James L. Dolan is Executive Chairman of Madison Square Garden Sports Corp. (MSG Sports), which features the New York Knicks (NBA) and New York Rangers (NHL) franchises. In addition, the Company’s properties include two development league teams – the Westchester Knicks (NBAGL) and the Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL) – as well as Counter Logic Gaming, a North American esports organization, and Knicks Gaming, an NBA 2K League franchise.
In his role at MSG Sports, Mr. Dolan sets the Company’s overall vision and guides the development of effective strategies to drive its business and maximize growth opportunities. Mr. Dolan also serves as governor to the National Basketball Association and the National Hockey League on behalf of the New York Knicks and New York Rangers.
In addition to his oversight of MSG Sports, Mr. Dolan is Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Madison Square Garden Entertainment Corp. (MSG Entertainment), which became a standalone company in April 2020 when The Madison Square Garden Company (MSG) separated its entertainment and sports businesses. MSG Entertainment’s portfolio features a wide array of venues, including Madison Square Garden – home to the New York Knicks and New York Rangers. The Company is also building a state-of-the-art venue in Las Vegas called MSG Sphere, and has announced plans for a second venue in London. MSG Entertainment’s other properties include the Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes; Boston Calling Events, which produces the Boston Calling Music Festival; and Tao Group Hospitality, which features popular entertainment dining and nightlife brands.
Mr. Dolan is also Executive Chairman of MSG Networks Inc., which became a standalone media company following the 2015 spin-off of MSG. MSG Networks is comprised of MSG Network and MSG+, two regional sports and entertainment networks that telecast a wide range of sports content including live local games and original programming.
Mr. Dolan was CEO of Cablevision Systems Corporation from 1995 until June 2016, when the media and telecommunications company, which served as MSG’s parent company until 2010, was sold to Altice. Prior to his role as Cablevision CEO, Mr. Dolan was CEO of Rainbow Media Holdings, the former Cablevision programming subsidiary now known as AMC Networks Inc. Mr. Dolan began his career with Cablevision in the 1970s and held a variety of executive positions before overseeing Rainbow Media.
Mr. Dolan serves on the board of directors for MSG Sports, MSG Entertainment, and MSG Networks. He also supports their ongoing commitment to the community, particularly through the Garden of Dreams Foundation, the non-profit organization that works closely with all three companies to assist young people in need. In addition, he is on the board of AMC Networks and Vice Chairman of the board of the Lustgarten Foundation, an organization he helped found in 1998, which today is the nation’s largest private supporter of pancreatic cancer research.
Mr. Dolan has six children and is an avid musician.