Madison Square Garden executive chairman and chief executive officer James Dolan has tested positive for the coronavirus, joining 10 NBA players and a number of staffers from other teams who have been disclosed to have the fast-spreading virus.
The Knicks announced the news late Saturday night in a tweet, noting: “He has been in self-isolation and is experiencing little to no symptoms. He continues to oversee business operations.”
The team would not comment beyond issuing the statement. One source said that although Dolan was doing well, he had shown some symptoms, which prompted the test.
Dolan, 64, is the first owner of a major sports team in the United States revealed to have tested positive for the virus.
Dolan was not with the team when the Knicks played in Atlanta on March 11, but he was on hand for their home games leading up to the trip, including the final game at the Garden against the Pistons on March 8. Detroit’s Christian Wood later became the third NBA player to test positive.
After learning that the Jazz’s Rudy Gobert had become the first NBA player to test positive, the league postponed two later games on March 11 and then suspended the season.
No Knicks player has been reported to have tested positive for the virus. The Nets tested all players at a private facility and four players were revealed to have tested positive, including Kevin Durant.
COVID-19 has spread wildly and New York state has been the U.S. epicenter with more than 52,000 positive tests reported. There was speculation that New York City (with more than 30,000 cases) would be quarantined before it was announced Saturday night that it would not be closed off.
The CDC did issue a formal advisory Saturday urging residents of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut to “refrain from nonessential domestic travel for 14 days effective immediately.”