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Abraham Madkour

Abraham Madkour

Abraham Madkour brings more than 20 years of experience covering the business of sports and serves as Executive Editor of Sports Business Journal, Sports Business Daily/Global. He is responsible for shaping the editorial direction of the publications while managing the entire editorial staff. He also oversees the editorial content for the various conferences produced by the Sports Business Group, including the prestigious World Congress of Sports, Sports Business Awards and Forty Under 40 awards. Madkour writes weekly editorials and pro le features of the management and leadership strategies of leading industry executives. He is a frequent industry speaker and serves as the lead moderator and editorial spokesman at all of the company’s events.

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Madkour: Reader Survey offers your take on the industry

Weekly / Monday, December 5, 2022
We don’t have Steve Kornacki to colorfully make sense of the popular votes on the touch screen, but I’ll do my best in offering takeaways from SBJ’s 17th Reader Survey , which was live from Oct. 10 to Nov. 21, had more...

Madkour: Beyond the headlines on key stories

Weekly / Monday, November 28, 2022
A number of agency sources were very interested in the launch of Horizon Sports & Experiences, a new sports and experiential agency created by Horizon founder and CEO Bill Koenigsberg , who recruited two industry heavyweights — longtime Momentum Worldwide CEO Chris Weil and...

Madkour: Buy or Sell with Ted and Zach Leonsis

Weekly / Monday, November 14, 2022
I wasn’t able to attend our Dealmakers in Sports conference in Washington, D.C., earlier this month, but while the event was taking place, I received a text from someone sitting in the audience, listening to Monumental Sports’ Ted and Zach Leonsis sharing their views on...

Madkour: November notes, hits and misses

Weekly / Monday, November 14, 2022
U.S.  Soccer Federation  President Cindy Parlow Cone heads to Qatar soon to lead the U.S delegation at the World Cup for the first time since she was elevated to the post in 2020. Cone has done many things right, and I believe...

Madkour: Long view has KC Current winning on and off the field

Weekly / Monday, November 7, 2022
Among the more impressive new owners in sports are Chris and Angie Long , who purchased the Kansas City Current with Brittany Mahomes in December 2020, just 124 days before the team’s first match. If you haven’t paid attention to this dynamic...

Madkour: Lessons and messages from Champions

Weekly / Monday, October 31, 2022
It had been three years since we had been able to honor our Champions of Sports Business in person, and the recognition program was always one of my favorites for the messages that these pioneers of the industry shared, the memories of achievement and the perspective they...

Madkour: Two Leiweke brothers on life and loss

Weekly / Monday, October 24, 2022
T im and Tod Leiweke have been two of the most successful operators in sports for over 30 years. They have shaped careers, commerce and communities. They have influence and a broad following, as evident by the full theater that watched their rare joint...

Madkour: A few stories that have my attention this fall

Weekly / Monday, October 17, 2022
One of the more intriguing and talked about owners in sports is Tom Dundon . The 51-year-old owns the Carolina Hurricanes, but it’s his interest in pickleball that has people curious. Dundon is a huge fan of the sport, an avid player and is making financial...

Madkour: ‘Race for the Championship’ gives NASCAR its close-up

Weekly / Monday, October 10, 2022
“You’re not a very well-rounded person. And you define yourself off one very small thing, which is winning and losing.” NASCAR’s Brad Keselowski explaining the negative effects of his singular focus on stock car racing has been one of many intriguing scenes in...

Madkour: The steps that made Charlotte FC a major success

Weekly / Monday, October 3, 2022
Most Saturdays at 5 p.m., I attend Mass at a parish in uptown Charlotte, part of my comfortable routine. This year, the church has had a different feel, as the normally serene gathering of regulars who attend before a Saturday dinner or show has seen an influx...
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