NEW YORK, N.Y. Feb. 3, 2021– Madison Square Garden Sports Corp. (NYSE: MSGS) today reported financial results for the fiscal second quarter ended December 31, 2020.
In the fall, the NBA and NHL successfully completed their 2019-20 seasons. Since then, the NBA announced a 72-game, 2020-21 regular season, which started on December 22, 2020. During the fiscal 2021 second quarter, the New York Knicks’ (“Knicks”) played nine pre/regular season games as compared to 37 pre/regular season games in the prior year period. The Knicks’ four home games at Madison Square Garden Arena (“The Garden”) during the fiscal 2021 second quarter were played without fans due to ongoing government-mandated assembly restrictions. The NHL announced a 56-game, 2020-21 regular season, which began on January 13, 2021. As a result, the New York Rangers (“Rangers”) did not play any games during the fiscal 2021 second quarter, as compared to 39 regular season games in the prior year period.
For the fiscal 2021 second quarter, financial results reflect the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, including the timing of the start of the 2020-21 NBA and NHL regular seasons and fan attendance restrictions at The Garden. As a result, the Company generated revenues of $28.8 million, a decrease of $264.0 million, or 90%, as compared to the prior year period. In addition, the Company reported an operating loss of $38.4 million and an adjusted operating loss of $19.0 million, as compared to an operating loss of $0.2 million and adjusted operating income of $19.0 million in the prior year period.(1)(2)
Madison Square Garden Sports Corp. President and CEO Andrew Lustgarten said, “We are excited to have the Knicks and Rangers competing again and look forward to the time when we can safely welcome fans back to The Garden. As we prepare for a return to normal operations, we remain confident in the fundamentals of our business, the strength of our balance sheet, and that we are well-positioned to create long-term shareholder value.”