James L. Dolan is Executive Chairman of The Madison Square Garden Company (MSG), a leading sports and entertainment company renowned for its world-famous arena complex, professional sports teams, entertainment properties and historic showplaces. Mr. Dolan also serves as Executive Chairman of MSG Networks Inc., which includes two award-winning regional sports and entertainment networks.
In his role at MSG, Mr. Dolan is responsible for the Company's overall growth strategy and oversight of all of its operations. He 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.
Throughout his tenure, Mr. Dolan has spearheaded a number of restoration projects to ensure the continued prominence of the Company’s premier venues. Mr. Dolan was the catalyst for the restoration of the Company’s cherished national landmark, Radio City Music Hall, in 1999, as well as the famed Beacon Theatre in early 2009. This was followed by the three-year, top-to-bottom transformation of the Madison Square Garden Arena, which was completed in October 2013. In January 2014, Mr. Dolan introduced a new strategy that centered on creating large-scale venues with a focus on music and entertainment – with the re-opening of the legendary Forum arena in Inglewood, California. In 2016, MSG announced an expansion of this strategy, with its plans for a brand new, state-of-the-art venue in Las Vegas. MSG’s venues also include The Chicago Theatre, which was built in 1921 as one of the country's most opulent motion picture houses.
In addition to its portfolio of landmark venues, MSG owns and operates professional sports teams, the New York Knicks, Rangers and Liberty, as well as entertainment properties, including the Christmas Spectacular and New York Spectacular, both starring the Radio City Rockettes. MSG has also added music festivals to its live offerings through its investment in Boston Calling Events, and is 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's and MSG Networks Inc.’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.
In addition to his oversight of MSG, Mr. Dolan also serves as Executive Chairman of MSG Networks Inc., which became a standalone media company following the 2015 spin-off of The Madison Square Garden Company. MSG Networks Inc. is comprised of MSG Network and MSG+, which together annually telecast approximately 500 live professional games, along with a comprehensive lineup of other sporting events, including college football and basketball, as well as critically-acclaimed original programming.
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 $125 million to research and assembled the best scientific minds with the hope that one day, a cure can be found.