Fans behind anti-Jets GM movement set sights on Knicks owner James Dolan
Even though New York Knicks owner James Dolan will not be reprimanded by the NBA for his fiery email salvo fired back at a disgruntled fan, the impulsive correspondence he fired off has inspired arguably a far more formidable foe than the league to take action: A group of disgruntled fans with a penchant for causing headaches for the suits running New York professional sports organizations.
Jason Koeppel, his brother Jared — the duo behind the very popular “Fire John Idzik” movement during the brutal season the New York Jets just endured — along with pals Greg Koehler and Dan Filowitz have launched a new website, Knicks4Sale.com, on which the case is made that the embattled Knicks owner should relinquish his stranglehold upon the once proud franchise.
The group of long-suffering Knicks fans argue on several fronts why Dolan should sell the team, as documented on the site’s homepage. A Twitter and Facebook account also have been created as part of the anti-Dolan movement and the stated goal is to raise $20,000 to fund a billboard outside Madison Square Garden.
“It was the ‘Idzik news conference moment.’ That’s what we called it — when we decided that management and ownership had gone too far and it was time for the fans to do something,” said Jason Koeppel. “This email that he had the nerve to send to one of his fans was the moment. We talked last night — the four of us — and just said, you know what, we’ve had enough and we’ve gotta do something.”
Koeppel, in no uncertain terms, also expressed his unhappiness with Dolan that has reached a frustration level that he and his friends believe will resonate with a broader spectrum of Knicks fans.
“We’re sick of having Dolan around. We’re sick of his meddling. He’s an embarrassment,” he said. “And it’s embarrassing to us to read the email that he sent to a fan, so we just felt like it was time to embarrass him.”
The plan as it presently stands is to allow fan voting to determine the message on the proposed billboard.
“It’s gonna say something to the effect of ‘Knicks 4 Sale: Competent owner needed. Inquire within,'” Koeppel said. “But we’re gonna look to the creativity of the donors to help us in that process.”