The Knicks have officially squeezed every single last dime out of Jeremy Lin and Linsanity. According to New York Daily News writer Frank Isola, the Knicks knew Lin probably needed surgery on his left knee to repair a torn meniscus sometime last week. However, the deadline for Knicks season-ticket holders to snatch up tickets for all four rounds of the playoffs this season was March 28. So they reportedly kept Lin's status a secret and included him in an email that went out to season-tickets holders that featured a photo of Lin jumping for joy. But, by Saturday, it was clear that Lin wouldn't be jumping at all for awhile when they announced that he'd been put on the bench for the rest of the regular season thanks to his knee injury—once all the playoff tickets were sold.
If the Knicks really did withhold info on Lin's injury for the sake of selling more tickets, we can't say that we necessarily blame them for doing it. After all, business is business and Lin's new contract next season isn't gonna pay for itself. But, at the same time, we understand how using an injured player to sell tickets could rub some people the wrong way. Let's just hope Lin makes it back in time for the playoffs. Or, for that matter, that the Knicks actually, you know, make the playoffs. Otherwise, there's gonna be a whooooooole bunch of "Linsane" Knicks fans out there. And we're not sure if that makes this business move worth it for the Knicks.
[via NY Daily News]
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