Knicks Gaming Tip-Off Tournament Schedule Released

Courtesy New York Knicks

NEW YORK, NY, April 30, 2018 – Knicks Gaming, the official NBA 2K League team of The Madison Square Garden Company (NSYE: MSG), will play its first-ever game on Wednesday, May 2 at 6:00 p.m. during “THE TIPOFF,” the season’s first tournament, with gaming veteran Kyle Rudy (PSN: LetsBallUp_) as the team’s first-ever team manager and head coach.

The Knicks Gaming team is comprised of six players, all of whom were selected in the first-ever NBA 2K League Draft on April 4:

Knicks Gaming will begin its inaugural 15-week regular season with “THE TIPOFF,” the season’s first tournament, with competition running from May 1-5. The team will play three matches on Wednesday, May 2 against the Warriors Gaming Squad (6:00 p.m.), Wizards District Gaming (8:00 p.m.), and Jazz Gaming (9:00 p.m.). The top eight teams will advance to playoff rounds taking place on Saturday, May 5. The 2018 NBA 2K League schedule features 12 weeks of matchups, three weeks of tournaments, and two weeks of playoffs with the season culminating at the end of August. All competition will take place at the NBA 2K League Studio Powered by Intel in New York City.

Rudy brings over 11 years of gaming experience to Knicks Gaming, two of which were spent as a starter for Throwdown, a competitive NBA 2K Pro-Am organization. His gaming accolades include the 2017 Road to the All-Star Game (PlayStation 4) championship, qualifying for the 2016 Road to the Finals (XBOX), and winning the 2014 $2,000 Gamebattles Season. The 2017 graduate of Anna Maria College also brings coaching experience to New York City as a former assistant coach in both basketball and football for the Millbrook High School Blazers.

“We’re thrilled to bring Kyle on board as the final piece of the Knicks Gaming team,” said Kristin Bernert, SVP, Business Operations. “It was important to us to find someone who has extensive NBA 2K knowledge, a passion for the game of basketball, and leadership skills. Kyle had the combination we were looking for, and I look forward to watching our inaugural team flourish under his direction.”

For all Knicks Gaming news and developments visit KnicksGaming.com and follow the team on Twitter (@KnicksGaming) and Instagram (@KnicksGaming).

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Giants Return to Their Identity With 2018 Draft Picks

It was an NFL Draft for the New York Giants that checked nearly every box.

See which players will be joining Big Blue for the 2018 season, as we break down their draft class!

The Giants got the draft’s best playmaker and addressed positions of need, all while adding depth. Not a bad three days in the least for new general manager Dave Gettleman.

[Read: Giants Get Their Man in Saquon]

In fact, it was a throwback draft for this team in many ways from a GM who understands the history of how this team’s winners have been built in the past. Picking No. 2 after last year’s forgettable season, Gettleman nailed his early picks while adding young talent to his two-deep in the draft’s later rounds.

This draft was all about identity for the Giants, or, perhaps more fittingly, a return to an identity. Part out of necessity, and in large part due to neglect, the Giants had stopped being a team in recent years that would run the ball.

Neglecting the offensive line or the running back position in the draft as well as free agency has a way of making a team one-dimensional, and the league’s worst ground game the past two seasons certainly made the Giants anything but a balanced offense.

But the additions of first-round pick Saquon Barkley, arguably the best collegiate running back in the past decade, and the second-round choice of UTEP ‘Hog Molly’ Will Hernandez are throwback selections for this team. These are Giants players of old, the type who not only love a physical brand of football but thrive on it.

UTEP guard Will Hernandez and Texas DE Charles Omenihu battle at the line of scrimmage in a 2016 game.

Eli Manning has been at his best, not surprisingly, when he has had time in the pocket to pick apart an opposing secondary. Add in a legitimate running game to set up the play action and that was the formula that helped turn Manning into a two-time Super Bowl MVP. He’s got that now with those first two picks. There is no excuse for him now not to return to the Manning, who in 2016, led the Giants back into the playoffs.

While Barkley and Hernandez are the type of players that made up the core of this franchise’s four Super Bowl teams, the rest of the picks on Day 2 and Day 3 are no throwaways either.

In the third round, the Giants went defense, selecting LB Lorenzo Carter at 66 and DT B.J. Hill at 69. And in the fifth round, they chose another tackle in R.J. McIntosh.

Carter, an outside linebacker was a bit of an enigma at Georgia, but he can get after the quarterback. Adding depth along the defensive line in nose tackle Hill from NC State and Miami’s McIntosh helps a unit that struggled to control gaps and collapse the pocket a year ago. These picks are the types of players that help a team win in December, so that they can keep playing into January.

Georgia OLB Lorenzo Carter eyes up Kyle Shurmur, Pat’s son, during a 2017 game against Vanderbilt.

Add in a nice value pick in the fourth round with Richmond QB Kyle Lauletta, and the Giants suddenly got deeper in a bunch of positions. In Lauletta (108th overall), the Giants have a quarterback who is raw but highly regarded coming out of an FCS program, and someone who could develop to compete with Davis Webb to be a backup behind Manning.

More than the talent accrued for the Giants is the way Gettleman went about this draft. It was in stark contrast from years past. This draft, in many ways, seemed to have direction. Big Blue took the best available player – especially true in the first two rounds – while addressing glaring needs. Their inability to run the ball was predicated on the fact that the offensive line was arguably the worst in the league the past two years and also lacked a true playmaker out of the backfield.

Now, there are no excuses. Not with the talent that Gettleman brought in via Barkley and Hernandez.

While a trade out from the second round might have been ideal, the Giants certainly maximized their picks on the draft’s first two days to bring in talent and also get deeper in positions of need. Finally, the adults were in the war room for the Giants, and it showed with a team that now looks more like the Wild Card Giants of 2016 than last year’s 3-13 record.

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Draft Lottery Kind to Sabres; Rangers, Islanders Drop

The hockey gods have smiled their good fortune down on the Buffalo Sabres.

Buffalo will be selecting No. 1 overall in the 2018 NHL Draft after winning the Draft Lottery Saturday night in Toronto.

It’s the third time in the franchise’s history where the Sabres will pick No. 1 overall. Buffalo selected Hall of Famer Gilbert Perrault with the first pick in the 1970 Amateur Draft and chose Pierre Turgeon in the 1987 Draft.

The odds were always in favor for the Sabres, who had an 18.5 percent chance of winning the lottery by virtue of their record during the 2017-18 season.

Because the Carolina Hurricanes moved up to the No. 2 spot in the Draft Lottery, the Rangers, who had the eighth-best odds to win it, fell one spot and will select No. 9 overall.

The Blueshirts have picked ninth overall three times in franchise history, including Hall of Famer Brian Leetch in 1986.

The Islanders, who had two first-round picks that were eligible for the lottery, will have back-to-back selections, as they’ll pick 11th and 12th overall.

The Isles have only selected 11th once before, taking defenseman Pat Price in the 1975 Amateur Draft. They picked 12th in the 2009 Draft, taking defenseman Calvin de Haan.

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Hall Named Hart Trophy Finalist

It’s official: Taylor Hall is headed to Las Vegas.

No, he’s not going to Golden Knights. The Devils‘ marquee forward is headed to Sin City after being named as one of three finalists for the award given to, according to the NHL, “the player judged most valuable to his team” for a season.

The 26-year-old certainly has the credentials for it. Hall tallied career highs in goals (39), assists (54) and points (93) during the 2017-18 campaign. His exploits lifted the Devils to their first postseason run since 2012.

His coach, John Hynes, thinks Hall is deserving of the honor.

Hall was named a finalist alongside the Avalanche’s Nathan MacKinnon and the Kings’ Anze Kopitar. The winner will be announced on Wednesday, June 20 in Las Vegas.

If he wins, Hall would become the first player in Devils’ history to win the prestigious honor.

One thing is for sure: Devils fans would pick Hall as the Hart winner if they had the chance!

Hall has the opportunity to win two awards in Vegas after also being nominated for the Ted Lindsay Award, which is given to the NHL’s most outstanding player judged by the players.

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Crucial Offseason Awaits Ntilikina

The days leading up to the NFL Draft might be the greatest — or worse — example of paralysis by analysis.

You hear terms such as “fluid through the hips,” or — and this one is my favorite — “feet are crisp and hypnotic.”

Are we talking about a $42 kale salad or a football player?

That’s what matters to me. Is an athlete a player?

Which brings me to Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina. I think Ntilikina can be a high-quality NBA player for a long time to come. He has the skill set. He has the maturity. He has a basketball body.

But a lot of that depends on this offseason.

Here’s what I want the title of Ntilikina’s diary of the summer to be, “I Know What The Fresh Prince Did This Summer – He Balled Out.”

Does Ntilikina need to get stronger? Absolutely. The 190 pounds he carries on his 6-foot-5 frame looks like a mannequin in the petite section at Ann Taylor.

Does he need to improve his endurance? No doubt. Ntilikina acknowledged he hit the “rookie wall” shortly after outplaying fellow rookie Dennis Smith Jr. in early January.

Does his outside shot (50-of-157 on 3s; 31.8-percent) need to be more consistent? Of course.

But more than working on his body, endurance and the countless hours of shooting, nothing will help Ntilikina more than playing as much ball against the best competition he can find this summer.

There were countless times in his rookie season that Ntilikina was this close to making a dazzling play. He knew where to go with the ball, how to set up a defender and when to take his shot.

But often that nanosecond delay between thought and action led to a turnover or loose ball instead of a crowd-gasping play.

Why critics harped on this remains a mystery. Ntilikina, 19, wasn’t merely the second youngest player in the NBA this season. He was even younger in basketball years.

[Robbins’ Nest: Mills & Perry Running Smart Coaching Search]

In his last three seasons in Europe, Ntilikina played a total of 70 games. That’s less than a full NBA season, or less than an elite U.S. teenage prospect that plays for his high school and AAU team.

Ntilikina simply wasn’t exposed to the same intense hoops culture that high school and junior high school players immerse themselves in.

“We don’t play much in games when we’re younger like college players,’’ said Ntilikina. “In professional Euro leagues, we don’t play that many games so it may be a little harder to adjust.’’

It was absolute folly to think that Ntilikina wouldn’t struggle at times making the quantum leap from his less-intense European basketball upbringing to competing against the best players in the world.

So Ntilikina’s summer starts with being on the court as much as possible. Towards the end of the season, Ntilikina said the game was starting to come to him. That’s the next step in his evolution as a player.

“I just feel like the game is slowing down, that I can do a lot more things,” Ntilikina said.

Now, about the strength and endurance. There are 12-year-old baseball athletes in the U.S. that have their own strength and conditioning coaches. They have nutritionists. They have position coaches and specialty camps.

Not Ntilikina.

Having finished his first NBA season, Ntilikina should take some time allow his body and mind to refresh. But he should not dwell on the highs and lows of his rookie season. Next season starts this summer.

“He’s got tremendous potential,’’ Golden State’s Klay Thompson told the New York Post. “Anytime you’re in the NBA at 19, you’re doing something right.

“He plays the game the right way, he can shoot, he’s still got a lot of growing to do and he’s just going to get better every day.”

Especially if he commits to spending as much time on the court as possible this summer.

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Giants Get Their Guy in Barkley

Dave Gettleman wanted to put his pick in two seconds after the Cleveland Browns selected Baker Mayfield first overall in last night’s NFL Draft, such was the conviction of the New York Giants general manager on taking Saquon Barkley.

There was, of course, the temptation for the Giants to stray off course. This team, given their four Super Bowl titles, isn’t used to picking as high up in the NFL Draft as they did on Thursday night. The Giants didn’t panic. They didn’t reach. They got a player who can help them and who was the best fit for their needs.

Win. Win.

Barkley is everything that Gettleman could want in a running back. Not only was he productive his three years at Penn State, including being a Heisman candidate much of last season, he also is a model student-athlete. Poised, articulate and dedicated in and out of the classroom, Barkley is an instant boost to a Giants locker room that splintered at times in 2017.

The Giants could have traded back and entertained calls but at the end of the day, the allure of a generational running back was just too much to pass up.

“We had such a strong conviction on Saquon. I was talking to people – not a lot, but we all had such a conviction on this kid,” Gettleman said after the draft. “At the end of the day, very frankly, today, Baker Mayfield goes. The only reason that pick wasn’t in at 9:58 was because we had to wait untill the five-minute mark.”

Barkley can change the Giants offense and provide a switch from being solely based and founded on the passing game. There is now no reason that the Giants rushing offense should be near the bottom of the NFL, as has been the case the past two years. He’s an instant spark.

The ground game helps the passing game, which in turn helps the Giants become more balanced. This will help them control the clock, something that is also a boon for the defense.

The Giants got better on Thursday night because they got the best overall football player in the draft. It was something Gettleman had to embrace.

And while quarterback Eli Manning and wide receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and Sterling Shepard aren’t going anywhere anytime soon, Barkley balances the reliance on the passing game. Simply having him as a threat to break open big runs should keep teams honest and open things down the field for Beckham and Shepard as well as second-year tight end Evan Engram.

The fit was there – it must have been if the Giants used the second overall pick on a position that rarely is taken in the top-5 of the NFL Draft.

“You know what I say about that? It is a crock. At the end of the day, a great player is a great player. He is a touchdown-maker,” Gettleman said.

“He is a threat to take it to the house every time he gets his hands on the ball. I think a lot of that stuff is nonsense. I think it is someone who had decided to get into the analytics of it and went through whatever. Jonathan Stewart is in his 10th year and he has not lost anything. I don’t believe in that. I don’t care who you take, they can all get hurt.”

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For Royer, Red Bulls is Home

New York simply felt like home for Daniel Royer.

The New York Red Bulls winger signing a contract extension this week that will make him a part of the team for the foreseeable future. It is a bold move by the organization and the player, who had interest from several high-profile European clubs this offseason before spurning their advances to stay in MLS.

[Watch Red Bulls-Galaxy Saturday at 10:30 PM on MSG & MSG GO. Download Free]

Signed in the last gasps of the summer transfer window in 2016, Royer understandably took some time to settle into MLS. But his 2017 season showed a player who not only was among the most daring attacking players in the league but someone who fit the Red Bulls system perfectly.

While Royer is confident on the dribble and creative on the ball, he also brings a tremendous work rate. It is a tailor-made blend of athleticism and skill for a team that presses and counter-presses with almost maniacal tendencies.

Signing a deal to extend his time in MLS is a big move for Royer, six times capped by Austria and set to turn 28-years old in May.

“It’s always good when you have security contract. In Europe, it is common to have long-term deals. As I have experienced in America, it’s not common to have contracts for a long period of time. I think it is always connected with security.

Daniel Royer discusses his new contract with the Red Bulls that will keep him in the MLS for the foreseeable future.

[Watch Red Bulls-Galaxy Saturday at 10:30 PM on MSG & MSG GO. Download Free]

“First of all, I have to say that I like it here. Nothing changed about that. There was no big reason for me to leave. Sorting out things, that’s pretty much why I’m happy that I re-signed here,” Royer told MSGNetworks.com before touching on his fit with the Red Bulls.

“The way we play is pretty unique, we’re not the only team in the world but only a few teams play the style we play – obviously the other Red Bull clubs. I think the style of play fits to my soccer skills. Before I came here, I never experienced this because all the clubs I have [played at], we play a different style of soccer.

“When I came here, it was a big adjustment for me and a new experience. Now being here for one-and-a-half years, I have to say its pretty tough, it’s harder. We all know that, we all mention that before the season, during the season, after the season – it is a high-demand style of soccer and Jesse [Marsch] has a part in that as well. I think it fits for me. It’s a big reason why I like it here.”

With that said, Royer has certainly been up to the physical demands while also producing. In 26 matches last year, 23 of which were starts, he had 12 goals and three assists and was named the “MLS Player of the Month” last July.

His form was strong and Royer, who played in Austria and Denmark before moving to the Red Bulls, got some significant interest from teams back in Europe. The interest, Royer said, “had to be really amazing” to lure him away from the Red Bulls.

“I’m at an age where it is not impossible to make a transfer to a real good club in Europe as well. Other clubs in Europe, they recognized or noticed my season and my goals and how everything went for me,” Royer said.

“At the end of the season, there were some offers and I have to admit there were some good offers – some places I hadn’t played yet. At the end of the day, I knew it had to be something, you know, something unbelievable where I’d have to say ‘Ok, I have to do this.’ I have a high respect for the New York Red Bulls and [am] happy to be here [but] I had some amazing clubs call me from Europe.”

[Watch Red Bulls-Galaxy Saturday at 10:30 PM on MSG & MSG GO. Download Free]

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Devils’ Brass Looks Ahead With Optimism

Where Do We Go From Here, Boys? — World War II song

The Devils know where they’re going — up, up, up and up.

That’s the consensus of the New Jersey high command, headed by general manager Ray Shero and coach John Hynes.

Coming off an unexpectedly positive season, the general staff is planning to produce an even better product for 2018-19.

The franchise’s leaders convened on Wednesday afternoon at Prudential Center for a media session that reviewed the past while foreseeing the Devils’ World of Tomorrow.

Speaking first, Hynes promised an even better effort based on lessons learned in this playoff season but added that he was satisfied with the results.

“The guys learned what it means to be a team,” the coach reported. “They had a good work ethic and developed a strong brotherhood. Without that, we wouldn’t have made the playoffs.

“In the end, we succeeded because we had struggles but found ways out of them. We were competitive and in that way, we gained respect.”

Asked about the difference between the Lightning and his club in the playoffs, Hynes noted that it was a matter of talent.

“Player-wise,” he said, “they were better and more physical. They played well and we just didn’t get it done. In the end, Tampa Bay deserved to win.”

There’s a strong sense that a priority for Shero’s offseason moves will be finding a reputable scorer to supplement Taylor Hall‘s enormous jump in production and leadership. Coach Hynes expects even more from Hall next season.

“The thing about Taylor is that he’s willing to be pushed,” Hynes said.” He definitely should win the Hart Trophy because of the impact he had on our team and the fact that he made the players around him better.

“Remember, Hall was playing with the league’s youngest skater, [Nico Hischier], as his center. What I can see is that Taylor has another level he can achieve physically, leadership-wise and with flexibility.”

The fact that New Jersey’s only certified superstar finished miles ahead of Hischier in scoring indicates how necessary it will be to fill that gap. Certainly, if a prolific forward is available as a free agent, Ray is free to lure him to Newark.

“Spending [for talent] has never been a question with our owners,” Shero insisted. “My owners have been very supportive. But when I spend their dollars, I have to do it the right way.”

In drafting Hischier as his first pick, Ray was right on the money.

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“Nico gave me more than I expected,” the boss admitted. “He earned his spot on the roster in camp and followed that with uncanny things that he did. Always he’s held himself to a higher standard. Younger players like him are ‘culture guys’ who we can build around.”

Hynes added that the rookie needs post-playoff rest. “Next season we want him stronger. We want his shot to improve; a quicker release.”

The defense also remains a work in progress. Shero enhanced that position when he obtained Sami Vatanen from Anaheim for Adam Henrique. The deal helped both clubs, although the Ducks were swept in the playoffs.

“Good defensemen are the hardest to get,” Ray noted, “but I’m going to see what’s available. However, it’s important to remember when talking defense that it’s not just the six D, it’s a whole team concept.”

Another superior Shero acquisition was rugged forward Patrick Maroon who becomes an Unrestricted Free Agent in July but wants to remain a Devil.

“Patrick was a good fit for us,” said the GM. “He was a big part of us getting into the playoffs.” As for re-signing him, Shero added, “Both sides have to see if it (price of the new contract) fits.”

Despite losing the opening round to the mighty Lightning, Shero pointed out that his club’s future is circled by a silver lining.

“The thing I’m most proud of is that we accomplished our goals,” Shero said. “From training camp, we stressed the winning of league-wide respect and we did that all season.

“When it came to the homestretch, we had the hardest schedule in the NHL and we came through, winning big games, especially on the road in tough arenas.”

Both general manager and coach will be doing some heavy huddling about their goaltending future, headlined by Cory Schneider and Keith Kinkaid.

“Cory is a number one goalie,” Shero said, “but he had a tough year with his injury and return. When Keith was called upon, he responded. But I still believe in Cory.”

Ray and his coach understand that making the playoffs next season is not a given. Shero pointed out that the Edmonton Oilers were a playoff team in 2016-17, but missed the postseason this Spring.

Hynes stressed that he wants his team “to be better in every area” and that includes offseason training and team bonding.

“The offseason is a big part of success. We have to maintain a strong brotherhood. That’s at the forefront.”

Knowing that his club slid into the playoffs by a gossamer string, Shero offered his first offseason warning.

“We have to make sure we don’t slide back,” the GM concluded. “We can’t lose the enthusiasm.”

Devils general manager Ray Shero talks about the internal improvement the Devils made during the 2017-18 season and sets his sights on what the team will work on during the offseason.

When it comes to enthusiasm and the Devils’ two leaders, there should be no worries there at all.

They know where their boys go from here!

[Devils Breakup Day Reaction]

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Eli Shares Memories of Unforgettable Draft Day

Eli Manning remembers the hours before the 2004 NFL Draft.

Manning was touted to go first overall to the then-San Diego Chargers, a franchise the former Ole Miss star and his entourage wanted no part of.

In the end, the Chargers took Manning anyway, but the selection would lead to him being traded to the New York Giants. He recalls those fateful days leading up to the draft, including the Friday night prior to his selection.

“I was in New York, that’s about all I can remember,” he said. “I think I went to dinner with my family and just tried to – it was a stressful time because of everything going on, but just tried to enjoy it and tried to enjoy the time being in New York, being at the draft, being with my family and knowing I’m going to have the opportunity to play in the NFL somewhere. So, I think I just tried to relax a little bit before. I knew once you were drafted and you are going to a team, I knew the work was about to amp up and I had to go kind of earn that right to play quarterback for that team.”

Manning’s connections allegedly orchestrated the draft-day trade that saw the Giants send multiple picks to get the quarterback they craved.

With four Pro Bowl appearances and two Super Bowl MVP Awards to Manning’s name, the trade with the Chargers has worked out pretty well for both the Giants and Eli. Manning will likely go down as the best quarterback in franchise history.

Fast forward to the present day. There is uncertainty surrounding Manning, but this time, it’s as a veteran 37-year-old signal caller. The Giants at some point will need to move on from a quarterback who still has plenty to offer.

The Giants will be picking second overall in the 2018 NFL Draft. It’s a consequence of a 3-13 record that comes with the silver lining of a high draft pick. But the Giants are unlikely to draft Manning’s replacement with their first-round pick because their quarterback of the future might already be on their roster.

[Watch Giants Draft Night Live Thursday at 7:30 PM on MSG & MSG GO]

Take a look at the players the New York Giants may select with the second overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.

Davis Webb, the Giants’ third-round pick last year, has some promising tools. He put up good numbers at Texas Tech and then in 2016 at Cal. He has accuracy and a decently strong arm.

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While he needs to develop, he is certainly putting in lots of work this offseason.

Webb has worked out at Rutgers along with Manning and former Giants wide receiver Brandon Marshall. He’s also spent time with quarterback guru Tony Racioppi of TEST Football Academy, working on his mechanics and technique.

The Giants likely won’t draft a blue-chip quarterback on Thursday night in the first round to someday supplant Manning. It might be Webb who is eventually groomed to someday take over for Manning.

His work ethic, Manning said, is undeniable.

“I think Davis has always worked extremely hard, even last year,” he said. He likes watching film, he likes drawing up plays, he likes doing all those things, so we were in there a good bit – you can’t really have any meetings with the coach and you’re trying to learn a new offense and really the only way is kind of watching film. It was good watching it with someone else just because you can kind of help decipher what the read was or what the play was going on or what the protections are and try to figure out some things. He works extremely hard on the field, in the film room, in the weight room, so he’s got the right mentality for it all and it’s good. That’s who you like to surround yourself with, guys that work extremely hard and it even motivates me to work harder and to keep up with him.”

[Watch Giants Draft Night Live Thursday at 7:30 PM on MSG & MSG GO]

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MSG Networks Announces Expanded NY Giants Coverage for NFL Draft

All-Day Giants Takeover on Thursday, April 26 will Include 22 Hours of Coverage Including the Debut of “Beginnings – Landon Collins” at 6:00 PM & 9:00 PM and a Live Draft Show from MetLife Stadium at 7:30 PM

Extensive Draft Coverage to Feature Exclusive Interviews with David Diehl and Nick Mangold Tonight, April 24 at 10:30 PM and Victor Cruz and Carl Banks on Wednesday, April 25 at 10:30 PM

New York, NY (April 24, 2018) – In advance of Thursday’s highly anticipated NFL Draft, MSG Networks (NYSE: MSGN) today announced an increased lineup of original New York Giants programming, live Giants draft analysis and exclusive player interviews for fans looking to stay close to the action this week.

MSG Networks’ expanded draft coverage will kick-off today, Tuesday, April 24, with several episodes of “People Talking Draft,” providing fans with complete access to the latest team news, draft talk and expert commentary.

The draft programming will continue at 10:30 pm tonight with “People Talking Football: Mangold & Diehl,” which will feature an engaging conversation with two former New York football greats on the offensive line. David Diehl and Nick Mangold sit down together for a candid discussion about their playing careers in New York, the top prospects in this year’s draft and their life after football.

Former Giants stars Victor Cruz and Carl Banks will then be profiled on another broadcast of “People Talking Football: Cruz & Banks” at 10:30 PM on Wednesday, April 25. The two Giants legends will discuss their illustrious Giants careers, the upcoming draft, life as a New York athlete, the fashion world and more.

On Thursday, April 26, MSG Networks, the TV Home of the New York Giants, will begin their all-day Giants takeover with 22 straight hours of coverage, starting at 6:00 AM. The coverage will be highlighted by the debut of “Beginnings – Landon Collins,” which will first air at 6:00pm and again at 9:00pm following the live draft coverage. The show will look at the All-Pro safety’s impressive rise to stardom and chronicle his early days growing up in Louisiana to his college career at Alabama to being selected by the Giants in the 2015 NFL Draft.

The official draft night coverage will start at 7:30 PM on Thursday with “Giants Draft Night Live, sponsored by Verizon”. The show will be broadcasted live from MetLife Stadium and hosted by Bob Papa, along with Carl Banks and David Diehl, with reporters on the ground both at the stadium and at the Draft in Dallas. Paul Dottino will be inside the stadium interviewing Giants players, staff, alumni and fans. And Madelyn Burke will be on-site in Dallas, capturing all the action up close.

Additionally, all the draft coverage airing on MSG Networks will be available on MSG GO, MSG Networks’ live streaming and video on demand platform for smartphones, tablets and computers.

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