As executive vice president of Marquee Events and Operations, Joel Fisher is responsible for a wide array of company priorities that span several important categories. He serves as lead executive for significant initiatives that require special handling and management, from league and political events to one-of-a-kind appearances or significant corporate undertakings, including real estate, additional construction and historical projects for Madison Square Garden. In addition, he oversees two of The Garden’s most enduring franchises – college basketball and boxing – utilizing his key relationships to ensure these areas continue to build on their long and successful traditions at The Garden. Mr. Fisher is also responsible for other live sporting events outside of MSG’s teams such as bull riding, wrestling, tennis and eSports.
Mr. Fisher first joined MSG in 1984, holding a number of positions over his more than three decades with the company. He most recently served as executive vice president of Sports Properties, where he oversaw the day-to-day operations of the department and all business operations for the Westchester Knicks, MSG’s NBA D-League team acquired in March 2014.
Over his tenure, Mr. Fisher has played a vital role on numerous special company projects such as the historic three-year Transformation of the Madison Square Garden Arena. In addition, he has led the company’s efforts to bring landmark events to MSG’s venues, which in 2016 included New York State’s first-ever professional MMA event, UFC 205, and the MTV Video Music Awards. Other recent past events include the celebrated visit of His Holiness Pope Francis to The Garden, and the first-ever eSports tournament held at MSG, the 2015 League of Legends Championship, as well as the NCAA Basketball East Regional Finals in 2014, which returned to The Garden for the first time in 50 years. He also oversaw the NBA and the WNBA All-Star Games, including the first NBA All-Star Game played in the transformed MSG in 2015 and the inaugural WNBA All-Star Game played in 1999; as well as the NBA and NFL Drafts, the 39th Annual Grammy Awards in 1997, the 45th Annual Grammy Awards in 2003, and the 2004 Republican National Convention.
Mr. Fisher serves on the boards of the Garden of Dreams Foundation, which works closely with MSG to positively impact the lives of children facing obstacles, and Big Apple Basketball Inc., which is dedicated to assisting young people in attaining their educational and professional goals. He also serves on the Executive Committee Board for NYC & Company and the 34th Street Partnership.
Mr. Fisher resides in Irvington, N.Y. with his wife Lisa and has three daughters: Colette, Gabrielle and Jolie.