'Furious' James Dolan called Rupert Murdoch to complain about anti-Knicks ads

This FS1 ad campaign prompted Jim Dolan to call Rupert Murdoch

The same day that a bold FS1 subway ad in NY first surfaced calling the Knicks "hopeless" comes word that the wrap is coming down.

A source said the Knicks, whose logos and players were used in the ad, did not approve the advertising and that it would be taken down by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. The ads will now be taken down.

In short, FS1 rolled out a series of Knicks-themed subway ads that included a "Pick A Side" campaign. According to the NY Times, "The advertisements focused on hot-button sports issues, such as N.B.A. superteams, the trade of Kyrie Irving for Isaiah Thomas, the Michigan-Ohio State rivalry and whether Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., known for end zone antics, is a distraction for the team".

Rock legend Tom Petty dies at 66 after suffering cardiac arrest
Petty was the lead singer of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and also a part of the "80s supergroup the Traveling Wilburys ". He had just wrapped up a summer tour with his band, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers , at the Hollywood Bowl on September 25.

Knicks owner Jim Dolan called Rupert Murdoch on Tuesday and was "furious" about the new Knicks' Hopeless ad campaign sponsored by FS1 that is running in New York City subways, an industry source said.

Inside the subway auto, seats carry come-on lines such as, "Sit here if you blame Phil", "Sit here if you blame Melo" and "Sit here if you blame Dolan". The Knicks have now passed on the franchise player label to Kristaps Porzingis and drafted Frank Ntilikina, whom they are hopeful could become their cornerstones for the years to come. But a new ad campaign for the channel edged across a line, offending the Knicks and perhaps some fans, and prompting an abrupt course correction Tuesday night.

For what it's worth though, the ads are reportedly coming down.

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