New York Knicks, Rangers have new CEO; former Mets VP Dave Howard


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The New York Knicks, New York Rangers and the world’s most famous arena, Madison Square Garden all have a new boss today. And the people of New York are familiar with his work from the New York Mets.

Hank Ratner, president and chief executive officer of The Madison Square Garden Company announced that Dave Howard joined the company as president, MSG Sports, effective April 9.

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.

In addition to managing the strategic plan, budgets and forecasting for the businesses, Howard will oversee the marketing and game presentations of the New York Knicks, New York Rangers and Liberty, as well as the sale of their season and individual game tickets, suites and Madison Club
memberships.

Mr. Howard joins MSG Sports after 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 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 New York 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.

The Madison Square Garden Company (Nasdaq:MSG) is a New York based sports, media and entertainment business comprised of three business segments: MSG Sports, MSG Media and MSG Entertainment. 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).

Paul M. Banks is the owner of The Sports Bank.net, an author and regular contributor to MSN, Fox Sports , Chicago Now, Walter Football.com and Yardbarker.

Banks has appeared on Comcast SportsNet and the History Channel, as well as Clear Channel, ESPN and CBS radio all over the world. President Barack Obama follows him on Twitter (@PaulMBanks)

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