MSG Network Suffers Ad Fail, Takes Down Controversial Knicks Posters

Gabe ZaldivarPop Culture Lead WriterNovember 7, 2012

Photo Credit: Darren Rovell Twitter
Photo Credit: Darren Rovell Twitter

MSG Network had to take down a few ads that caused quite the controversy around town recently. 

ESPN's Darren Rovell reports several posters with controversial claims were taken down after they garnered negative publicity. 

You can judge for yourself the amount of shock they produce, as Rovell managed to tweet a big one to the masses before it was wiped away for good.

Does MSG really think this is a good ad? Wow

— darren rovell (@darrenrovell) November 7, 2012


Some declared on Rovell's Twitter feed that they weren't all that upset at a poster like this, featuring what they consider to be harmless fun. 

Then there was this ad which refers to a harness malfunction during a Broadway show. Rovell clears up what that means to those outside the Manhattan area. 

The ad was referring to the Broadway show "Spiderman: Turn Off The Dark," in which actors have been injured, including Christopher Tierney, who fell 30 feet from the air into the orchestra pit in December 2010. Tierney, who sustained four broken ribs and fractured three of his vertebrae, returned to the show four months later.

So you see, hardly the subject one would choose to joke about, especially if you are an ad agency trying to get New Yorkers to come see the team play. 

Essentially, the MSG Network ads were trying to sell the team's broadcasts by being sexist and demeaning the looks of fellow New York faithful in one ad. In the other, they were making light of injured performers. 

Yes, it's safe to say they could have gone another route in selling the Knicks broadcasts to those who would have probably tuned in anyway. 


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