Executive Vice President, Marquee Events and Operations
The Madison Square Garden Company
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, college hockey, tennis and eSports.
Mr. Fisher first joined MSG in 1984, holding a number of positions over his more than three decades with the company, ranging from overseeing suites and premium hospitality to group sales. He most recently served as Executive Vice President of Sports Properties, where he ran the day-to-day operations of the department and all business operations for the New York Liberty and the Westchester Knicks.
Over his tenure, Mr. Fisher has played a lead role on numerous special 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, including most recently in 2018, the 60th Annual Grammy Awards and the Big Ten Tournament, both at The Garden. He also brought the NCAA Basketball East Regional Finals back to The Garden in 2014 for the first time in 50 years, which has since been followed by MSG hosting the tournament again in 2017, and an announced return in 2020. Other recent past events include New York State’s first-ever professional MMA event, UFC 205; the MTV Video Music Awards at MSG; the celebrated visit of His Holiness Pope Francis to The Garden; the first-ever eSports tournament held at MSG, and the 2015 League of Legends Championship. 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 Manhattan with his wife Lisa and has three daughters: Colette, Gabrielle and Jolie.