Professional headshot of James L. Dolan, Executive Chairman of Madison Square Garden Sports

James L. Dolan

Executive Chairman

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 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). MSG Entertainment’s portfolio features renowned venues and entertainment brands, including Madison Square Garden – home to the New York Knicks and New York Rangers – as well as the original production, the Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes.  

Mr. Dolan is also Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Sphere Entertainment Co., whose portfolio includes Sphere – a next-generation entertainment medium that is redefining the future of entertainment. The first Sphere venue opened in Las Vegas in September 2023. In addition, Sphere Entertainment has two regional sports networks, MSG Network and MSG Sportsnet, that telecast a wide range of sports content, including exclusive live local games featuring the New York Knicks and New York Rangers. Mr. Dolan is also Chairman of AMC Networks Inc., which owns and operates several award-winning brands in television and film.  

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.  Mr. Dolan began his career with Cablevision in the 1970s and held a variety of executive positions before overseeing Rainbow Media. 

Mr. Dolan supports the ongoing commitment of MSG Sports, MSG Entertainment, and Sphere Entertainment to their communities, 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 Vice Chairman Emeritus 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.