The Madison Square Garden Company
|Traded as||NASDAQ: MSG|
|Industry||Sports and entertainment|
|Founders||James L. Dolan|
|Headquarters||New York City, New York, U.S.|
|Key people||James L. Dolan
(President and CEO)
|Revenue||$ 1.062 billion (2009)|
|Operating income||$ 120.6 million (2009)|
|Total assets||$ 9.384 billion (2008)|
The Madison Square Garden Company is an American sports and entertainment holding company based in New York City. The company was established in 2010 when Cablevision spun off the New York Knicks, New York Rangers, Madison Square Garden, MSG Network and other entertainment assets as an independent, publicly traded company.
- MSG Sports is the division that manages the company's professional sports teams. These include the NBA New York Knicks and WNBA New York Liberty basketball teams, and the NHL New York Rangers and AHL Hartford Wolf Pack ice hockey teams.
- MSG Media controls the company's cable television channels. These include the regional sports networks MSG and MSG Plus, as well as the music-oriented Fuse.
- MSG Entertainment is the operating arm of the company. It controls live events at Madison Square Garden, both in the arena and in the Theatre at Madison Square Garden. In addition to the Garden itself, MSG Entertainment owns the rights to operate two theaters in Manhattan: Radio City Music Hall and the Beacon Theatre. Outside New York City, MSG Entertainment controls the operations of the Chicago Theatre (acquired in 2008), and ownership in The Forum in Inglewood, California (acquired in 2012), with the intent of transforming The Forum into a venue to compete with the Staples Center. MSG Entertainment also produces the Radio City Christmas Spectacular (starring the Rockettes), both at Radio City Music Hall and in venues around the United States.
Madison Square Garden, L.P. used to operate the Hartford Civic Center (now the XL Center), an indoor arena in Hartford, Connecticut and Rentschler Field, a stadium in East Hartford under contract with the state of Connecticut until the 2007 season when it was replaced by Northland/Anschutz Entertainment Group.
History and corporate ownership
From its inception in 1927, the Graham-Paige Motors Corporation was a big player in the automobile business but, by 1945, the impact of the Depression and World War II left the company all but out of the car business. In 1947, the Graham Paige decided to sell all of its automotive assets, change the corporate name to Graham Paige Corporation and to start investing in real estate. In 1959, one of the those investments was to buy a 40% interest in the Madison Square Garden III. By 1962, Graham Paige had a controlling interest in the Madison Square Garden Corporation and decided to merge the assets of the two corporations into a new Madison Square Garden Corporation which then began planning to replace the aging arena. In 1977, Gulf and Western Industries bought the company. Gulf and Western shed its non-media and entertainment assets, became Paramount Communications (owner of Paramount Pictures) in 1989. In 1994, Viacom purchased majority ownership of Paramount Communications, but quickly sold MSG to Cablevision. In 2010, Cablevision spun off the MSG properties, including the sports franchises, into The Madison Square Garden Company, L.P.
- James L. Dolan - Executive Chairman
- Hank J. Ratner - Vice Chairman
- Tad Smith - President and CEO
- Phil Jackson - President, Basketball Operations - New York Knicks
- Glen Sather - President and General Manager - New York Rangers
- Ryan O'Hara - President - Content, Distribution and Sales
- Dave Howard- President - MSG Sports
- Mike Bair - President- MSG Media
- Melissa Ormond - President - MSG Entertainment
- Barry Watkins- EVP- Communications and Administration
- Riddell, Kelly. "Cablevision Spins Off MSG to Focus on Cable Franchise". Bloomberg. Retrieved 18 January 2013.
- Vincent, Roger (June 26, 2012). "Forum owners plan to revive venue with $50-million renovation: They intend to challenge Staples Center and other big arenas in the L.A. region by turning the faded Inglewood facility into a 'world-class' concert hall.". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2012-06-26.
- "The Connecticut Development Authority Selects Facilities Manager for Hartford Civic Center" http://www.ctcda.com/cdaNews/newsView.asp?NewsID=57
- Welcome to Rentschler Field