Steve Mills will leave Madison Square Garden in June after ten years with the company, it was announced today. Mr. Mills will partner with Earvin “Magic” Johnson to explore new business ventures, while also collaborating on a course at Princeton University.
“I have had an extraordinary time at Madison Square Garden,” said Mr. Mills. “I had the privilege of working with some of the most prestigious brands in sports, alongside a talented, dedicated staff, while supported by strong and loyal management. I am looking forward to entering the next chapter of my working life, with a wonderful opportunity at my alma mater, Princeton, as well as with a man I deeply admire as a friend and businessman, Earvin Johnson. I want to thank everyone at the Garden for their support and friendship over the years, and wish them continued success.”
At Princeton, Mr. Mills will utilize his 25 years of sports management experience to collaborate on a course with Professor Harold A. Feiverson titled, “Dilemmas in Athletics,” starting next fall. The course will explore selected ethical, educational and economic dilemmas in athletics. He will begin consulting with Earvin Johnson upon his departure from Madison Square Garden in June.
“I have known Steve Mills throughout almost my entire career and am excited that we will work together to explore business opportunities,” said Earvin Johnson, chairman and chief executive officer, Magic Johnson Enterprises. “Steve has an exceptional business mind and is also one of the best people I know. His unique expertise and experience in sports, as well as corporate and urban initiatives, will bring great value to our company.”
“Steve is a very talented executive, who is also a man of great integrity. He made significant contributions to Madison Square Garden over a long period of time. We wish Steve nothing but success in the future, and thank him for his years of leadership and commitment to Madison Square Garden,” said James L. Dolan, chairman, Madison Square Garden.
“It has been a privilege to work so closely with Steve, and I want to thank him for his loyalty to the New York Rangers, his many contributions to our business and for his extraordinary friendship. Steve is a rare individual who combines talent and intelligence, with character and kindness -- we will miss him and wish him the very best,” said Glen Sather, president and general manager, New York Rangers.
Mills joined Madison Square Garden in 1999, following 16 years at the National Basketball Association. He held several positions over his decade at the Garden, including most recently as president and chief operating officer, MSG Sports (2003-2009). Mr. Mills also served as executive vice president, franchise operations for the New York Knickerbockers (1999-2001) and president, sports team operations for Madison Square Garden (2001-2003).