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UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
____________________
FORM 10-Q
________________________
(Mark One)
 QUARTERLY REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
For the quarterly period ended September 30, 2021
OR
 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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MADISON SQUARE GARDEN SPORTS CORP.
(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,NY10121
(Address of principal executive offices) (Zip Code)

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (212) 465-1111

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
Title of each classTrading Symbol(s)Name of each exchange on which registered
Class A Common StockMSGSNew York Stock Exchange

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 was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days. Yes ☐ No
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically every Interactive Data File required to be submitted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit such files). Yes ☐ No
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, a smaller reporting company, or an emerging growth company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer,” “smaller reporting company,” and “emerging growth company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.
Large accelerated filerAccelerated filer
Non-accelerated filerSmaller reporting company
Emerging growth company
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. ☐
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act). Yes No
Number of shares of common stock outstanding as of October 29, 2021:
Class A Common Stock par value $0.01 per share —19,688,624 
Class B Common Stock par value $0.01 per share —4,529,517 




MADISON SQUARE GARDEN SPORTS CORP.
INDEX TO FORM 10-Q
 
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PART I – FINANCIAL INFORMATION
Item 1. Financial Statements
MADISON SQUARE GARDEN SPORTS CORP.
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(in thousands, except per share data)

September 30,
2021
June 30,
2021
(Unaudited) 
ASSETS
Current Assets:
Cash and cash equivalents$33,610 $64,902 
Restricted cash6,668 7,134 
Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $0 and $0 as of September 30, 2021 and June 30, 2021, respectively
54,872 74,197 
Net related party receivables9,545 6,420 
Prepaid expenses48,528 16,724 
Other current assets12,728 15,869 
Total current assets165,951 185,246 
Property and equipment, net of accumulated depreciation and amortization of $43,834 and $42,673 as of September 30, 2021 and June 30, 2021, respectively
34,734 35,716 
Right-of-use lease assets702,605 703,521 
Amortizable intangible assets, net1,430 1,695 
Indefinite-lived intangible assets112,144 112,144 
Goodwill226,955 226,955 
Deferred income tax assets, net37,101 15,943 
Other assets47,016 28,719 
Total assets$1,327,936 $1,309,939 
See accompanying notes to consolidated financial statements.
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MADISON SQUARE GARDEN SPORTS CORP.
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (Continued)
(in thousands, except per share data)




September 30,
2021
June 30,
2021
(Unaudited) 
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY
Current Liabilities:
Accounts payable$1,692 $2,226 
Net related party payables32,876 17,089 
Debt30,000 30,000 
Accrued liabilities:
Employee related costs55,033 90,269 
Other accrued liabilities48,022 55,718 
Operating lease liabilities, current42,425 41,951 
Deferred revenue219,725 131,025 
Total current liabilities429,773 368,278 
Long-term debt355,000 355,000 
Operating lease liabilities, noncurrent681,007 691,152 
Defined benefit obligations6,251 6,283 
Other employee related costs54,842 57,740 
Deferred revenue, noncurrent31,497 31,603 
Other liabilities1,750 1,749 
Total liabilities1,560,120 1,511,805 
Commitments and contingencies (see Note 10)
Madison Square Garden Sports Corp. Stockholders’ Equity:
Class A Common stock, par value $0.01, 120,000 shares authorized; 19,689 and 19,587 shares outstanding as of September 30, 2021 and June 30, 2021, respectively
204 204 
Class B Common stock, par value $0.01, 30,000 shares authorized; 4,530 shares outstanding as of September 30, 2021 and June 30, 2021
45 45 
Preferred stock, par value $0.01, 15,000 shares authorized; none outstanding as of September 30, 2021 and June 30, 2021
  
Additional paid-in capital 23,102 
Treasury stock, at cost, 759 and 861 shares as of September 30, 2021 and June 30, 2021, respectively
(129,426)(146,734)
Accumulated deficit(103,235)(78,898)
Accumulated other comprehensive loss(2,005)(2,027)
Total Madison Square Garden Sports Corp. stockholders’ equity(234,417)(204,308)
Nonredeemable noncontrolling interests2,233 2,442 
Total equity(232,184)(201,866)
Total liabilities and equity$1,327,936 $1,309,939 

See accompanying notes to consolidated financial statements.
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MADISON SQUARE GARDEN SPORTS CORP.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(Unaudited)
(in thousands, except per share data)
 Three Months Ended
September 30,
20212020
Revenues (a)
$18,794 $57,038 
Operating expenses:
Direct operating expenses (b)
8,578 39,786 
Selling, general and administrative expenses (c)
43,728 42,996 
Depreciation and amortization1,426 1,660 
Operating loss(34,938)(27,404)
Other income (expense):
Interest income50  
Interest expense(3,103)(1,989)
Miscellaneous expense, net(63)(120)
(3,116)(2,109)
Loss from operations before income taxes(38,054)(29,513)
Income tax benefit21,169 498 
Net loss(16,885)(29,015)
Less: Net loss attributable to nonredeemable noncontrolling interests(480)(598)
Net loss attributable to Madison Square Garden Sports Corp.’s stockholders$(16,405)$(28,417)
Basic loss per common share attributable to Madison Square Garden Sports Corp.’s stockholders$(0.68)$(1.18)
Diluted loss per common share attributable to Madison Square Garden Sports Corp.’s stockholders$(0.68)$(1.18)
Weighted-average number of common shares outstanding:
Basic24,172 24,062 
Diluted24,172 24,062 
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(a)Includes revenues from related parties of $7,247 and $9,061 for the three months ended September 30, 2021 and 2020, respectively.
(b)Includes net charges from related parties of $2,158 and $614 for the three months ended September 30, 2021 and 2020, respectively.
(c)Includes net charges from related parties of $12,247 and $13,747 for the three months ended September 30, 2021 and 2020, respectively.
See accompanying notes to consolidated financial statements.
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MADISON SQUARE GARDEN SPORTS CORP.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (LOSS)
(Unaudited)
(in thousands)
Three Months Ended
September 30,
20212020
Net loss$(16,885)$(29,015)
Other comprehensive income, before income taxes:
Pension plans:
Amounts reclassified from accumulated other comprehensive loss:
Amortization of actuarial loss included in net periodic benefit cost
33 10 
Other comprehensive income, before income taxes33 10 
Income tax expense related to items of other comprehensive income(11) 
Other comprehensive income, net of income taxes22 10 
Comprehensive loss(16,863)(29,005)
Less: Comprehensive loss attributable to nonredeemable noncontrolling interests(480)(598)
Comprehensive loss attributable to Madison Square Garden Sports Corp.’s stockholders$(16,383)$(28,407)

See accompanying notes to consolidated financial statements.
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MADISON SQUARE GARDEN SPORTS CORP.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(Unaudited)
(in thousands)

Three Months Ended
September 30,
20212020
Cash flows from operating activities:
Net loss$(16,885)$(29,015)
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities:
Depreciation and amortization1,426 1,660 
Benefits from deferred income taxes(21,169)(498)
Share-based compensation expense4,851 6,345 
Recovery of doubtful accounts (175)
Other non-cash adjustments437 127 
Change in assets and liabilities:
Accounts receivable, net19,325 (7,887)
Net related party receivables(3,125)(8,769)
Prepaid expenses and other assets(47,275)(32,679)
Accounts payable(534)(998)
Net related party payables9,623 14,000 
Accrued and other liabilities(45,826)(11,668)
Deferred revenue88,597 11,663 
Operating lease right-of-use assets and lease liabilities(8,755)409 
Net cash used in operating activities(19,310)(57,485)
Cash flows from investing activities:
Capital expenditures(181)(80)
Other investing activities(125) 
Net cash used in investing activities(306)(80)
Cash flows from financing activities:
Taxes paid in lieu of shares issued for equity-based compensation(12,142)(6,702)
Payment of contingent consideration (200)
Net cash used in financing activities(12,142)(6,902)
Net decrease in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash(31,758)(64,467)
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at beginning of period72,036 90,673 
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at end of period$40,278 $26,206 
Non-cash investing and financing activities:
Capital expenditures incurred but not yet paid$41 $ 

See accompanying notes to consolidated financial statements.

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CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF EQUITY
(Unaudited)
(in thousands) 
Three Months Ended September 30, 2021
Common
Stock
Issued
Additional
Paid-In
Capital
Treasury
Stock
Accumulated DeficitAccumulated
Other
Comprehensive
Loss
Total Madison Square Garden Sports Corp. Stockholders Equity
Non -
redeemable
Noncontrolling
Interests
Total Equity
Balance as of June 30, 2021$249 $23,102 $(146,734)$(78,898)$(2,027)$(204,308)$2,442 $(201,866)
Net loss— — — (16,405)— (16,405)(480)(16,885)
Other comprehensive income— — — — 22 22 — 22 
Comprehensive loss— — — — — (16,383)(480)(16,863)
Share-based compensation
— 4,851 — — — 4,851 — 4,851 
Tax withholding associated with shares issued for equity-based compensation
— (18,306)— — — (18,306)— (18,306)
Common stock issued under stock incentive plans
— (9,376)17,308 (7,932)—  —  
Adjustments to noncontrolling interests— (271)— — — (271)271  
Balance as of September 30, 2021$249 $ $(129,426)$(103,235)$(2,005)$(234,417)$2,233 $(232,184)
See accompanying notes to consolidated financial statements.
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CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF EQUITY (Continued)
(Unaudited)
(in thousands)
Three Months Ended September 30, 2020
Common Stock IssuedAdditional
Paid-In
Capital
Treasury
Stock
Accumulated DeficitAccumulated
Other
Comprehensive Loss
Total Madison Square Garden Sports Corp. Stockholders Equity
Non -
redeemable
Noncontrolling
Interests
Total Equity
Balance as of June 30, 2020$249 $5,940 $(167,431)$(43,605)$(2,139)$(206,986)$3,551 $(203,435)
Net loss— — — (28,417)— (28,417)(598)(29,015)
Other comprehensive income— — — — 10 10 — 10 
Comprehensive loss— — — — — (28,407)(598)(29,005)
Share-based compensation
— 6,345 — — — 6,345 — 6,345 
Tax withholding associated with shares issued for equity-based compensation
— (10,930)— (2,868)— (13,798)— (13,798)
Common stock issued under stock incentive plans
— (1,355)19,826 (18,471)—  —  
Balance as of September 30, 2020$249 $ $(147,605)$(93,361)$(2,129)$(242,846)$2,953 $(239,893)
See accompanying notes to consolidated financial statements.

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (UNAUDITED)
All amounts included in the following Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements are presented in thousands, except per share data or as otherwise noted.
Note 1. Description of Business and Basis of Presentation
Description of Business
Madison Square Garden Sports Corp. (together with its subsidiaries (collectively, “we,” “us,” “our,” “MSG Sports,” or the “Company”) owns and operates a portfolio of assets featuring some of the most recognized teams in all of sports, including the New York Knickerbockers (“Knicks”) of the National Basketball Association (“NBA”) and the New York Rangers (“Rangers”) of the National Hockey League (“NHL”). Both the Knicks and the Rangers play their home games in Madison Square Garden Arena (“The Garden”). The Company’s other professional sports franchises include two development league teams — the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (“AHL”) and the Westchester Knicks of the NBA G League (“NBAGL”). These professional sports franchises are collectively referred to herein as the “sports teams.” In addition, the Company owns Knicks Gaming, an esports franchise that competes in the NBA 2K League, as well as a controlling interest in Counter Logic Gaming (“CLG”), a North American esports organization. The Company also operates two professional sports team performance centers — the Madison Square Garden Training Center in Greenburgh, NY and the CLG Performance Center in Los Angeles, CA. CLG and Knicks Gaming are collectively referred to herein as the “esports teams,” and together with the sports teams, the “teams.”
The Company operates and reports financial information in one segment. The Company’s decision to organize as one operating segment and report in one segment is based upon its internal organizational structure; the manner in which its operations are managed; the criteria used by the Company’s Executive Chairman, its Chief Operating Decision Maker (“CODM”), to evaluate segment performance. The Company’s CODM reviews total company operating results to assess overall performance and allocate resources.
The Company was incorporated on March 4, 2015 as an indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary of MSG Networks Inc. (“MSG Networks”). All the outstanding common stock of the Company was distributed to MSG Networks shareholders (the “MSGS Distribution”) on September 30, 2015.
On April 17, 2020 (the “MSGE Distribution Date”), the Company distributed all of the outstanding common stock of Madison Square Garden Entertainment Corp. (formerly MSG Entertainment Spinco, Inc. and referred to herein as “MSG Entertainment”) to its stockholders (the “MSGE Distribution”). MSG Entertainment owns, directly or indirectly, the entertainment business previously owned and operated by the Company through its MSG Entertainment business segment and the sports booking business previously owned and operated by the Company through its MSG Sports business segment. In the MSGE Distribution, (a) each holder of the Company’s Class A common stock received one share of MSG Entertainment Class A common stock, par value $0.01 per share, for every share of the Company’s Class A common stock held of record as of the close of business, New York City time, on April 13, 2020 (the “Record Date”), and (b) each holder of the Company’s Class B common stock received one share of MSG Entertainment Class B common stock, par value $0.01 per share, for every share of the Registrant’s Class B common stock held of record as of the close of business, New York City time, on the Record Date.
Basis of Presentation
The accompanying unaudited consolidated interim financial statements (referred to as the “Financial Statements” herein) have been prepared in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP“) and Article 10 of Regulation S-X of the SEC for interim financial information, and should be read in conjunction with the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended June 30, 2021 (“fiscal year 2021”). The Financial Statements presented in this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q are unaudited; however, in the opinion of management, the Financial Statements reflect all adjustments, consisting solely of normal recurring adjustments, necessary for a fair presentation of the results for the interim periods presented. The results of operations for the periods presented are not necessarily indicative of the results that might be expected for future interim periods or for the full year. The dependence of MSG Sports on revenues from its NBA and NHL sports teams generally means it earns a disproportionate share of its revenues in the second and third quarters of the Company’s fiscal year. However, on March 11 and 12, 2020, the NBA and NHL, respectively, suspended their 2019-20 seasons due to COVID-19. In July and August 2020, the NBA and NHL, respectively, resumed their seasons. As a result, the Company recognized certain revenues that otherwise would have been recognized during the third and fourth quarter of fiscal year 2020 during the first quarter of fiscal year 2021.
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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (UNAUDITED)
(Continued)

Impact of COVID-19
COVID-19 disruptions have materially impacted the Company’s revenues and the Company recognized materially less revenues, or in some cases no revenues, across a number of areas during the fiscal year ended June 30, 2021.
In March 2020, the NBA and NHL suspended their 2019-20 seasons due to COVID-19. As a result of the suspension of the 2019-20 NBA and NHL seasons and subsequent resumption of play in July and August 2020, respectively, during the first quarter of fiscal year 2021, the Company recognized certain revenues that otherwise would have been recognized during the third and fourth quarters of fiscal year 2020.
In addition, the start of the 2020-21 NBA and NHL regular seasons were delayed and the Knicks and the Rangers played fewer games, with the NBA playing a 72-game regular season schedule and the NHL playing a 56-game regular season schedule. These compare to traditional 82-game regular season schedules for both the NBA and NHL.
In connection with the MSGE Distribution, we entered into the Arena License Agreements with MSG Entertainment. The Garden was not available for use between April 17, 2020 (the date of the MSGE Distribution) and the start of the NBA and NHL 2020-21 seasons in December 2020 and January 2021, respectively, due to the government-mandated suspension of events in response to COVID-19, and was available at reduced capacity through May 2021. As a result, the Company was not required to pay license fees to MSG Entertainment under the Arena License Agreements until games resumed at The Garden, and the Company continued to pay substantially reduced fees while attendance was limited. Effective July 1, 2021, the Company began paying license fees to MSG Entertainment under the Arena License Agreements in their full contractual amounts.
These disruptions materially impacted the Company’s revenues across a number of areas, including, ticket sales; the Company’s share of suite licenses; sponsorships; signage and in-venue advertising at The Garden; and food, beverage and merchandise sales.
During the fiscal year 2021, as a result of COVID-19, the Company implemented cost-reduction measures that included workforce reductions and limits on discretionary spending. In addition, as a result of the disruptions caused by COVID-19, certain operating expenses were reduced, including, in addition to the reduced payments to MSG Entertainment under the Arena License Agreements described above, (i) NBA league assessments and day-of-game expenses for Knicks and Rangers games, and (ii) league revenue sharing, net of escrow and team personnel expense. These expense reductions did not fully offset revenue losses.
As a result of New York City regulations effective August 17, 2021, indoor entertainment venues such as The Garden are now permitted to host guests at full capacity, subject to certain restrictions, including that, all guests 12 years of age and older and employees (other than players who are not residents of New York City and who do not play for a New York City-based team) must show proof that they have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Guests are also required to wear masks unless they show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination (i.e., at least 14 days have passed after their final vaccine dose). Children under age 12 can attend events with a vaccinated adult, but ages 2 to 11 need to wear a mask while inside our venues.
At this time, the Company’s management is unable to predict if there will be any longer-term effects due to these COVID-19 related disruptions. Fan attendance for the 2021-22 NBA and NHL seasons could be impacted by a resurgence in the COVID-19 pandemic such as the Delta variant, governmental and league restrictions on attendance of games at The Garden, reduced tourism, as well as general hesitancy among the public to return to pre-COVID-19 activity levels. The Company’s business is also particularly sensitive to discretionary business and consumer spending. COVID-19 could impede economic activity in impacted regions or globally over the long-term, causing a global recession and leading to a further decline in discretionary spending on sporting events and other leisure activities, including declines in domestic and international tourism, which could result in long-term effects on the Company’s business.

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (UNAUDITED)
(Continued)

Note 2. Accounting Policies
Principles of Consolidation
The consolidated financial statements of the Company include the accounts of Madison Square Garden Sports Corp. and its subsidiaries. All significant intercompany transactions and balances have been eliminated in consolidation. In addition, the consolidated financial statements of the Company include the accounts from CLG, in which the Company has a controlling voting interest. The Company’s consolidation criteria are based on authoritative accounting guidance for voting interest, controlling interest or variable interest entities. CLG is consolidated with the equity owned by other shareholders shown as nonredeemable noncontrolling interests in the accompanying consolidated balance sheets, and the other shareholders’ portion of net earnings (loss) and other comprehensive income (loss) shown as net income (loss) or comprehensive income (loss) attributable to nonredeemable noncontrolling interests in the accompanying consolidated statements of operations and consolidated statements of comprehensive income (loss), respectively.
Use of Estimates
The preparation of the accompanying Financial Statements in conformity with GAAP requires management to make estimates and assumptions about future events. These estimates and the underlying assumptions affect the amounts of assets and liabilities reported, disclosures about contingent assets and liabilities, and reported amounts of revenues and expenses. Such estimates include the valuation of accounts receivable, goodwill, intangible assets, other long-lived assets, deferred tax valuation allowance, and other liabilities. In addition, estimates are used in revenue recognition, revenue sharing expense (net of escrow), luxury tax expense, income tax expense, performance and share-based compensation, depreciation and amortization, litigation matters and other matters, as well as in the valuation of contingent consideration and noncontrolling interests resulting from business combination transactions. Management believes its use of estimates in the Financial Statements to be reasonable.
Management evaluates its estimates on an ongoing basis using historical experience and other factors, including the general economic environment and actions it may take in the future. The Company adjusts such estimates when facts and circumstances dictate. However, these estimates may involve significant uncertainties and judgments and cannot be determined with precision. In addition, these estimates are based on management’s best judgment at a point in time and, as such, these estimates may ultimately differ from actual results. Changes in estimates resulting from weakness in the economic environment or other factors beyond the Company’s control could be material and would be reflected in the Company’s financial statements in future periods.
Recently Issued Accounting Pronouncements
Recently Adopted Accounting Pronouncements
In December 2019, the Financial Accounting Standards Board issued Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) No. 2019-12, Income Taxes (Topic 740): Simplifying the Accounting for Income Taxes. This ASU eliminates certain exceptions to the general approach in Accounting Standards Codification (“ASC”) Topic 740 and includes methods of simplification to the existing guidance. The Company adopted this standard as of the beginning of fiscal year 2022, and the adoption did not have a material impact on its consolidated financial statements.
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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (UNAUDITED)
(Continued)

Note 3. Revenue Recognition
Contracts with Customers
All revenue recognized in the consolidated statements of operations is considered to be revenue from contracts with customers. For the three months ended September 30, 2021 and 2020, the Company did not have any material impairment losses on receivables or contract assets arising from contracts with customers.
Disaggregation of Revenue
The following table disaggregates the Company’s revenues by type of goods or services in accordance with the required entity-wide disclosure requirements set forth in ASC Subtopic 280-10-50-38 to 40 and the disaggregation of revenue required disclosures in accordance with ASC Subtopic 606-10-50-5 for the three months ended September 30, 2021 and 2020:
Three Months Ended
September 30,
20212020
Event-related (a)
$3,870 $ 
Media rights (b)
6,586 50,189 
Sponsorship, signage and suite licenses3,170 2,950 
League distributions and other5,168 3,899 
Total revenues from contracts with customers$18,794 $57,038 
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(a)Consists of (i) ticket sales and other ticket-related revenues, and (ii) food, beverage and merchandise sales.
(b)Consists of (i) local media rights fees, (ii) revenue from the distribution through league-wide national and international television contracts, and (iii) other local radio rights fees.


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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (UNAUDITED)
(Continued)

The timing of revenue recognition, billings and cash collections results in billed receivables, contract assets and contract liabilities on the consolidated balance sheet. The following table provides information about contract balances from the Company’s contracts with customers as of September 30, 2021 and June 30, 2021.
September 30,June 30,
20212021
Receivables from contracts with customers, net (a)
$19,673 $30,834 
Contract assets, current (b)
5,825 9,604 
Deferred revenue, including non-current portion (c), (d)
251,222 162,628 
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(a)Receivables from contracts with customers, net, which are reported in Accounts receivable, net and Net related party receivables in the Company’s accompanying consolidated balance sheets, represent the Company’s unconditional rights to consideration under its contracts with customers. As of September 30, 2021 and June 30, 2021, the Company’s receivables reported above included $97 and $213, respectively, related to various related parties associated with contracts with customers. See Note 15 for further details on related party arrangements. Receivables from contracts with customers, net, excludes amounts recorded in Accounts receivable, net, associated with amounts due from the NBA and NHL related to escrow and player compensation recoveries and luxury tax payments. As of September 30, 2021, the Company had receivable balances related to escrow and player compensation recoveries of $32,013 and $10,700, recorded in Accounts receivable, net and Other assets, respectively. As of June 30, 2021, the Company had receivable balances related to escrow and player compensation recoveries of $36,525 and $10,700, recorded in Accounts receivable, net and Other assets, respectively.
(b)Contract assets, current, which are reported as Other current assets in the Company’s accompanying consolidated balance sheets, primarily relate to the Company’s rights to consideration for goods or services transferred to the customer, for which the Company does not have an unconditional right to bill as of the reporting date. Contract assets are transferred to accounts receivable once the Company’s right to consideration becomes unconditional.
(c)Deferred revenue, including non-current portion primarily relates to the Company’s receipt of consideration from customers or billing customers in advance of the Company’s transfer of goods or services to those customers. Deferred revenue is reduced and the related revenue is recognized once the underlying goods or services are transferred to a customer. The non-current portion of deferred revenue primarily consists of a $30,000 receipt from the NBA in December 2020 of league distributions in advance of the Company’s recognition. The Company’s deferred revenue related to local media rights was $32,458 and $260 as of September 30, 2021 and June 30, 2021, respectively. See Note 15 for further details on these related party arrangements.
(d)Revenue recognized for the three months ended September 30, 2021 relating to the deferred revenue balance as of June 30, 2021 was $3,097.

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (UNAUDITED)
(Continued)

Transaction Price Allocated to the Remaining Performance Obligations
The following table depicts the estimated revenue expected to be recognized in the future related to performance obligations that are unsatisfied (or partially unsatisfied) as of September 30, 2021 and is based on current projections. In developing the estimated revenue, the Company applies the allowable practical expedient and does not disclose information about remaining performance obligations that have original expected durations of one year or less. Additionally, the Company has elected to exclude variable consideration from its disclosure related to the remaining performance obligations under its local media rights arrangements, league-wide national and international television contracts, and certain other arrangements with variable consideration.
Fiscal Year 2022 (remainder)$101,504 
Fiscal Year 202375,984 
Fiscal Year 202464,385 
Fiscal Year 202540,505 
Fiscal Year 202632,886 
Thereafter38,456 
$353,720 
Note 4. Computation of Earnings (Loss) per Common Share
The following table presents a reconciliation of weighted-average shares used in the calculations of basic and diluted earnings (loss) per common share attributable to the Company’s stockholders (“EPS”) and the number of shares excluded from diluted earnings (loss) per common share, as they were anti-dilutive.  
Three Months Ended
 September 30,
 20212020
Weighted-average shares (denominator):
Weighted-average shares for basic EPS
24,172 24,062 
Dilutive effect of shares issuable under share-based compensation plans
  
Weighted-average shares for diluted EPS
24,172 24,062 
Weighted-average shares excluded from diluted earnings (loss) per share196 654 
Note 5. Team Personnel Transactions
Direct operating expenses in the accompanying consolidated statements of operations include a net expense for transactions relating to the Company’s teams for waiver/contract termination costs and player trades (“Team personnel transactions”). Team personnel transactions expense was $727 and $10,873 for the three months ended September 30, 2021 and 2020, respectively.

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (UNAUDITED)
(Continued)

Note 6. Cash, Cash Equivalents and Restricted Cash
The following table provides a summary of the amounts recorded as cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash.
As of
September 30,
2021
June 30,
2021
September 30,
2020
June 30,
2020
Captions on the consolidated balance sheets:
Cash and cash equivalents$33,610 $64,902 $23,527 $77,852 
Restricted cash (a)
6,668 7,134 2,679 12,821 
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash on the consolidated statements of cash flows
$40,278 $72,036 $26,206 $90,673 
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(a)Restricted cash as of June 30, 2020 primarily included cash deposited in an escrow account (see Note 2 to the consolidated financial statements included in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended June 30, 2021 for more information). For all other periods, restricted cash relates to the Company’s revolving credit facilities (see Note 11 for more information).
Note 7. Leases
The Company’s leases primarily consist of the lease of the Company’s principal executive offices under the Sublease Agreement with MSG Entertainment (the “Sublease Agreement”) and the lease of CLG Performance Center. In addition, the Company accounts for the rights of use of The Garden pursuant to the Arena License Agreements as leases under the ASC Topic 842, Leases. See Note 8 to the consolidated financial statements included in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended June 30, 2021 for more information regarding the Company’s accounting policies associated with its leases.
In connection with the MSGE Distribution, the Company entered into the Arena License Agreements with MSG Entertainment that end on June 30, 2055 and allow the Knicks and the Rangers to continue to play their home games at The Garden. The Arena License Agreements provide for fixed payments to be made from inception through June 30, 2055 in 12 equal installments during each year of the contractual term. Absent the reduced payments due to the government-mandated suspension of events at The Garden in response to COVID-19 described below, the stated license fee for the first full contract year ended June 30, 2021 would have been approximately $22,500 for the Knicks and approximately $16,700 for the Rangers, and then for each subsequent year, the license fees are 103% of the license fees for the immediately preceding contract year.
The Garden was not available for use between April 17, 2020 and the start of the NBA and NHL 2020-21 seasons in December 2020 and January 2021, respectively, due to the government-mandated suspension of events in response to COVID-19, and as a result the Company was not required to pay license fees to MSG Entertainment under the Arena License Agreements.
During the three months ended September 30, 2021, the Company recognized operating lease costs associated with the Rangers Arena License Agreement with respect to games played at The Garden in September 2021. During the three months ended September 30, 2020, there were no events and thus no operating lease costs were recorded.
As of September 30, 2021, the Company’s existing operating leases, which are recorded in the accompanying financial statements, have remaining lease terms ranging from 11 months to 34 years. In certain instances, leases include options to renew, with varying option terms. The exercise of lease renewals, if available under the lease options, is generally at the Company’s discretion and is considered in the Company’s assessment of the respective lease term. The Company’s lease agreements do not contain material residual value guarantees or material restrictive covenants.
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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (UNAUDITED)
(Continued)

The following table summarizes the ROU assets and lease liabilities recorded on the Company’s accompanying consolidated balance sheets as of September 30, 2021 and June 30, 2021:
Line Item in the Company’s Consolidated Balance SheetSeptember 30,
2021
June 30,
2021
Right-of-use assets:
Operating leases
Right-of-use lease assets$702,605 $703,521 
Lease liabilities:
Operating leases, current (a)
Operating lease liabilities, current$42,425 $41,951 
Operating leases, noncurrent (a)
Operating lease liabilities, noncurrent681,007 691,152 
Total lease liabilities$723,432 $733,103 
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(a)As of September 30, 2021, Operating lease liabilities, current and Operating lease liabilities, noncurrent included balances of $42,017 and $680,745, respectively, that are payable to MSG Entertainment. As of June 30, 2021, Operating lease liabilities, current and Operating lease liabilities, noncurrent included balances of $41,541 and $690,792, respectively, that are payable to MSG Entertainment.
The following table summarizes the activity recorded within the Company’s accompanying consolidated statements of operations for the three months ended September 30, 2021 and 2020:
Line Item in the Company’s Consolidated Statement of OperationsThree Months Ended September 30,
20212020
Operating lease costDirect operating expenses$1,407 $90 
Operating lease cost
Selling, general and administrative expenses
611 611 
Short-term lease costDirect operating expenses36 24 
Total lease cost$2,054 $725 
Supplemental Information
For the three months ended September 30, 2021 and 2020, cash paid for amounts included in the measurement of lease liabilities was $10,768 and $295, respectively.
The weighted average remaining lease term for operating leases recorded on the accompanying consolidated balance sheet as of September 30, 2021 was 33.4 years. The weighted average discount rate was 7.13% as of September 30, 2021 and represented the Company’s estimated incremental borrowing rate, assuming a secured borrowing, based on the remaining lease term at the time of either (i) adoption of the standard or (ii) the period in which the lease term expectation commenced or was modified.
Maturities of operating lease liabilities as of September 30, 2021 are as follows:
Fiscal Year 2022 (remainder)$32,790 
Fiscal Year 202345,029 
Fiscal Year 202444,937 
Fiscal Year 202544,052 
Fiscal Year 202645,374 
Thereafter2,113,312 
Total lease payments2,325,494 
Less imputed interest(1,602,062)
Total lease liabilities$723,432 
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Note 8. Goodwill and Intangible Assets
During the first quarter of fiscal year 2022, the Company performed its annual impairment test of goodwill and determined that there were no impairments identified as of the impairment test date. The carrying amount of goodwill as of September 30, 2021 and June 30, 2021 is $226,955.
The Company’s indefinite-lived intangible assets as of September 30, 2021 and June 30, 2021 are as follows:
Sports franchises$111,064 
Photographic related rights1,080 
$112,144 
During the first quarter of fiscal year 2022, the Company performed its annual impairment test of identifiable indefinite-lived intangible assets and determined that there were no impairments identified as of the impairment test date.
The Company’s intangible assets subject to amortization are as follows:
September 30, 2021GrossAccumulated
Amortization
Net
Trade names$2,300 $(1,917)$383 
Non-compete agreements2,400 (2,000)400 
Other intangibles1,200 (553)647 
$5,900 $(4,470)$1,430 
June 30, 2021GrossAccumulated
Amortization
Net
Trade names$2,300 $(1,802)$498 
Non-compete agreements2,400 (1,880)520 
Other intangibles1,200 (523)677 
$5,900 $(4,205)$1,695 
For the three months ended September 30, 2021 and 2020, amortization expense of intangible assets was $265 and $265, respectively.
Note 9. Fair Value Measurements
The following table presents the Company’s assets that are measured at fair value on a recurring basis, which include cash equivalents:
Fair Value HierarchySeptember 30,
2021
June 30,
2021
Assets:
Money market accountI$11,916 $33,820 
Time depositI1 5,000 
Total assets measured at fair value$11,917 $38,820 
Assets listed above are classified within Level I of the fair value hierarchy as they are valued using observable inputs that reflect quoted prices for identical assets in active markets. The carrying amount of the Company’s money market account and time deposit approximates fair value due to their short-term maturities.
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The carrying value and fair value of the Company’s financial instruments reported in the accompanying consolidated balance sheets are as follows:
September 30, 2021June 30, 2021
Carrying
Value
Fair
Value
Carrying
Value
Fair
Value
Liabilities
Debt, current (a)
$30,000 $30,000 $30,000 $30,000 
Long-term debt (b)
$355,000 $355,000 $355,000 $355,000 
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(a)The Company’s debt, current is classified within Level II of the fair value hierarchy as it is valued using quoted indices of similar securities for which the inputs are readily observable. The fair value of the Company’s debt, current is the same as its carrying amount as the debt bears interest at current market conditions. See Note 11 for further details.
(b)The Company’s long-term debt is classified within Level II of the fair value hierarchy as it is valued using quoted indices of similar securities for which the inputs are readily observable. The fair value of the Company’s long-term debt is the same as its carrying amount as the debt bears interest at a variable rate indexed to current market conditions. See Note 11 for further details.
Note 10. Commitments and Contingencies
Commitments
As more fully described in Note 12 to the consolidated financial statements included in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended June 30, 2021, the Company’s commitments consist primarily of the Company’s obligations under employment agreements that the Company has with its professional sports teams’ personnel that are generally guaranteed regardless of employee injury or termination. In addition, see Note 7 for more information on the contractual obligations related to future lease payments. The Company did not have any material changes in its contractual obligations, including off-balance sheet commitments, since the end of fiscal year 2021 other than activities in the ordinary course of business.
Legal Matters
The Company is a defendant in various lawsuits. Although the outcome of these lawsuits cannot be predicted with certainty (including the extent of available insurance), management does not believe that resolution of these lawsuits will have a material adverse effect on the Company.
Note 11. Debt
Knicks Revolving Credit Facility
On September 30, 2016, New York Knicks, LLC (“Knicks LLC”), a wholly owned subsidiary of the Company, entered into a credit agreement (the “2016 Knicks Credit Agreement”) with a syndicate of lenders providing for a senior secured revolving credit facility of up to $200,000 with a term of five years (the “2016 Knicks Revolving Credit Facility”) to fund working capital needs and for general corporate purposes. The 2016 Knicks Revolving Credit Facility would have matured and any unused commitments thereunder would have expired on September 30, 2021.
On November 6, 2020, the Company amended and restated the 2016 Knicks Credit Agreement in its entirety (the “2020 Knicks Credit Agreement”). The 2020 Knicks Credit Agreement provides for a senior secured revolving credit facility of up to $275,000 (the “2020 Knicks Revolving Credit Facility”) to fund working capital needs and for general corporate purposes. The maturity date of the 2020 Knicks Credit Agreement is November 6, 2023. Amounts borrowed may be distributed to the Company except during an event of default.
All borrowings under the 2020 Knicks Revolving Credit Facility are subject to the satisfaction of certain customary conditions. Borrowings under the 2020 Knicks Credit Agreement bear interest at a floating rate, which at the option of Knicks LLC may be either (i) a base rate plus a margin ranging from 0.500% to 0.750% per annum or (ii) the London Inter-Bank Offered Rate (“LIBOR”) plus a margin ranging from 1.500% to 1.750% per annum. Knicks LLC is required to pay a commitment fee ranging from 0.250% to 0.300% per annum in respect of the average daily unused commitments under the 2020 Knicks Revolving Credit Facility. The outstanding balance under the 2020 Knicks Revolving Credit Facility was $220,000 as of September 30, 2021 and was recorded as Long-term debt in the accompanying consolidated balance sheet. The interest rate on the 2020 Knicks Revolving Credit Facility as of September 30, 2021 was 1.59%. During the three months ended September 30, 2021 the Company made interest payments of $915.
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All obligations under the 2020 Knicks Revolving Credit Facility are secured by a first lien security interest in certain of Knicks LLC’s assets, including, but not limited to, (i) the Knicks LLC’s membership rights in the NBA, (ii) revenues to be paid to the Knicks LLC by the NBA pursuant to certain U.S. national broadcast agreements, and (iii) revenues to be paid to Knicks LLC pursuant to local media contracts.
Subject to customary notice and minimum amount conditions, Knicks LLC may voluntarily prepay outstanding loans under the 2020 Knicks Revolving Credit Facility at any time, in whole or in part, without premium or penalty (except for customary breakage costs with respect to Eurocurrency loans). Knicks LLC is required to make mandatory prepayments in certain circumstances, including without limitation if the maximum available amount under the 2020 Knicks Revolving Credit Facility is greater than 350% of qualified revenues.
In addition to the financial covenant described above, the 2020 Knicks Credit Agreement and related security agreements contain certain customary representations and warranties, affirmative covenants and events of default. The 2020 Knicks Revolving Credit Facility contains certain restrictions on the ability of Knicks LLC to take certain actions as provided in (and subject to various exceptions and baskets set forth in) the 2020 Knicks Revolving Credit Facility, including the following: (i) incurring additional indebtedness and contingent liabilities; (ii) creating liens on certain assets; (iii) making restricted payments during the continuance of an event of default under the 2020 Knicks Revolving Credit Facility; (iv) engaging in sale and leaseback transactions; (v) merging or consolidating; and (vi) taking certain actions that would invalidate the secured lenders’ liens on any Knicks LLC’s collateral.
The 2020 Knicks Revolving Credit Facility requires Knicks LLC to comply with a debt service ratio of 1.5:1.0 over a trailing four quarter period. As of September 30, 2021, Knicks LLC was in compliance with this financial covenant.
Knicks Unsecured Credit Facility
On September 30, 2016, Knicks LLC entered into an unsecured revolving credit facility with a lender for an initial maximum credit amount of $15,000 and a 364-day term (the “Knicks Unsecured Credit Facility”). Knicks LLC renewed this facility with the lender on the same terms in successive years and the facility was renewed for a new term effective as of September 25, 2020. On November 6, 2020, the Company terminated the Knicks Unsecured Credit Facility in its entirety.
Knicks Holdings Credit Facility
On November 6, 2020, Knicks Holdings, LLC, an indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company and the direct parent of Knicks LLC (“Knicks Holdings”), entered into a new credit agreement with a syndicate of lenders (the “2020 Knicks Holdings Credit Agreement”). The 2020 Knicks Holdings Credit Agreement provides for a revolving credit facility of up to $75,000 (the “2020 Knicks Holdings Revolving Credit Facility”) to fund working capital needs and for general corporate purposes.
The 2020 Knicks Holdings Revolving Credit Facility requires Knicks Holdings to comply with a debt service ratio of 1.1:1.0 over a trailing four quarter period. As of September 30, 2021, Knicks Holdings was in compliance with this financial covenant.
The 2020 Knicks Holdings Revolving Credit Facility will mature and any unused commitments thereunder will expire on November 6, 2023. All borrowings under the 2020 Knicks Holdings Revolving Credit Facility are subject to the satisfaction of certain customary conditions. Borrowings under the 2020 Knicks Holdings Revolving Credit Facility bear interest at a floating rate, which at the option of Knicks Holdings may be either (i) a base rate plus a margin ranging from 1.000% to 1.250% per annum or (ii) LIBOR plus a margin ranging from 2.000% to 2.250% per annum. Knicks Holdings is required to pay a commitment fee ranging from 0.375% to 0.500% per annum in respect of the average daily unused commitments under the 2020 Knicks Holdings Revolving Credit Facility. There was no borrowing under the 2020 Knicks Holdings Revolving Credit Facility as of September 30, 2021.
All obligations under the 2020 Knicks Holdings Revolving Credit Facility are secured by debt service and distribution accounts maintained by Knicks Holdings, and includes a guarantee from MSG NYK Holdings, LLC, an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company and the direct parent of Knicks Holdings.
Subject to customary notice and minimum amount conditions, Knicks Holdings may voluntarily prepay outstanding loans under the 2020 Knicks Holdings Revolving Credit Facility at any time, in whole or in part, without premium or penalty (except for customary breakage costs with respect to Eurocurrency loans). Knicks Holdings is required to make mandatory prepayments in certain circumstances, including if the amount of commitments under the 2020 Knicks Holdings Revolving Credit Facility increase above $350,000.
In addition to the financial covenant described above, the 2020 Knicks Holdings Revolving Credit Facility and related security agreements contain certain customary representations and warranties, affirmative covenants and events of default. The 2020 Knicks Holdings Revolving Credit Facility contains certain restrictions on the ability of Knicks Holdings to take certain actions
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as provided in (and subject to various exceptions and baskets set forth in) the 2020 Knicks Holdings Revolving Credit Facility, including the following: (i) incurring additional indebtedness and contingent liabilities; (ii) creating liens on certain assets; (iii) making restricted payments during the continuance of an event of default under the 2020 Knicks Holdings Revolving Credit Facility; (iv) engaging in sale and leaseback transactions; (v) merging or consolidating; and (vi) taking certain actions that would invalidate the secured lenders’ liens on any Knicks Holdings’ collateral.
Rangers Revolving Credit Facility
On January 25, 2017, New York Rangers, LLC (“Rangers LLC”), a wholly owned subsidiary of the Company, entered into a credit agreement (the “2017 Rangers Credit Agreement”) with a syndicate of lenders providing for a senior secured revolving credit facility of up to $150,000 with a term of five years (the “2017 Rangers Revolving Credit Facility”) to fund working capital needs and for general corporate purposes. The 2017 Rangers Revolving Credit Facility would have matured and any unused commitments thereunder would have expired on January 25, 2022.
On November 6, 2020, the Company amended and restated the 2017 Rangers Credit Agreement in its entirety (the “2020 Rangers Credit Agreement”). The 2020 Rangers Credit Agreement provides for a senior secured revolving credit facility of up to $250,000 (the “2020 Rangers Revolving Credit Facility”) to fund working capital needs and for general corporate purposes. The maturity date of the 2020 Rangers Credit Agreement is November 6, 2023. Amounts borrowed may have been distributed to the Company except during an event of default.
All borrowings under the 2020 Rangers Revolving Credit Facility were subject to the satisfaction of certain customary conditions. Borrowings under the 2020 Rangers Credit Agreement bear interest at a floating rate, which at the option of Rangers LLC may be either (i) a base rate plus a margin ranging from 0.750% to 1.250% per annum or (ii) LIBOR plus a margin ranging from 1.750% to 2.250% per annum. Rangers LLC is required to pay a commitment fee ranging from 0.375% to 0.625% per annum in respect of the average daily unused commitments under the 2020 Rangers Revolving Credit Facility. The outstanding balance under the 2020 Rangers Revolving Credit Facility was $135,000 as of September 30, 2021 and was recorded as Long-term debt in the accompanying consolidated balance sheet. The interest rate on the 2020 Rangers Revolving Credit Facility as of September 30, 2021 was 2.09%. During the three months ended September 30, 2021 the Company made interest payments of $738.
All obligations under the 2020 Rangers Revolving Credit Facility are, subject to the 2021 Rangers NHL Advance Agreement (as defined below), secured by a first lien security interest in certain of Rangers LLC’s assets, including, but not limited to, (i) Rangers LLC’s membership rights in the NHL, (ii) revenues to be paid to Rangers LLC by the NHL pursuant to certain U.S. and Canadian national broadcast agreements, and (iii) revenues to be paid to Rangers LLC pursuant to local media contracts.
Subject to customary notice and minimum amount conditions, Rangers LLC may voluntarily prepay outstanding loans under the 2020 Rangers Revolving Credit Facility at any time, in whole or in part, without premium or penalty (except for customary breakage costs with respect to Eurocurrency loans). Rangers LLC is required to make mandatory prepayments in certain circumstances, including without limitation if qualified revenues are less than 17% of the maximum available amount under the 2020 Rangers Revolving Credit Facility.
In addition to the financial covenant described above, the 2020 Rangers Credit Agreement and related security agreements contain certain customary representations and warranties, affirmative covenants and events of default. The 2020 Rangers Revolving Credit Facility contains certain restrictions on the ability of Rangers LLC to take certain actions as provided in (and subject to various exceptions and baskets set forth in) the 2020 Rangers Revolving Credit Facility, including the following: (i) incurring additional indebtedness and contingent liabilities; (ii) creating liens on certain assets; (iii) making restricted payments during the continuance of an event of default under the 2020 Rangers Revolving Credit Facility; (iv) engaging in sale and leaseback transactions; (v) merging or consolidating; and (vi) taking certain actions that would invalidate the secured lenders’ liens on any of Rangers LLC’s assets securing the obligations under the 2020 Rangers Revolving Credit Facility.
The 2020 Rangers Revolving Credit Facility requires Rangers LLC to comply with a debt service ratio of 1.5:1.0 over a trailing four quarter period. As of September 30, 2021, Rangers LLC was in compliance with this financial covenant.
2021 Rangers NHL Advance Agreement
On March 19, 2021, Rangers LLC, Rangers Holdings, LLC and MSG NYR Holdings LLC entered into an advance agreement with the NHL (the “2021 Rangers NHL Advance Agreement”) pursuant to which the NHL advanced $30,000 to Rangers LLC. The advance is to be utilized solely and exclusively to pay for Rangers LLC operating expenses.
All obligations under the 2021 Rangers NHL Advance Agreement are senior to and shall have priority over all secured and other indebtedness of Rangers LLC, Rangers Holdings, LLC and MSG NYR Holdings LLC. All borrowings under the 2021 Rangers NHL Advance Agreement were made on a non-revolving basis and bear interest at 3.00% per annum, ending on the
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date any such advances are fully repaid. Advances received under the 2021 Rangers NHL Advance Agreement are payable upon demand by the NHL. It is expected that the advanced amount will be set off against funds that would otherwise be paid, distributed or transferred by the NHL to Rangers LLC. The outstanding balance under the 2021 Rangers NHL Advance Agreement was $30,000 as of September 30, 2021 and was recorded as Debt in the accompanying consolidated balance sheet. During the three months ended September 30, 2021 the Company made interest payments of $225.
Deferred Financing Costs
The following table summarizes deferred financing costs, net of amortization, related to the Company’s credit facilities as reported on the accompanying consolidated balance sheet:
September 30,
2021
June 30,
2021
Other current assets$1,759 $1,759 
Other assets1,905 2,345 
Note 12. Benefit Plans
Defined Benefit Pension Plans
Prior to the MSGE Distribution, the Company sponsored various defined benefit pension plans and a contributory welfare plan. As of the MSGE Distribution Date, the Company and MSG Entertainment entered into an employee matters agreement (the “Employee Matters Agreement”) which determined each company’s obligations after the MSGE Distribution with regard to historical liabilities under the Company’s former pension and postretirement plans. See Note 14 to the consolidated financial statements included in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended June 30, 2021 for more information with regard to the liabilities retained by the Company from certain plans, which were transferred to the MSG Sports, LLC Excess Cash Balance Plan and MSG Sports, LLC Excess Retirement Plan, which the Company established in connection with the MSGE Distribution and are collectively referred to the “MSGS Pension Plans.”
The following table presents components of net periodic benefit cost for the MSGS Pension Plans included in the accompanying consolidated statements of operations for the three months ended September 30, 2021 and 2020. Net periodic benefit cost is reported in Miscellaneous expense, net.
Three Months Ended
September 30,
20212020
Interest cost$31 $60 
Recognized actuarial loss33 10 
Net periodic benefit cost$64 $70 
Defined Contribution Plans
Prior to the MSGE Distribution, the Company sponsored The Madison Square Garden 401(k) Savings Plan (the “401(k) Plan”), which is a multiple employer plan and the MSG S&E, LLC Excess Savings Plan (collectively referred to as the “Savings Plans”). As a result of the MSGE Distribution, the Savings Plans were transferred to MSG Entertainment. However, MSG Sports employees continue to participate in the 401(k) Plan. In addition, pursuant to the Employee Matters Agreement the Company established the MSG Sports LLC Excess Savings Plan to provide non-qualified retirement benefits to eligible MSG Sports employees. See Note 14 to the consolidated financial statements included in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended June 30, 2021 for more information with regard to the liabilities retained by the Company.
Expenses related to the Savings Plans that are included in the accompanying consolidated statements of operations for the three months ended September 30, 2021 and 2020 were $939 and $598, respectively.


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Note 13. Share-based Compensation
See Note 15 to the consolidated financial statements included in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended June 30, 2021 for more information regarding the Company’s 2015 Employee Stock Plan (the “Employee Stock Plan”) and its 2015 Stock Plan for Non-Employee Directors.
Share-based compensation expense was recognized in the consolidated statements of operations as a component of selling, general and administrative expenses. Share-based compensation expense was $4,851 and $6,345 for the three months ended September 30, 2021 and 2020, respectively. There were no costs related to share-based compensation that were capitalized for the three months ended September 30, 2021 and 2020, respectively.
Restricted Stock Units Award Activity
The following table summarizes activity related to the Company’s restricted stock units and performance restricted stock units, collectively referred to as “RSUs,” held by the Company and MSG Entertainment employees, for the three months ended September 30, 2021:
 Number of
Weighted-Average
Fair Value 
Per Share at
Date of Grant (a)
 Nonperformance
Based Vesting
RSUs
Performance
Based Vesting
RSUs
Unvested award balance, June 30, 2021264 220 $234.39 
Granted48 44 $158.01 
Vested(116)(85)$262.08 
Unvested award balance, September 30, 2021196 179 $201.10 
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(a)Weighted-average fair value per share at date of grant does not reflect any adjustments to awards granted prior to the MSGE Distribution.
The fair value of RSUs that vested during the three months ended September 30, 2021 was $36,380. Upon delivery, RSUs granted under the Employee Stock Plan were net share-settled to cover the required statutory tax withholding obligations. To fulfill the Company’s and MSG Entertainment’s employees’ required statutory tax withholding obligations for the applicable income and other employment taxes, 101 of these RSUs, with an aggregate value of $18,306, inclusive of $6,164 related to MSG Entertainment employees (who vested in the Company’s RSUs), were retained by the Company and the taxes paid are reflected as a financing activity in the accompanying consolidated statement of cash flows for the three months ended September 30, 2021.
The fair value of RSUs that vested during the three months ended September 30, 2020 was $32,779. The weighted-average fair value per share at grant date of RSUs granted during the three months ended September 30, 2020 was $242.62.
Stock Options Award Activity
The following table summarizes activity related to the Company’s stock options for the three months ended September 30, 2021:
Number of
Time Vesting Options
Weighted-Average Exercise Price Per ShareWeighted-Average Remaining Contractual Term (In Years)Aggregate Intrinsic Value
Balance as of June 30, 2021