Knicks Owner James Dolan Tests Positive for COVID-19

John Healy
March 29, 2020 - 8:57 am

Knicks owner James Dolan tested positive for COVID-19, the team announced on Saturday.

Dolan, who also owns the NHL’s New York Rangers, is the first major sports owner in the U.S. to have a confirmed positive test for the virus.

According to a statement from the Knicks, the 64-year-old is experiencing “little to no symptoms.”

“The Madison Square Garden Company Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Jim Dolan has tested positive for coronavirus,” the Knicks’ statement said. “He has been in self-isolation and is experiencing little to no symptoms. He continues to oversee business operations.”

It is uncertain how Dolan contracted the virus and when, but New York has been the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak in the U.S., with more than 52,000 cases in the state, while 10 NBA players, including four players on the Brooklyn Nets, tested positive — the most confirmed positive cases among players in any of the four major sports.

The NBA was the first sports league in the U.S. to suspend its season due to the coronavirus outbreak after Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive more than two weeks ago.

Dolan has continued to make headlines since the NBA season was shut down on March 11.

Dolan and the MSG Company recently sold the Forum in Inglewood, Calif. for $400 million to Los Angeles Clippers owner Steve Ballmer. Last week, the Knicks owner was also ordered by a federal appeals court to attend a mediation between himself and retired Knicks player Charles Oakley in an effort to settle their legal dispute.

The mediation is scheduled for March 31, and both parties must appear by telephone, so Dolan’s positive diagnosis should not result in rescheduling.

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