These Subway Ads Calling The Knicks 'Hopeless' Will Be Removed

James Dolan at the New York Knicks Press conference to present Phil Jackson as team President in Madison Square Garden New York 18 03 2014

Adverts wrapped around subway trains bashing the New York Knicks by branding the franchise "hopeless" were stripped down overnight after fans complained.

Weird advertisements for Fox Sports 1 caught the attention of many taking the 42nd Street shuttle between Times Square and Grand Central Terminal in NY this week, but one man took particular offense. "Nick Wright" and "Sit here if you blame James Dolan". ESPN's Darren Rovell, citing a team source, says the ads will be taken down by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

Fox Sports 1 paid for advertising space on the New York City subway and filled that space with advertisements that are harshly critical of the New York Knicks.

Unfortunately, the ads have already been taken down.

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.

Other train cars went positive-negative on the Yankees and Giants, but clearly the Knicks, who face the Nets on Tuesday in their preseason opener, are easy targets in the Big Apple.

Among those players pictured in the adverts, conjured up by Fox Sports, are Tim Hardaway Jr and Joakim Noah. That ad campaign is harsh. "We regret the tone and are removing the content in its entirety". After recently trading Carmelo Anthony, the Knicks appear to be headed toward their fifth-straight losing season, and the 11th in the last 14 years in which the team will miss out on the playoffs.

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