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NEW YORK, N.Y., November 10, 2021 – Madison Square Garden Sports Corp. (NYSE: MSGS) has reported financial results for the fiscal first quarter ended September 30, 2021.

In October, the New York Rangers (“Rangers”) and New York Knicks (“Knicks”) began their 2021-22 regular seasons, with full 82-game schedules and no capacity restrictions for home games at the Madison Square Garden Arena (“The Garden”). Both teams are experiencing strong season ticket renewal rates, along with increased corporate sponsorship demand. The Company extended key marketing partnerships with JPMorgan Chase, Anheuser-Busch, Lexus and Squarespace, while also welcoming new partners, including Infosys and Benjamin Moore, as well as BetMGM, which represents the Company’s first significant marketing partnership related to mobile sports gaming in New York State.

The year-over-year comparability of fiscal first quarter results was impacted by several factors related to the COVID-19 pandemic. After suspending the 2019-20 seasons in March 2020, the NHL and NBA resumed play during the summer of 2020 and successfully completed their postseasons in September and October 2020, respectively. Consequently, the Company’s results for the prior year first quarter include the recognition of the remaining balance of national media rights fees, along with operating expenses, both related to the 2019-20 NBA and NHL seasons. Furthermore, the timing of the completion of the 2019-20 NBA and NHL seasons caused delayed starts to the 2020-21 seasons, resulting in no preseason games in the prior year first quarter as compared with two Rangers preseason home games during the current year period.

For the fiscal 2022 first quarter, the Company generated revenues of $18.8 million, a decrease of $38.2 million, as compared to the prior year period. In addition, the Company had an operating loss of $34.9 million and an adjusted operating loss of $28.1 million, as compared to an operating loss of $27.4 million and an adjusted operating loss of $17.8 million in the prior year quarter.(1)

Madison Square Garden Sports Corp. President and CEO Andrew Lustgarten said, “We’re pleased that the Knicks’ and Rangers’ regular seasons are underway – with both teams playing with no capacity restrictions and a full slate of scheduled games. And while there continues to be some uncertainty due to the pandemic, we’re encouraged by what we’re seeing across several areas of our business, including season tickets, corporate hospitality and marketing partnerships. We believe our strong fundamentals, along with new meaningful opportunities like mobile sports gaming in New York, leave us well-positioned to generate long-term value for our shareholders.”

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