New York Knicks, Rangers owner James Dolan tests positive for coronavirus

Ross Houston
March 30, 2020

Knicks owner James Dolan has tested positive for COVID-19, according to a tweet from the team.

The Rangers have not made an announcement of their own on Dolan's condition, continuing a trend across the National Hockey League of refraining from public comment on Coronavirus diagnoses.

One of his recent decisions was in fact to set up the "MSG Relief Fund" to financially assist employees at this time, per The New York Post's Larry Brooks.

Dolan lives in NY - the United States hotbed for the pandemic - with over 53,000 identified cases. About 7,300 people were in NY hospitals Saturday, including about 1,800 in intensive care.

For most people, the novel coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, which can include fever and cough but also milder cases of pneumonia, sometimes requiring hospitalization. The risk of death is greater for older adults and people with other health problems. NY supporters are some of the most ruthless fans in all of sports, but even this is beyond them.

Dolan owns both the Knicks and New York Rangers and is the Executive Chairman and CEO of the Madison Square Garden Company.

The Knicks were 21-45 when the National Basketball Association suspended its regular season after Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive on March 11.

Gobert, Mitchell and Wood have all since recovered.

Dolan, 64, has been a controversial figure in NY as the Knicks have fallen on hard times under his ownership.

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