NEW YORK, March 25, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Hank Ratner, president and chief executive officer of The Madison Square Garden Company, today announced that distinguished sports executive, Dave Howard, has joined the company as president, MSG Sports, effective April 9. In this role, Mr. Howard will be responsible for running the business operations of the New York Knicks, New York Rangers, New York Liberty and Hartford Whale, as well as the management of the company's Sports Properties unit. "Dave has been one of New York's premier sports executives for over two decades, and we are pleased he will be joining our Company to lead our sports business," said Mr. Ratner. "MSG Sports represents some of the most popular and enduring brands in the world, and we're confident Dave's vision and management skills will ensure we continue to earn the passionate loyalty of generations of fans, while developing strategic growth opportunities that help drive our business." As president of MSG Sports, Mr. Howard will have a wide range of responsibilities tied to the successful operations of the sports division, including optimizing the core businesses, while creating and driving new revenue streams, and enhancing the value of the MSG Sports brand. In addition to managing the strategic plan, budgets and forecasting for the businesses, he will oversee the marketing and game presentations of the Knicks, Rangers and Liberty, as well as the sale of their season and individual game tickets, suites and Madison Club memberships. He will help direct integrated sales, including establishing strategic sponsorships through the development of new inventory packages that drive increased marketing partnerships. Mr. Howard will manage the Sports Properties division, including the presentation of sporting events such as college and high school basketball, boxing and tennis, along with the development of new growth opportunities. "I am honored to be joining The Madison Square Garden Company, and particularly thrilled to have the privilege of leading MSG Sports," said Mr. Howard. "There are very few organizations anywhere with the strength of MSG's sports brands, and I look forward to utilizing my experience to ensure we build on MSG's position as one of the world's leading sports organizations. I would also like to thank the Mets' ownership and organization for what has been an amazing professional experience in Flushing."
Mr. Howard joins MSG Sports following more than two decades at the New York Mets organization and Major League Baseball. Most recently, he served as executive vice president of business operations for the Mets, where he oversaw all business departments, including ticket sales & services, corporate sales & partnerships, marketing & communications, broadcasting, media relations, venue services, ballpark operations, guest experience and security. In addition, he was responsible for the team's Florida training facility and the St. Lucie Mets and Brooklyn Cyclones minor league business operations. During his 20 years with the Mets organization, Mr. Howard held a number of significant roles, including as the team's general counsel, corporate secretary, vice president of business affairs and senior vice president of business and legal affairs. He played a key role in moving the Mets from Shea Stadium to Citi Field, where he was also instrumental in attracting other premier events, including top concerts and college lacrosse, as well as the first-ever major soccer matches. Prior to joining the Mets, Mr. Howard was an associate counsel in the office of the commissioner's office at Major League Baseball, and an associate at the firm of Davis Polk & Wardwell. He began his career as a law clerk for the Honorable George C. Pratt at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.Mr. Howard graduated cum laude from Fordham University of Law and received his bachelor's degree in Economics from Dartmouth College, where he graduated magna cum laude. He has served on a number of community and charitable boards, including: The Bridge Church of the Nazarene, Rockville Centre Little League; Baseball Chapel, Inc; Molly College Board of Trustees; CCFA-Long Island Chapter Advisory Board; and Tufts University Athletics Board of Advisors. Mr. Howard, his wife, Nancy, and their children make their home on Long Island. About The Madison Square Garden Company The Madison Square Garden Company (Nasdaq:MSG) is a fully-integrated sports, media and entertainment business comprised of three business segments: MSG Sports, MSG Media and MSG Entertainment, which are strategically aligned to work together to drive the company's overall business. The Company is built on a foundation of iconic venues and compelling content that the company creates, produces, presents and/or distributes through its programming networks and other media assets. MSG Sports consists of owning and operating sports franchises, including the New York Knicks (NBA), the New York Rangers (NHL), the New York Liberty (WNBA), and the Connecticut Whale (AHL). MSG Sports also features other sports properties, including the presentation of a wide variety of live sporting events including professional boxing, college basketball, track and field and tennis. MSG Media is a leader in production and content development for multiple distribution platforms, including content originating from MSG's venues. MSG Media consists of the MSG Networks (MSG, MSG Plus, MSG HD and MSG Plus HD) regional sports networks and the Fuse Networks (Fuse and Fuse HD), a national television network dedicated to music. MSG Entertainment is one of the country's leaders in live entertainment. MSG Entertainment creates, produces and/or presents a variety of live productions, including the Radio City Christmas Spectacular featuring the Radio City Rockettes. MSG Entertainment also presents or hosts other live entertainment events such as concerts, family shows and special events in MSG's diverse collection of venues. More information is available at www.themadisonsquaregardencompany.com . The Madison Square Garden Company logo is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=15647
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