MSG profit falls as NBA lockout takes toll

The Madison Square Garden Co. said Wednesday that the shortened

NBA season drove its second-quarter profit down nearly 22


The lockout delayed the start of the regular basketball season

by about two months. As a result, the New York Knicks only played a

combined six preseason and regular season games during the quarter,

compared with 40 in the same period last year, cutting into its


Madison Square Garden, which owns several sports franchises,

sports networks and entertainment venues, reported that it earned

$25.6 million, or 33 cents per share, for the quarter that ended

Dec. 31. That’s down from $32.7 million, or 42 cents per share, in

the same quarter last year. Revenue fell nearly 14 percent to $373


The decline in revenue was almost entirely due the NBA work

stoppage, which sent its MSG Sports segment revenue down 31

percent. The company also saw a smaller 15 percent decrease in MSG

Entertainment revenue due to the absence of a Cirque de Soleil

performance that wrapped up in 2010, which was partially offset by

holiday performances.

The company’s media segment revenue fell 1.2 percent due to

lower advertising revenue tied to fewer NBA games being televised

on its network and the expiration of an affiliate agreement.

Madison Square Garden owns sports teams such as the New York

Knicks and New York Rangers, puts on events such as Radio City

Christmas Spectacular and hosts events at its variety of venues

including New York’s Madison Square Garden and Radio City Music


Shares of the company rose 48 cents, nearly 2 percent, to $30.25

in midday trading.