As executive chairman of MSG Networks Inc., James L. Dolan oversees the company’s media properties, which include two award-winning regional sports and entertainment networks, MSG Network and MSG+. Mr. Dolan also serves as executive chairman of The Madison Square Garden Company (MSG), a national sports and entertainment leader.
MSG Network and MSG+ are home to 10 professional sports teams, delivering live games of the New York Knicks; New York Rangers; New York Islanders; New Jersey Devils; Buffalo Sabres; New York Liberty; New York Red Bulls and the Westchester Knicks, as well as coverage of the New York Giants and Buffalo Bills. Each year, MSG and MSG+ collectively telecast approximately 500 live professional games, along with a comprehensive lineup of other sporting events, including college football and basketball, and critically-acclaimed original programming. The gold standard for regional broadcasting, MSG Networks has won 162 New York Emmy Awards over the past ten years.
In addition to his role at MSG Networks Inc., Mr. Dolan is executive chairman and chief executive officer of The Madison Square Garden Company, which became a standalone sports and entertainment company following its spin-off from MSG Networks Inc. in 2015. MSG’s signature assets include a diverse collection of venues: New York’s Madison Square Garden, The Theater at Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall and Beacon Theatre; the Forum in Inglewood, California; The Chicago Theatre; and the Wang Theatre in Boston. In addition, MSG owns and operates professional sports teams, the New York Knicks, Rangers and Liberty; as well as entertainment properties including the Christmas Spectacular starring the Radio City Rockettes. MSG has also taken steps to expand its live offerings through investments in Boston Calling Events, which produces outdoor music festivals; TAO Group, a hospitality group with globally-recognized entertainment dining and nightlife brands; and Counter Logic Gaming, a leading North American esports organization. The company is also part of strategic partnerships, including Azoff MSG Entertainment and Tribeca Enterprises.
Mr. Dolan has led MSG’s response to local and national tragedies. He played a principal role in organizing several extraordinary benefit concerts, including “12-12-12,” which raised more than $50 million for the victims of Hurricane Sandy; “The Concert For New York City,” which generated more than $35 million in aid for 9/11 victims and heroes; and “From The Big Apple to The Big Easy,” which raised nearly $9 million for Hurricane Katrina relief. Mr. Dolan also supports both MSG Networks Inc.’s and MSG’s ongoing commitment to the community, particularly through the Garden of Dreams Foundation, the non-profit charity that works with both companies to help children throughout the New York metropolitan area.
Mr. Dolan also served as chief executive officer of Cablevision Systems Corporation from 1995 until June 2016, when the leading 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 chief executive officer 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, MSG Networks Inc., and AMC Networks Inc. He is also on 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. Since its inception, the Foundation has directed more than $120 million to research and assembled the best scientific minds with the hope that one day, a cure can be found.