As Executive Vice President of Marquee Events and Operations at Madison Square Garden Entertainment Corp. (MSG Entertainment), Joel Fisher is responsible for a wide array of Company priorities that span several categories. He serves as lead executive for significant initiatives that require special handling and management, from league and political events to one-of-a-kind appearances or corporate undertakings, including real estate, additional construction and historical projects for Madison Square Garden. In addition, he oversees two of The Garden’s most enduring franchises – college basketball and boxing – utilizing his key relationships to ensure these areas continue to build on their long traditions at The World’s Most Famous Arena. Mr. Fisher is also responsible for other live sporting events such as bull riding, college hockey, esports, mixed martial arts, WWE and college wrestling.
Prior to MSG Entertainment becoming a standalone company in April 2020 when The Madison Square Garden Company (MSG) separated its entertainment and sports businesses, Mr. Fisher served in the same position at MSG. Mr. Fisher first joined MSG in 1984, holding a number of positions over his more than three decades with the Company, ranging from overseeing suites and premium hospitality to group sales. He also previously served as Executive Vice President of Sports Properties, where he ran the day-to-day operations of the department and all business operations for the New York Liberty and Westchester Knicks.
Over his tenure, Mr. Fisher has played a lead role on numerous special projects such as the renovation of the Madison Square Garden Arena. He has led the Company’s efforts to bring landmark events to MSG Entertainment’s venues, including most recently the 2020 free performance of the Broadway production of “To Kill a Mockingbird” in front of 18,000 New York City public school students – the first time ever that a Broadway play performed at MSG. In 2018, Mr. Fisher helped bring both the 60th Annual Grammy Awards and the Big Ten Tournament to MSG. He also brought the NCAA Basketball East Regional Finals back to The Garden in 2014 for the first time in 50 years, which was then followed by MSG hosting the tournament again in 2017. Other past events include UFC 205, which marked the return of professional mixed martial arts in New York State; the MTV Video Music Awards at MSG; the celebrated visit of His Holiness Pope Francis to The Garden; the first-ever eSports tournament held at MSG, and the 2015 League of Legends Championship. He also oversaw the NBA and the WNBA All-Star Games, including the first NBA All-Star Game played in the transformed MSG in 2015 and the inaugural WNBA All-Star Game played in 1999; as well as the NBA and NFL Drafts; the 39th Annual Grammy Awards in 1997 and the 45th Annual Grammy Awards in 2003; and the 2004 Republican National Convention.
Mr. Fisher serves on the boards of the Garden of Dreams Foundation, a non-profit organization that works closely with all areas of MSG Entertainment to assist young people in need, and Big Apple Basketball Inc., which is dedicated to assisting young people in attaining their educational and professional goals. He also serves on the Executive Committee Board for NYC & Company and the 34th Street Partnership.
Mr. Fisher resides in Manhattan with his wife Lisa and has three daughters: Colette, Gabrielle and Jolie.