Sunday, January 29

MSG Entertainment mulls Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall split

Madison Square Garden Entertainment said Thursday that it will explore potentially spinning off live entertainment venues and a bevy of other assets into a separate company.

Under the possible spinoff, MSG Entertainment would retain its “immersive” MSG Sphere venues and its majority interest in the dining and nightlife company TAO Group Hospitality, according to a company press release.

The potential separate company, meanwhile, would get the sports and entertainment bookings, as well as the Radio City Rockettes, the famous Christmas holiday production and arena licensing agreements with the New York Knicks and the New York Rangers, according to the release. MSG Entertainment’s iconic New York City entertainment venues — Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall, the Beacon Theatre and the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden — would also get spun off to the new firm.

MSG Networks, which MSG Entertainment finished acquiring in July 2021, would fall under the potential separate company as well if the spinoff comes to fruition, the release stated. It consists of regional networks MSG Network and MSG+ and the streaming app MSG GO.

Radio City Music Hall
The new company would own the live performance venues, as well as the Rockettes and other properties.
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“This potential transaction would create two companies, each with a distinct value proposition for investors,” MSG Entertainment CEO James Dolan said in the release.

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