As executive chairman of The Madison Square Garden Company (MSG), James L. Dolan oversees the Company's many entities, including its world-famous arena complex, professional sports teams, sports and entertainment networks, and historic showplaces. Mr. Dolan also serves as chief executive officer of Cablevision Systems Corporation, one of the nation's leading media and telecommunications companies.
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.
Mr. Dolan has spearheaded a number of restoration projects throughout his tenure to ensure the continued prominence of the Company’s premier venues. In January 2014 the legendary Forum arena in Inglewood, California re-opened as the largest indoor performance venue in the country focused on music and entertainment. This followed the October 2013 completion of a three-year Transformation of the Madison Square Garden Arena, which has significantly enhanced the experience of customers, athletes, entertainers, suite holders and partners. In addition, Mr. Dolan led the restorations of the Company’s famed Beacon Theatre in early 2009, and the celebrated national landmark, Radio City Music Hall, in 1999. Mr. Dolan’s efforts to expand MSG’s entertainment properties have also included the purchase of The Chicago Theater, 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; MSG Entertainment and its entertainment properties, including Radio City Christmas Spectacular and New York Spring Spectacular, both featuring the legendary Rockettes; and regional sports and entertainment networks, MSG and MSG+.
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 The Madison Square Garden Company's ongoing commitment to the community, particularly through the Garden of Dreams Foundation, the non-profit charity that works closely with all areas at the company to help children throughout the New York metropolitan area.
In addition to his leadership role at The Madison Square Garden Company, Mr. Dolan is chief executive officer of Cablevision Systems Corporation, which served as MSG's parent company until February 2010, when the sports, media and entertainment business became a standalone, public company. Mr. Dolan oversees Cablevision's comprehensive portfolio of advanced Optimum-branded telecommunications products, including its digital cable television, digital voice and high-speed Internet and digital voice services, as well as Optimum WiFi, the nation's most robust wireless Internet network.
Also under his purview, and serving the New York tri-state area, are Cablevision's local media and programming properties, which include News 12 Networks and Newsday Media Group, featuring Long Island's leading daily newspaper, Newsday.
Prior to assuming his present posts at Cablevision and The Madison Square Garden Company, Mr. Dolan was chief executive officer of Rainbow Media Holdings, the former Cablevision programming subsidiary that became a separate, public company named AMC Networks Inc. in June 2011. 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 The Madison Square Garden Company and AMC Networks, and is a member of Cablevision's board of directors and its executive committee. 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. In addition, he sits on the boards of Tribeca Enterprises, C-SPAN and the Breathe Easy Play Hard Foundation, and is a member of the New York University Steinhardt Dean's Council.