KNICKS TO HOST MACCABI ELECTRA TEL AVIV ON OCTOBER 18, 2009

L-R: New York Knicks Head Coach Mike D’Antoni; Israel Consul General in New York, Asaf Shariv; New York Knicks forward Danilo Gallinari & American Friends of Migdal Ohr President Tony Fromer.

Left - Right: New York Knicks Head Coach Mike D’Antoni; Israel Consul General in New York, Asaf Shariv; New York Knicks forward Danilo Gallinari & American Friends of Migdal Ohr President Tony Fromer.

Exhibition Game Returns to Madison Square Garden to Benefit Migdal Ohr,

The World’s Largest Orphanage and One of Israel’s Most Innovative Charities

(NEW YORK) — The New York Knickerbockers announced that they will once again host Israeli basketball club Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv in an exhibition game at Madison Square Garden on Sunday, Oct. 18 at 1 p.m. Proceeds from the game will again benefit Migdal Ohr, which for more than 36 years has been transforming the lives of impoverished and disadvantaged children in Israel.

“We are pleased to welcome Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv back to Madison Square Garden,” said Knicks President of Basketball Operations Donnie Walsh. “This game against a top-caliber opponent provides our team with an opportunity to prepare for the upcoming season and, more importantly, to help raise money for a worthy charitable organization.”

New York defeated Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv, 112-85, on Oct. 11, 2007, which marked the first time the Knicks hosted an international team at Madison Square Garden. This year’s meeting with Maccabi Electra will mark the Knicks fourth overall exhibition game versus an international opponent as New York also defeated a pair of Spanish clubs as part of the 1990 McDonald’s Open in Barcelona, Spain.

“Migdal Ohr’s experience two years ago with the Knicks, Madison Square Garden and Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv was breathtaking; and it was a night that those who were there will never forget,” Robert Katz, executive vice president of the American Friends of Migdal Ohr said. “We look forward to watching these teams compete to benefit our orphans and children at risk.”

“The opportunity to once again bring these two great franchises together deserves our full support because we all know the value of Migdal Ohr and the role it plays in helping at-risk children,” said Asaf Shariv, Israel’s consul general for New York.

Tickets for the exhibition go on sale to the general public on Friday, May 1, and can be purchased at the Madison Square Garden box office, nyknicks.com and Ticketmaster outlets. Those interested in purchasing lower-level and courtside seating can call 212-397-3700 or emailrobert@migdalohrusa.org. A complete Knicks preseason schedule will be released at a later date.

In 2005, Maccabi became the first international team to win on North American soil when they defeated the Toronto Raptors at Air Canada Centre. Maccabi Electra will also play a 2009 exhibition game against the Los Angeles Clippers on October 20 at the STAPLES Center.

The NBA’s New York Knickerbockers basketball team, completing its 63rd year of operation, is part of Madison Square Garden, L.P. Madison Square Garden, L.P. is owned by Cablevision Systems Corporation and includes the New York Knicks (NBA); the New York Rangers (NHL); the New York Liberty (WNBA); the Hartford Wolf Pack (American Hockey League); MSG Entertainment, which includes concerts and events at Radio City Music Hall, Madison Square Garden, the WaMu Theater at Madison Square Garden, the Beacon Theatre, and the legendary Chicago Theatre as well as an exclusive co-booking agreement with the venerable Wang Theatre in Boston, and which manages wholly owned live entertainment properties including the Radio City Rockettes and the Radio City Christmas Spectacular; MSG Media, which is comprised of television networks MSG and MSG Plus, MSG Interactive, which oversees all company wireless and online initiatives, and Fuse, the only national music television network; and the Madison Square Garden arena complex, located in the heart of the New York metropolitan area.

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~ by wherenwhen on May 5, 2009.

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