ESPN – The New York Knicks might be 3-0 for the first time since 1999, but the network that broadcasts its games, the MSG Network, isn’t off to the same hot start. On Tuesday, the company said it would take down all posters associated with its recent advertising campaign, which generated buzz but also was considered controversial. After ESPN.com contacted the MSG Network about an ad seen in the New York area on Tuesday morning, the network confirmed that that ad, as well as what is believed to be at least three other similar type ads, would be completely removed from all its locations. ”It’s Friday Night,” the ad said. “You can either go out and attempt to pick up sixes and sevens or stay home and watch (Knicks guard Jason) Kidd dish out dimes.”‘ Earlier this week, the New York Post reported that the network, which is under the same business umbrella that includes the Knicks, would pull a particular ad after a representative admitted it was “bad judgment” and apologized to anyone who was offended.
These ads absolutely should have been pulled. Not because they are offensive or insensitive. Simply because they’re stupid. Would I rather fuck a 7 out of 10 or watch a Knicks game? Uh, I’ll fuck the 7 out of 10. Thanks. Not sure if something is getting lost in translation here or if we’re talking about a scale of 20 or something, but I’m pretty fucking happy taking down a 7. I’m much happier doing that rather than watching Jason Kidd put up 9 points and 4 assists in 20 minutes a game.
Maybe if this ad said “threes and fours” and maybe if Jason Kidd was 10 years younger they’d have a point. But right now asking me if I’d rather chase skirts at the bar and try to get laid or sit at home and watch a fat 40 year old drunk Jason Kidd split time with Ray Felton is not a solid advertisement campaign.