James Dolan reaffirms New York Rangers and New York Knicks not for sale

James Dolan is not going to be selling the New York Rangers or New York Knicks.

This has been speculated for years and bubbled back up in August when Jonathan Boyar of Boyar Value Group appeared on CNBC’s Closing Bell Overtime.

“We think it’s likely that after [MSG Sphere] is done, James Dolan, who controls the company, will sell the teams,” Boyar said while discussing Madison Square Garden Sports stock. “What’s interesting is that private equity has gotten involved in a big way. It wouldn’t surprise us to put a marker on one or both of the teams if private equity takes a stake.”

We were contacted by Natalie Ravitz, who is SVP Comms and Marketing at Madison Square Garden later that day after noting those comments. ”We have no plans to sell either of the teams,” she stated.

New York Rangers not for sale

New York Rangers opening night
Rod Gilbert tee-shirt for opening night. (Photo ctsy MSGN)

On Thursday, Barron’s published an article discussing Madison Square Gardens Sports doing a “one-time cash dividend of about $175 million, or $7 per share, and repurchase $75 million of stock in its first return of capital to shareholders since it became an independent public company in April 2020.”

It was in that story where James Dolan himself confirmed that neither the Rangers or Knicks were being sold.

Dolan said that estimated team values are based on so-called private-market values, which would occur in a potential sale. The gap between MSG’s market value and private-market value reflects investor expectations that the teams won’t be sold. “They’re right. We’re not,” he said.

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Back in 1994, Paramount Communication was acquired by Viacom, who in turn sold MSG properties to Cablevision and ITT Corporation. Cablevision became sole owner after buying out ITT. In 1999, James Dolan was given a larger role managing the teams sports operations which included the Knicks and Rangers.*

*Wikipedia

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