RANGERS: James Dolan, the Cablevision magnate, is the only owner among the metropolitan area's three N.H.L. teams to contribute in this election cycle – and he is all in for the Republicans. So far, Dolan has given $35,800 to various Republican national committees, $2,500 to Romney, $5,000 to Mitch McConnell and $3,500 to Representative Peter King of Long Island.
The only exception after contributing $51,800 to the Republicans: Dolan gave $3,000 to Senator Bob Menendez, Democrat of New Jersey.
...with President Obama's take from the rich and give to the poor approach to governing this country, it's no surprise to see the Dolans contributing to the Republicans. Only possible reason I can see them donating to Menendez was to grease him up to help for a Cablevision deal in New Jersey.
...while I'd much rather see the Dolans save their money and lower ticket prices than donating it to politicians, I'm assuming the tax breaks they'd get under the Republicans will make up for their donations 10-fold. Either way Rangers fans aren't seeing a drop in ticket prices.
...what I found interesting was Islanders owner Charles Wang not donating. Maybe if he would have contributed to the campaigns of a couple of Nassau County elected officials his team would have a brand new arena by now.
wow. The fact that, according to the article, NHL owners donate to Republicans politicians is hardly surprising. In fact, the entire NHL lockout situation is a microcosm of the real world; you have a relatively small group in control of an inordinate amount of money who are attempting to increase that amount by limiting the wages and benefits of their employees while trying to convince their customers that they will benefit from this belt-tightening (Bettman saying tix prices will drop.). Meanwhile, revenue is up, along with tix prices. Essentially its very few screwing very many. Trickle down my ass. politics in the blog....maybe not a great idea
Your really going to get on Dolan's case now because he's donating to a party you clearly do not believe it? $35,000 hardly reflects any sort of added income Dolan would see from increased ticket prices and if he wants to donate his own money to a cause he believes in then good for him. Hey, and while I know you think Dolan isnt the best owner around, at least he realizes a national problem when he sees it and is attempting to fix it.
Lets stay away from politics here Kevin, it will only separate a fan base that this blog is intended to unite
@AnnoyingJoe Wow. This is how you see the world? So I guess anyone who is wealthy became wealthy only by viciously screwing everyone around them and not through hard work and smart decisions. Sounds like Obama's America. And there arent any Extremely wealthy democrats? And democrats arent corrupted by money! Out of respect to Kevin and this forum intended to be about NYR I will refrain from further comment regarding politics.
@jmc9689 Actually I'm a proud Republican and I diss both parties in the post. And I get on Dolan's case for everything. Why should this be any different?
@HJB91 yes, this is how I view the world or, as I like to call it, reality. People don't become wealthy by viciously screwing the people around them. That's how they MAINTAIN their wealth. NHL revenue is up. Tix prices are way up, but salaries for the players should somehow freeze?
@KevinDeLury @jmc9689 I am a proud republican as well but have to agree with the general consensus here that this isn't a good place for politics.
@KevinDeLury Well for starters that post hardly seemed reflective of the writing of a "proud Republican". I have no problem with you getting on Dolan's case, you do it all the time and as a supportive member of the fan base you have every right to do so, we all do. However, your opening up a completely different can of worms when your bring his private affairs, specifically on the topic of politics, into a hockey based website. It would be one thing to bash the guy had he made the donation under the MSG/Cablevision name, but it was his own money so let it be. All Im saying was that I disagree with your decision to bring politics to this website
@AnnoyingJoe I don't think the Rangers really care to freeze the salaries. It isn't so much about the wealthier teams, it's the ones that aren't losing money.