowing only five goals in their past four games (all wins), including shutting out the New York Rangers on Sunday, 2-0 at Madison Square Garden. The Sabres have only scored a goal in each of their past four losses, however, with a healthy lineup, the Sabres could quickly become one of the NHL’s more consistent offensive teams.

LEHNER VS. OLD MATES

Former Senators goalie Robin Lehner is expected to get the start in goal for the Sabres tonight after Anders Nilsson suffered the loss Friday in Washington. Against his former club, Lehner has a 2-0-2 record with a .956 save percentage and a 1.30 goals against average.

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FAMILIAR FOES

This will be the Sabres and Senators’ third meeting this month, as Buffalo defeated the Senators 2-1 in Ottawa back on November 5. The Senators then evened the season series at one game a piece via a Senators 2-1 win Nov. 9 in Buffalo.

KARLSSON THE GREAT

Senators’ top defenseman, and leading scorer, Erik Karlsson was held off the board Sunday versus the Rangers, however, he skated an incredible 26:28 with three shots on net. Karlsson has three points in his past four games, and enters tonight’s contest with four goals and 13 assist for 17 points and is a plus-6 with an average time a ice of 27:06.

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MSG Networks Kids Knicks Analyst for a Day

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Have your child (age: 7-15) be on air with Al Trautwig as a pre-game analyst for an upcoming Knicks game. This “once in a lifetime” experience will allow the winner’s child to be featured as a pregame analyst for an upcoming game.

The guest analyst (one child) will have the opportunity to discuss the upcoming game, their favorite Knicks player and their outlook for the Knicks going forward this season in one segment during the pregame show.

Your experience will include a meet-and-greet with the MSG Networks’ Knicks announcers and sit in on the Knicks pre-game production meeting for the winning bidder and guests. This experience comes with four (4) tickets to that night’s Knicks game. All proceeds go to the Garden of Dreams Foundation.

An industry leader in sports production, and content development and distribution, MSG Networks Inc. owns and operates two award-winning regional sports and entertainment networks, MSG Network (MSG) and MSG+, and a live streaming and video on demand platform, MSG GO. The networks are home to 10 professional sports teams, delivering live games of the New York Knicks; New York Rangers; New York Islanders; New Jersey Devils; Buffalo Sabres; New York Liberty; New York Red Bulls and the Westchester Knicks, as well as coverage of the New York Giants and Buffalo Bills. Each year, MSG and MSG+ collectively telecast approximately 500 live professional games, along with a comprehensive lineup of other sporting events, including college football and basketball, and critically-acclaimed original programming. The gold standard for regional broadcasting, MSG Networks has won 145 New York Emmy Awards over the past nine years.

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  • Age requirement of 7 – 15 for child guest however guests under 18 must be accompanied by an adult (counts as one of the attendees).  Any minor must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian at all times.
  • This experience will take place on a mutually agreed up on date between December 19, 2016 – April 9, 2017.
  • Experience date will be based on MSG Networks availability and the Knicks home schedule.
  • Approximate duration: 6-7 hours.
  • Valid for 4 people.
  • Pre- game production meeting experience is for winning bidder and guests.
  • For the avoidance of doubt, only the child (one) will appear on-air during the pre-game analyst.
  • This is a private meet and greet for 4 people.
  • The meet and greet will take place at a to be determined time before the game; all details, including duration, will be determined by MSG Networks.
  • The winner and guests may take photos.
  • Winner and guests may not sell or license the photos to any other person or entity, and may not exhibit, distribute or otherwise use the photos for any commercial purpose (nor permit any other person or entity to do so) without prior written consent of MSG Networks.
  • Winning bidder and guests can take something small to be signed.
  • Seat locations will be determined by MSG Networks.
  • Tickets are subject to terms and conditions specified thereon.
  • Experience cannot be resold or re-auctioned.
  • Travel and accommodations are not included.
  • If, for any reason, any element of the Experience cannot be provided, remainder of Experience will be provided and the Garden of Dreams Foundation will have no further obligation to winner.
  • Security requires a photo ID.
  • Winning bidder and guests subject to security screening.
  • Winner may be required to sign an affidavit of eligibility and release for child’s appearance on-air.
  • We expect all winning bidders and their guests to conduct themselves appropriately when attending an experience won at Charitybuzz. Polite manners and respect for the generous donor and adherence to any rules or parameters are a must.  Failure to do so may result in forfeiture of experience.

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Do You Really Know Jack Eichel? Test Your Knowledge!

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