Hope Hicks
Hope Hicks

Embattled Madison Square Garden Entertainment Group chief James Dolan is using former Trump PR guru Hope Hicks to deflect criticism for his use of facial recognition technology to ban legal foes from attending events at the “world’s most famous arena.”

The facial recognition software identifies ticketholders who work for firms that are pressing lawsuits against MSG. Security people than boot them out.

New York State Senator Brad Hoylman-Sigal wrote a Jan. 27 letter to National Basketball Assn. commissioner Adam Silver and National Hockey League head Gary Bettman asking them to sanction Dolan.

“I am writing to urge that you sanction MSG Entertainment (“MSG”) and its CEO James Dolan unless they immediately cease their outrageous use of facial recognition technology to identify and ban members of the public from Madison Square Garden because they have been deemed hostile to the legal and financial interests of MSG," wrote the Manhattan politico.

Hicks, who was spokesperson for the Trump Organization and then for Donald Trump's presidential campaign, moved into the White House communications director slot, replacing ousted Wall Street player Anthony Scaramucci.

She exited Team Trump for the executive VP and chief communications officer job at Fox Corp. but returned to the White House in 2020 to advise it on COVID-19 messaging strategy.

Her father, Paul Hicks, was the executive VP of communications and government affairs at the National Football League until 2015.

He now is a partner at FGS Global.