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, and is 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.
Throughout his tenure, Mr. Dolan has spearheaded a number of restoration projects 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 country's largest indoor performance venue focused on music and entertainment. This followed the celebrated three-year, top-to-bottom Transformation of the Madison Square Garden Arena in October 2013. In addition, Mr. Dolan led the restorations of the Company's famed Beacon Theatre in early 2009, and the cherished national landmark, Radio City Music Hall, in 1999. Mr. Dolan has also expanded MSG's entertainment properties to 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. Mr. Dolan has also directed the company’s involvement in strategic ventures that strengthen the company’s position and enable new opportunities for growth, 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 collectively telecast approximately 700 live professional sporting events, as well as college football and college basketball from top conferences, and a full schedule of critically-acclaimed original programming.
Mr. Dolan is also chief executive officer of Cablevision Systems Corporation, which served as MSG's parent company until February 2010, when MSG 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, 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., 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.