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UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
FORM 10-K
(Mark One)
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ANNUAL REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2017
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TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
For the transition period from ___________ to _____________
Commission File Number: 1-36900
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(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)  
Delaware
 
47-3373056
(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation or organization)
 
(I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)
 
 
 
Two Penn Plaza New York, NY
 
10121
(Address of principal executive offices)
 
(Zip Code)
 
 
 
Registrant’s telephone number, including area code:  (212) 465-6000
 
 
 
Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
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Name of each Exchange on which Registered:
Class A Common Stock
 
New York Stock Exchange
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Indicate by check mark whether the Registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the Registrant has been required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days. Yes þ No o
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Large accelerated filer  þ
Accelerated filer   o
Non-accelerated filer  o (Do not check if a smaller reporting company)
Smaller reporting company  o
Emerging growth company  o
 
If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act. o
Indicate by check mark whether the Registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act). Yes o No þ
Aggregate market value of the voting and non-voting common equity held by non-affiliates of The Madison Square Garden Company as of June 30, 2017 computed by reference to the price at which the common equity was last sold on New York Stock Exchange as of December 30, 2016 , the last business day of the registrant’s most recently completed second fiscal quarter, was approximately: $3,230,334,595
Number of shares of common stock outstanding as of July 31, 2017 :
Class A Common Stock par value $0.01 per share
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19,014,264
Class B Common Stock par value $0.01 per share
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4,529,517
Documents incorporated by reference — Certain information required for Part III of this report is incorporated herein by reference to the proxy statement for the 2017 annual meeting of the Company’s shareholders, expected to be filed within 120 days after the close of our fiscal year.
 



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PART I
Item 1. Business
The Madison Square Garden Company is a Delaware corporation with our principal executive offices at Two Pennsylvania Plaza, New York, NY, 10121. Unless the context otherwise requires, all references to “we,” “us,” “our,” “Madison Square Garden” or the “Company” refer collectively to The Madison Square Garden Company, a holding company, and its direct and indirect subsidiaries. We conduct substantially all of our business activities discussed in this Annual Report on Form 10-K through MSG Sports & Entertainment, LLC and its direct and indirect subsidiaries. Our telephone number is 212-465-6000, our Internet address is http://www.themadisonsquaregardencompany.com and the investor relations section of our web site is http://investor.msg.com. We make available, free of charge through the investor relations section of our web site, annual reports on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and current reports on Form 8-K and amendments to those reports filed or furnished pursuant to Section 13(a) or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “ Exchange Act ”), as well as proxy statements, as soon as reasonably practicable after we electronically file such material with, or furnish it to, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). References to our web site in this report are provided as a convenience and the information contained on, or available through, our web site is not part of this or any other report we file with or furnish to the SEC.
The Company was incorporated on March 4, 2015 as an indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary of MSG Networks Inc. (“ MSG Networks ”), formerly known as The Madison Square Garden Company. All the outstanding common stock of the Company was distributed to MSG Networks shareholders (the “Distribution”) on September 30, 2015 (the “ Distribution Date ”).
Overview
The Madison Square Garden Company is a leader in live experiences comprised of celebrated venues, legendary sports teams, exclusive entertainment productions, and other entertainment assets which include dining and nightlife venues and music festivals. Utilizing our powerful assets, brands and live event expertise, the Company delivers premium and unique experiences that set the standard for excellence and innovation while forging deep connections with diverse and passionate audiences. We manage our business through the following two operating segments:
MSG Sports : This segment includes the Company’s professional sports franchises: the New York Knicks (the “Knicks”) of the National Basketball Association (the “NBA”), the New York Rangers (the “Rangers”) of the National Hockey League (the “NHL”), the New York Liberty (the “Liberty”) of the Women’s National Basketball Association (the “WNBA”), the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (the “AHL”) and the Westchester Knicks of the NBA Gatorade League (the “ NBAGL ”). In addition, the MSG Sports segment is home to a broad array of other live sporting events, including professional boxing, college basketball, college hockey, professional bull riding, mixed martial arts, esports, tennis and college wrestling , all of which the Company promotes, produces and/or presents. In July 2017, the Company acquired a controlling interest in Counter Logic Gaming (“ CLG ”), a premier North American esports organization, which is now part of our MSG Sports segment.
MSG Entertainment: This segment features the Company’s live entertainment events — including concerts, family shows, performing arts and special events — which we present or host in our diverse collection of venues. Those venues are: Madison Square Garden (“ The Garden ”), The Theater at Madison Square Garden , Radio City Music Hall, the Beacon Theatre, the Forum, The Chicago Theatre and the Wang Theatre. Our MSG Entertainment segment also includes our original production — the Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes (“ Christmas Spectacular ”) — as well as Boston Calling Events, LLC (“ BCE ”), the entertainment production company that owns and operates the Boston Calling Music Festival. In January 2017 , the Company purchased a controlling interest in TAO Group Holdings LLC (“ TAO Group ”), a hospitality group with globally-recognized entertainment dining and nightlife brands, which is now part of our MSG Entertainment segment.
Our Strengths
Ownership of legendary sports franchises;
Iconic venues in top live entertainment markets;
Marquee entertainment brands and content, including the Christmas Spectacular and the Rockettes;
Powerful presence in the New York City metropolitan area with established core assets and expertise for strategic expansion;
Strong industry relationships that create opportunities for new content and brand extensions;
Deep connection with loyal and passionate fan bases that span a wide demographic mix;
First-class experience in managing venues, bookings, marketing, sales and hospitality in multiple markets;

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Ability to forge strategic partnerships that utilize the Company’s assets, core competencies and scale, while allowing the Company to benefit from growth in those businesses;
Established history of successfully planning and executing comprehensive venue design and construction projects;
Extensive range of proprietary marketing assets, including a customer database that allows us to drive engagement with our brands; and
Strong and seasoned management team.
Our Strategy
The Madison Square Garden Company pursues opportunities that strengthen our portfolio of live experiences and capitalize on our iconic venues, popular sports franchises and exclusive entertainment content, as well as our expertise in venue management, bookings, marketing, sales and hospitality. We believe the Company’s unique assets and capabilities, coupled with our deep relationships in the sports and entertainment industries and our strong connection with our diverse and passionate audiences, are what set the Company apart. We continue to look for ways to improve our core operations, while we explore new opportunities to grow and innovate. Specific initiatives we are focused on include:
Developing championship caliber teams. The core goal of our sports strategy is to develop teams that consistently compete for championships in their leagues and support and drive revenue streams across the Company. We continue to explore new ways to increase engagement and revenue opportunities across the teams’ broad consumer and corporate customer bases.
Monetizing our exclusive sports content. The Company has media rights agreements with MSG Networks that provide a significant recurring and growing revenue stream to the Company, subject to the terms of such agreements. In addition, these agreements and our relationship with MSG Networks provide our fans with the ability to watch locally televised home and away games of the Knicks and Rangers, as well as other programming related to our teams, on MSG Networks’ award-winning regional sports networks.
Utilizing our integrated approach to marketing and sales. The Company possesses powerful sports and entertainment assets that can create significant value for our business when used in a complementary manner. For example:
Our integrated approach to marketing partnerships allows us to use and sell our broad array of assets together in order to maximize their collective value, both for the Company and for our marketing partners. Our ability to offer compelling, broad-based marketing platforms, which we believe are unparalleled in sports and entertainment, enables us to attract world-class partners, such as our “Marquee” marketing partner, JPMorgan Chase, and our “Signature” marketing partners — Anheuser-Busch, Coca-Cola, Delta Airlines, Kia, Lexus, SAP and DraftKings.
We continue to forge deep direct-to-consumer relationships with customers and fans, with a focus on understanding how consumers interact with every aspect of the Company. A key component of this strategy is our large and growing proprietary customer database, which drives revenue and engagement across segments, benefiting the Company through ticket sales, merchandise sales and sponsorship activation. This database provides us with an opportunity to cross-promote our products and services, introducing customers to our wide range of assets and brands.
Utilizing a unique strategy for our performance venues. The Company has a collection of performance venues through which we deliver high-quality live sports and entertainment. In addition to our New York venues: The Garden, The Theater at Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall and the Beacon Theatre, our portfolio includes: the Forum in Inglewood, CA and The Chicago Theatre, and we have an exclusive booking agreement with respect to the Wang Theatre in Boston. These venues, along with our venue management capabilities, effective bookings strategy and proven expertise in sponsorships, marketing, ticketing and hospitality, have positioned the Company as an industry leader in live entertainment. We intend to leverage our unique assets, expertise and approach to drive growth and stockholder value, and to ensure we continue to create unmatched experiences for the benefit of all of our stakeholders.
Maximizing the live entertainment experience for our customers. We use our first-class operations, coupled with new innovations and our ability to attract top talent, to deliver unforgettable experiences for our customers — whether they are first-time visitors, repeat customers, season ticket holders, or suite holders — ensuring they return to our venues. We have a track record of designing world-class facilities that exceed our customers’ expectations. This includes our renovations of Radio City Music Hall, the Beacon Theatre, The Garden and the Forum, which now provide top-quality amenities such as state-of-the-art lighting, sound and staging, a full suite of hospitality offerings and enhanced premium products. In addition to better onsite

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amenities, we continue to explore new ways to utilize technology to improve the customer experience and create communities around our live events. From the way our customers buy their food and beverage; to how we market and process their tickets; to the content we provide them to enhance their sports and entertainment experience, we want to give our customers the best in-venue experience in the industry.
Leveraging our live entertainment expertise to increase productivity across our performance venues. Part of what drives our success is our “artist first” approach. This includes our renovation of the Forum, which has set a new bar for the artist experience by delivering superior acoustics and an intimate feel, along with amenities such as nine star-caliber dressing rooms and dedicated areas for production and touring crews. This talent-friendly environment, coupled with more date availability and our top-tier service, is not only attracting artists to our West Coast venue, but bringing them back for repeat performances. We will continue to use our “artist first” approach to attract the industry’s top talent with the goal of increasing utilization across all of our venues through more multi-night and multi-market concerts and other events, including more recurring high-profile shows that help expand our base of events. Our residencies — Billy Joel at The Garden and Jerry Seinfeld at the Beacon Theatre — in which these legendary performers play each month is an example of this strategy.
Selectively expanding our performance venues in key music and entertainment markets. With the renovation of the Forum, we created the country’s only arena-sized venue dedicated to music and entertainment, which quickly established a strong presence in the market. We believe that, similar to Los Angeles, there are other select markets where our proven ability to develop music and entertainment-focused venues — coupled with our unique capabilities, expertise and “artist first” approach — will deliver a differentiated experience for artists, fans and partners. In May 2016, the Company announced plans to build a ground-breaking new venue in Las Vegas focused specifically on music and entertainment. We intend to continue to capitalize on this growth opportunity by identifying additional key markets where we can selectively expand our network of owned and operated venues, and pursue strategic partnerships with third parties to enhance and operate venues not owned by the Company. Controlling and booking an expanding network of world-class venues provides us with a number of avenues for growth, including driving increased bookings, greater marketing and sponsorship opportunities, and economies of scale.
Expanding our entertainment dining and nightlife venues. In January 2017, we purchased a controlling interest in TAO Group — one of the leaders in the hospitality and entertainment. TAO Group currently operates 24 entertainment dining and nightlife venues in New York City, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and Sydney, Australia with globally-recognized brands that include: TAO, Marquee, Lavo, Avenue, The Stanton Social, Beauty & Essex and Vandal. TAO Group is actively developing opportunities in select markets — both domestically and internationally — to expand its footprint of venues and food and beverage outlets.
Growing our portfolio of proprietary content. We will continue to explore the creation of proprietary content that enables us to benefit from being both content owner and venue operator. This includes opportunities to develop theatrical productions for our venues. We also see additional opportunity to use our venues as physical gathering places for communities that form and interact online and to expand our customers’ experience through the creation of venues that employ technology that brings people together both inside and outside our venues.
Exploring adjacencies that strengthen our business. As part of our commitment to creating unmatched experiences, we explore adjacencies that strengthen our position in sports and entertainment. Potential opportunities include new types of events and festivals, and new opportunities in hospitality, clubs, and food and beverage. In July 2016, the Company broadened its live experience offerings by purchasing a controlling interest in BCE , the entertainment production company known for successfully creating and operating New England’s premier music festival — the Boston Calling Music Festival. This was followed in January 2017 by our purchase of a controlling interest in TAO Group, a hospitality group with globally-recognized entertainment dining and nightlife brands.
Continuing to explore external strategic opportunities . We continue to seek strategic opportunities to add compelling assets and brands that resonate with our customers and partners, fit with our core competencies and allow new opportunities for growth across the Company. One of the ways we try to capitalize on our unique combination of dynamic assets, established industry relationships and deep customer connections is through strategic partnerships that bring together the expertise and capabilities of each partner, and enable us to team with recognized leaders in their fields and benefit from growth in those businesses. For example, we own 50% of Azoff MSG Entertainment LLC (“ AMSGE ”) which is backed by one of the music and entertainment industry’s most respected and influential executives, Irving Azoff. The joint venture owns and operates music, media and entertainment businesses, which allows us to pursue various businesses in the entertainment space. In addition, we own 50% of Tribeca Enterprises LLC (“ Tribeca Enterprises ”), bringing together two of New York’s cultural and entertainment icons to enhance the

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reach and impact of both brands, while allowing us to partner with one of the most respected teams in the film and entertainment industry.
Our Business
MSG Sports
Our Company is synonymous with some of the greatest sporting events in history. Today that tradition continues with our commitment to delivering a broad array of world-class sporting events that create lasting and indelible memories for sports fans. Our MSG Sports segment includes some of the world’s most recognized sports franchises, as well as a diverse selection of other live sporting events, that the Company promotes, produces and/or presents, primarily at The Garden , The Theater at Madison Square Garden and the Forum.
Our Sports Franchises
The Knicks and Rangers are two of the most recognized franchises in professional sports, with storied histories and passionate, multi-generational fan bases. These teams are the primary occupants of The Garden, playing a combined total of 82 regular season home games, often to at or near capacity attendance. In addition, the Liberty currently play 17 regular season home games at The Garden each year. The number of home games increases if our teams qualify for the playoffs.
New York Knicks
As an original franchise of the NBA, the Knicks have a rich history that includes eight trips to the NBA Finals and two NBA Championships, as well as some of the greatest athletes to ever play the game. 2016-17 marked the 70 th anniversary season for the team, which enjoys the fierce allegiance of generations of passionate and knowledgeable fans and is focused on fielding a championship-caliber team over the long-term. The Knicks ranked in the top three in the NBA for ticket sales receipts for the 2016-17 regular season.
New York Rangers
The Rangers hockey club is one of the “original six” franchises of the NHL with 2016-17 marking the team’s 90 th anniversary season. Winners of four Stanley Cup Championships, the Rangers have won 11 conference titles over their history. For the 2016-17 season, the Rangers reached 102 points in the regular season, advancing to the playoffs for the seventh consecutive year and the 11 th time in 12 seasons. The Rangers are known to have one of the most passionate, loyal and enthusiastic fan bases in all of sports and ranked in the top three in the NHL for ticket sales receipts for the 2016-17 regular season.
New York Liberty
The Liberty was established in October 1996, when New York was selected as one of eight charter members of the WNBA. Supported by an enthusiastic and loyal fan base, the Liberty have won three conference championships and appeared in the playoffs 14 times. In 2016, the Liberty finished with the best record in the Eastern Conference ( 21-13 ) for a second straight season and qualified for the WNBA playoffs as the number three overall seed.
Westchester Knicks
In March 2014 , the Company acquired the right to own and operate an NBAGL team, which has been named the Westchester Knicks. The team plays its home games at the Westchester County Center in White Plains, NY and serves as the exclusive NBAGL affiliate of the Knicks.
Hartford Wolf Pack
The Hartford Wolf Pack, a minor-league hockey team, is the player development team for the Rangers and is also competitive in its own right in the AHL. The Rangers send draft picks and other players to the Hartford Wolf Pack for skill development and injury rehabilitation, and can call up players for the Rangers roster to enhance the team’s competitiveness. The Hartford Wolf Pack have reached the playoffs 15 times in 20 seasons.
Esports
In July 2017, the Company took an important step forward with its plans to expand its portfolio of live experiences by purchasing a controlling interest in CLG, a premier North American esports organization, which is now part of our MSG Sports segment. Founded in 2010, CLG is one of the most established and successful organizations in the industry, operating eight teams across several well-known esports games: “League of Legends,” “Counter-Strike: Global Offensive,” “Super Smash Bros.,” and “H1Z1.” This acquisition followed the Company’s announcement in May that the New York Knicks plans to participate in the inaugural NBA 2K Esports League, set to debut in 2018.


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The Role of the Leagues in Our Operations
As franchises in professional sports leagues, our teams are members of their respective leagues and, as such, may be subject to certain limitations, under certain circumstances, on the control and management of their affairs. The respective league constitutions, under which each league is operated, together with the collective bargaining agreements (each a “ CBA ”) each league has signed with its players’ association, contain numerous provisions that, as a practical matter in certain circumstances, could impact the manner in which we operate our businesses. In addition, under the respective league constitutions, the commissioner of each league, either acting alone or with the consent of a majority (or, in some cases, a supermajority) of the other teams in the league, may be empowered in certain circumstances to take certain actions felt to be in the best interests of the league, whether or not such actions would benefit our teams and whether or not we consent or object to those actions.
While the precise rights and obligations of member teams vary from league to league, the leagues have varying degrees of control exercisable under certain circumstances over the length and format of the playing season, including preseason and playoff schedules; the operating territories of the member teams; national and international media and other licensing rights; admission of new members and changes in ownership; franchise relocations; indebtedness affecting the franchises; and labor relations with the players’ associations, including collective bargaining, free agency, and rules applicable to player transactions, luxury taxes and revenue sharing. See “Part II Item 7 . Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations Business Overview MSG Sports Expenses .” From time to time, we may disagree with or challenge actions the leagues take or the power and authority they assert, although the leagues’ governing documents and our agreements with the leagues purport to limit the manner in which we may challenge decisions and actions by a league commissioner or the league itself.
Other Sporting Events
The Company’s MSG Sports segment also includes a broad array of live sporting events that the Company promotes, produces and/or presents, including professional boxing, college basketball, college hockey, professional bull riding, mixed martial arts, esports, tennis and college wrestling. Many of these events are among the most popular in our history and are perennial highlights on our annual calendar, as well as some of The Garden’s longest-running associations.
Professional boxing, beginning with John L. Sullivan in 1882, has had a long history with The Garden. The Arena famously hosted Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier’s 1971 “Fight of the Century,” considered among the greatest sporting events in modern history, as well as numerous bouts featuring dozens of other boxing greats. These have included: Joe Louis, Rocky Marciano, Sugar Ray Robinson, Willie Pep, Emile Griffith, George Foreman, Roberto Duran, Oscar De La Hoya, Sugar Ray Leonard, Lennox Lewis, Roy Jones, Jr., Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield, Miguel Cotto, Wladimir Klitschko and Gennady Golovkin, who in March 2017 successfully defended his championship titles against Daniel Jacobs in front of nearly 20,000 people at The Garden.
The Company has also expanded its presence in the fast-growing sport of mixed martial arts. In June 2016, the Forum hosted its first-ever Ultimate Fighting Championship (“UFC”) event with Michael Bisping capturing the middleweight title in an upset victory over Luke Rockhold. This was followed in November 2016 by The Garden hosting UFC 205, the first professional mixed martial arts event in New York state since 1995, during which Conor McGregor knocked out Eddie Alvarez and became the first UFC fighter ever to earn championships in two different divisions.
College sports have been a mainstay at The Garden for decades, with college basketball’s longest running holiday showcase, the Holiday Festival, first tipping off more than 60 years ago. In addition to St. John’s University calling The Garden its “home away from home,” the highly-anticipated Big East Tournament celebrated its 35 th anniversary at The Garden in 2017. Popular college basketball events also include visits from Duke University’s Blue Devils, the annual Jimmy V Classic and the 2K Sports Classic. The Garden welcomed in March 2017 the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball East Regional Finals for the second time in four years and in 2018 will again host the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament.
In 2007, The Garden sold out its first college hockey game — Red Hot Hockey featuring Cornell University versus Boston University — which has become a biennial event. College hockey has grown at The Garden over the last decade, with three hockey rivalry games held this past year, including one that was part of a Big Ten Conference basketball and hockey doubleheader, which will return in 2018.
Other world-class sporting events have included the NBA All-Star Game, which The Garden last hosted in 2015, marking the fifth time the arena has hosted the illustrious professional basketball event. Additionally, in May, The Garden welcomed the BNP Paribas Showdown tennis event for the ninth year, which has featured tennis luminaries such as Pete Sampras, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams. In August 2015, The Garden entered the world of esports as it welcomed the League of Legends Championship Series, a two-day event around the popular video game. League of Legends returned in October 2016 for its World Championships – which spent four nights at The Chicago Theatre for the tournament’s quarterfinals, before moving on to two sold-out nights at The Garden for the semifinals.

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MSG Entertainment
Our Company delivers unforgettable entertainment experiences — including live events and spectacular productions — all in extraordinary settings that span some of the country’s largest entertainment markets. This creates a significant demand for an association with our brands — by artists, premier companies and the public. And with a foundation of iconic venues, our Company has a proven ability to leverage the strength of our industry relationships, marketing assets, customer database and live event expertise to create performance, promotion and distribution opportunities for artists, events and productions, and to increase utilization of our venues.
Specifically, our MSG Entertainment segment includes concerts, family shows, performing arts events and special events that we present or host at our venues, which are: The Garden, The Theater at Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall, the Beacon Theatre, the Forum and The Chicago Theatre. In addition, we have an exclusive booking agreement with respect to the Wang Theatre. With seating capacities and configurations that range from 2,800 to 21,000 , our collection of diverse venues enables us to showcase acts that cover a wide spectrum of genres and popular appeal.
Our MSG Entertainment segment also includes the beloved holiday show, the Christmas Spectacular — created for Radio City Music Hall and featuring the world-famous Rockettes. In February 2017, the Company announced the suspension of the 2017 planned presentation of its second large-scale production — the New York Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes ( “New York Spectacular” ) . The Company is continuing its review of the show’s creative direction, timing and scale.
Over the past couple of years, the Company has been executing on its plans to build a robust, diversified portfolio of live experiences. In July 2016, the Company acquired a controlling interest in BCE, the entertainment production company that owns and operates the Boston Calling Music Festival. This was followed in January 2017 by the Company’s purchase of a controlling interest in TAO Group, a hospitality group with globally-recognized entertainment dining and nightlife brands.
Our Live Entertainment Bookings
Our Company is an established industry leader that books a wide variety of live entertainment events in our venues, which perennially include some of the biggest names in music and entertainment. Over the last several years, our venues have been a key destination for artists such as the Eagles, U2, Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters, Justin Bieber, The Weeknd, Dead and Company, Madonna, Mumford & Sons, Phish, Fleetwood Mac, Adele, Eric Clapton, The Allman Brothers Band, Bruce Springsteen, Maroon 5, Rihanna, Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry, Kanye West, Stevie Wonder, Sting and Peter Gabriel, Ariana Grande, Louis C.K. and Dave Chappelle.
Our efforts to find new ways to increase the utilization of our venues led to a unique partnership between our Company and Billy Joel that made the renowned performer a staple of The Garden, playing monthly performances since January 2014. This extraordinary residency has been a great success with 42 sold-out performances through July 2017 and has cemented Billy Joel’s record for the most performances by any artist at “The World’s Most Famous Arena.” In December 2015, we added a second residency with the announcement that legendary New Yorker and comedian Jerry Seinfeld would appear monthly at the Beacon Theatre. Following 12 sold-out monthly shows in 2016, Jerry Seinfeld extended his residency through 2017, increasing his appearances to two performances one night each month.
Our venues also attract family shows and theatrical productions, which this past year included: PAW Patrol Live, Sesame Street Live, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and Cirque Du Soleil – Toruk . In addition, we frequently serve as the backdrop for special events such as the Tony Awards, “America’s Got Talent,” and the MTV Video Music Awards; appearances by luminaries such as His Holiness Pope Francis, His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi; graduations, television upfronts, product launches and film premieres .
Although we primarily license our venues to third-party promoters for a fee, we also promote or co-promote shows where we have economic risk relating to the event. MSG Entertainment currently does not promote or co-promote events outside of our venues.
Our Productions
One of the Company’s core properties, the Christmas Spectacular , has been performed at Radio City Music Hall for 84 years. The world-famous Rockettes, along with show-stopping performances, festive holiday scenes and state-of-the-art special effects, have played an important role in the critically-acclaimed show’s enduring popularity. During the 2016 holiday season, the Christmas Spectacular sold more than one million tickets.
We acquired the rights to the Christmas Spectacular in 1997, and those rights are separate from, and do not depend on the continuation of, our lease of Radio City Music Hall. We also hold rights to the Rockettes brand in the same manner.
In 2015, we further extended the Rockettes brand with a new theatrical production built specifically for Radio City Music Hall. Previously called the New York Spring Spectacular , the show was renamed the New York Spectacular Starring the Radio City

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Rockettes and in 2016, moved to the summer months. The Company announced in February 2017 the suspension of the planned 2017 presentation of the New York Spectacular . The Company is continuing its review of the show’s creative direction, timing and scale.
We continue to strengthen and broaden our Rockettes brand, targeting the most prominent and effective vehicles that elevate their visibility and underscore their reputation as beloved American cultural icons. The Rockettes have appeared or performed at high-profile events, including Presidential Inaugurations, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks event, the New Year’s Eve Times Square Ball Drop, the Tony Awards, the Super Bowl XLV numeral unveil, television shows (“America’s Got Talent,” “Project Runway,” “The Today Show” and “The Colbert Report”), and fashion events (Michael Kors Fashion’s Night Out and Capezio Anniversary Gala), among many others. In May 2017, the Rockettes and the United Service Organizations (“ USO ”) re-energized a more than 70-year association between the two historic organizations as they announced that the Rockettes would participate in special appearances and performances across the country to honor, recognize and thank active troops, veterans and their families. We continue to pursue opportunities to generate greater brand awareness, including television and public appearances and dance education offerings.
Our Festival Offerings
In July 2016, the Company broadened its live experience offerings by acquiring a controlling interest in BCE , the entertainment production company known for successfully creating and operating New England’s premier music and arts festival — the Boston Calling Music Festival. In 2017, the festival took place over Memorial Day weekend at the Harvard Athletic Complex, a new location for the festival that significantly expanded the festival’s capacity and content offerings. Tool, Mumford and Sons, and Chance the Rapper headlined the three-day event, which welcomed 45 music acts and featured a brand new comedy experience with 13 performances by standout comics. Other BCE events include the Boston Calling Block Parties, an annual series of outdoor events showcasing local music, and the Copenhagen Beer Celebration, a festival showcasing world-class brewers and musical acts held in Boston’s City Hall Plaza.
Our Entertainment Dining and Nightlife Offerings
In January 2017, the Company purchased a controlling interest in TAO Group, which strengthened the Company’s portfolio of live offerings with a complementary, hospitality group with widely-recognized brands that include: TAO, Marquee, Lavo, Avenue, The Stanton Social, Beauty & Essex and Vandal. Since 2000, TAO Group has been creating some of the most innovative premium experiences in the entertainment dining and hospitality industry. Today, TAO Group operates 24 venues – 11 venues in New York City, seven venues in Las Vegas, five venues in Los Angeles and one venue in Sydney, Australia – and is actively developing opportunities to expand on their success with new venues.
A majority of TAO Group’s venues are leased, while the rest are managed. Essentially all of the venues have either long-term leases or long-term management agreements with options to renew for multiple years.
Our Performance Venues
The Company operates a mix of iconic performance venues that continue to build on their historic prominence as destinations for unforgettable experiences and events. Individually, these venues are each premier showplaces, with a passionate and loyal following of fans, performers and events. Taken together, we believe they represent an outstanding collection of venues.
We own or operate under long-term leases a total of six venues in New York City, Chicago and Inglewood, CA and have an exclusive booking agreement with respect to the Wang Theatre in Boston. Our New York City venues are the Madison Square Garden Complex (which includes both The Garden and The Theater at Madison Square Garden), Radio City Music Hall and the Beacon Theatre. Our portfolio of venues also includes the Forum in Inglewood, CA and the landmark The Chicago Theatre.
The Garden
The Garden has been a celebrated center of New York life since it first opened its doors in 1879. Over its 138 -year history, there have been four Garden buildings, each known for showcasing the best of the era’s live sports and entertainment offerings. We believe that The Garden has come to epitomize the power and passion of live sports and entertainment to people around the world, with an appearance at The Garden often representing a pinnacle of an athlete’s or performer’s career. Known as “The World’s Most Famous Arena,” The Garden has been the site of some of the most memorable events in sports and entertainment, and, together with The Theater at Madison Square Garden, has hosted hundreds of events and millions of visitors this past year. In 2009, Billboard Magazine ranked The Garden the number one venue of the decade in its respective class based upon gross ticket sales. Music industry subscribers of the trade magazine Pollstar have voted The Garden “Arena of the Year” 19 out of the last 24 years. The Garden is the highest-grossing entertainment venue of its size in the nation and the second highest in the world based on Billboard Magazine’s 2017 mid-year rankings.

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The Garden is home to the Knicks, Rangers and Liberty and is associated with countless “big events,” inspired performances and one-of-a-kind moments. Highlights include: “The Fight of the Century” between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier in 1971; the 1970 Knicks’ NBA Championship; the Rangers’ 1994 Stanley Cup Championship; three Democratic National Conventions and one Republican National Convention; Marilyn Monroe’s famous birthday serenade to President John F. Kennedy; Frank Sinatra’s “Main Event” concert in 1974; the only U.S. concerts from the reunited Cream; the 25 th Anniversary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame concerts and Billy Joel’s record-breaking 88 total performances at The Garden (through July 2017). In September 2015, His Holiness Pope Francis celebrated Mass at The Garden as part of his successful U.S. visit, which marked the first time a current pope has visited The Garden since Pope John Paul II in 1979. The Garden has also hosted four prominent benefit concerts, which galvanized the public to respond to national and global crises, including the first of its kind, “The Concert for Bangladesh” in 1972, as well as “The Concert for New York City,” following the events of 9/11; “From the Big Apple to the Big Easy,” held after Hurricane Katrina in 2005; and “12-12-12, The Concert for Sandy Relief” in 2012.
The current Madison Square Garden Complex, located between 31 st and 33 rd Streets and Seventh and Eighth Avenues on Manhattan’s West Side, opened on February 11, 1968 with a salute to the USO hosted by Bob Hope and Bing Crosby. From a structural standpoint, the construction of the current Garden was considered an engineering wonder for its time, including its famous circular shape and unique, cable-supported ceiling, which contributes to its intimate feel. It was the first large structure built over an active railroad track. The builder, R.E. McKee, had a national reputation and was later recognized as a “Master Builder” by the construction industry. Architect Charles Luckman had one of the largest firms in the country and designed such buildings as the Prudential Tower in Boston, NASA’s flight center in Houston and the Forum in Inglewood, CA.
Following a three-year, top-to-bottom transformation, in October 2013, the Company debuted a fully-transformed Garden. Focused on the total fan experience, the transformation was designed to benefit everyone in attendance, whether first time visitors, season ticket subscribers, athletes, artists, suite holders or marketing partners. Our customers now have access to a full list of amenities including: improved sightlines; additional entertainment and dining options; new concourses; upgraded hospitality areas; new technology; unique historic exhibits; and a completely transformed interior, where the intimacy of the arena bowl and The Garden’s world famous ceiling have been maintained. The Garden’s transformation ensures that attending an event at “The World’s Most Famous Arena” is unlike anywhere else.
We own the Madison Square Garden Complex, the platform on which it is built and development rights (including air rights) above our property. Madison Square Garden sits atop Pennsylvania Station, a major commuter hub in Manhattan, which is owned by the National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak). While the development rights we own would permit us to expand in the future, any such use of development rights would require various approvals from the City of New York. The Garden seats up to approximately 21,000 spectators for sporting and entertainment events and, along with The Theater at Madison Square Garden, contains approximately 1,100,000 square feet of floor space over 11 levels.
The Theater at Madison Square Garden
The Theater at Madison Square Garden, which has approximately 5,600 seats, opened as part of the fourth Madison Square Garden Complex in 1968 with seven nights of performances by Judy Garland. Since then, some of the biggest names in live entertainment have played The Theater at Madison Square Garden , including The Who, Bob Dylan, Diana Ross, Elton John, James Taylor, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Pentatonix, Sara Bareilles, Ellie Goulding, Ricky Gervais, Neil Young, Bill Maher, Radiohead, Jerry Seinfeld and Van Morrison. The Theater has also hosted boxing events and the NBA Draft; award shows such as The Daytime Emmys; and other special events including “Wheel of Fortune” and audition shows for “America’s Got Talent,” as well as a variety of theatrical productions and family shows, including A Christmas Story, Elf The Musical, and Sesame Street Live . The Theater at Madison Square Garden is the seventh highest-grossing entertainment venue of its size in the world, based on Billboard Magazine’s 2017 mid-year rankings.
Radio City Music Hall
Radio City Music Hall has a rich history as a national theatrical and cultural mecca since it was first built by theatrical impresario S.L. “Roxy” Rothafel in 1932. Known as “The Showplace of the Nation,” it was the first building in the Rockefeller Center complex and, at the time, the largest indoor theater in the world. Radio City Music Hall, a venue with approximately 6,000 seats, hosts concerts, family shows and special events, and is home to the Christmas Spectacular and the New York Spectacular . See “— MSG Entertainment Our Productions .” Entertainers who have graced the Great Stage include: Yes, Lady Gaga, Jason Mraz, Bastille, Jack White, Kelly Clarkson, Leonard Cohen and Dave Chappelle. In 2009, Billboard Magazine ranked Radio City Music Hall the number one venue of the decade in its respective class based upon gross ticket sales. Radio City Music Hall is the highest-grossing entertainment venue of its size in the world, based on Billboard Magazine’s 2017 mid-year rankings.
In 1978, Radio City Music Hall was designated a New York City landmark by the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission and a national landmark on the National Register of Historic Places. We acquired the lease in 1997, and in 1999, we invested in a complete restoration that returned the legendary theater to its original grandeur. Our acclaimed restoration touched all aspects

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of the venue and included burnishing the ceilings of Radio City Music Hall with 720,000 sheets of gold and aluminum leaf, replacing the existing stage curtain with a new 112 -foot wide golden silk curtain, and cleaning the three-story tall mural “The Fountain of Youth,” by Ezra Winter, which looms above the grand staircase. State-of-the-art sound systems, lighting and HDTV capabilities were also installed.
We lease Radio City Music Hall, located at Sixth Avenue and 50 th Street in Manhattan, pursuant to a long-term lease agreement. The lease on Radio City Music Hall expires in 2023 . We have the option to renew the lease for an additional 10 years by providing two years’ notice prior to the initial expiration date.
Beacon Theatre
In November 2006, we entered into a long-term lease agreement to operate the legendary Beacon Theatre, a venue with approximately 2,800 seats, which sits on the corner of Broadway and 74 th Street in Manhattan. The Beacon Theatre was conceived of by S. L. “Roxy” Rothafel and is considered the “older sister” to Radio City Music Hall. Designed by Chicago architect Walter Ahlschlager, the Beacon Theatre opened in 1929 as a forum for vaudeville acts, musical productions, drama, opera, and movies. The Beacon Theatre was designated a New York City landmark by the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission in 1979 and a national landmark on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982. Over its history, the Beacon Theatre has been a venerable rock and roll room for some of the greatest names in music including Steely Dan, Coldplay, Mariah Carey, Crosby Stills & Nash, Jackson Browne, Elton John, John Fogerty, Ray LaMontagne, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Eddie Vedder and Bob Dylan, as well as The Allman Brothers Band, which played their 238 th show at the Beacon Theatre in October 2014, marking their final concert as a band. The venue has also hosted special events such as film premieres for the Tribeca Film Festival and comedy events, including our ongoing Jerry Seinfeld residency, along with numerous luminaries such as His Holiness the Dalai Lama in 2009 and 2013, and President Bill Clinton in 2006 when the Rolling Stones played a private concert in honor of his 60 th birthday.
In August of 2008 we closed the Beacon Theatre for a seven-month restoration project to return the theater to its original 1929 grandeur. The restoration of the Beacon Theatre focused on all historic, interior public spaces of the building, backstage and back-of-house areas, and was based on extensive historic research, as well as detailed, onsite examination of original, decorative painting techniques that had been covered by decades-old layers of paint. The Beacon Theatre has won several architectural awards recognizing its outstanding restoration. The widely acclaimed, comprehensive restoration was similar to our restoration of Radio City Music Hall, and reflects our commitment to New York City. The Beacon Theatre is the ninth highest-grossing entertainment venue of its size in the world, based on Billboard Magazine’s 2017 mid-year rankings.
Our lease on the Beacon Theatre expires in 2026 .
The Forum
In June 2012, we added a West Coast home with the purchase of the Forum in Inglewood, CA, which serves the Greater Los Angeles area. Following an extensive reinvention of the historic venue, on January 15, 2014, the Forum re-opened with the first of six concerts by the legendary Eagles and is once again a thriving destination for both artists and music fans. With both the Forum and The Garden, MSG now has an iconic arena in the country’s two largest entertainment markets.
The Forum is the only arena-sized venue in the country dedicated to music and entertainment, and offers something exceptional for everyone. Architecturally, the interior of the bowl has been completely modernized and features superior acoustics, along with flexible seating that ranges from 7,000 seats to 17,600 seats. Fans seated on the floor have access to one of the largest general admission floors in the country, with approximately 8,000 square feet of event level hospitality offerings. The Forum also offers exclusive spaces for VIP customers, including the historic Forum Club, and, for artists, delivers a first-class experience that includes nine , star-caliber dressing rooms with high-end amenities. Among the key features that were resurrected in an effort to replicate the original design is the exterior color of the venue, which was returned to the 1960’s “California sunset red,” and is now known as “Forum Red.” Other outdoor features include the addition of a distinct and iconic Forum marquee and a 40,000 square foot terrace that surrounds the perimeter of the building.
The original Forum was designed by renowned architect, Charles Luckman, who also designed The Garden that opened in 1968. The historic West Coast venue, which opened in 1967, has played host to some of the greatest musical performers of all time, including The Rolling Stones, The Jackson 5, Bob Dylan, Led Zeppelin, Madonna, Van Halen, Foo Fighters, Coldplay, Prince and many others. In addition, the Forum was home to the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Kings until 1999.
Since re-opening in 2014, the Forum has received several architectural awards recognizing its outstanding restoration. The venue’s impressive lineup of entertainers has included: the Eagles, Justin Timberlake, Paul Simon and Sting, U2, Maroon 5, Drake, Kanye West, Stevie Wonder, Aerosmith, Steely Dan, Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Mumford & Sons, Foo Fighters, The Weeknd, Rihanna and Kings of Leon as well as His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The Forum has also hosted a number of special events such as the MTV Video Music Awards and Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards, as well as select sporting events, including Championship Boxing and mixed martial arts. The Forum is the sixth highest-grossing

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entertainment venue of its size in the nation, based on Billboard Magazine’s 2017 mid-year rankings.
The Chicago Theatre
In October 2007, to provide us with an anchor for content and distribution in a key market in the Midwest, we purchased the legendary Chicago Theatre, a venue with approximately 3,600 seats. The Chicago Theatre, which features its famous six-story-high “C-H-I-C-A-G-O” marquee, was built in 1921 and designed in the French Baroque style by architects Cornelius W. Rapp and George L. Rapp. It is the oldest surviving example of this architectural style in Chicago today, and was designated a Chicago landmark building in 1983 by the Mayor of Chicago and the Chicago City Council.
Today, The Chicago Theatre has become a highly attractive destination for concerts, comedy shows and other live events, hosting a wide range of entertainers, including Bob Dylan, Mumford & Sons, David Byrne, Neil Young, Steve Winwood, Jerry Seinfeld, Janet Jackson, The National, Louis C.K., Death Cab for Cutie, Conan O’Brien, Aziz Ansari and Steely Dan. The venue has also hosted theatrical tours such as A Christmas Story and Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! . The Chicago Theatre is ranked the seventh highest-grossing entertainment venue of its size in the world, based on Billboard Magazine’s 2017 mid-year rankings.
Wang Theatre
Since August 2008, we have had a booking agreement with respect to the historic Wang Theatre in Boston. Under the booking agreement, we have been utilizing our diverse relationships and experience in event production and entertainment marketing to maximize the quantity and diversity of performances staged at the Wang Theatre. These performances have included theatrical productions and family shows such as the Tony award-winning Annie the Musical , Irving Berlin’s White Christmas the Musical, A Christmas Story , and Elf The Musical. The Wang Theatre has also welcomed a variety of concerts, including multi-night runs by Steely Dan, Sting, Neil Young, Eddie Izzard, Jerry Seinfeld, Steve Martin and Furthur and performances from Jason Mraz, Leonard Cohen, Ringo Starr, Wilco, Tegan and Sara, John Legend and The Shins. The Wang Theatre seats approximately 3,600.
Our booking agreement expires in 2019 . If we do not renew the agreement, it will not have a material negative effect on our business.
Our Interactive Initiatives
The Company has a collection of web sites, social networking sites and mobile applications for our sports and entertainment properties. Web sites include thegarden.com, theateratmsg.com, radiocity.com, beacontheatre.com, fabulousforum.com, thechicagotheatre.com and rockettes.com, as well as sites dedicated to our sports teams (nhl.com/rangers, nba.com/knicks, liberty.wnba.com, westchester.gleague.nba.com). Like our MSG Sports business, the online operations relating to our sports teams may, in certain circumstances, be subject to certain agreements, rules, policies, regulations and directives of the leagues in which the respective team operates. See “— Our Business Regulation .” This interactive business generates revenue for the Company’s segments via the sale of advertising and sponsorships on these digital properties. Additionally, it offers strategic marketing assets that create opportunities to market directly to our fans and cross-promote our businesses.
Other Investments
We continue to explore additional opportunities that strengthen our existing position within the sports and entertainment landscape and/or allow us to exploit our assets and core competencies for growth.
In August 2013, the Company, in a partnership with the owners of Brooklyn Bowl, invested in building a venue in Las Vegas. See “Part II Item 7 . Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations Investments in Nonconsolidated Affiliates ” for further discussion.
In September 2013, the Company acquired a 50% interest in AMSGE . The AMSGE entity owns and operates businesses in the entertainment industry and is currently focused on music management, performance rights, comedy and productions, strategic marketing and venue management consulting services. This strategic partnership brings together the expertise and capabilities of each partner with the goal of jointly entering into attractive new businesses that generate revenue and cash flow. AMSGE currently has a 65% interest in Full Stop Management LLC., its core music management business, and an 85% interest in Global Music Rights, a performance rights company. In addition, AMSGE owns 50% interests in each Oak View Group, Levity Entertainment Group, Digital Brand Architects, Burns Entertainment and On Board Experiential Marketing. AMSGE will remain focused on capitalizing on investment opportunities within its existing businesses as well as on others in its pipeline, with the goal of accelerating its revenue growth.
In March 2014, the Company acquired a 50% interest in Tribeca Enterprises , the company that owns and operates the acclaimed Tribeca Film Festival, bringing together two of New York’s most important cultural and entertainment icons to enhance the reach and impact of both brands. Now in its 16 th year, the annual Film Festival celebrates storytelling in a variety of forms – from film to television to virtual reality, music and gaming. The Festival supports emerging and established voices, discovers

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award-winning filmmakers, curates innovative and interactive experiences, and introduces new technology and ideas through panels, premieres, exhibitions, and live performance. Tribeca Enterprises’ businesses also include Tribeca Studios, a branded entertainment content business that has produced award-winning stories, and year-round live events. This joint venture augments our portfolio of premier New York City live entertainment brands, while also providing us with a high-profile entry into the festival business, with a team that has created one of the most successful festivals in the world.
In July 2014, MSG Networks completed the sale of Fuse to SiTV Media, Inc., which has since been renamed Fuse Media, Inc., the parent company of NUVOtv. NUVOtv is an English language entertainment network created for modern Latinos. As part of the transaction, MSG Networks received a 15% equity interest in SiTV Media, LLC, which has since been renamed Fuse Media, LLC (“Fuse Media”), and such equity interest was transferred to the Company in connection with the Distribution. See “Part II — Item 7 . Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations Investments in Nonconsolidated Affiliates ” for further discussion.
In August 2016, the Company acquired an approximately 12% common equity stake in Townsquare Media, Inc., a leading media, entertainment and digital marketing solutions company that, like us, believes in the value of creating communities around shared experiences and compelling content.
In addition to the investments discussed above, the Company also has other investments in various sports and entertainment companies and related technologies, primarily accounted for under the cost method of accounting.
Garden of Dreams Foundation
Our Company has a close association with The Garden of Dreams Foundation (the “Foundation”), a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity that is dedicated to making dreams come true for children facing obstacles. The Foundation works with 28 partner organizations throughout the tristate area, including hospitals, wish organizations and community-based organizations, to reach children who are facing challenges such as homelessness, extreme poverty, illness and foster care. Since it began in 2006, Garden of Dreams has used the magic of The Madison Square Garden Company — including the Rangers, Knicks, Liberty, Rockettes and famed showplaces — to brighten the lives of more than 325,000 children and their families. The Foundation takes pride in its commitment to truly change lives, hosting more than 500 events and programs each year. They include: events with the Knicks, Rangers and Liberty; special celebrations and event attendance at The Garden, Radio City Music Hall and the Beacon Theatre; visits by Madison Square Garden celebrities; The Garden of Dreams Talent Show, where children perform on the Great Stage at Radio City Music Hall; The Garden of Dreams Prom, which brings together teens who may not otherwise have the opportunity to attend their own proms; toy drives; and the “Make A Dream Come True Program,” where children enjoy unforgettable experiences with celebrities and at events. In addition, through its Garden of Dreams Giving program, the Foundation helps its partner organizations meet the critical needs of the children they serve through direct support of scholarships and tangible, targeted community projects. To date, the Foundation has awarded scholarships to 41 children. Garden of Dreams has also served its partners by refurbishing pediatric wards at area hospitals, activity rooms and gymnasiums at community facilities and by creating brand new spaces such as music studios — with plans for many more vital civic enhancements in the years to come.
Regulation
Our sports and entertainment businesses are subject to legislation governing the sale and resale of tickets and consumer protection statutes generally.
In addition, our venues, like all public spaces, are subject to building and health codes and fire regulations imposed by the state and local governments in the jurisdictions in which they are located. Our venues are also subject to zoning and outdoor advertising regulations, and, with respect to Radio City Music Hall and the Beacon Theatre, landmark regulations which restrict us from making certain modifications to our facilities as of right or from operating certain types of businesses. Our venues also require a number of licenses in order for us to operate, including occupancy permits, exhibition licenses, food and beverage permits, liquor licenses and other authorizations and, with respect to The Garden, a zoning special permit granted by the New York City Planning Commission. In addition, our venues are subject to the federal Americans with Disabilities Act, which requires us to maintain certain accessibility features at each of our facilities. See “ Item 1A. Risk Factors General Risks We Are Subject to Extensive Governmental Regulation and Our Failure to Comply with These Regulations May Have a Material Negative Effect on Our Business and Results of Operations.
The professional sports leagues in which we operate, primarily the NBA and NHL, claim the right under certain circumstances to regulate important aspects of our sports business and our team-related online and mobile businesses. See “— Our Business MSG Sports The Role of the Leagues in Our Operations .”
Our sports and entertainment businesses are also subject to certain regulations applicable to our Internet web sites and mobile applications. We maintain various web sites and mobile applications that provide information and content regarding our

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businesses, offer merchandise and tickets for sale and make available sweepstakes and/or contests. The operation of these web sites and applications may be subject to a range of federal, state and local laws such as privacy, accessibility for persons with disabilities and consumer protection regulations. In addition, to the extent any of our web sites collect information from children under 13 years of age or are intended primarily for children under 12 years of age, we must comply with certain limits on commercial matter.
Competition
Competition in Our Sports Business
Our sports business operates in a market in which numerous sports and entertainment opportunities are available. In addition to the NBA, NHL, WNBA, AHL and NBAGL teams that we own and operate, the New York City metropolitan area is home to two Major League Baseball teams (the New York Yankees (the “ Yankees ”) and the New York Mets (the “ Mets ”)), two National Football League teams (the New York Giants (the “ Giants ”) and the New York Jets (the “ Jets ”)), two additional NHL teams (the New York Islanders (the “ Islanders ”) and the New Jersey Devils (the “ Devils ”)), a second NBA team (the Brooklyn Nets (the “ Nets ”) and two Major League Soccer franchises (the New York Red Bulls and the New York City Football Club). In addition, there are a number of other amateur and professional teams that compete in other sports, including at the collegiate and minor league levels. New York is also home to the U.S. Open tennis event each summer, as well as many other non-sports related entertainment options.
As a result of the large number of options available, we face strong competition for the New York area sports fan. We must compete with these other sporting events in varying respects and degrees, including on the basis of the quality of the teams we field, their success in the leagues in which they compete, our ability to provide an entertaining environment at our games and the prices we charge for our tickets. In addition, for fans who prefer the unique experience of NHL hockey, we must compete with the Islanders and Devils as well as, in varying respects and degrees, with other NHL hockey teams and the NHL itself. Similarly, for those fans attracted to the equally unique experience of NBA basketball, we must compete with the Nets as well as, in varying respects and degrees, with other NBA teams and the NBA itself. In addition, we also compete to varying degrees with other productions and live entertainment events for advertising and sponsorship dollars.
The amount of revenue we earn is influenced by many factors, including the popularity and on-court or on-ice performance of our professional sports teams and general economic conditions. In particular, when our teams have strong on-court and on-ice performance, we benefit from increased demand for tickets, potentially greater food and merchandise sales from increased attendance and increased sponsorship opportunities. When our teams qualify for the playoffs, we also benefit from the attendance and in-game spending at the playoff games. The year-to-year impact of team performance is somewhat moderated by the fact that a significant portion of our revenues derive from rights fees, suite rental fees and sponsorship and signage revenue, all of which are generally contracted on a multi-year basis. Nevertheless, the long-term performance of our business is tied to the success and popularity of our teams and our ability to attract other compelling sports content.
In July 2017, we acquired a controlling interest in CLG, a premier North American esports organization. Due to the nature of esports, CLG competes with other teams across North America and globally. CLG competes for sponsorship, merchandise rights, media rights, and event prize winnings. Esports teams vary in their amount of funding, size of existing business, and amount of social following, among other factors, which can impact our ability to compete effectively.
See “ Item 1A. Risk Factors Risks Relating to Our Sports Business Our Sports Business Faces Intense and Wide-Ranging Competition, Which May Have a Material Negative Effect on Our Business and Results of Operations.
Competition in Our Entertainment Business
Our entertainment business competes, in certain respects and to varying degrees, with other live performances, sporting events, movies, home entertainment (including the Internet and online services, television, video and gaming devices), restaurants and nightlife venues, and the large number of other entertainment and public attraction options available to members of the public. Our businesses typically represent alternative uses for the public’s entertainment dollars. The primary geographic area in which we operate, New York City, is among the most competitive entertainment markets in the world, with the world’s largest live theater industry and extensive performing arts venues, 12 major professional sports teams, thousands of restaurants and nightlife venues, numerous museums, galleries and other attractions, and numerous movie theaters available to the public. Our venues and live offerings outside of New York City similarly compete with other entertainment, dining and nightlife options in their respective markets and elsewhere. We compete with these other entertainment options on the basis of the quality of our productions, the public’s interest in our content, the price of our tickets, the quality, location and atmosphere, including the nature and condition of the setting, of our venues, our service, the price, quality and presentation of our food and the overall experience we provide.

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We compete for bookings with a large number of other venues both in the cities in which our venues are located and in alternative locations capable of booking the same productions and events. Generally, we compete for bookings on the basis of the size, quality, expense and nature of the venue required for the booking.
In addition to competition for ticket sales and bookings, we also compete to varying degrees with other productions and sporting events for advertising and sponsorship dollars.
See “ Item 1A. Risk Factors Risks Relating to Our Entertainment Business Our Entertainment Business Faces Intense and Wide-Ranging Competition Which May Have a Material Negative Effect on Our Business and Results of Operations ” and “ — Negative Publicity with Respect to Any of the Existing or Future TAO Group Brands Could Reduce Sales at One or More of the Existing or Future TAO Group Venues and Make the TAO Group Brands Less Valuable, Which Could Have a Material Negative Effect on Our Business and Results of Operations .”
Employees
As of June 30, 2017 we had approximately 4,800 full-time union and non-union employees and 8,200 part-time union and non-union employees. Approximately 50% of our employees were represented by unions as of June 30, 2017 . Approximately 34% of such union employees are subject to CBAs that expired as of June 30, 2017 and approximately 23% are subject to CBAs that will expire by June 30, 2018 if they are not extended prior thereto. Labor relations in general and in the sports and entertainment industry in particular can be volatile, though our current relationships with our unions taken as a whole are positive. We have from time to time faced labor action or had to make contingency plans because of threatened or potential labor actions.
The NHL players and the NBA players are covered by CBAs between the NHL Players’ Association (“ NHLPA ”) and the NHL and between the National Basketball Players Association (“ NBPA ”) and the NBA, respectively. Both the NHL and the NBA have experienced labor difficulties in the past and may have labor issues in the future. On June 30, 2011 the prior CBA between the NBA and NBPA expired and there was a work stoppage for approximately five months until a new CBA was entered into in December 2011. On September 15, 2012 the prior CBA between the NHL and NHLPA expired and there was a work stoppage for approximately four months until a new CBA was entered into in January 2013. See “ Item 1A. Risk Factors General Risks Organized Labor Matters May Have a Material Negative Effect on Our Business and Results of Operations .”
Financial Information about Segments and Geographic Areas
Substantially all of the Company’s revenues and assets are attributed to or located in the United States and are primarily concentrated in the New York City metropolitan area. Financial information by business segments for each of the years ended June 30, 2017 , 2016 , and 2015 is set forth in “Part II Item 7 . Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations ” and “Part II — Item 8 . Financial Statements and Supplementary Data —Consolidated and Combined Financial Statements — Notes to Consolidated and Combined Financial Statements — Note 16 Segment Information .”
Item 1A. Risk Factors
Risks Relating to Our Sports Business
Our Sports Business Faces Intense and Wide-Ranging Competition, Which May Have a Material Negative Effect on Our Business and Results of Operations.
The success of a sports business, like ours, is dependent upon the performance and/or popularity of its franchises. Our Knicks and Rangers and other sports franchises compete, in varying respects and degrees, with other live sporting events, and with sporting events delivered over television networks, radio, the Internet and online services, mobile applications and other alternative sources. For example, our sports teams compete for attendance, viewership and advertising with a wide range of alternatives available in the New York City metropolitan area. During some or all of the basketball and hockey seasons, our sports teams face competition, in varying respects and degrees, from professional baseball (including the Yankees and the Mets), professional football (including the Giants and the Jets), professional soccer (including the New York Red Bulls and the New York City Football Club) and each other. For fans who prefer the unique experience of NHL hockey, we must compete with two other NHL hockey teams located in the New York City metropolitan area (the Islanders and the Devils) as well as, in varying respects and degrees, with other NHL hockey teams and the NHL itself. Similarly, for those fans attracted to the equally unique experience of NBA basketball, we must compete with another NBA team located in the New York City metropolitan area (the Nets) as well as, in varying respects and degrees, with other NBA teams and the NBA itself.
As a result of the large number of options available, we face strong competition for the New York area sports fan. We must compete with these other sports teams and sporting events, in varying respects and degrees, including on the basis of the quality

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of the teams we field, their success in the leagues in which they compete, our ability to provide an entertaining environment at our games, prices we charge for tickets and the viewing availability of our teams on multiple media alternatives. Given the nature of sports, there can be no assurance that we will be able to compete effectively, including with companies that may have greater resources than we have, and as a consequence, our business and results of operations may be materially negatively affected.
Our Businesses Are Substantially Dependent on the Continued Popularity and/or Competitive Success of the Knicks and Rangers, Which Cannot Be Assured.
Our financial results have historically been dependent on, and are expected to continue to depend in large part on, the Knicks and Rangers remaining popular with our fan bases and, in varying degrees, on the teams achieving on-court and on-ice success, which can generate fan enthusiasm, resulting in sustained ticket, premium seating, suite, concession and merchandise sales during the season. In addition, the popularity of our teams can impact television ratings, which could affect the long-term value of the media rights for the Knicks and/or Rangers. Furthermore, success in the regular season may qualify a team for participation in post-season playoffs, which provides us with additional revenue by increasing the number of games played by our teams and, more importantly, by generating increased excitement and interest in our teams, which can improve attendance and television ratings in subsequent seasons. There can be no assurance that any sports team, including the Knicks and Rangers, will maintain continued popularity or compete in post-season play in the future.
Our Basketball and Hockey Decisions, Especially Those Concerning Player Selection and Salaries, May Have a Material Negative Effect on Our Business and Results of Operations.
Creating and maintaining our sports teams’ popularity and/or on-court and on-ice competitiveness is key to the success of our sports business. Accordingly, efforts to improve our revenues and earnings from operations from period to period may be secondary to actions that management believes will generate long-term value. As with other sports teams, the competitive positions of our sports teams depend primarily on our ability to develop, obtain and retain talented players, coaches and team executives, for which we compete with other professional sports teams. Our efforts in this regard may include, among other things, trading for highly compensated players, signing draft picks, free agents or current players to new contracts, engaging in salary arbitration with existing players, terminating and waiving players and replacing team executives. Any of these actions could increase expenses for a particular period, subject to any salary cap restrictions contained in the respective leagues’ CBAs. There can be no assurance that any actions taken by management to increase our long-term value will be successful.
A significant factor in our ability to attract and retain talented players is player compensation. NBA and NHL player salaries have generally increased significantly and may continue to increase. Although CBAs between the NBA and the NBPA and the NHL and the NHLPA generally cap league-wide player salaries at a prescribed percentage of league-wide revenues, we may pay our players different aggregate salaries and a different proportion of our revenues than other NBA or NHL franchises. Future CBAs may increase the percentage of league-wide revenues to which NBA or NHL players are entitled or impose other conditions, which may further increase our costs. In addition, we may also be obligated to pay the NBA a luxury tax each year, the calculation of which is determined by a formula based on the aggregate salaries paid to our NBA players. See “Part II — Item 7 . Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations MSG Sports Expenses Player Salaries, Escrow System/Revenue Sharing and NBA Luxury Tax .”
We have incurred, and may in the future incur, significant charges for costs associated with transactions relating to players on our sports teams for season-ending and career-ending injuries and for trades, waivers and contract terminations of players and other team personnel, including team executives. These transactions can result in significant charges as the Company recognizes the estimated ultimate costs of these events in the period in which they occur, although amounts due to these individuals are generally paid over their remaining contract terms. These expenses add to the volatility of the results of our MSG Sports segment.
The Actions of the Basketball and Hockey Leagues May Have a Material Negative Effect on Our Business and Results of Operations.
The governing bodies of the NBA (including the WNBA and the NBAGL ) and the NHL have certain rights under certain circumstances to take actions that they deem to be in the best interests of their respective leagues, which may not necessarily be consistent with maximizing our results of operations and which could affect our teams in ways that are different than the impact on other teams. Certain of these decisions by the NBA or the NHL could have a material negative effect on our business and results of operations. From time to time, we may disagree with or challenge actions the leagues take or the power and authority they assert. The following discussion highlights certain areas in which decisions of the NBA and the NHL could materially affect our businesses.

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The NBA and the NHL may assert control over certain matters, under certain circumstances, that may affect our revenues such as the national and international rights to telecast the games of league members, including the Knicks and Rangers, licensing of the rights to produce and sell merchandise bearing the logos and/or other intellectual property of our teams and the leagues, and the Internet-based activities of our teams. The NBA and NHL have each entered into agreements regarding the national and international telecasts of NBA and NHL games. We receive a share of the income the NBA and the NHL generate from these contracts, which expire from time to time. There can be no assurance that the NBA or the NHL will be able to renew these contracts following their expiration on terms as favorable to us as those in the current agreements or that we will continue to receive the same level of revenues in the future. We receive significant revenues from MSG Networks for the right to telecast games of the Knicks and Rangers. Changes to league rules, regulations and/or agreements, including national and international media rights, could impact the availability of games covered by our local media rights and could negatively affect the rights fees we receive from MSG Networks and our business and results of operations. The leagues have asserted control over certain other important decisions, under certain circumstances, such as the length and format of the playing season, preseason and playoff schedules, the operating territories of the member teams, admission of new members, franchise relocations, labor relations with the players associations, collective bargaining, free agency, luxury taxes and revenue sharing. Decisions on these matters, some of which are also subject to the terms of the relevant CBA, may materially negatively affect our business and results of operations. In addition, the NBA imposes a luxury tax and escrow system with respect to player salaries and a revenue sharing plan, and the NHL imposes an escrow system with respect to player salaries and a revenue sharing plan. For fiscal year 2017 , the Knicks and Rangers recorded approximately $65.9 million in estimated revenue sharing expenses, net of escrow receipts. The actual amounts for the 2016-17 season may vary significantly from the estimate based on actual operating results for the respective leagues and all teams for the season and other factors. For a discussion of the NBA luxury tax impacts, see “— Our Basketball and Hockey Decisions, Especially Those Concerning Player Selection and Salaries, May Have a Material Negative Effect on Our Business and Results of Operations.
The NBA and the NHL have imposed certain restrictions on the ability of owners to undertake some types of transactions in respect of teams, including a change in ownership, a relocation of a team and certain types of financing transactions. In certain instances, these restrictions could impair our ability to proceed with a transaction that is in the best interest of the Company and its stockholders if we were unable to obtain any required league approvals in a timely manner or at all.
The leagues impose certain rules that define, under certain circumstances, the territories in which we operate, including the markets in which our games can be telecast. Changes to these rules could have a material negative effect on our business and results of operations.
Each league’s governing body has imposed a number of rules, regulations, guidelines, bulletins, directives, policies and agreements upon its teams. Changes to these provisions may apply to our sports teams and their personnel, and the Company as a whole, regardless of whether we agree or disagree with such changes, have voted against such changes or have challenged them through other means, and it is possible that any such changes could materially negatively affect our business and results of operations to the extent they are ultimately determined to bind our teams. The commissioners of each of the NBA and NHL assert significant authority to take certain actions on behalf of their respective leagues under certain circumstances. Decisions by the commissioners of the NBA and the NHL, including on the matters described above, may materially negatively affect our businesses and results of operations. The leagues’ governing documents and our agreements with the leagues purport to limit the manner in which we may challenge decisions and actions by a league commissioner or the league itself.
Injuries to Players on Our Sports Teams Could Hinder Our Success.
To the degree that our financial results are dependent on our sports teams’ popularity and/or on-court and on-ice success, the likelihood of achieving such popularity or competitive success may, given the nature of sports, be substantially impacted by serious and/or untimely injuries to key players. Nearly all of our Knicks and Rangers players, including those with multi-year contracts, have partially or fully guaranteed contracts, meaning that in some cases (subject to the terms of the applicable player contract and CBA), a player or his estate may be entitled to receive his salary even if the player dies, or is unable to play as a result of injury. These salaries represent significant financial commitments for our sports teams. We are generally insured against having to pay salaries in the event of a player’s death and seek to obtain disability insurance policies for substantially all of our material player contracts. In the event of injuries sustained resulting in lost services (as defined in the applicable insurance policies), generally the insurance policies provide for payment to us of a portion of the player’s salary for the remaining term of the contract or until the player can resume play, in each case following a deductible number of missed games. Such insurance may not be available in every circumstance or on terms that are commercially feasible or such insurance may contain significant dollar limits and/or exclusions from coverage for preexisting medical conditions. We may choose not to obtain (or may not be able to obtain) such insurance in some cases and we may change coverage levels (or be unable to change coverage levels) in the future.

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In the absence of disability insurance, we may be obligated to pay all of an injured player’s salary. In addition, player disability insurance policies do not cover any NBA luxury tax that we may be required to pay under the NBA CBA. For purposes of determining NBA luxury tax under the NBA CBA, salary payable to an injured player is included in team salary, unless and until that player’s salary is removed from the team salary for purposes of calculating NBA luxury tax which, pursuant to the terms of the NBA CBA, requires a waiting period of one year and satisfaction of other conditions. Replacement of an injured player may result in an increase in salary and NBA luxury tax expense for us.
Risks Relating to Our Entertainment Business
Our Entertainment Business Faces Intense and Wide-Ranging Competition Which May Have a Material Negative Effect on Our Business and Results of Operations .
Our entertainment business competes, in certain respects and to varying degrees, with other leisure-time activities such as television, radio, motion pictures, sporting events, other live performances, restaurants and nightlife venues, the Internet, and online and mobile services, including sites for online content distribution, video on demand and other alternative sources of entertainment and information, in addition to competing for concerts with other event venues, and other restaurants and nightlife venues, for total entertainment dollars in our marketplace. The success of our entertainment business is largely dependent on the continued success of our Christmas Spectacular and the TAO Group business, and the availability of, and our venues’ ability to attract concerts, family shows and other events, competition for which is intense, and the ability of acts to attract strong attendance at our venues. For example, The Garden, The Theater at Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall and the Beacon Theatre all compete with other entertainment options in the New York City metropolitan area. The Forum, The Chicago Theatre and the Wang Theatre face similar competition from other entertainment options in their respective markets and elsewhere. A proposed new indoor arena in Inglewood, CA could materially adversely affect the performance of the Forum if it is approved and constructed. The restaurant, nightlife and hospitality industries are intensely competitive with respect to, among other things, service, price, food quality and presentation, location, atmosphere, overall experience, and the nature and condition of the setting. Competitors of TAO Group business include a large and diverse group of well-recognized upscale restaurants and nightlife venues and brands.
Further, in order to maintain the competitive positions of The Garden and our other venues, we must invest on a continuous basis in state-of-the-art technology. In addition, we must maintain a competitive pricing structure for events that may be held in our venues, many of which have alternative venue options available to them in New York and other cities. In addition, we invest a substantial amount in our Christmas Spectacular and in new productions to continue to attract audiences. We cannot assure you that such investments will generate revenues that are sufficient to justify our investment or even that exceed our expenses.
The Success of Our Entertainment Business Depends on the Continued Popularity of Our Live Productions, Particularly the Christmas Spectacular , the Decline of Which Could Have a Material Negative Effect on Our Business and Results of Operations.
The financial results of our entertainment business are dependent on the popularity of our live productions, particularly the Christmas Spectacular , which represented 21% of our MSG Entertainment segment’s revenues in fiscal year 2017 . Should the popularity of the Christmas Spectacular decline, our revenues from ticket sales, and concession and merchandise sales would likely also decline, and we might not be able to replace the lost revenue with revenues from other sources.
Our Strategy for Our Entertainment Business Includes the Development of New Live Productions and the Possible Addition of New Venues, Each of Which Could Require Us to Make Considerable Investments for Which There Can Be No Guarantee of Success.
As part of our business strategy, we intend to develop new productions and live entertainment events, which may include expansions or enhancements of our existing productions or relationships or the creation of entirely new live productions. Expansion or enhancement of productions and/or the development of new productions could require significant upfront investment in sets, staging, creative processes, licensing of intellectual property, casting and advertising and dislocation of other alternative sources of entertainment that may have played in our venues absent these productions. To the extent that any efforts at expanding or enhancing productions or creating new productions do not result in a viable live show, or to the extent that any such productions do not achieve expected levels of popularity among audiences, we may be subject to a write-down of all or a portion of such investments. In addition, any delay in launching such productions or enhancements could result in the incurrence of operating costs which may not be recouped. In March 2016, we wrote off approximately $41.8 million of deferred production costs of the New York Spectacular . In 2016, we moved the show’s run from the spring to the summer. Revenues and attendance from the show’s 2016 run did not meet our expectations. The Company announced in February 2017 that it was suspending the planned 2017 presentation of the New York Spectacular . Subsequently, due to recent assessments of the show’s creative direction, timing and scale, the Company wrote off the remaining balance of deferred production costs related to the New York Spectacular in the amount of $33.6 million during the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2017 and is continuing its review

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of the production. There can be no assurance that the production will achieve acceptable financial performance levels which could result in additional losses.
Our strategy also involves the investment in, or the operation or acquisition of, venues, in our current markets and markets beyond New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Boston. Any such additions may involve purchasing or acquiring control of, or an investment in, existing venues, renovating acquired venues or constructing new venues and could require significant investment. For example, in January 2014 we re-opened the Forum, the iconic arena in Inglewood, CA, which we acquired in June 2012. In May 2016 we announced a plan to develop and construct a large-scale venue specifically for music and entertainment in Las Vegas with approximately 17,500 seats. Although TAO Group expects that new venues will primarily be managed venues which are less capital intensive than leased venues, TAO Group may in the future decide to pursue venue expansion through leased venues. In pursuing our expansion strategy we face risks, including risks associated with the construction of new facilities or renovations of existing facilities, such as cost overruns and construction delays, risks associated with financing, such as the potential lack of available financing to commence or complete an acquisition, development or renovation, risks associated with operating in new or existing markets and the risk that we may lose all or a part of our investment in any additional venues.
A Lack of Availability of Suitable Locations for New TAO Group Venues or a Decline in the Quality of the Locations of Current TAO Group Venues May Have a Material Negative Effect on Our Business and Results of Operations.
The success of the existing TAO Group venues depends in large part on their locations. Possible declines in neighborhoods where TAO Group venues are located or adverse economic conditions in areas surrounding those neighborhoods could result in reduced sales in those venues. Further, TAO Group’s growth strategy is based, in part, on the expansion of TAO Group venues into new geographic markets where the TAO Business has not previously operated. Desirable locations for new openings or for the relocation of existing venues may not be available at an acceptable cost when TAO Group identifies a particular opportunity for a new venue or relocation. In addition, the success of new TAO Group venues tends to expand or revive interest in TAO Group venues that have been in operation for an extended period of time. Thus, the inability to successfully open new TAO Group venues could also negatively impact the existing TAO Group business. The occurrence of one or more of these events could have a material negative effect on our business and results of operations.
The Success of TAO Group Depends in Part Upon the Continued Retention of Certain Key Personnel.
The success of TAO Group depends, in part, on certain key members of its management, including its four original founders. The expertise of TAO Group’s senior management team in developing, acquiring, reinventing, integrating and growing businesses, particularly those focused on entertainment and hospitality, has been and will continue to be a significant factor in the growth of TAO Group’s business and the ability of TAO Group to execute its business strategy. The loss of such key personnel could have a material negative effect on our business and results of operations.
The Geographic Concentration of TAO Group Could Subject Us to Greater Risk Than Our Competitors and Have a Material Negative Effect on Our Business and Results of Operations.
TAO Group currently operates 11 venues in New York City, including the food and beverage operations at the Dream Downtown and Dream Midtown hotels, and is under contract to open five additional venues in New York City. In addition, TAO Group currently operates five venues in Los Angeles and seven venues in Las Vegas. TAO Group primarily operates in three markets and, as a result, may be subject to greater degrees of risk than competitors with more operating properties or that operate in more markets. Therefore, TAO Group is vulnerable to adverse events (including acts of terrorism, natural disasters, weather conditions, labor market disruptions and government actions) and economic conditions in New York City, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and surrounding areas, including those labor markets. Any adverse event or conditions in those markets could have a material negative effect on our business and results of operations.
Negative Publicity with Respect to Any of the Existing or Future TAO Group Brands Could Reduce Sales at One or More of the Existing or Future TAO Group Venues and Make the TAO Group Brands Less Valuable, Which Could Have a Material Negative Effect on Our Business and Results of Operations .
The success of TAO Group depends upon the reputation and popularity of the TAO Group venues and brands. If customers have a poor experience at a restaurant or nightlife venue owned, operated or managed by TAO Group, the TAO Group venues may experience a decrease in customer traffic. Negative publicity with respect to any of the TAO Group brands could adversely affect TAO Group. Such publicity could relate to food quality, illness, injury or other health concerns, poor service, negative experiences or other problems and reduce demand in the TAO Group business. The risk of negative publicity is exacerbated by the growing influence of social media, which can result in immediate and widespread dissemination of information (which may be false) with limited ability on our part to respond or correct such reports.

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Increases in Labor Costs Could Slow the Growth of or Harm TAO Group.
TAO Group has a substantial number of hourly employees whose wages are determined by factors outside of TAO Group’s control. Many of such hourly employees’ wages are at or based on the federal or state minimum wage and these employees typically rely on gratuities for a large portion of their income. Governmental entities have acted to increase minimum wage rates in jurisdictions where TAO Group operates or may operate in the future. Changes to these laws continue to be proposed and implemented. As minimum wage rates increase, TAO Group may need to increase not only the wage rates of its minimum wage employees but also the wages paid to its employees who are paid above the minimum wage, which will increase the labor costs of TAO Group. In addition, TAO Group’s labor costs may increase if its employees were to unionize. TAO Group may be unable to increase its prices in order to pass these increased labor costs on to customers, which could have a material negative effect on our business and results of operations.
General Risks
Our Business Has Been Adversely Impacted and May, in the Future, Be Materially Adversely Impacted by an Economic Downturn and Financial Instability or Changes in Consumer Tastes and Preferences.
Our businesses depend upon the ability and willingness of consumers and businesses to purchase tickets (including season tickets) at our venues, license suites at The Garden, spend on concessions and merchandise, and drive continued advertising and sponsorship revenues. Further, the restaurant, nightlife and hospitality industries are often affected by changes in consumer tastes, national, regional and local economic conditions, discretionary spending priorities, demographic trends, traffic patterns and the type, number and location of competing businesses.
As a result, instability and weakness of the U.S. and global economies and the negative effects on consumers’ and businesses’ discretionary spending may materially negatively affect our business and results of operations.
We Have in Past Periods Incurred Substantial Operating Losses, Negative Adjusted Operating Income and Negative Cash Flow and There is No Assurance We Will Have Operating Income, Positive Adjusted Operating Income or Positive Cash Flow in the Future.
We have in past periods incurred operating losses and negative cash flow and there is no assurance that we will have operating income or positive cash flow in the future. Our MSG Entertainment segment recognized operating losses during the years ended June 30, 2017, 2016 and 2014 and our MSG Sports segment recognized an operating loss during the year ended June 30, 2014. Significant operating losses may limit our ability to raise necessary financing, or to do so on favorable terms, as such losses could be taken into account by potential investors, lenders and the organizations that issue investment ratings on indebtedness. See “Part II — Item 7 . Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations MSG Sports Factors Affecting Operating Results ” and “Part II — Item 7 . Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations MSG Entertainment Factors Affecting Operating Results .”
Our Operating Results and Cash Flow Can Vary Substantially from Period to Period.
Our operating results and cash flow reflect significant variation from period to period and will continue to do so in the future. Therefore, period-to-period comparisons of our operating results may not necessarily be meaningful and the operating results of one period are not indicative of our financial performance during a full fiscal year. This variability may adversely affect our business, results of operations and financial condition.
Weather or Other Conditions May Impact Events at Our Venues, Which May Have a Material Negative Effect on Our Business and Results of Operations.
Weather or other conditions, including natural disasters, acts of terrorism and similar events, in the New York metropolitan area and other locations in which we own or operate venues may affect patron attendance as well as sales of concessions and merchandise, among other things. Weather conditions may also require us to cancel or postpone events. Any of these events may have a material negative effect on our business and results of operations.
Our Business Could Be Adversely Affected by Terrorist Activity or the Threat of Terrorist Activity and Other Developments that Discourage Congregation at Prominent Places of Public Assembly.
The success of our businesses is dependent upon the willingness and ability of patrons to attend events at our venues. The venues we operate, like all prominent places of public assembly, could be the target of terrorist activities or other actions that discourage attendance. Any such activity at or near one of our venues or other similar venues could result in a material negative effect on our business and results of operations. In addition, terrorist activity or other actions that discourage attendance at other

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locations, or even the threat of such activity, could result in reduced attendance at our venues. Similarly, a major epidemic or pandemic, or the threat of such an event, could adversely affect attendance at our events.
We May Pursue Acquisitions and Other Strategic Transactions to Complement or Expand Our Business that May Not Be Successful; We Have Significant Investments in Businesses We Do Not Control.
From time to time, we explore opportunities to purchase or invest in other businesses, venues or assets that could complement, enhance or expand our current business or that might otherwise offer us growth opportunities, including opportunities that may differ from the Company’s current business. Any transactions that we are able to identify and complete may involve risks, including the commitment of significant capital, the incurrence of indebtedness, the payment of advances, the diversion of management’s attention and resources, litigation or other claims in connection with acquisitions or against companies we invest in or acquire, our lack of control over certain joint venture companies and other minority investments, the inability to successfully integrate such business into our operations or even if successfully integrated, the risk of not achieving the intended results and the exposure to losses if the underlying transactions or ventures are not successful. We have significant investments in businesses that we account for under the equity method of accounting. These investments have generated operating losses each year and certain have required additional investments from us in the form of equity or loans. We incurred losses in our equity method investments of approximately $30.0 million , $19.1 million , and $40.6 million in the 2017, 2016 and 2015 fiscal years, respectively. There can be no assurance that these investments will become profitable individually or in the aggregate or that they will not require material additional funding from us in the future.
We do not control the day-to-day operations of these businesses. We have in the past written down and, to the extent that these investments are not successful in the future, we may write down of all or a portion of such investments. Additionally, these businesses are subject to laws, rules and other circumstances, and have risks in their operations, which may be similar to, or different from, those to which we are subject. Any of the foregoing risks could result in a material negative effect on our business and results of operations or adversely impact the value of our investments.
We Do Not Own All of Our Venues and Our Failure to Renew Our Leases or Venue Management Agreements on Economically Attractive Terms May Have a Material Negative Effect on Our Business and Results of Operations; Our Lease on Radio City Music Hall Requires Us to Maintain a Certain Net Worth or Meet Certain Other Requirements.
The lease on Radio City Music Hall expires in 2023 . We have the option to renew the lease at fair market value for an additional ten years by providing two years’ notice prior to the initial expiration date. Similarly, we lease the Beacon Theatre pursuant to a lease that expires in 2026 . If we are unable to renew these leases on economically attractive terms, our business could be materially negatively affected. We have entered into a booking agreement with respect to the Wang Theatre in Boston, which expires in 2019 . The failure to renew the booking agreement for the Wang Theatre will not have a material negative effect on our business. MSG Sports & Entertainment, LLC, the entity that guarantees the Radio City Music Hall lease, is required to maintain a certain net worth or, if such net worth is not maintained, the entity must either post a letter of credit or provide cash collateral.
TAO Group operates venues under various agreements that include leases with third parties and management agreements. The long-term success of TAO Group will depend in part on the availability of real estate, the ability to lease this real estate and the ability to enter into management agreements. As many of these agreements are with third parties over whom TAO Group has little or no control, they may be unable to renew these agreements or enter into new agreements on acceptable terms or at all, and may be unable to obtain favorable agreements with venues. The ability to renew these agreements and obtain new agreements on favorable terms depends on a number of other factors, many of which are beyond the control of us or TAO Group, such as national and local business conditions and competition from other businesses. There can be no assurance that TAO Group will be able to renew these agreements on acceptable terms or at all, or that they will be able to obtain attractive agreements with appropriate venues or real estate owners, which could have a material negative effect on our business and results of operations.
We Are Subject to Extensive Governmental Regulation and Our Failure to Comply with These Regulations May Have a Material Negative Effect on Our Business and Results of Operations.
Our operations are subject to federal, state and local laws and regulations.
We hold liquor licenses at each of our venues and are subject to licensing requirements with respect to the sale of alcoholic beverages in the jurisdictions in which we serve those beverages. Failure to receive or retain, or the suspension of, liquor licenses or permits could interrupt or terminate our ability to serve alcoholic beverages at the applicable venue and could have a material negative effect on our business and our results of operations. Additional regulation relating to liquor licenses may limit our activities in the future or significantly increase the cost of compliance, or both. In the jurisdictions in which our venues are located, we are subject to statutes that generally provide that serving alcohol to a visibly intoxicated or minor patron is a

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violation of the law and may provide for strict liability for certain damages arising out of such violations. Our liability insurance coverage may not be adequate or available to cover any potential liability.
We and our venues are subject to environmental laws and regulations relating to the use, disposal, storage, emission and release of hazardous and non-hazardous substances, as well as zoning and noise level restrictions which may affect, among other things, the operations of our venues. Additionally, certain laws and regulations could hold us strictly, jointly and severally responsible for the remediation of hazardous substance contamination at our facilities or at third-party waste disposal sites, and could hold us responsible for any personal or property damage related to any contamination. Any requirements to dispose of, or remediate, such hazardous or non-hazardous materials and any associated costs and impact on operations of such efforts may be heightened as a result of the purchase, construction or renovation of a venue.
Our venues are subject to zoning and building regulations including permits relating to the operation of The Garden. In addition, The Garden requires a zoning special permit. The original permit was granted by the New York City Planning Commission in 1963 and renewed in July 2013 for 10 years. In connection with the renewal, certain government officials and special interest groups sought to use the renewal process to pressure us to improve Penn Station or to relocate The Garden. There can be no assurance regarding the future renewal of the permit or the terms thereof.
In January 2016, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a request for proposal (“ RFP ”) process for proposals on transforming Penn Station. For example, he noted the possibility of seeking to move the Theater at Madison Square Garden to create a new Penn Station entrance, but noted that the State was ready to explore all RFP proposals. The Governor has not announced a final decision on any of the proposals received. We have no assurance on how the final approved proposal may impact the Madison Square Garden Complex.
Our businesses are, and may in the future be, subject to a variety of other laws and regulations, including licensing, permitting, and historic designation and similar requirements; working conditions, labor, immigration and employment laws; health, safety and sanitation requirements; compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act; and privacy laws.
Our failure to comply with applicable governmental laws and regulations, or to maintain necessary permits or licenses, could have a material negative effect on our business and results of operations.
Our Properties Are Subject to, and Benefit from, Certain Easements, the Availability of Which May Not Continue on Terms Favorable to Us or at All.
Our properties are subject to, and benefit from, certain easements. For example, the “breezeway” into the Madison Square Garden Complex from Seventh Avenue in New York City is a significant easement that we share with other property owners. Our ability to continue to utilize this and other easements, including for advertising purposes, requires us to comply with a number of conditions. Moreover, certain adjoining property owners have easements over our property, which we are required to maintain so long as those property owners meet certain conditions. It is possible that we will be unable to continue to access or maintain any easements on terms favorable to us, or at all, which could have a material negative effect on our business and results of operations.
We May Be Exposed to Business, Reputational and Litigation Risk if There is Loss, Disclosure or Misappropriation of or Access to Stored Personal Information or Other Breaches of Our Information Security.
Through our operations, we may collect and store, including by electronic means, certain personal information and payment card information that is provided to us through purchases, registration on our web sites, or otherwise in communication or interaction with us. These activities require the use of centralized data storage, including through third party service providers. Data maintained in electronic form is subject to the risk of intrusion, tampering or theft. Our ability to safeguard such personal information and other confidential information, including information regarding the Company and our distributors, advertisers and employees, is important to our business. We take these matters seriously and take significant steps to protect our stored information. These protections are costly and require ongoing monitoring and updating as technologies change and efforts to overcome security measures become more sophisticated. Despite our efforts, the risks of a data breach cannot be entirely eliminated and our information technology and other systems that maintain and transmit consumer, distributor, advertiser, Company, employee and other confidential information may be compromised by a malicious penetration of our network security, or that of a third party service provider. As a result, such personal information and/or confidential information may be lost, disclosed, accessed or taken without their consent, and the security of our other confidential information may be compromised. For example, on November 22, 2016, the Company announced that it was notifying customers that it had identified and addressed a payment card issue that affected cards used at merchandise and food and beverage locations at several of the Company’s New York venues and The Chicago Theatre. The Company, working with security firms, promptly fixed the issue and implemented enhanced security measures. The Company also continues to review and enhance our security

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measures in light of changes in the industry. The Company has incurred and expects to incur expenses associated with the payment card incident.
If our electronically stored data is compromised, our ability to conduct business may be interrupted or impaired, we may lose profitable opportunities or the value of those opportunities may be diminished and we may lose revenue as a result of unlicensed use of our intellectual property. Further, a penetration of our network security or other misappropriation or misuse of personal or confidential information could subject us to business and litigation risk and damage our reputation, which could have a material negative effect on our business and results of operations.
A Change to or Withdrawal of New York City Real Estate Tax Exemption May Have a Material Negative Effect on Our Business and Results of Operations.
Many arenas, ballparks and stadiums nationally and in New York City have received significant public support, such as tax exempt financing, other tax benefits, direct subsidies and other contributions, including for public infrastructure critical to the facilities such as parking lots and transit improvements. Our Madison Square Garden Complex benefits from a more limited real estate tax exemption pursuant to an agreement with the City of New York, subject to certain conditions, and legislation enacted by the State of New York in 1982. For fiscal year 2017 , the tax exemption was $40.4 million . From time to time there have been calls to repeal or amend the tax exemption. Repeal or amendment would require legislative action by New York State. There can be no assurance that the tax exemption will not be amended in a manner adverse to us or repealed in its entirety, either of which could have a material negative effect on our business and results of operations.
Certain of Our Subsidiaries Have Incurred Indebtedness, and the Occurrence of an Event of Default Under Our Subsidiaries’ Credit Facilities Could Substantially Impair the Assets of Those Subsidiaries; Failure of Our Joint Ventures to Perform as Expected Could Have a Negative Effect on Our Business.
Certain of our subsidiaries have incurred indebtedness, which indebtedness in the case of the TAO Group is significant relative to the assets of the TAO Group business. New York Knicks, LLC and New York Rangers, LLC, which own the assets of the Knicks and Rangers franchises, respectively, have also entered into credit facilities, both of which were undrawn as of June 30, 2017. The occurrence of an event of default under our subsidiaries’ credit facilities could substantially impair the assets of those subsidiaries and, as a result, have a negative effect on our business and results of operations.
In addition, we have made investments in, or otherwise extended loans to, one or more of our joint ventures and may make additional investments in, or otherwise extend loans to, one or more of our joint ventures or their affiliates in the future. To the extent that those joint ventures or related affiliates do not perform as expected, including with respect to repayment of such loans, it could impair such assets or create losses related to such loans, and, as a result, have a negative effect on our business and results of operations.
We May Require Financing to Fund Our Ongoing Operations and Capital Expenditures, the Availability of Which is Highly Uncertain.
The capital and credit markets can experience volatility and disruption. Such markets can exert extreme downward pressure on stock prices and upward pressure on the cost of new debt capital and can severely restrict credit availability for most issuers.
Our business has been characterized by significant expenditures for properties, businesses, renovations and productions. In the future we may engage in transactions that depend on our ability to obtain financing. We may also seek financing to fund our ongoing operations.
Depending upon conditions in the financial markets and/or the Company’s financial performance, we may not be able to raise additional capital on favorable terms, or at all. In addition, as described above, the leagues in which our sports teams compete may have, under certain circumstances, approval rights over certain financing transactions, and in connection with those rights, could affect our ability to obtain such financing. If we are unable to pursue our current and future spending programs, we may be forced to cancel or scale back those programs. Failure to successfully pursue our capital expenditure and other spending plans could negatively affect our ability to compete effectively and have a material negative effect on our business and results of operations.
Our Business is Subject to Seasonal Fluctuations.
Our revenues have been seasonal and we expect they will continue to be seasonal. For example, 21% of our MSG Entertainment segment’s revenues and 8% of our consolidated revenues in fiscal year 2017 were derived from the Christmas Spectacular . Revenues of the MSG Entertainment segment are highest in the second quarter of our fiscal year when these performances primarily occur. As a result, MSG Entertainment earns a disproportionate amount of its revenue and operating

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income in the second quarter of each fiscal year. Similarly, because of the nature of the NBA and NHL playing seasons, revenues from our sports teams are concentrated in the second and third quarters of each fiscal year. Revenues from our business on a consolidated and combined basis tend to be at their lowest in the first and fourth quarters of the fiscal year.
Organized Labor Matters May Have a Material Negative Effect on Our Business and Results of Operations .
Our business is dependent upon the efforts of unionized workers. Approximately 50% of our employees are represented by unions. Any labor disputes, such as strikes or lockouts, with the unions with which we have CBAs could have a material negative effect on our business and results of operations (including our ability to produce or present concerts, theatrical productions, sporting events and other events).
NBA players are covered by a CBA between the NBPA and the NBA. NHL players are covered by a CBA between the NHLPA and the NHL. Both the NBA and the NHL have experienced labor difficulties in the past and may have labor issues in the future. Labor difficulties may include players’ strikes or management lockouts. For example, the NHL has experienced labor difficulties, including a lockout during the 1994-95 NHL season, which resulted in the regular season being shortened from 84 to 48 games, a lockout beginning in September 2004, which resulted in the cancellation of the entire 2004-05 NHL season, and a lockout during the 2012-13 NHL season, which resulted in the regular season being shortened from 82 to 48 games. The current NHL CBA expires on September 15, 2022 (although the NHL and NHLPA each have the right to terminate the CBA effective following the 2019-20 season). The NBA has also experienced labor difficulties, including a lockout during the 1998-99 season, which resulted in the regular season being shortened from 82 to 50 games, and a lockout during the 2011-12 season, which resulted in the regular season being shortened from 82 games to 66 games. The current NBA CBA expires after the 2023-24 season (although the NBA and NBPA each has the right to terminate the CBA effective following the 2022-23 season).
The Unavailability of Systems Upon Which We Rely May Have a Material Negative Effect on Our Business and Results of Operations.
We rely upon various internal and third-party software or systems in the operation of our business, including, with respect to ticket sales, credit card processing, email marketing, point of sale transactions, database, inventory, human resource management and financial systems. From time to time, certain of these arrangements may not be covered by long-term agreements. The failure or unavailability of these internal or third-party services or systems, depending upon its severity and duration, could have a material negative effect on our business and results of operations.
We May Become Subject to Infringement or Other Claims Relating to Our Content or Technology.
From time to time, third parties may assert against us alleged intellectual property (e.g., copyright, trademark and patent) or other claims relating to our productions, technologies or other content or material, some of which may be important to our business. In addition, our productions could potentially subject us to claims of defamation or similar types of allegations. Any such claims, regardless of their merit, could cause us to incur significant costs. In addition, if we are unable to continue use of certain intellectual property rights, our business and results of operations could be materially negatively impacted.
There Is the Risk of Personal Injuries and Accidents in Connection with Our Venues, Which Could Subject Us to Personal Injury or Other Claims; We are Subject to the Risk of Adverse Outcomes in Other Types of Litigation.
There are inherent risks associated with producing and hosting events and operating, maintaining or renovating our venues and in operating the restaurant and nightlife venues. As a result, personal injuries, accidents and other incidents have occurred and may occur from time to time, which could subject us to claims and liabilities.
These risks might not be covered by insurance or could involve exposures that exceed the limits of any applicable insurance. Incidents in connection with events at any of our venues could also reduce attendance at our events, and cause a decrease in our revenue and operating income. While we seek to obtain contractual indemnities for events at our venues that we do not promote and we maintain insurance policies that provide coverage for incidents in the ordinary course of business, there can be no assurance that such indemnities or insurance will be adequate at all times and in all circumstances.
From time to time, we become subject to other kinds of litigation. The outcome of litigation is inherently unpredictable. As a result, we could incur liability from litigation which could be material and for which we may have inadequate or no insurance coverage or be subject to other forms of relief which might adversely affect the Company.
The Distribution Could Result in Significant Tax Liability.
We have received an opinion from Sullivan & Cromwell LLP substantially to the effect that, among other things, the Distribution qualified as a tax-free distribution under the Internal Revenue Code (the “ Code ”). The opinion is not binding on

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the Internal Revenue Service (the “ IRS ”) or the courts. Additionally, MSG Networks received a private letter ruling from the IRS concluding that certain limited aspects of the Distribution do not prevent the Distribution from satisfying certain requirements for tax-free treatment under the Code . The opinion and the private letter ruling relied on factual representations and reasonable assumptions, which if incorrect or inaccurate may jeopardize the ability to rely on such opinion and letter ruling.
If the Distribution does not qualify for tax-free treatment for U.S. federal income tax purposes, then, in general, MSG Networks would recognize taxable gain in an amount equal to the excess of the fair market value of the common stock of our Company over MSG Networks’ tax basis therein (i.e., as if it had sold the common stock of our Company in a taxable sale for its fair market value). In addition, the receipt by MSG Networks’ stockholders of common stock of our Company would be a taxable distribution, and each U.S. holder that participated in the Distribution would recognize a taxable distribution as if the U.S. holder had received a distribution equal to the fair market value of our common stock that was distributed to it, which generally would be treated first as a taxable dividend to the extent of MSG Networks’ earnings and profits, then as a non-taxable return of capital to the extent of each U.S. holder’s tax basis in its MSG Networks common stock, and thereafter as capital gain with respect to any remaining value. It is expected that the amount of any such taxes to MSG Networks’ stockholders and MSG Networks would be substantial. See “— We May Have a Significant Indemnity Obligation to MSG Networks if the Distribution Is Treated as a Taxable Transaction.
We May Have a Significant Indemnity Obligation to MSG Networks if the Distribution Is Treated as a Taxable Transaction.
We have entered into a Tax Disaffiliation Agreement with MSG Networks, which sets out each party’s rights and obligations with respect to deficiencies and refunds, if any, of federal, state, local or foreign taxes for periods before and after the Distribution and related matters such as the filing of tax returns and the conduct of IRS and other audits. Pursuant to the Tax Disaffiliation Agreement, we are required to indemnify MSG Networks for losses and taxes of MSG Networks resulting from the breach of certain covenants and for certain taxable gain recognized by MSG Networks, including as a result of certain acquisitions of our stock or assets. If we are required to indemnify MSG Networks under the circumstances set forth in the Tax Disaffiliation Agreement, we may be subject to substantial liabilities, which could materially adversely affect our financial position.
The Tax Rules Applicable to the Distribution May Restrict Us from Engaging in Certain Corporate Transactions or from Raising Equity Capital Beyond Certain Thresholds for a Period of Time After the Distribution.
To preserve the tax-free treatment of the Distribution to MSG Networks and its stockholders, under the Tax Disaffiliation Agreement with MSG Networks, for the two-year period following the Distribution, we are subject to restrictions with respect to:
entering into any transaction pursuant to which 50% or more of our shares or assets would be acquired, whether by merger or otherwise, unless certain tests are met;
issuing equity securities, if any such issuances would, in the aggregate, constitute 50% or more of the voting power or value of our capital stock;
certain repurchases of our common shares;
ceasing to actively conduct our business;
amendments to our organizational documents (i) affecting the relative voting rights of our stock or (ii) converting one class of our stock to another;
liquidating or partially liquidating; and
taking any other action that prevents the Distribution and certain related transactions from being tax-free.
These restrictions may limit our ability during such period to pursue strategic transactions of a certain magnitude that involve the issuance or acquisition of our stock or engage in new businesses or other transactions that might increase the value of our business. These restrictions may also limit our ability to raise significant amounts of cash through the issuance of stock, especially if our stock price were to suffer substantial declines, or through the sale of certain of our assets.
Our Historical Financial Results as Business Segments of Our Former Parent, MSG Networks, May Not be Representative of Our Results as a Separate, Stand-Alone Company.
Certain of the historical financial information we have included in this Annual Report on Form 10-K has been derived from the consolidated financial statements and accounting records of MSG Networks and does not necessarily reflect what our financial position, results of operations or cash flows would have been had we been a separate, stand-alone company during the periods

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presented. Although MSG Networks did account for our sports and entertainment businesses as separate business segments, we were not operated as a separate, stand-alone company for the historical periods presented. The historical costs and expenses reflected in our combined financial statements include an allocation for certain corporate functions historically provided by MSG Networks, including general corporate expenses and employee benefits and incentives. These allocations were based on what we and MSG Networks considered to be reasonable reflections of the historical utilization levels of these services required in support of our business. The historical information does not necessarily indicate what our results of operations, financial position, cash flows or costs and expenses will be in the future.
If the Internal Controls Over Financial Reporting of the TAO Group are Not Effective, the Reliability of Our Financial Statements May Be Questioned and Our Stock Price May Suffer.
Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act requires any company subject to the reporting requirements of the U.S. securities laws to document and test its internal control procedures and to provide an assessment by its management of the effectiveness of its internal control over financial reporting. TAO Group was not subject to such requirements prior to our purchase of a controlling interest. Although the rules allow the Company to exclude TAO Group from its internal control assessment for the year ended June 30, 2017, certain internal controls over financial reporting performed at TAO Group may be included in such assessment for subsequent years and if such controls are not effective, it could negatively impact our financial statements, investor confidence in our financial results may weaken, and our stock price may suffer.
We are Controlled by the Dolan Family. As a Result of Their Control, the Dolan Family has the Ability to Prevent or Cause a Change in Control or Approve, Prevent or Influence Certain Actions by the Company.
We have two classes of common stock:
Class A Common Stock, par value $0.01 per share (“ Class A Common Stock ”), which is entitled to one vote per share and is entitled collectively to elect 25% of our Board of Directors; and
Class B Common Stock, par value $0.01 per share (“ Class B Common Stock ”), which is entitled to ten votes per share and is entitled collectively to elect the remaining 75% of our Board of Directors.
As of July 31, 2017 , the Dolan family, including trusts for the benefit of members of the Dolan family (collectively, the “ Dolan Family Group ”), collectively own all of our Class B Common Stock, approximately 2.8% of our outstanding Class A Common Stock and approximately 71.3% of the total voting power of all our outstanding common stock. Of this amount, Charles F. Dolan, a director and the father of James L. Dolan, the Executive Chairman, and his spouse control approximately 59.2% of our outstanding Class B Common Stock, approximately 1.3% of our outstanding Class A Common Stock and approximately 42.1% of the total voting power of all our outstanding common stock. The members of the Dolan Family Group holding Class B Common Stock have executed a Stockholders Agreement that has the effect of causing the voting power of the holders of our Class B Common Stock to be cast as a block with respect to all matters to be voted on by holders of Class B Common Stock. Under the Stockholders Agreement, the shares of Class B Common Stock owned by members of the Dolan Family Group (representing all of the outstanding Class B Common Stock) are to be voted on all matters in accordance with the determination of the Dolan Family Committee, except that the decisions of the Dolan Family Committee are non-binding with respect to the Class B Common Stock owned by certain Dolan family trusts that collectively own 40.5% of the outstanding Class B Common Stock. The Dolan Family Committee consists of Charles F. Dolan and his six children, James L. Dolan, Thomas C. Dolan, Patrick F. Dolan, Kathleen M. Dolan, Marianne Dolan Weber and Deborah A. Dolan-Sweeney (collectively, the “Dolan Siblings”). The Dolan Family Committee generally acts by vote of a majority of the Dolan Siblings, except that approval of a going-private transaction must be approved by a two-thirds vote and approval of a change-in-control transaction must be approved by not less than all but one of the Dolan Siblings.
The Dolan Family Group is able to prevent a change in control of our Company and no person interested in acquiring us will be able to do so without obtaining the consent of the Dolan Family Group. The voting members of the Dolan Family Committee are James L Dolan, Thomas C. Dolan, Kathleen M. Dolan, Deborah A. Dolan-Sweeney and Marianne Dolan Weber, with each member having one vote other than James L. Dolan, who has two votes. Because James L. Dolan has two votes, he has the ability to block Dolan Family Committee approval of any Company change in control transaction. The Dolan Family Group, by virtue of their stock ownership, have the power to elect all of our directors subject to election by holders of Class B Common Stock and are able collectively to control stockholder decisions on matters on which holders of all classes of our common stock vote together as a single class. These matters could include the amendment of some provisions of our certificate of incorporation and the approval of fundamental corporate transactions.
In addition, the affirmative vote or consent of the holders of at least 66  2 3 % of the outstanding shares of the Class B Common Stock, voting separately as a class, is required to approve:
the authorization or issuance of any additional shares of Class B Common Stock; and

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any amendment, alteration or repeal of any of the provisions of our certificate of incorporation that adversely affects the powers, preferences or rights of the Class B Common Stock.
As a result, the Dolan Family Group also has the power to prevent such issuance or amendment.
The Dolan Family Group also controls MSG Networks and AMC Networks Inc. (“ AMC Networks ”).
We Have Elected to Be a “Controlled Company” for NYSE Purposes Which Allows Us Not to Comply with Certain of the Corporate Governance Rules of NYSE.
Members of the Dolan Family Group have entered into a Stockholders Agreement relating, among other things, to the voting of their shares of our Class B Common Stock. As a result, we are a “controlled company” under the corporate governance rules of NYSE. As a controlled company, we have the right to elect not to comply with the corporate governance rules of NYSE requiring: (i) a majority of independent directors on our Board, (ii) an independent corporate governance and nominating committee and (iii) an independent compensation committee. Our Board of Directors has elected for the Company to be treated as a “controlled company” under NYSE corporate governance rules and not to comply with the NYSE requirement for a majority independent board of directors and for an independent corporate governance and nominating committee because of our status as a controlled company. Nevertheless, our Board of Directors has elected to comply with the NYSE requirement for an independent compensation committee.
Future Stock Sales, Including as a Result of the Exercise of Registration Rights by Certain of Our Stockholders, Could Adversely Affect the Trading Price of Our Class A Common Stock.
Certain parties have registration rights covering a portion of our shares. We have entered into registration rights agreements with Charles F. Dolan, certain Dolan family interests, and the Dolan Family Foundation that provide them with “demand” and “piggyback” registration rights with respect to approximately 5.1 million shares of Class A Common Stock, including shares issuable upon conversion of shares of Class B Common Stock. Sales of a substantial number of shares of Class A Common Stock could adversely affect the market price of the Class A Common Stock and could impair our future ability to raise capital through an offering of our equity securities.
Transfers and Ownership of Our Common Stock Are Subject to Restrictions Under Rules of the NBA, NHL and WNBA and Our Certificate of Incorporation Provides Us with Remedies Against Holders Who Do Not Comply with Those Restrictions.
The Company is the owner of professional sports franchises in the NBA, NHL and WNBA. As a result, transfers and ownership of our common stock are subject to certain restrictions under the governing documents of the NBA, NHL and WNBA as well as the Company’s consent and other agreements with the NBA, NHL and WNBA in connection with their approval of the Distribution. These restrictions are described under “Description of Capital Stock — Class A Common Stock and Class B Common Stock — Transfer Restrictions” in our Information Statement filed as Exhibit 99.1 to Amendment No. 6 to the registration statement on Form 10 filed with the SEC on September 11, 2015. In order to protect the Company and its NBA, NHL and WNBA franchises from sanctions that might be imposed by the NBA, NHL or WNBA as a result of violations of these restrictions, our amended and restated certificate of incorporation provides that, if a transfer of shares of our common stock to a person or the ownership of shares of our common stock by a person requires approval or other action by a league and such approval or other action was not obtained or taken as required, the Company shall have the right by written notice to the holder to require the holder to dispose of the shares of common stock which triggered the need for such approval. If a holder fails to comply with such a notice, in addition to any other remedies that may be available, the Company may redeem the shares at 85% of the fair market value of those shares.

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We Share Certain Key Executives and Directors with MSG Networks and/or AMC Networks , Which Means Those Executives Do Not Devote Their Full Time and Attention to Our Affairs and the Overlap May Give Rise to Conflicts; Certain Directors Are Also Directors and/or Executives of AMC Networks .
Our Executive Chairman, James L. Dolan, also serves as the Executive Chairman of MSG Networks, and our Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, Lawrence J. Burian, also serves as the Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of MSG Networks. As a result, not all of our executive officers devote their full time and attention to the Company’s affairs. In addition, our Vice Chairman, Gregg G. Seibert, also serves as the Vice Chairman of both MSG Networks and AMC Networks, and one of our directors, Charles F. Dolan, is the Executive Chairman of AMC Networks. Furthermore, five members of our Board of Directors are also directors of MSG Networks, and seven members of our Board of Directors are also directors of AMC Networks. The overlapping officers and directors may have actual or apparent conflicts of interest with respect to matters involving or affecting each company. For example, the potential for a conflict of interest exists when we on the one hand, and MSG Networks and/or AMC Networks on the other hand, look at certain acquisitions and other corporate opportunities that may be suitable for more than one of the companies. Also, conflicts may arise if there are issues or disputes under the commercial arrangements that exist between MSG Networks or AMC Networks and us. In addition, certain of our directors and officers hold MSG Networks and/or AMC Networks stock, stock options, restricted stock units and/or cash performance awards. These ownership interests could create actual, apparent or potential conflicts of interest when these individuals are faced with decisions that could have different implications for our Company and MSG Networks or AMC Networks. See “Certain Relationships and Potential Conflicts of Interest” in our Proxy Statement filed with the SEC on October 27, 2016 and “Certain Relationships and Related Party Transactions — Certain Relationships and Potential Conflicts of Interest” in our Information Statement filed as Exhibit 99.1 to Amendment No. 6 to the registration statement on Form 10 filed with the SEC on September 11, 2015 for a discussion of certain procedures we instituted to help ameliorate such potential conflicts with MSG Networks and/or AMC Networks that may arise.
Our Overlapping Directors and Executive Officers with MSG Networks and/or AMC Networks May Result in the Diversion of Corporate Opportunities to MSG Networks and/or AMC Networks and Other Conflicts and Provisions in Our Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation May Provide Us No Remedy in That Circumstance.
The Company’s amended and restated certificate of incorporation acknowledges that directors and officers of the Company (the “Overlap Persons”) may also be serving as directors, officers, employees or agents of MSG Networks and/or AMC Networks (each an “Other Entity”), and that the Company may engage in material business transactions with such Other Entities. The Company has renounced its rights to certain business opportunities and the Company’s amended and restated certificate of incorporation provides that no director or officer of the Company who is also serving as a director, officer, employee or agent of one or more of the Other Entities will be liable to the Company or its stockholders for breach of any fiduciary duty that would otherwise occur by reason of the fact that any such individual directs a corporate opportunity (other than certain limited types of opportunities set forth in our amended and restated certificate of incorporation) to one or more of the Other Entities instead of the Company, or does not refer or communicate information regarding such corporate opportunities to the Company. These provisions in our amended and restated certificate of incorporation also expressly validate certain contracts, agreements, arrangements and transactions (and amendments, modifications or terminations thereof) between the Company and the Other Entities and, to the fullest extent permitted by law, provide that the actions of the overlapping directors or officers in connection therewith are not breaches of fiduciary duties owed to the Company, any of its subsidiaries or their respective stockholders. See “Certain Relationships and Potential Conflicts of Interest” in our Proxy Statement filed with the SEC on October 27, 2016 and “Description of Capital Stock — Certain Corporate Opportunities and Conflicts” in our Information Statement filed as Exhibit 99.1 to Amendment No. 6 to the registration statement on Form 10 filed with the SEC on September 11, 2015 .
Item 1B. Unresolved Staff Comments
None.
Item 2. Properties
We own the Madison Square Garden Complex, which includes The Garden (with a maximum capacity of approximately 21,000 seats) and The Theater at Madison Square Garden (approximately 5,600 seats) in New York City, comprising approximately 1,100,000 square feet; a training center in Greenburgh, NY with approximately 105,000 square feet of space; The Chicago Theatre (approximately 3,600 seats) in Chicago comprising approximately 72,600 square feet; and the Forum (approximately 17,600 seats) in Inglewood, CA comprising approximately 307,000 square feet.

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Significant properties that are leased in New York City include approximately 323,000 square feet housing Madison Square Garden’s administrative and executive offices, approximately 577,000 square feet comprising Radio City Music Hall (approximately 6,000 seats) and approximately 57,000 square feet comprising the Beacon Theatre (approximately 2,800 seats). We also lease storage space in various other locations. For more information on our venues, see “ Item 1. Business Our Performance Venues .”
Our Madison Square Garden Complex is subject to and benefits from various easements, including over the “breezeway” into Madison Square Garden from Seventh Avenue in New York City (which we share with other property owners). Our ability to continue to utilize this and other easements requires us to comply with certain conditions. Moreover, certain adjoining property owners have easements over our property, which we are required to maintain so long as those property owners meet certain conditions.
In addition, TAO Group is engaged in the management and operation of restaurants, nightlife and hospitality venues in New York City, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and Australia, of which 15 venues are leased properties as well as five leased offices located in in New York and Las Vegas. The size of the TAO Group’s leased venues ranges from approximately 4,200 to 26,000 square feet and total approximately 208,000 square feet including office space. TAO Group also manages nine venues (including one venue located in Australia) that are not owned or leased properties.
Item 3. Legal Proceedings
The Company owns 50% of Azoff MSG Entertainment LLC, which in turn owns a majority interest in Global Music Rights, LLC (“GMR”). GMR is primarily a performance rights organization, whose business includes obtaining the right to license the public performance rights of songs composed by leading songwriters. GMR engaged in negotiations with the Radio Music Licensing Committee (“RMLC”), which represents over 10,000 commercial radio stations. On November 18, 2016, RMLC filed a complaint against GMR in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania alleging that GMR is violating Section 2 of the Sherman Antitrust Act and seeking an injunction, requiring, among other things, that GMR issue radio stations licenses for GMR’s repertory, upon request, at a rate set through a judicial rate-making procedure, that GMR offer “economically viable alternatives to blanket licenses,” and that GMR offer only licenses for songs which are fully controlled by GMR. GMR and RLMC agreed to an interim license arrangement through September 30, 2017. GMR has advised the Company that it believes that the RMLC Complaint is without merit and is vigorously defending itself. On January 20, 2017, GMR filed a motion to dismiss or to transfer venue, asserting that the Eastern District of Pennsylvania is not a proper venue for the matter, lacks personal jurisdiction of GMR and that in any event the complaint fails to state a claim. On December 6, 2016, GMR filed a complaint against RMLC in the United States District Court for the Central District of California, alleging that RMLC operates as an illegal cartel that unreasonably restrains trade in violation of Section 1 of the Sherman Antitrust Act and California state law, and seeking an injunction restraining RMLC and its co-conspirators from enforcing or establishing agreements that unreasonably restrict competition for copyright licenses. The judge in the Central District of California recently denied RMLC’s motion to dismiss GMR’s claim for lack of ripeness and, on the basis that the two cases involve similar facts, stayed the California action in order to assess the status of the Pennsylvania case. On July 21, 2017, RMLC filed a preliminary injunction motion in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania to extend the duration of the interim licenses which GMR had granted to certain radio stations. The district court determined that the jurisdictional matter should be decided prior to addressing the motion for preliminary injunction.
The Company is a defendant in various other lawsuits. Although the outcome of these other lawsuits cannot be predicted with certainty, management does not believe that resolution of these other lawsuits will have a material adverse effect on the Company.
Item 4. Mine Safety Disclosures
Not applicable.

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PART II
Item 5. Market for the Registrant’s Common Equity, Related Stockholder Matters and Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities
Our Class A Common Stock, par value $0.01 per share (“ Class A Common Stock ”), is listed on the New York Stock Exchange (“ NYSE ”) under the symbol “MSG.” The Company’s Class A Common Stock began “regular way” trading on the NYSE on October 1, 2015 .
Performance Graph
The following graph compares the relative performance of our Class A Common Stock, the Russell 3000 Index and the Bloomberg Americas Entertainment Index . This graph covers the period from October 1, 2015 thro ugh June 30, 2017 . The stock price performance included in this graph is not necessarily indicative of fu ture stock performance.
ITM5CHART6302017.JPG
 
 
Base Period 10/1/15
 
12/31/15
 
3/31/16
 
6/30/16
 
9/30/16
 
12/31/16
 
3/31/17
 
6/30/17
The Madison Square Garden Company
 
$
100.00

 
$
101.45

 
$
104.31

 
$
108.16

 
$
106.22

 
$
107.54

 
$
125.22

 
$
123.46

Russell 3000 Index
 
100.00

 
106.11

 
107.14

 
109.96

 
114.79

 
119.62

 
126.49

 
130.31

Bloomberg Americas Entertainment Index
 
100.00

 
99.65

 
102.77

 
106.98

 
112.17

 
110.36

 
119.64

 
118.88

This performance graph shall not be deemed “filed” for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “ Exchange Act ”) or incorporated by reference into any of our filings under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the Exchange Act, except as expressly set forth by specific reference in such filing.
As of June 30, 2017 , there were 712 holders of record of our Class A Common Stock. There is no public trading market for our Class B Common Stock, par value $.01 per share (“ Class B Common Stock ”). As of June 30, 2017 , there were 14 holders of record of our Class B Common Stock.

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We did not pay any dividend on our common stock during fiscal year 2017 and do not have any current plans to pay a cash dividend on our common stock for the foreseeable future.
Price Range of Madison Square Garden Class A Common Stock
The following tables set forth for the periods indicated the intra-day high and low sales prices per share of our Class A Common Stock as reported on NYSE:
Year ended June 30, 2017
High      
 
Low      
For the Quarter ended September 30, 2016
$
188.80

 
$
166.13

For the Quarter ended December 31, 2016
178.29

 
160.96

For the Quarter ended March 31, 2017
206.24

 
166.86

For the Quarter ended June 30, 2017
206.60

 
192.15

Year ended June 30, 2016 (a)
High      
 
Low      
For the Quarter ended December 31, 2015
$
184.67

 
$
149.04

For the Quarter ended March 31, 2016
170.01

 
139.10

For the Quarter ended June 30, 2016
174.30

 
156.01

        
(a)  
The Madison Square Garden Company became a publicly traded company on September 30, 2015 upon the Distribution.
Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities
As of June 30, 2017 , the total amount of Class A Common Stock authorized for repurchase by the Company’s board of directors was $525 million , and the Company had remaining authorization of approximately $271 million for future repurchases. Under the authorization, shares of Class A Common Stock may be purchased from time to time in accordance with applicable insider trading and other securities laws and regulations, with the timing and amount of purchases depending on market conditions and other factors. The Company has been funding and expects to continue to fund stock repurchases through a combination of cash on hand and cash generated by operations. The Company first announced its stock repurchase program on September 11, 2015 . During the three months ended June 30, 2017 , the Company did not engage in any share repurchase activity under its share repurchase program.

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Item 6. Selected Financial Data
The operating and balance sheet data included in the following selected financial data table have been derived from the consolidated and combined financial statements of The Madison Square Garden Company and its subsidiaries. The balance sheet data as of June 30, 2017 and 2016 and the operating data for the year ended June 30, 2017 and the nine months ended June 30, 2016 are presented on a consolidated basis, as the Company became a standalone public company on the September 30, 2015 (the “ Distribution Date ”). Operating data prior to the Distribution Date , which included operating data for the years ended June 30, 2015, 2014 and 2013, as well as operating data for the three months ended September 30, 2015 that are included in results of operations for the year ended June 30, 2016, were prepared on a standalone basis derived from the consolidated financial statements and accounting records of MSG Networks Inc. (“ MSG Networks ” or “ Former Parent ”) and are presented as carve-out financial statements as the Company was not a standalone public company prior to the Distribution Date (“carve-out and combined basis”). Balance sheet data as of June 30, 2015, 2014 and 2013 were also presented on a carve-out and combined basis.
For periods prior to the Distribution Date , the financial information presented below does not necessarily reflect what our results of operations and financial position would have been if we had operated as a separate publicly-traded entity. The selected financial data presented below should be read in conjunction with the consolidated and combined financial statements included in Item  8 of this Annual Report on Form 10-K and with “Item  7 . Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations .”
 
Years Ended June 30,
 
2017
 
2016
 
2015
 
2014
 
2013
 
(in thousands, except per share data)
Operating Data   (a) :
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Revenues
$
1,318,452

 
$
1,115,311

 
$
1,071,551

 
$
913,615

 
$
722,943

Operating loss
(60,356
)
 
(58,631
)
 
(406
)
 
(114,028
)
 
(59,029
)
Net loss
(76,789
)
 
(77,290
)
 
(40,684
)
 
(116,933
)
 
(58,274
)
Less: Net income attributable to nonredeemable noncontrolling interests
304

 

 

 

 

Less: Net loss attributable to redeemable noncontrolling interests
(4,370
)
 

 

 

 

Net loss attributable to The Madison Square Garden Company’s stockholders
$
(72,723
)
 
$
(77,290
)
 
$
(40,684
)
 
$
(116,933
)
 
$
(58,274
)
Basic and diluted loss per common share attributable to The Madison Square Garden Company’s stockholders
$
(3.05
)
 
$
(3.12
)
 
$
(1.63
)
 
$
(4.69
)
 
$
(2.34
)
Weighted-average number of common shares outstanding (b) :
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Basic and diluted
23,853

 
24,754

 
24,928

 
24,928

 
24,928

Balance Sheet Data (a) :
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Total assets
$
3,712,753

 
$
3,543,950

 
$
2,148,942

 
$
2,137,191

 
$
1,732,863

Long-term debt, net of deferred financing costs (c)
105,433

 

 

 

 

Total The Madison Square Garden Company stockholders’ equity / divisional equity
2,408,163

 
2,586,421

 
1,223,275

 
1,191,203

 
916,764

        
(a)  
Operating and balance sheet data beginning in fiscal year 2017 includes results from the acquisitions of Boston Calling Events, LLC (“ BCE ”) and TAO Group Holdings LLC (“ TAO Group ”). See “Item 8. Financial Statements and Supplementary Data — Consolidated and Combined Financial Statements — Notes to Consolidated and Combined Financial Statements — Note 2 . Summary of Significant Accounting Policies Business Combinations and Noncontrolling Interests ” and “Item 8. Financial Statements and Supplementary Data — Consolidated and Combined Financial Statements — Notes to Consolidated and Combined Financial Statements — Note 3 . Acquisitions ” for more information on our acquisitions of BCE and TAO Group .
(b)  
Following the Distribution Date , the Company had 24,928 common shares outstanding on September 30, 2015. This amount has been utilized to calculate earnings (loss) per share for the periods prior to the Distribution Date as no Madison Square Garden common stock or equity based awards were outstanding prior to September 30, 2015.
(c)  
Long-term debt presented above is net of debt issuance costs of $4,567 as of June 30, 2017 . See “Part II — Item 8. Financial Statements and Supplementary Data — Consolidated and Combined Financial Statements — Notes to Consolidated and Combined Financial Statements — Note 10 . Credit Facilities ” for more information.

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Item   7 . Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations
This Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations (“ MD&A ”) contains forward-looking statements. In this MD&A , there are statements concerning the future operating and future financial performance of The Madison Square Garden Company and its direct and indirect subsidiaries (collectively, “we,” “us,” “our,” “Madison Square Garden,” or the “Company”), including increased expenses of being a standalone public company, higher team personnel compensation, and higher revenues as a result of the new National Basketball Association (the “ NBA ”) national media rights deal. Words such as “expects,” “anticipates,” “believes,” “estimates,” “may,” “will,” “should,” “could,” “potential,” “continue,” “intends,” “plans,” and similar words and terms used in the discussion of future operating and future financial performance identify forward-looking statements. Investors are cautioned that such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance, results or events and involve risks and uncertainties and that actual results or developments may differ materially from the forward-looking statements as a result of various factors. Factors that may cause such differences to occur include, but are not limited to:
the level of our revenues, which depends in part on the popularity and competitiveness of our sports teams and the level of popularity of the Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes (“ Christmas Spectacular ”), the New York Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes (“ New York Spectacular ”) and other entertainment events which are presented in our venues;
costs associated with player injuries, and waivers or contract terminations of players and other team personnel;
changes in professional sports teams’ compensation, including the impact of signing free agents and trades, subject to league salary caps and the impact of luxury tax;
the level of our capital expenditures and other investments;
general economic conditions, especially in the New York City metropolitan area where we conduct the majority of our operations;
the demand for sponsorship arrangements and for advertising;
competition, for example, from other teams, other venues and other sports and entertainment options, including the construction of new competing venues;
Our ability to successfully design, construct, finance and operate a new venue in Las Vegas, and the investments and costs associated with that effort;
changes in laws, NBA or National Hockey League (the “ NHL ”) rules, regulations, guidelines, bulletins, directives, policies and agreements (including the leagues’ respective collective bargaining agreements (each a “ CBA ”) with their players’ associations, salary caps, revenue sharing, NBA luxury tax thresholds and media rights) or other regulations under which we operate;
any NBA or NHL work stoppage;
seasonal fluctuations and other variation in our operating results and cash flow from period to period;
the level of our expenses, including our corporate expenses as a standalone publicly traded company;
the successful development of new live productions, enhancements or changes to existing productions and the investments associated with such development, enhancements, or changes;
the continued popularity and success of the TAO Group restaurants and nightlife and hospitality venues, as well as its existing brands, and the ability to successfully open and operate new restaurants and nightlife and hospitality venues;
the ability of BCE to attract attendees and performers to its festivals and other events;
the acquisition or disposition of assets or businesses and/or the impact of, and our ability to successfully pursue, acquisitions or other strategic transactions;
the operating and financial performance of our strategic acquisitions and investments, including those we do not control;
the costs associated with, and the outcome of, litigation and other proceedings to the extent uninsured, including litigation or other claims against companies we invest in or acquire;
the impact of governmental regulations or laws, including changes in how those regulations and laws are interpreted and the continued benefit of certain tax exemptions and the ability to maintain necessary permits or licenses;

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business, reputational and litigation risk if there is a loss, disclosure or misappropriation of stored personal information or other breaches of our information security;
a default by our subsidiaries under their respective credit facilities;
financial community and rating agency perceptions of our business, operations, financial condition and the industry in which we operate;
the ability of our investees and others to repay loans and advances we have extended to them;
our ownership of professional sports franchises in the NBA and NHL and certain related transfer restrictions on our common stock;
the tax free treatment of the Distribution; and
the factors described under “Part I Item 1A. Risk Factors ” included in this Annual Report on Form 10-K.
We disclaim any obligation to update or revise the forward-looking statements contained herein, except as otherwise required by applicable federal securities laws.
All dollar amounts included in the following MD&A are presented in thousands, except as otherwise noted.
Introduction
MD&A is provided as a supplement to, and should be read in conjunction with, the audited consolidated financial statements and footnotes thereto included in Item  8 of this Annual Report on Form 10-K to help provide an understanding of our financial condition, changes in financial condition and results of operations .
Factors Affecting Results of Operations
The Company’s combined statements of operations for the year ended June 30, 2015, as well as the financial information for the three months ended September 30, 2015 that is included in the results of operations for the year ended June 30, 2016, were prepared on a standalone basis derived from the consolidated financial statements and accounting records of Former Parent and are presented as carve-out financial statements as the Company was not a standalone public company prior to the Distribution Date .
The combined statements of operations for the year ended June 30, 2015, as well as the financial information for the three months ended September 30, 2015 that is included in the results of operations for the year ended June 30, 2016, include allocations for certain support functions that were provided on a centralized basis by MSG Networks and not historically recorded at the business unit level, such as expenses related to finance, human resources, information technology, and facilities, among others. These expenses were allocated on the basis of direct usage when identifiable, with the remainder allocated on a pro-rata basis of combined revenues, headcount or other measures. Management believes the assumptions underlying the combined financial statements, including the assumptions regarding allocating general corporate expenses, are reasonable. Nevertheless, the combined financial statements may not include all of the actual expenses that would have been incurred by the Company and may not reflect its combined results of operations, financial position and cash flows had it been a separate, standalone company during the periods presented. Actual costs that would have been incurred if the Company had been a separate, standalone company would depend on multiple factors, including organizational structure and strategic decisions made in various areas, including information technology and infrastructure.
During the first quarter of fiscal year 2017, the Company refined its approach to allocating corporate, performance venues operating and other shared expenses. Management analyzed the specific support provided by individual corporate and venue personnel, in part using a detailed efforts-based analysis. The Company considered the new approach to better define segment profitability for users of the financial information and, therefore, made this change in the first quarter of fiscal year 2017. Prior periods results are reflected as originally reported and have not been restated. Had the revised approach been used in fiscal year 2016, operating income reported in MSG Sports would have increased and operating loss reported in MSG Entertainment would have improved by $6,045 and $337 , respectively. These changes in the MSG Sports and MSG Entertainment segments operating income (loss) would have been offset by an increase of $6,382 in the operating loss of “Corporate and Other” for the year ended June 30, 2016. The adjusted operating income, as defined in “— Consolidated Results of Operations — Adjusted Operating Income,” reported in MSG Sports would have increased and adjusted operating loss reported in MSG Entertainment would have improved during the year ended June 30, 2016 by $5,908 and $2,680 , respectively. These improvements would have been offset by an increase of $8,588 in the adjusted operating loss of “Corporate and Other” for the year ended June 30, 2016.

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Our MD&A is organized as follows:
Business Overview. This section provides a general description of our business, as well as other matters that we believe are important in understanding our results of operations and financial condition and in anticipating future trends.
Results of Operations. This section provides an analysis of our results of operations for the years ended June 30, 2017 , 2016 and 2015 on both a consolidated and combined and segment basis . Our segments are MSG Entertainment and MSG Sports.
Liquidity and Capital Resources. This section provides a discussion of our financial condition, as well as an analysis of our cash flows for the years ended June 30, 2017 , 2016 and 2015 . The discussion of our financial condition and liquidity includes summaries of (i) our primary sources of liquidity and (ii) our contractual obligations and off balance sheet arrangements that existed at June 30, 2017 .
Seasonality of Our Business. This section discusses the seasonal performance of our MSG Sports and MSG Entertainment segments .
Recently Issued Accounting Pronouncements and Critical Accounting Policies. This section includes a discussion of accounting policies considered to be important to our financial condition and results of operations and which require significant judgment and estimates on the part of management in their application . In addition, all of our significant accounting policies, including our critical accounting policies, are discussed in the notes to our consolidated and combined financial statements included in Item  8 of this Annual Report on Form 10-K.
Business Overview
The Company is a sports and entertainment business comprised of dynamic and powerful assets and brands. The Company is comprised of two business segments: MSG Entertainment and MSG Sports, which are strategically aligned to work together to drive our overall business, which is built on a foundation of iconic venues and compelling content, including live sports and entertainment events that we create, produce and present. The Company conducts a significant portion of its operations at venues that it either owns or operates under long-term leases. The Company owns Madison Square Garden (“The Garden”) and The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City, the Forum in Inglewood, CA and The Chicago Theatre in Chicago. In addition, the Company leases Radio City Music Hall and the Beacon Theatre in New York City, and has a booking agreement with respect to the Wang Theatre in Boston. A description of our segments follows:
MSG Entertainment
Our MSG Entertainment segment, which represented approximately 38% of our consolidated revenues for the year ended June 30, 2017 , is one of the country’s leaders in live entertainment . MSG Entertainment presents or hosts live entertainment events, including concerts, family shows, performing arts events and special events, in our diverse collection of venues. Those venues include The Garden, The Theater at Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall, the Beacon Theatre, the Forum, and The Chicago Theatre. In addition, we have an exclusive booking agreement with respect to the Wang Theatre. The scope of our collection of venues enables us to showcase acts that cover a wide spectrum of genres and popular appeal.
Although we primarily license our venues to third-party promoters for a fee, we also promote or co-promote shows in which case we have economic risk relating to the event.
MSG Entertainment also creates, produces and/or presents live productions that are performed in the Company’s venues. This includes the Christmas Spectacular , which is the top grossing live holiday family show in North America, and the New York Spectacular , both of which feature the Rockettes. The Christmas Spectacular has been performed at Radio City Music Hall for 84  years and more than one million tickets were sold for performances during the 2016 holiday season. In addition, during the 2014 holiday season the Company presented the theater version of the show in Omaha, Houston and, for the 13 th year, at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville. The Company decided to end the theatrical productions of the Christmas Spectacular presented outside of New York after the 2014 holiday season. The theatrical productions of the Christmas Spectacular presented outside of New York generated direct contribution to adjusted operating income (loss), of approximately $4,600 during the 2014 holiday season.
The first run of the show the New York Spectacular began mid-March 2015 and ran through mid-May 2015. In fiscal year 2016 the Company made a decision to shift the timing of the show’s run from spring to the summer. The Company’s decision to shift the timing of the production, with the production beginning mid-June 2016, resulted in 56 scheduled performances during fiscal year 2017 versus the prior year production, which began mid-March 2015 with 21 scheduled performances during fiscal year 2016. Due to the creative decision to not include, in the summer of 2016 performances, certain scenes from the previous show, the Company recorded a $41,816 write-off of deferred production costs during the third quarter of fiscal year 2016. The Company announced in February 2017 that it was suspending the planned 2017 presentation of the New York Spectacular and began a full review of the production, including the creative content and timing. Due to recent assessments of the show’s creative direction, timing and scale, the Company recorded a write-off of the remaining deferred production costs balance

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related to the New York Spectacular in the amount of $33,629 during the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2017.
In July 2016, the Company acquired a controlling interest in BCE, the entertainment production company that owns and operates the Boston Calling Music Festival, as well as other outdoor events. This was followed in January 2017 by the Company’s purchase of a controlling interest in TAO Group, a hospitality group with globally-recognized entertainment dining and nightlife brands. Both companies are now part of the MSG Entertainment segment.
Revenue Sources
Our primary sources of revenue in our MSG Entertainment segment are ticket sales to our live audiences for events that we produce or promote/co-promote and license fees for our venues paid by third-party promoters in connection with events that we do not produce or promote/co-promote . We also generate revenue from other sources, including facility and ticketing fees, concessions, sponsorships and signage, a portion of suite license fees at The Garden, merchandising and tours of our venues. The levels of revenue and expense we record in our MSG Entertainment segment for a given event depends to a significant extent on whether we are promoting or co-promoting the event or are licensing our venue to a third party. In addition, a significant component of the MSG Entertainment segment revenues are the revenues generated at TAO Group through entertainment dining and nightlife offerings, which primarily consist of food and beverage sales.
Ticket Sales and Suite Licenses
For our productions and for entertainment events in our venues that we promote, we recognize revenues from the sale of tickets to our audiences. We sell tickets to the public through our box office, via our web sites and ticketing agencies and through group sales. The amount of revenue we earn from ticket sales depends on the number of shows and the mix of events that we promote, the capacity of the venue used, the extent to which we can sell to fully utilize the capacity and our ticket prices. During the fiscal year 2017 we implemented significant changes to how we sell Christmas Spectacular tickets. By eliminating block sales to third party brokers, we brought a significant number of tickets back in-house, which created the opportunity for more customers to buy tickets to the production directly from us. 
The Garden has 21 Event Level suites, 58 Lexus Madison Level suites, and 18 Signature Level suites. Suite licenses at The Garden are generally sold to corporate customers pursuant to multi-year licenses. Under standard suite licenses, the licensees pay an annual license fee, which varies depending on the location of the suite. The license fee includes, for each seat in the suite, tickets for events at The Garden for which tickets are sold to the general public, subject to certain exceptions. In addition, suite holders pay for food and beverage service in their suites at The Garden. Revenues from the sale of suite licenses are shared between our MSG Entertainment and MSG Sports segments.
Venue License Fees
For entertainment events held at our venues that we do not produce, promote or co-promote, we typically earn revenue from venue license fees charged to the third-party promoter of the event. The amount of license fees we charge varies by venue, as well as by the size of the production and the number of days utilized, among other factors. Our fees include both the cost of renting space in our venues and costs for providing event staff, such as front-of-house and back-of-house staff, including stagehands, electricians, laborers, box office staff, ushers and security as well as production services such as staging, lighting and sound.
Facility and Ticketing Fees
For all public and ticketed entertainment events held in our venues, we also earn additional revenues on substantially all tickets sold, whether we promote/co-promote the event or license the venue to a third party. These revenues are earned in the form of certain fees and assessments, including the facility fee we charge, and vary by venue.
Concessions
We sell food and beverages during substantially all entertainment events held at our venues. In addition to concession-style sales of food and beverages, which represent the majority of our concession revenues, we also generate revenue from catering for our suites at The Garden.
Merchandise
We earn revenues from the sale of merchandise relating to our proprietary productions and other live entertainment events that take place at our venues. The majority of our merchandise revenues are generated through on-site sales during performances of our productions and other live events. We also generate revenues from the sales of our Christmas Spectacular merchandise, such as ornaments and apparel, through traditional retail channels. Typically, revenues from our merchandise sales at our non-proprietary events relate to sales of merchandise provided by the artist, the producer or promoter of the event and are generally subject to a revenue sharing arrangement.

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Venue Signage and Sponsorship
We earn revenues through the sale of signage space and sponsorship rights in connection with our venues, productions and other live entertainment events. Signage revenues generally involve the sale of advertising space at The Garden during entertainment events and otherwise in our venues.
Sponsorship rights may require us to use the name, logos and other trademarks of sponsors in our advertising and in promotions for our venues, productions and other live entertainment events. Sponsorship arrangements may be exclusive within a particular sponsorship category or non-exclusive and generally permit a sponsor to use the name, logos and other trademarks of our productions, events and venues in connection with their own advertising and in promotions in our venues or in the community.
Entertainment Dining and Nightlife Offerings
We earn revenues from entertainment dining and nightlife offerings through our operations at TAO Group restaurants and nightlife and hospitality venues. These revenues primarily consist of food and beverage sales and banquet hosting services at TAO Group leased restaurants and nightclubs. In addition, we earn fees from our real estate partners for operating certain of our restaurants and nightclubs.
Expenses
Our MSG Entertainment segment’s principal expenses are payments made to performers, staging costs and day-of-event costs associated with events, and advertising costs. We charge a portion of our actual expenses associated with the ownership, lease, maintenance and operation of our venues, along with a portion of our corporate expenses, to our MSG Entertainment segment. However, the operating results of our MSG Entertainment segment benefit from the fact that no rent is charged to the segment for use of the Company’s owned venues. We do not allocate to our segments depreciation expense on property and equipment related to The Garden, The Theater at Madison Square Garden or the Forum.
Performer Payments
Our productions are performed by talented actors, dancers, singers, musicians and entertainers. In order to attract and retain this talent, we are required to pay our performers an amount that is commensurate both with their abilities and with demand for their services from other entertainment companies. Our productions typically feature ensemble casts (such as the Rockettes), where most of our performers are paid based on a standard “scale,” pursuant to CBA s we negotiate with the performers’ unions. Certain performers, however, have individually negotiated contracts.
Staging Costs
Staging costs for our proprietary events as well as others that we promote include the costs of sets, lighting, display technologies, special effects, sound and all of the other technical aspects involved in presenting a live entertainment event. These costs vary substantially depending on the nature of the particular show, but tend to be highest for large-scale theatrical productions, such as the Christmas Spectacular and the New York Spectacular . For concerts we promote, the performer usually provides a fully-produced show. Along with performer salaries, the staging costs associated with a given production are an important factor in the determination of ticket prices.
Day-of-Event Costs
For days on which MSG Entertainment stages its productions, promotes an event or provides one of our venues to a third-party promoter under a license fee arrangement, the event is charged the variable costs associated with such event, including box office staff, stagehands, ticket takers, ushers, security, and other similar expenses. In situations where we provide our venues to a third-party promoter under a license fee arrangement, day-of-event costs are typically included in the license fees charged to the promoter.
Marketing and Advertising Costs
We incur significant costs promoting our productions and other events through outdoor and newspaper advertisements, television and radio advertising and social, digital and search advertising. In light of the intense competition for entertainment events, such expenditures are a necessity to drive interest in our productions and encourage members of the public to purchase tickets to our shows.
Entertainment Dining and Nightlife Offerings Costs
Our operations in TAO Group restaurants and nightlife and hospitality venues incur costs for providing food and beverage as well as banquet hosting services to our customers. Our dining and nightlife offering costs primarily include the following:
labor costs, consisting of restaurant management salaries, hourly staff payroll and other payroll-related items, including taxes and fringe benefits;

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food and beverage costs;
operating costs, consisting of maintenance, utilities, bank and credit card charges, and any other restaurant-level expenses; and
occupancy costs, consisting of both fixed and variable portions of rent, common area maintenance charges, insurance premiums and taxes.
Factors Affecting Operating Results
The operating results of our MSG Entertainment segment are largely dependent on our ability to attract concerts, family shows and other events to our venues, as well as the continuing popularity of the Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall. Our MSG Entertainment segment recognized operating losses during the years ended June 30, 2017 and 2016. The operating results for the year ended June 30, 2017 include a $33,629 write-off of the remaining balance of deferred production costs related to the New York Spectacular due to the recent assessments of the show’s creative direction, timing and scale. The operating results for the year ended June 30, 2016 include a $41,816 write-off of deferred production costs associated with the New York Spectacular due to the creative decision to not include, in the summer of 2016 performances, certain scenes from the previous show of the New York Spectacular .
Our MSG Entertainment segment’s future performance is dependent in part on general economic conditions and the effect of these conditions on our customers. Weak economic conditions may lead to lower demand for our entertainment and nightlife offerings, suite licenses and tickets to our live productions, concerts, family shows and other events, which would also negatively affect concession and merchandise sales, as well as lower levels of sponsorship and venue signage. These conditions may also affect the number of concerts, family shows and other events that take place in the future. An economic downturn could adversely affect our business and results of operations.
The Company continues to explore additional opportunities to expand our presence in the entertainment industry. Any new investment may not initially contribute to operating income, but is intended to become operationally profitable over time. Our results will also be affected by investments in, and the success of, new productions.
MSG Sports
Our MSG Sports segment, which represented approximately 62% of our consolidated revenues for the year ended June 30, 2017 , owns and operates professional sports franchises, including the New York Knicks (the “Knicks”), a founding member of the NBA, and the New York Rangers (the “Rangers”), one of the “original six” franchises of the NHL. MSG Sports also owns and operates the New York Liberty (the “Liberty”) of the Women’s National Basketball Association, one of the league’s founding franchises, and the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (the “AHL”), which is the primary player development team for the Rangers and is also competitive in its own right in the AHL. Since 2014 , the Company has owned and operated an NBA Gatorade League team, named the Westchester Knicks, which plays its home games at the Westchester County Center in White Plains, NY. The Knicks, Rangers and Liberty play their home games at The Garden. Our sports business also features other sporting events, including a broad array of live sporting events including professional boxing, college basketball, college hockey, professional bull riding, mixed martial arts, esports, tennis and college wrestling . In July 2017, the Company acquired a controlling interest in Counter Logic Gaming, a premier North American esports organization, which is now part of our MSG Sports segment.
Revenue Sources
We earn revenue in our MSG Sports segment from several primary sources: ticket sales and a portion of suite rental fees at The Garden, our share of distributions from NHL and NBA league-wide national and international television contracts and other league-wide revenue sources, venue signage and other sponsorships, concessions and merchandising . Our MSG Sports segment also earns substantial fees from MSG Networks for the local media rights to telecast the games of our professional sports teams . We also earn venue license fees, primarily from the rental of The Garden to third-party promoters or conferences holding sports events at our arena . The amount of revenue we earn is influenced by many factors, including the popularity and on-court or on-ice performance of our professional sports teams and general economic conditions . In particular, when our teams have strong on-court and on-ice performance, we benefit from increased demand for tickets, potentially greater food and merchandise sales from increased attendance and increased sponsorship opportunities. When our teams make the playoffs, we also benefit from the attendance and in-game spending at playoff games at The Garden. The year-to-year impact of team performance is somewhat moderated by the fact that a significant portion of our revenues derive from rights fees, suite rental fees and sponsorship and signage revenue, all of which are generally contracted on a multi-year basis. Nevertheless, the long-term performance of our business is substantially dependent on the success and popularity of our teams.

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Ticket Sales, Suite Licenses, Venue Licenses, Facility and Ticketing Fees
Ticket sales have historically constituted the largest single source of revenue for our MSG Sports segment . We sell tickets to our sports teams’ home games through season tickets, which are typically held by long-term season subscribers, through group sales, and through single-game tickets, which are purchased by fans either individually or in multi-game packages . The prices of our tickets vary, depending on the sports team and the location of the seats . We generally review and set the price of our tickets before the start of each team’s season . During the fiscal year 2017 we made changes to our ticketing polices, resulting in fewer full season tickets sold and more sales of individual and group tickets, as well as partial season plans.
We also earn revenue from the sale of tickets to live sporting events that we promote or co-promote other than our teams’ games.
Revenues from the sale of suite licenses are shared between the MSG Entertainment and MSG Sports segments. See “— MSG Entertainment Revenue Sources ” for further discussion.
In addition to our teams’ home games, we also present or host other live sporting events at our venues . When the Company acts as the promoter or co-promoter of such events, the Company typically earns revenues from ticket sales and incurs expenses associated with the event . When these events are promoted by third-party promoters, the Company typically earns venue license fees and fees on tickets sold from the promoter for use of our venues . When licensing our venues, the amount recorded as revenue also includes the event’s variable costs such as the costs of front-of-house and back-of-house staffs, including electricians, laborers, box office staff, ushers, security and building services, which we pass along to the promoter . The number and mix of live sporting events, including whether we are the promoter or co-promoter of an event or license our venues to a third-party promoter, could have a significant impact on the level of revenues and expenses that we record in our MSG Sports segment.
Our MSG Sports segment also earns revenues in the form of certain fees added to ticket prices for events held at our venues, regardless of whether we act as promoter or co-promoter for such events . This currently includes a facility fee the Company charges on tickets it sells to all events at our venues, except for team season tickets and certain other limited exceptions.
Media Rights
We earn revenue from the sale of media rights for our sports teams’ home and away games and also through the receipt of our share of fees paid for league-wide media rights, which are awarded under contracts negotiated and administered by each league.
In connection with the Distribution, the Company and MSG Networks entered into media rights agreements covering the telecast rights for the Knicks and Rangers . The financial success of our MSG Sports segment is significantly dependent on the rights fees we receive from MSG Networks in connection with the telecast of our Knicks and Rangers games.
National and international telecast arrangements differ by league . Fees paid by telecasters under these arrangements are pooled by each league and then generally shared equally among all teams.
Venue Signage and Sponsorships and Ad Sales Commission
We earn revenues through the sale of signage space at The Garden and sponsorship rights in connection with our sports teams and certain other sporting events . Our strategy is to develop marketing partnerships with world-class brands by creating customized platforms that achieve our partners’ business objectives. Signage sales generally involve the sale of advertising space within The Garden during our teams’ home games and include the sale of signage on the ice and on the boards of the hockey rink during Rangers games, courtside during Knicks and Liberty games, and/or on the various scoreboards and display panels at The Garden . We offer both television camera-visible and non-camera-visible signage space.
Sponsorship rights generally require us to use the name, logos and other trademarks of a sponsor in our advertising and in promotions for our sports teams and during our sports events . Sponsorship arrangements may be exclusive within a particular sponsorship category or non-exclusive and generally permit a sponsor to use the name, logos and other trademarks of our sports teams and venues in connection with their own advertising and in promotions in The Garden or in the community.
In connection with the Distribution, we entered into an advertising sales representation agreement with MSG Networks. Pursuant to the agreement, we have the exclusive right and obligation to sell advertising availabilities of MSG Networks . We are entitled to and earn commission revenue on such sales. The expense associated with advertising personnel, which was transferred from MSG Networks in connection with this advertising sales representation agreement , is recognized in selling, general and administrative expenses.  

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Concessions
We sell food and beverages during all sporting events held at our venues . In addition to concession-style sales of food and beverages, which represent the majority of our concession revenues, we also provide higher-end dining at our full service restaurant and clubs and catering for suites at The Garden.
Merchandise
We earn revenues from the sale of our sports teams’ merchandise both through the in-venue (and in some cases, online) sale of items bearing the logos or other marks of our sports teams and through our share of league distributions of royalties and other revenues from the leagues’ licensing of team and league trademarks, which revenues are generally shared equally among the teams in the leagues . By agreement among the teams, each of the leagues in which we operate acts as an agent for the teams to license their logos and other marks, as well as the marks of the leagues, subject to certain rights retained by the teams to license these marks within their arenas and the geographic areas in which they operate.
Expenses
The most significant expenses in our MSG Sports segment are player and other team personnel salaries and charges for transactions relating to players for career-ending and season-ending injuries, trades, and waivers and contract termination costs of players and other team personnel, including team executives. We also incur costs for travel, player insurance, league operating assessments (including a 6% NBA assessment on regular season ticket sales), NHL and NBA revenue sharing and NBA luxury tax. We charge a portion of our actual expenses associated with the ownership, lease, maintenance and operation of our venues, along with a portion of our corporate expenses, to our MSG Sports segment. However, the operating results of our MSG Sports segment benefit from the fact that no rent is charged to the segment for use of the Company’s owned venues. We do not allocate to our segments depreciation expense on property and equipment related to The Garden, The Theater at Madison Square Garden or the Forum.
Player Salaries, Escrow System/Revenue Sharing and NBA Luxury Tax
The amount we pay an individual player is determined by negotiation between the player (typically represented by an agent) and us, and is generally influenced by the player’s individual playing statistics, the amounts paid to players with comparable playing statistics by other sports teams and restrictions in the CBAs, including the salary caps and NBA luxury tax. The leagues’ CBAs typically contain restrictions on when players may move between league clubs following expiration of their contracts and what rights their current and former clubs have.
NBA CBA. The NBA CBA expires after the 2023-24 season (although the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association (“ NBPA ”) each have the right to terminate the CBA following the 2022-23 season). The NBA CBA contains a “soft” salary cap (i.e., a cap on each team’s aggregate player salaries but with certain exceptions that enable teams to pay players more, sometimes substantially more, than the cap).
NBA Luxury Tax. Amounts in this paragraph are in thousands, except for luxury tax rates. The NBA CBA provides for a luxury tax that is applicable to all teams with aggregate player salaries exceeding a threshold that is set prior to each season based upon projected league-wide revenues (as defined under the CBA). The luxury tax rates for teams with aggregate player salaries above such threshold start at $1.50 for each $1.00 of team salary above the threshold up to $5,000 and scale up to $3.25 for each $1.00 of team salary that is from $15,000 to $20,000 over the threshold, and an additional tax rate increment of $0.50 applies for each additional $5,000 (or part thereof) of team salary in excess of $20,000 over the threshold. In addition, for teams that are taxpayers in at least three of four previous seasons, the above tax rates are increased by $1.00 for each increment. Fifty percent of the aggregate luxury tax payments is a funding source for the revenue sharing plan and the remaining 50% of such payments is distributed in equal shares to non-taxpaying teams. The Knicks incurred a luxury tax expense of $8,300 , $38,100 and $5,100 with respect to the 2012-13, 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons, respectively. For the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons, the Knicks were not a luxury tax payer and we received approximately $2,500 and $500 , respectively, of luxury tax proceeds from tax-paying teams . Tax obligations for years beyond the 2016-17 season will be subject to contractual player payroll obligations and corresponding NBA luxury tax thresholds. The Company recognizes the estimated amount associated with luxury tax expense or the amount it expects to receive as a non-tax paying team, if applicable, on a straight-line basis over the NBA regular season as a component of direct operating expenses.
NBA Escrow System/Revenue Sharing . The NBA CBA also provides that players collectively receive a designated percentage of league-wide revenues (net of certain direct expenses) as compensation (approximately 51% ), and the teams retain the remainder. The percentage of league-wide revenues paid as compensation and retained by the teams does not apply evenly across all teams and, accordingly, the Company may pay its players a higher or lower percentage of the Knicks’ revenues than other NBA teams. Throughout each season, NBA teams withhold 10% of each player’s salary and contribute the withheld amounts to an escrow account. If the league’s aggregate player compensation exceeds the designated percentage of league-wide revenues, some or all of such escrowed amounts are distributed equally to all NBA teams. In the event that the league’s

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aggregate player compensation is below the designated percentage of league-wide revenues, the teams will remit the shortfall to the NBPA for distribution to the players.
The NBA also has a revenue sharing plan that generally requires the distribution of a pool of funds to teams with below-average net revenues (as defined in the plan), subject to reduction or elimination based on individual team market size and profitability. The plan is funded by a combination of disproportionate contributions from teams with above-average net revenues, subject to certain profit-based limits (each as defined in the plan); 50% of aggregate league-wide luxury tax proceeds (see above); and collective league sources, if necessary. Additional amounts may also be distributed on a discretionary basis, funded by assessments on playoff ticket revenues and through collective league sources.
We record our revenue sharing expense net of the amount we expect to receive from the escrow. Our net provision for these items for the year ended June 30, 2017 was approximately $41,100 . The actual amounts for the 2016-17 season may vary significantly from the recorded provision based on actual operating results for the league and all NBA teams for the season and other factors.
NHL CBA. The NHL CBA expires September 15, 2022 (although the NHL and NHL Players’ Association each have the right to terminate the CBA effective following the 2019-20 season). The NHL CBA provides for a “hard” salary cap (i.e., teams may not exceed a stated maximum that has been negotiated for the 2013-14 season and is adjusted each season thereafter based upon league-wide revenues) .
NHL Escrow System/Revenue Sharing. The NHL CBA provides that each season the players receive as player compensation 50% of that season’s league-wide revenues. Because the aggregate amount to be paid to the players is based upon league-wide revenues and not on a team-by-team basis, the Company may pay its players a higher or lower percentage of the Rangers’ revenues than other NHL teams pay of their own revenues. In order to implement the salary cap system, NHL teams withhold a portion of each player’s salary and contribute the withheld amounts to an escrow account . If the league’s aggregate player compensation for a season exceeds the designated percentage (50%) of that season’s league-wide revenues, the excess is retained by the league. Any such excess funds are distributed to all teams in equal shares.
The NHL CBA also provides for a revenue sharing plan. The plan generally requires the distribution of a pool of funds approximating 6.055% of league-wide revenues to certain qualifying lower-revenue teams and is funded as follows: (a) 50% from contributions by the top ten revenue earning teams (based on pre-season and regular season revenues) in accordance with a formula; (b) then from payments by teams participating in the playoffs, with each team contributing 35% of its gate receipts for each home playoff game; and (c) the remainder from centrally-generated NHL sources . We record our revenue sharing expense net of the amount we expect to receive from the escrow. Our net provision for these items for the year ended June 30, 2017 was approximately $24,800 (including approximately $6,300 related to the playoffs). The actual amounts for the 2016-17 season may vary significantly from the recorded provision based on actual operating results for the league and all NHL teams for the season and other factors.
Other Team Operating Expenses
Our sports teams also pay expenses associated with day-to-day operations, including for travel, equipment maintenance and player insurance. Direct variable day-of-event costs incurred at The Garden, such as the costs of front-of-house and back-of-house staff, including electricians, laborers, box office staff, ushers, security, and event production are charged to our MSG Sports segment.
Operating costs of the Company’s training center in Greenburgh, NY are also charged to our MSG Sports segment. The operation of the Hartford Wolf Pack is also a net Rangers player development expense for our MSG Sports segment.
As members of the NBA and NHL, the Knicks and Rangers, respectively, are also subject to league assessments. The governing bodies of each league determine the amount of each season’s league assessments that are required from each member team. For the 2016-17 season, the NBA imposed on each team a 6% assessment on regular season ticket revenue.
Our MSG Sports segment also incurs costs associated with VIP amenities provided to certain ticket holders.
Other Expenses
MSG Sports also incurs selling, general and administrative expenses.
Factors Affecting Operating Results
The operating results of our MSG Sports segment are largely dependent on the continued popularity and/or on-ice or on-court competitiveness of our Rangers and Knicks teams, which have a direct effect on ticket sales for the teams’ home games and are each team’s largest single source of revenue, as well as our ability to attract high-caliber sporting events. As with other sports teams, the competitive positions of our sports teams depend primarily on our ability to develop, obtain and retain talented players, for which we compete with other professional sports teams. A significant factor in our ability to attract and retain

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talented players is player compensation. Our MSG Sports segment results reflect the impact of high costs for player salaries (including NBA luxury tax, if any) and salaries of non-player team personnel . In addition, we have incurred significant charges for costs associated with transactions relating to players on our sports teams for season-ending and career-ending injuries and for trades, waivers and contract terminations of players and other team personnel, including team executives . Waiver and termination costs reflect our efforts to improve the competitiveness of our teams . These transactions can result in significant charges as the Company recognizes the estimated ultimate costs of these events in the period in which they occur, although amounts due to these individuals are generally paid over their remaining contract terms . For example, the expense for these items was $42,337 , $7,484 and $25,317 for fiscal years 2017 , 2016 and 2015 , respectively . These expenses add to the volatility of the results of our MSG Sports segment . We expect to continue to pursue opportunities to improve the overall quality of our teams and our efforts may result in continued significant expenses and charges . Such expenses and charges may result in future operating losses for our MSG Sports segment although it is not possible to predict their timing or amount. Our MSG Sports segment’s performance has been, and may in the future be, impacted by work stoppages. See “Part I Item 1A. Risk Factors General Risks Organized Labor Matters May Have a Material Negative Effect on Our Business and Results of Operations .”
In addition to our MSG Sports segment’s future performance being dependent upon the continued popularity and/or on-ice or on-court competitiveness of our Rangers and Knicks teams, it is also dependent on general economic conditions, in particular those in the New York City metropolitan area, and the effect of these conditions on our customers. An economic downturn could adversely affect our business and results of operations as it may lead to lower demand for suite licenses and tickets to the games of our sports teams, which would also negatively affect merchandise and concession sales, as well as decrease levels of sponsorship and venue signage revenues. These conditions may also affect the number of other live sporting events that this segment is able to present.
Corporate Expenses and Venue Operating Costs
The Company allocates certain corporate costs and its performance venues operating expenses to both reportable segments. Allocated performance venue operating expenses include the non-event related costs of operating the Company’s performance venues, and include such costs as rent for the Company’s leased venues, real estate taxes, insurance, utilities, repairs and maintenance, and labor related to the overall management of the venues. Depreciation expense on property and equipment related to The Garden, The Theater at Madison Square Garden and the Forum is not allocated to the reportable segments.
Amounts that we collect for ticket sales, sponsorships and suite rentals in advance are recorded as deferred revenue and are recognized as revenues when earned for both accounting and tax purposes. In connection with the reorganization transactions related to the Distribution, the tax recognition on most of these deferred revenues was accelerated to the date of the reorganization, rather than being recognized over the course of the year ending June 30, 2016. The applicable tax on the acceleration of such deferred revenue at the time of the Distribution was approximatel y $152,000 . Such tax was paid by MSG Networks and not the Company. The Company will not reimburse MSG Networks for the payment of such taxes. As a result, for the year ended June 30, 2016, approximately $348,000 of taxable revenue that would have been reflected on the Company’s income tax returns were instead reported on MSG Networks’ income tax returns, and consequently, the Company generated a taxable loss for the year ended June 30, 2016.
Purchase Accounting Adjustments
In connection with the BCE and TAO Group acquisitions in fiscal year 2017 (“ fiscal 2017 Acquisitions ”), the Company recorded certain fair value adjustments related to acquired assets and liabilities in accordance with Accounting Standards Codification (“ASC”) Topic 805, Business Combinations. For the Company’s fiscal 2017 Acquisitions , the Company recognized fair value adjustments primarily for (i) recognition of intangible assets such as trade names, venue management contracts, favorable leases, and festival rights, (ii) step-up of property and equipment, (iii) step-up of inventory, (iv) unfavorable lease obligation, and (v) goodwill. The aforementioned fair value adjustments, except for goodwill, will be expensed as incremental non-cash expenses in the Company’s consolidated statements of operations based on their estimated useful lives (“ Purchase Accounting Adjustments ”). The Company does not allocate any Purchase Accounting Adjustments to the reporting segments and reports any Purchase Accounting Adjustments as reconciliation items in reporting segment operating results. See “Part II — Item 8 . Financial Statements and Supplementary Data — Consolidated and Combined Financial Statements — Notes to Consolidated and Combined Financial Statements — Note 3 . Acquisitions ” for more information on the fiscal 2017 Acquisitions and “Part II — Item 8 . Financial Statements and Supplementary Data — Consolidated and Combined Financial Statements — Notes to Consolidated and Combined Financial Statements — Note 16 . Segment Information ” for more information on the presentation of Purchase Accounting Adjustments .

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Investments in Nonconsolidated Affiliates
The Company’s investments in nonconsolidated affiliates primarily include investments in Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas, LLC (“ BBLV ”), Azoff MSG Entertainment LLC (“ AMSGE ”), Tribeca Enterprises LLC (“ Tribeca Enterprises ”), and Fuse Media LLC (“Fuse Media”), which are accounted for under the equity method of accounting.
In August 2013, the Company acquired an interest in BBLV. In March 2014, BBLV opened a new venue in Las Vegas which brings together live music, bowling and a restaurant. As a result of BBLV’s liquidity position, the Company evaluated whether or not an impairment of its investment had occurred as of December 31, 2014. This evaluation resulted in the Company recording a pre-tax non-cash impairment charge of $23,600 to write-off the remaining equity portion of its investment in BBLV. In addition, as of June 30, 2017 , outstanding loans of $2,600 had been advanced by the Company to BBLV.
In September 2013, the Company acquired a 50% interest in AMSGE . The AMSGE entity owns and operates businesses in the entertainment industry and is currently focused on music management, performance rights, comedy and productions, and strategic marketing. As of June 30, 2017 , the Company’s investment in AMSGE was $104,024 . In addition, as of June 30, 2017 , AMSGE had outstanding loans of $97,500 , as well as $92 of accrued interest, under a $100,000 unsecured credit facility with the Company.
In March 2014, the Company acquired a 50% interest in Tribeca Enterprises , the company that owns and operates the Tribeca Film Festival and certain other businesses. Tribeca Enterprises’ businesses also include Tribeca Studios, a branded entertainment content business that has produced award-winning stories, and year-round live events. As of June 30, 2017 , the Company’s investment in Tribeca Enterprises was $12,864 . As of June 30, 2017 , $13,500 has been drawn under the $14,000 revolving credit facility with the Company and $870 of payments-in-kind (“PIK”) interest was outstanding. PIK interest owed does not reduce availability under the revolving credit facility. In August 2017, the revolving credit facility was amended to increase the borrowing capacity to $17,500 , with $14,500 loans outstanding excluding PIK interest of $877 .
In July 2014, MSG Networks sold Fuse to Fuse Media, Inc., and as part of the transaction MSG Networks received a 15% equity interest in Fuse Media which was transferred to the Company in connection with the Distribution. In the third quarter of fiscal year 2017, certain Fuse Media warrant holders notified Fuse Media of their intent to exercise certain put options (which Fuse Media disputed). The purported exercise of the put options triggered an assessment of Fuse Media’s fair value. This assessment, which was performed during the third quarter of fiscal 2017, resulted in unfavorable fair value measurements of Fuse Media. As a result, the Company evaluated whether or not an other-than-temporary impairment of its investment had occurred as of the third quarter of fiscal 2017. This evaluation resulted in the Company recording a pre-tax non-cash impairment charge of $20,613 to write off the carrying value of its equity investment in Fuse Media, which is reflected in loss in equity method investments in the accompanying consolidated statements of operations for the year ended June 30, 2017 .
In addition to the investments discussed above, the Company also has other investments in various sports and entertainment companies and related technologies, primarily accounted for under the cost method of accounting.
See Note 5 to the consolidated and combined financial statements included in Item 8 of this Annual Report on Form 10-K for
more information on our investments in nonconsolidated affiliates.

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Results of Operations
Comparison of the Year Ended June 30, 2017 versus the Year Ended June 30, 2016
Consolidated Results of Operations
The table below sets forth, for the periods presented, certain historical financial information.  
 
 
Years Ended June 30,
 
Change
 
 
2017
 
2016
 
Amount
 
Percentage
Revenues
 
$
1,318,452

 
$
1,115,311

 
$
203,141

 
18
 %
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Direct operating expenses
 
861,381

 
737,857

 
123,524

 
17
 %
Selling, general and administrative expenses
 
410,039

 
333,603

 
76,436

 
23
 %
Depreciation and amortization
 
107,388

 
102,482

 
4,906

 
5
 %
Operating loss
 
(60,356
)
 
(58,631
)
 
(1,725
)
 
(3
)%
Other income (expense):
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Loss in equity method investments
 
(29,976
)
 
(19,099
)
 
(10,877
)
 
(57
)%
Interest income, net
 
7,647

 
4,754

 
2,893

 
61
 %
Miscellaneous income (expense)
 
1,492

 
(4,017
)
 
5,509

 
NM

Loss from operations before income taxes
 
(81,193
)
 
(76,993
)
 
(4,200
)
 
(5
)%
Income tax benefit (expense)
 
4,404

 
(297
)
 
4,701

 
NM

Net loss
 
$
(76,789
)
 
$
(77,290
)
 
$
501

 
1
 %
        
NM — Percentage is not meaningful
The following is a summary of changes in segments’ operating results for the year ended June 30, 2017 as compared to the prior year.
Changes attributable to
 
Revenues
 
Direct
operating
expenses
 
Selling,
general and
administrative
expenses
 
Depreciation
and
amortization
 
Operating
income (loss)
MSG Entertainment segment (a), (b)
 
$
91,078

 
$
36,688

 
$
24,292

 
$
1,455

 
$
28,643

MSG Sports segment (a), (b)
 
112,922

 
77,370

 
27,810

 
(1,638
)
 
9,380

Corporate and Other (b)
 
(859
)
 

 
24,334

 
1,937

 
(27,130
)
Purchase accounting adjustments
 

 
9,466

 

 
3,152

 
(12,618
)
 
 
$
203,141

 
$
123,524

 
$
76,436

 
$
4,906

 
$
(1,725
)
        
(a) See “Business Segment Results” for a more detailed discussion of the operating results of our segments.
(b) See “ Introduction ” for the discussion of the Company’s refinement of its methodologies used to allocate its corporate, performance venues operating and other shared expenses in fiscal year 2017.
Direct operating expenses primarily include:
compensation expense for the Company’s professional sports teams’ players and certain other team personnel;
cost of team personnel transactions for season-ending player injuries (net of anticipated insurance recoveries), trades, and waivers/contract termination costs of players and other team personnel;
NBA luxury tax, NBA and NHL revenue sharing and league assessments for the MSG Sports segment;
event costs related to the presentation, production and marketing of our live entertainment and other live sporting events;
venue lease, maintenance and other operating expenses;

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the cost of concessions, merchandise and food and beverage sold at our venues; and
restaurant operating expenses, inclusive of labor costs.    
In connection with the purchase price allocation of the TAO Group acquisition on January 31, 2017, the inventory value was increased by $8,705 and was fully expensed to direct operating expenses as the related inventory was consumed.
Selling, general and administrative expenses
Selling, general and administrative expenses primarily consist of administrative costs, including compensation, reorganization costs, professional fees, as well as sales and marketing costs, including non-event related advertising expenses.
The increase in Corporate and Other of $24,334 was primarily due to (i) an increase in employee compensation and related benefits, inclusive of the impact from the change in allocation methodology, (ii) higher professional fees primarily associated with the Company’s business development initiatives and (iii) the Company being subject to New York State and City capital tax for four fiscal quarters in the current year as compared to three fiscal quarters in the prior year.
Depreciation and amortization
Depreciation and amortization for the year ended June 30, 2017 increased $4,906 , or 5% , to $107,388 as compared to the prior year primarily due to (i) depreciation and amortization of assets related to purchase accounting adjustments associated with the fiscal 2017 Acquisitions and (ii) depreciation and amortization expenses of TAO Group’s property and equipment.
Operating loss - Corporate and Other
Operating loss in Corporate and Other increased $27,130 , or 20% , to $163,180 . The increase was primarily due to higher selling, general and administrative expenses as discussed above.
Loss in equity method investments
Loss in equity method investments for the year ended June 30, 2017 increased by $10,877 , or 57% , to $29,976 as compared to the prior year. The year-over-year increase in loss reflects a pre-tax non-cash impairment charge of $20,613 in the third quarter of fiscal year 2017 to write off the carrying value of the Company’s equity investment in Fuse Media. This increase was partially offset by the non-recurrence of a non-cash impairment charge of $7,270 to write off the carrying value of the Company’s investment in the Broadway production of Finding Neverland during the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2016, as well as improved operating results for certain of the Company’s joint ventures and, to a lesser extent, a distribution in the current year from an equity method investment that was previously written off.
Miscellaneous income (expense)
Miscellaneous income in the current year consists principally of the recovery of certain claims in connection with a third-party bankruptcy proceeding. Miscellaneous expense in the prior year reflects a pre-tax non-cash impairment charge of $4,080 to partially write down the carrying value of one of the Company’s cost method investments (see Note 5 to the consolidated and combined financial statements included in Item 8 of this Annual Report on Form 10-K ).
Income taxes
Income tax benefit for the year ended June 30, 2017 was $4,404 and income tax expense for the year ended June 30, 2016 was $297 .
The effective tax rate for the year ended June 30, 2017 of 5.4% is different when compared to the statutory federal rate of 35% primarily as a result of an increase of $30,697 in recorded federal and state valuation allowances, tax expense of $3,449 related to non-deductible expense, the tax impact of consolidated partnership book income attributable to non-controlling interests of $1,414 , deferred expense of $1,329 based on tax amortization on indefinite lived intangibles that are not available as a source of taxable income to support the realization of deferred tax assets, and expense of $672 recorded due to a state rate change computed as a result of filed state tax returns. This tax expense is offset by a state tax benefit (net of federal effect) of $6,716 , the tax benefit of other comprehensive income gains recorded in continuing operations of $6,477 and other of $354 .
The effective tax rate for the year ended June 30, 2016 of negative 0.4% is different when compared to the statutory federal rate of 35% primarily due to the Company not being able to record a tax benefit related to the deferred tax assets established on the operating losses during that year. Due to a lack of history of achieving operating income from operations, we have provided a full valuation allowance against our deferred tax assets.
Adjusted operating income
The Company evaluates segment performance based on several factors, of which the key financial measure is their operating income (loss) before (i) depreciation, amortization and impairments of property and equipment and intangible assets, (ii) share-based compensation expense or benefit, (iii) restructuring charges or credits, and (iv) gains or losses on sales or dispositions of

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businesses, which is referred to as adjusted operating income (loss), a non-GAAP measure. In addition to excluding the impact of items discussed above, the impact of purchase accounting adjustments related to business acquisitions is also excluded in evaluating the Company’s consolidated adjusted operating income (loss). The Company has presented the components that reconcile operating income (loss) to adjusted operating income (loss).
The following is a reconciliation of operating loss to adjusted operating income:  
 
 
Years Ended June 30,
 
Change
 
 
2017
 
2016
 
Amount
 
Percentage
Operating loss
 
$
(60,356
)
 
$
(58,631
)
 
$
(1,725
)
 
(3
)%
Share-based compensation (a)
 
41,129

 
24,476

 


 
 
Depreciation and amortization (b)
 
107,388

 
102,482

 


 
 
Other purchase accounting adjustments
 
9,466

 

 
 
 
 
Adjusted operating income
 
$
97,627

 
$
68,327

 
$
29,300

 
43
 %
        
(a)  
The increase in share-based compensation as compared to prior year, primarily reflects changes the Company made during fiscal year 2016 to its long-term incentive plans. These changes resulted in a shift in the performance-based component of the Company’s long-term incentive awards from cash to performance-based restricted stock units.
(b)  
Depreciation and amortization includes purchase accounting adjustments of $3,152 for the year ended June 30, 2017 .
Adjusted operating income for the year ended June 30, 2017 increased $29,300 , or 43% , to $97,627 as compared to the prior year. The net increase is attributable to the following:
Increase in adjusted operating income of the MSG Entertainment segment
$
36,551

Increase in adjusted operating income of the MSG Sports segment
11,974

Other net decreases
(19,225
)
 
$
29,300

Other net decreases reflect (i) an increase in employee compensation and related benefits, excluding share-based compensation expense, (ii) higher professional fees and (iii) the Company being subject to New York State and City capital tax for four fiscal quarters in the current year as compared to three fiscal quarters in the prior year.


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Business Segment Results
MSG Entertainment
The table below sets forth, for the periods presented, certain historical financial information and a reconciliation of operating loss to adjusted operating income (loss) for the Company’s MSG Entertainment segment.  
 
 
Years Ended June 30,
 
Change
 
 
2017
 
2016
 
Amount
 
Percentage
Revenues
 
$
506,468

 
$
415,390

 
$
91,078

 
22
%
Direct operating expenses
 
378,325

 
341,637

 
36,688

 
11
%
Selling, general and administrative expenses
 
120,496

 
96,204

 
24,292

 
25
%
Depreciation and amortization
 
11,339

 
9,884

 
1,455

 
15
%
Operating loss
 
$
(3,692
)
 
$
(32,335
)
 
$
28,643

 
89
%
Reconciliation to adjusted operating income (loss):
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Share-based compensation
 
14,323

 
7,870

 
 
 
 
Depreciation and amortization
 
11,339

 
9,884

 
 
 
 
Adjusted operating income (loss)
 
$
21,970

 
$
(14,581
)
 
$
36,551

 
NM

—————
NM — Percentage is not meaningful
Revenues
Revenues for the year ended June 30, 2017 increased $91,078 , or 22% , to $506,468 as compared to the prior year. The net increase is attributable to the following:  
Inclusion of revenues associated with entertainment dining and nightlife offerings
$
34,332

Inclusion of BCE events-related revenues
16,357

Increase in event-related revenues at the Forum
14,044

Increase in revenues from the presentation of the New York Spectacular
7,768

Increase in revenues from the presentation of the Christmas Spectacular
6,778

Increase in event-related revenues at The Garden
5,616

Increase in event-related revenues at Radio City Music Hall, excluding the Christmas Spectacular  and the New York Spectacular
4,017

Increase in venue-related sponsorship and signage and suite rental fee revenues
3,001

Increase in event-related revenues at The Theater at Madison Square Garden
2,572

Decrease in event-related revenues at the Beacon Theatre
(2,926
)
Decrease in event-related revenues at the Wang Theatre

(1,085
)
Other net increases
604

 
$
91,078

The inclusion of revenues associated with entertainment dining and nightlife offerings is the result of the acquisition of TAO Group on January 31, 2017, and primarily reflects revenues generated from food and beverage sales. TAO Group’s operating results are recorded in the Company’s consolidated statements of operations on a three-month lag basis. As a result, TAO Group’s related revenues are for the period from February 1, 2017 to March 26, 2017.
The inclusion of BCE events-related revenues is the result of the acquisition of BCE in July 2016, and principally consists of event-related revenues generated by the Boston Calling Music Festival, which was held in May 2017.
The increase in event-related revenues at the Forum was primarily due to additional events and a change in the mix of events held at the venue during the current year as compared to the prior year.
The increase in revenues from the presentation of the New York Spectacular was primarily due to additional scheduled performances in the current year as compared to the prior year. This was a result of the Company’s decision to shift the timing of the production with the production beginning mid-June 2016 resulting in 56 scheduled performances during fiscal year 2017 versus the prior year production, which began mid-March 2015 with 21 scheduled performances during fiscal year 2016. The

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Company announced in February 2017 that it was suspending the planned 2017 presentation of the New York Spectacular .
The increase in revenues from the presentation of the Christmas Spectacular was primarily due to higher average ticket prices, inclusive of the impact of eliminating high volume buyers, during the current year as compared to the prior year. During the 2016 holiday season more than one million tickets were sold, which represents a low single digit percentage decrease as compared to the 2015 holiday season due to seven fewer scheduled performances.
The increase in event-related revenues at The Garden was due to a change in the mix of events partially offset by fewer events held at the venue during the current year as compared to the prior year.
The increase in event-related revenues at Radio City Music Hall, excluding the Christmas Spectacular and the New York Spectacular , was due to a change in the mix of events and additional events held at the venue during the current year as compared to the prior year.
The increase in venue-related sponsorship and signage and suite rental fee revenues was primarily due to new sponsorship inventory as well as increased sales of existing sponsorship inventory.
The increase in event-related revenues at The Theater at Madison Square Garden was due to additional events partially offset by a change in the mix of events held at the venue during the current year as compared to the prior year.
The decrease in event-related revenues at the Beacon Theatre was due to fewer events held at the venue during the current year as compared to the prior year.
The decrease in event-related revenues at the Wang Theatre was due to a change in the mix of events partially offset by additional events held at the venue during the current year as compared to the prior year.
Direct operating expenses
Direct operating expenses for the year ended June 30, 2017 increased $36,688 , or 11% , to $378,325 as compared to the prior year. The net increase is attributable to the following:  
Inclusion of direct operating expenses associated with entertainment dining and nightlife offerings
$
19,648

Inclusion of BCE events-related direct operating expenses
13,197

Increase in event-related direct operating expenses at the Forum
5,799

Increase in event-related direct operating expenses at Radio City Music Hall, excluding the Christmas Spectacular  and the New York Spectacular
2,940

Increase in event-related direct operating expenses at The Theater at Madison Square Garden
2,534

Increase in event-related direct operating expenses at The Garden
631

Decrease in direct operating expenses associated with the presentation of the Christmas Spectacular
(6,464
)
Decrease in event-related direct operating expenses at the Beacon Theatre
(2,002
)
Decrease in direct operating expenses associated with the New York Spectacular
(443
)
Other net increases
848

 
$
36,688

The inclusion of direct operating expenses associated with entertainment dining and nightlife offerings is the result of the acquisition of TAO Group on January 31, 2017, and primarily reflects costs associated with food and beverage sales, inclusive of labor costs, as well as venue related operating expenses. TAO Group’s operating results are recorded in the Company’s consolidated statements of operations on a three-month lag basis. As a result, TAO Group’s related direct operating expenses are for the period from February 1, 2017 to March 26, 2017.
The inclusion of BCE events-related direct operating expenses is the result of the acquisition of BCE in July 2016, and principally consists of direct operating expenses associated with the Boston Calling Music Festival, which was held in May 2017. In addition, BCE incurred other expenses associated with this festival, which are reported as selling, general and administrative expenses.
The increase in event-related direct operating expenses at the Forum was primarily due to additional events and a change in the mix of events held at the venue during the current year as compared to the prior year.
The increase in event-related direct operating expenses at Radio City Music Hall, excluding the Christmas Spectacular and the New York Spectacular , was due to a change in the mix of events and additional events held at the venue during the current year as compared to the prior year.

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The increase in event-related direct operating expenses at The Theater at Madison Square Garden was due to additional events partially offset by a change in the mix of events held at the venue during the current year as compared to the prior year.
The increase in event-related direct operating expenses at The Garden was due to a change in mix of events offset by fewer events held at the venue during the current year as compared to the prior year.
The decrease in direct operating expenses associated with the presentation of the Christmas Spectacular was primarily driven by lower costs due to operational efficiencies, a decrease in deferred production cost amortization, fewer scheduled performances during the current year as compared to the prior year, as well as a decrease in marketing expenses.
The decrease in event-related direct operating expenses at the Beacon Theatre was primarily due to fewer events and a change in the mix of events held at the venue during the current year as compared to the prior year.
The decrease in direct operating expenses associated with the New York Spectacular was due to lower write-off of the deferred production costs during fiscal year 2017 as compared to the prior year offset by an increase in the direct operating expenses associated with the presentation of the show.
During the third quarter of fiscal year 2016, the Company recorded a $41,816 write-off of deferred production costs associated with the New York Spectacular due to the creative decision to not include, in the summer of 2016 performances, certain scenes from the previous show . Due to recent assessments of the show’s creative direction, timing and scale, the Company wrote off the remaining balance of deferred production costs related to the New York Spectacular in the amount of $33,629 during the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2017.
The increase in direct operating expenses associated with the presentation of the New York Spectacular was primarily due to additional scheduled performances in the current year as compared to the prior year. This was a result of the Company’s decision to shift the timing of the production with the production beginning mid-June 2016 resulting in 56 scheduled performances during fiscal year 2017 versus the prior year production, which began mid-March 2015 with 21 scheduled performances during fiscal year 2016. The Company announced in February 2017 that it was suspending the planned 2017 presentation of the New York Spectacular .
Selling, general and administrative expenses
Selling, general and administrative expenses for the year ended June 30, 2017 increased $24,292 , or 25% , to $120,496 as compared to the prior year mainly due to (i) inclusion of TAO Group selling, general and administrative costs, (ii) an increase in corporate general and administrative costs, (iii) higher professional fees and (iv) an increase in employee compensation and related benefits.
Depreciation and amortization
Depreciation and amortization for the year ended June 30, 2017 increased $1,455 , or 15% , to $11,339 as compared to the prior year primarily due to depreciation and amortization expenses for TAO Group’s property and equipment before the purchase accounting adjustments.
Operating loss
Operating loss improved by $28,643 , or 89% , to a loss of $3,692 as compared to the prior year primarily due to higher revenues, partially offset by increases in direct operating expenses, selling, general and administrative expenses and depreciation and amortization expenses, as discussed above.
Adjusted operating income
Adjusted operating income improved by $36,551 to $21,970 as compared to the prior year primarily due to higher revenues, partially offset by increases in direct operating expenses and selling, general and administrative expenses, as discussed above. The increase in adjusted operating income excludes increases in share-based compensation expense and depreciation and amortization expenses for the year ended June 30, 2017 as compared to the prior year.

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MSG Sports
The table below sets forth, for the periods presented, certain historical financial information and a reconciliation of operating income to adjusted operating income for the Company’s MSG Sports segment.  
 
 
Years Ended June 30,
 
Change
 
 
2017
 
2016
 
Amount
 
Percentage
Revenues
 
$
811,984

 
$
699,062

 
$
112,922

 
16
 %
Direct operating expenses
 
473,590

 
396,220

 
77,370

 
20
 %
Selling, general and administrative expenses
 
209,941

 
182,131

 
27,810

 
15
 %
Depreciation and amortization
 
9,319

 
10,957

 
(1,638
)
 
(15
)%
Operating income
 
$
119,134

 
$
109,754

 
$
9,380

 
9
 %
Reconciliation to adjusted operating income:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Share-based compensation
 
14,548

 
10,316

 
 
 
 
Depreciation and amortization
 
9,319

 
10,957

 
 
 
 
Adjusted operating income
 
$
143,001

 
$
131,027

 
$
11,974

 
9
 %
Revenues
Revenues for the year ended June 30, 2017 increased $112,922 , or 16% , to $811,984 as compared to the prior year. The net increase is attributable to the following:  
Increase in revenues from league distributions
$
66,210

Increase in professional sports teams’ playoff related revenues
20,694

Increase in professional sports teams’ pre/regular season ticket-related revenue
8,399

Increase in professional sports teams’ sponsorship and signage revenues and ad sales commission
6,068

Increase in event-related revenues from other live sporting events
5,552

Increase in local media rights fees from MSG Networks
4,341

Increase in suite rental fee revenue
1,056

Other net increases
602

 
$
112,922

The increase in revenues from league distributions primarily reflects the impact from the NBA’s new national media rights agreements, which began with the 2016-17 NBA regular season and an NHL expansion fee received from the league. The NHL expansion fee of approximately $15,500 is a non-recurring distribution related to the NHL’s addition of a 31 st team to be located in Las Vegas, Nevada. In addition, the Company recorded approximately $15,000 of non-recurring distributions from the NHL and NBA.
The increase in professional sports teams’ playoff related revenues was primarily due to the Rangers playing six home playoff games as the team advanced to the second round of the playoffs in the current year versus playing two home playoff games in the prior year .
The increase in professional sports teams’ pre/regular season ticket-related revenue was primarily due to higher average per-game revenue, which reflects higher average ticket prices and the changes made to ticketing polices, resulting in fewer full season tickets sold and more sales of individual and group tickets, as well as partial season plans.
The increase in professional sports teams’ sponsorship and signage revenues and ad sales commission was primarily due to increased sales of existing sponsorship and signage inventory.
The increase in event-related revenues from other live sporting events was primarily due to a change in the mix of events during the current year as compared to the prior year.
The increase in local media rights fees from MSG Networks was due to contractual rate increases.
The increase in suite rental fee revenue was primarily due to contractual rate increases partially offset by other net decreases.

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Direct operating expenses
Direct operating expenses for the year ended June 30, 2017 increased $77,370 , or 20% , to $473,590 as compared to the prior year. The net increase is attributable to the following:  
Increase in team personnel compensation
$
31,709

Increase in net provisions for NBA and NHL revenue sharing expense (excluding playoffs) and NBA luxury tax
16,699

Increase in net provisions for certain team personnel transactions
14,495

Increase in professional sports teams’ playoff related expenses
9,363

Increase in event-related expenses associated with other live sporting events
1,967

Increase in other team operating expenses
1,269

Increase in venue operating costs
1,107

Other net increases
761

 
$
77,370

The increase in team personnel compensation was primarily due to higher overall player salaries during the current year, mainly a result of the impact of roster changes at the Company’s sports teams. In connection with the NBA’s new national media rights agreements, the NBA’s player salary cap for the 2016-17 regular season increased significantly, as compared to the salary cap for the 2015-16 regular season.
Net provisions for NBA and NHL revenue sharing expense (excluding playoffs) and NBA luxury tax and for certain team personnel transactions were as follows:
 
 
Years Ended June 30,
 
Increase
 
 
2017
 
2016
 
Net provisions for NBA and NHL revenue sharing expense (excluding playoffs) and NBA luxury tax
 
$
59,040

 
$
42,341

 
$
16,699

Net provisions for certain team personnel transactions
 
21,979

 
7,484

 
14,495

The increase in net provisions for NBA and NHL revenue sharing expense (excluding playoffs) and NBA luxury tax reflects higher net provisions for both NBA and NHL revenue sharing expense of $14,657 and lower NBA luxury tax credit of $2,042 . Higher NBA and NHL revenue sharing expense reflects higher estimated NBA and NHL revenue sharing expense for the 2016-17 season and lower estimated net player escrow recoveries. The actual amounts for the 2016-17 season may vary significantly from the recorded provisions based on actual operating results for each league and all teams within each league for the season and other factors. The Knicks were not a luxury tax payer for neither the 2016-17 season or the 2015-16 season. We received an equal share of the portion of luxury tax receipts that were distributed to non-tax paying teams for the 2015-16 season. The luxury tax receipt we expect to receive for the 2016-17 season is lower than the receipt for the 2015-16 season.
Team personnel transactions for the year ended June 30, 2017 reflect provisions recorded for waivers/contract terminations and player trades of $13,979 and $8,000 , respectively. Team personnel transactions for the year ended June 30, 2016 reflect provisions recorded for waivers/contract terminations.
The increase in professional sports teams’ playoff related expenses was primarily due to the Rangers playing six home playoff games as the team advanced to the second round of the playoffs in the current year versus playing two home playoff games in the prior year .
The increase in event-related expenses associated with other live sporting events was primarily due to a change in the mix of events during the current year as compared to the prior year.
The increase in other team operating expenses was primarily due to higher team travel expenses, day-of-event costs and other net team operating expense increases partially offset by a decrease in league assessments.
The increase in venue operating costs was primarily due to higher operating costs at The Garden driven by an increase in labor-related costs slightly offset by decreases in operating costs at other venues.
Selling, general and administrative expenses
Selling, general and administrative expenses for the year ended June 30, 2017 increased $27,810 , or 15% , to $209,941 as compared to the prior year primarily due to higher employee compensation and related benefits, driven by severance-related costs attributable to a separation agreement with a team executive, slightly offset by other net decreases.

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Operating income
Operating income for the year ended June 30, 2017 increased $9,380 , or 9% , to $119,134 as compared to the prior year primarily due to higher revenues partially offset by an increase in direct operating expenses and, to a lesser extent, higher selling, general and administrative expenses, as discussed above.
Adjusted operating income
Adjusted operating income for the year ended June 30, 2017 increased $11,974 , or 9% , to $143,001 , as compared to the prior year primarily due to higher revenues partially offset by an increase in direct operating expenses and, to a lesser extent, higher selling, general and administrative expenses, as discussed above. The increase in adjusted operating income excludes the increase in share-based compensation expense and decrease in depreciation and amortization expenses for the year ended June 30, 2017 as compared to the prior year.

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Comparison of the Year Ended June 30, 2016 versus the Year Ended June 30, 2015
Consolidated and Combined Results of Operations
The table below sets forth, for the periods presented, certain historical financial information.  
 
 
Years Ended June 30,
 
Change
 
 
2016
 
2015
 
Amount
 
Percentage
Revenues
 
$
1,115,311

 
$
1,071,551

 
$
43,760

 
4
 %
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Direct operating expenses
 
737,857

 
724,881

 
12,976

 
2
 %
Selling, general and administrative expenses
 
333,603

 
238,318

 
95,285

 
40
 %
Depreciation and amortization
 
102,482

 
108,758

 
(6,276
)
 
(6
)%
Operating loss
 
(58,631
)
 
(406
)
 
(58,225
)
 
NM

Other income (expense):
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Loss in equity method investments
 
(19,099
)
 
(40,590
)
 
21,491

 
53
 %
Interest income, net
 
4,754

 
558

 
4,196

 
NM

Miscellaneous income (expense)
 
(4,017
)
 
190

 
(4,207
)
 
NM

Loss from operations before income taxes
 
(76,993
)
 
(40,248
)
 
(36,745
)
 
(91
)%
Income tax expense
 
(297
)
 
(436
)
 
139

 
32
 %
Net loss
 
$
(77,290
)
 
$
(40,684
)
 
$
(36,606
)
 
(90
)%
        
NM — Percentage is not meaningful
The following is a summary of changes in segments’ operating results for the year ended June 30, 2016 as compared to the prior year.
Changes attributable to
 
Revenues
 
Direct
operating
expenses
 
Selling,
general and
administrative
expenses
 
Depreciation
and
amortization
 
Operating
income (loss)
MSG Entertainment segment (a)
 
$
1,229

 
$
34,264

 
$
26,989

 
$
(437
)
 
$
(59,587
)
MSG Sports segment (a)
 
42,379

 
(21,288
)
 
37,361

 
(8,132
)
 
34,438

Corporate and Other
 
152

 

 
30,935

 
2,293

 
(33,076
)
 
 
$
43,760

 
$
12,976

 
$
95,285

 
$
(6,276
)
 
$
(58,225
)
        
(a)  
See “Business Segment Results” for a more detailed discussion relating to the operating results of our segments.
Selling, general and administrative expenses
The increase in Corporate and Other reflects (i) higher employee compensation and related benefits, (ii) the New York state franchise tax, a result of new state corporate tax legislation, (iii) an increase in corporate general and administrative costs, and (iv) higher professional fees primarily associated with the Company’s business development initiatives. Higher employee compensation and related benefits reflect approximately $6,900 of reorganization costs which primarily consist of severance and related benefits. The increase in corporate general and administrative costs was primarily a result of the Company operating as a standalone public company in fiscal year 2016 and the absence of certain corporate general and administrative costs in the prior year, based on accounting requirements for the preparation of carve-out financial statements. As such, selling, general and administrative expenses reported in the combined statement of operations for the prior year do not include all of the actual expenses that would have been incurred by the Company and do not reflect its combined results of operations had it been a separate, standalone public company during the prior year.
Depreciation and amortization
Depreciation and amortization for the year ended June 30, 2016 decreased $6,276 , or 6% , to $102,482 as compared to the prior year primarily due to the absence of the accelerated depreciation associated with the Company’s professional sports teams’ plane,

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which was sold during the quarter ended June 30, 2015 as the Company’s teams transitioned to a new travel program partially offset by higher depreciation expense on property and equipment placed into service during the year ended June 30, 2016.
Operating loss - Corporate and Other
Operating loss in Corporate and Other increased $33,076, or 32%, to $136,050 . The increase was primarily due higher selling, general and administrative expenses in Corporate and Other as discussed above.
Loss in equity method investments
Loss in equity method investments for the year ended June 30, 2016 improved by $21,491 , or 53% , to a loss of $19,099 as compared to the prior year. On May 5, 2016, one of the Company’s equity method nonconsolidated affiliates announced that it would close its Broadway production of Finding Neverland on August 21, 2016. As a result, the Company recorded a non-cash impairment charge of $7,270 to write off the carrying value of the Company’s investment in the show during the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2016. During the second quarter of fiscal year 2015, the Company recorded a pre-tax, non-cash impairment charge of $23,600 to write off the carrying value of the Company’s equity investment in BBLV.
Miscellaneous income (expense)
Miscellaneous expense in fiscal year 2016 reflects a pre-tax, non-cash impairment charge of $4,080 to partially write down the carrying value of one of the Company’s several cost method investments (see Note 5 to the consolidated and combined financial statements included in Item 8 of this Annual Report on Form 10-K).
Income taxes
Income tax expense for the year ended June 30, 2016 was $297 and income tax expense for the year ended June 30, 2015 was $436 .
The effective tax rate for the year ended June 30, 2016 of negative 0.4% is different when compared to the statutory federal rate of 35% primarily due to the Company not being able to record a tax benefit related to the deferred tax assets established on the operating losses incurred in fiscal year 2016 . Due to a lack of history of achieving operating income from operations, we provided a full valuation allowance against our deferred tax assets.
The $297 of income tax expense related to an increase in the deferred tax liability generated by the amortization of indefinite-lived intangible assets. Due to the indefinite nature of these assets, the deferred tax liability they generate could not serve as a source of taxable income to support the realization of deferred tax assets.
The effective tax rate for the year ended June 30, 2015 of negative 1.1% is different when compared to the statutory federal rate of 35% primarily due to the Company not being able to record a tax benefit related to the deferred tax assets established on the operating losses during that year. Due to a lack of history of achieving operating income from operations, we provided a full valuation allowance against our deferred tax assets. The income tax expense related to an increase in the deferred tax liability on the amortization of indefinite-lived assets that could not be offset by deferred tax assets since its reversal was considered indefinite in nature.
Adjusted operating income
The following is a reconciliation of operating loss to adjusted operating income:
 
 
Years Ended June 30,
 
Change
 
 
2016
 
2015
 
Amount
 
Percentage
Operating loss
 
$
(58,631
)
 
$
(406
)
 
$
(58,225
)
 
NM

Share-based compensation (a)
 
24,476

 
10,306

 


 
 
Depreciation and amortization
 
102,482

 
108,758

 


 
 
Adjusted operating income
 
$
68,327

 
$
118,658

 
$
(50,331
)
 
(42
)%
        
NM — Percentage is not meaningful
(a)  
The increase in share-based compensation as compared to prior year, primarily reflects changes the Company made during fiscal year 2016 to its long-term incentive plans. These changes resulted in a shift in the performance-based component of the Company’s long-term incentive awards from cash to performance-based restricted stock units.

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Adjusted operating income for the year ended June 30, 2016 decreased $50,331 , or 42% , to $68,327 as compared to the prior year. The net decrease is attributable to the following:  
Decrease in adjusted operating income of the MSG Entertainment segment
$
(55,770
)
Increase in adjusted operating income of the MSG Sports segment
33,021

Other net decreases
(27,582
)
 
$
(50,331
)
Other net decreases reflect (i) higher employee compensation and related benefits costs in fiscal year 2016 , (ii) the New York state franchise tax, a result of new state corporate tax legislation, (iii) an increase in corporate general and administrative costs, and (iv) higher professional fees primarily associated with the Company’s business development initiatives. Higher employee compensation and related benefits reflect approximately $6,900 of reorganization costs which primarily consist of severance and related benefits. The increase in corporate general and administrative costs was primarily a result of the Company operating as a standalone public company in fiscal year 2016 and the absence of certain costs in the prior year, based on accounting requirements for the preparation of carve-out financial statements. As such, certain costs reported in the combined statement of operations for the prior year do not include all of the actual expenses that would have been incurred by the Company and do not reflect its combined results of operations had it been a separate, standalone public company during the prior year.

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Business Segment Results
MSG Entertainment
The table below sets forth, for the periods presented, certain historical financial information and a reconciliation of operating income (loss) to adjusted operating income (loss) for the Company’s MSG Entertainment segment.  
 
 
Years Ended June 30,
 
Change
 
 
2016
 
2015
 
Amount
 
Percentage
Revenues
 
$
415,390

 
$
414,161

 
$
1,229

 
NM

Direct operating expenses
 
341,637

 
307,373

 
34,264

 
11
 %
Selling, general and administrative expenses
 
96,204

 
69,215

 
26,989

 
39
 %
Depreciation and amortization
 
9,884

 
10,321

 
(437
)
 
(4
)%
Operating income (loss)
 
$
(32,335
)
 
$
27,252

 
$
(59,587
)
 
NM

Reconciliation to adjusted operating income (loss):
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Share-based compensation
 
7,870

 
3,616

 
 
 
 
Depreciation and amortization
 
9,884

 
10,321

 
 
 
 
Adjusted operating income (loss)
 
$
(14,581
)
 
$
41,189

 
$
(55,770
)
 
NM

        
NM — Percentage is not meaningful
Revenues
Revenues for the year ended June 30, 2016 increased $1,229 , less than 1%, to $415,390 as compared to the prior year. The net increase is attributable to the following:  
Increase in event-related revenues at The Garden
$
20,707

Increase in venue-related sponsorship and signage and suite rental fee revenues
6,052

Increase in event-related revenues at the Beacon Theatre
4,823

Net increase in event-related revenues at the other venues not discussed above
5,905

Decrease in revenues from the presentation of New York Spectacular
(22,589
)
Decrease in revenues from the presentation of the Christmas Spectacular franchise
(12,955
)