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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: What content are fans willing to pay for?

Weekly / Monday, June 27, 2022
Catching up on some podcasts recently got me thinking about a very timely topic. On “Patriots Unfiltered,” the team’s vice president of content and show host, Fred Kirsch , opened by asking listeners: What would entice you to pay around $5 a month for a proposed...

Madkour: Takeaways from MLS’s first-mover deal with Apple

Weekly / Monday, June 20, 2022
Simple and easy for fans. If there was one main element that struck me after learning more about MLS’s 10-year media deal with Apple, it was its simplicity for its fans. There were a number of other components and questions that I’ll address, but I...

Madkour: How I saw Susan O’Malley’s D.C. leadership

Weekly / Monday, June 13, 2022
I met Susan O’Malley in 1993, when I began my career in sports by interning for the Washington Bullets. O’Malley was a couple of years into her role as team president and astonishingly only in her early 30s. I worked for then-general manager John...

Madkour: Women’s sports is the story in 2022 — and here’s why

Weekly / Monday, June 6, 2022
Women’s sports is having more than its moment; it’s more directionally a movement, which is exciting to see and experience. The investment, interest and overall attention in women’s sports has been evident across our publications for some time, and I can’t recall a time in my nearly...

Madkour: Cindy Parlow Cone has more goals after hat trick

Weekly / Monday, May 30, 2022
Cindy Parlow Cone deserves her victory lap. The president of the U.S. Soccer Federation came into her role unexpectedly in 2020 when she suddenly took over for Carlos Cordeiro , who resigned under pressure. But just two years later, she has emerged as one...

Madkour: Pulling back the curtain on SBA judging debates

Weekly / Monday, May 23, 2022
Inside the judging for the Sports Business Awards, for the first time in awards history, there was serious discussion and debate about ties and co-winners. League of the Year was, for the second year in a row, the most contested category. Every nominee had some support....

Sports Business Awards 101: How we got here

Weekly / Monday, May 16, 2022
Here is the process of how we got to the 15th annual Sports Business Awards , where more than 1,000 are expected to attend the event this week in New York City. HOW THE NOMINEES ARE CHOSEN: Sports Business Journal received...

Madkour: The journey of Robert Kraft

Weekly / Monday, May 9, 2022
Ever since he purchased the New England Patriots in 1994, Robert Kraft has been accessible and accountable. After buying the team, he would walk the halls, dressed in jeans, and get to know staffers. In his early years, Kraft jumped on a golf cart on...

Madkour: A lot to take in as NHL hits postseason

Weekly / Monday, May 2, 2022
Some hits and misses that stood out to me from the NHL’s regular season: BIGGEST BUSINESS SURPRISE: Florida Panthers. The team had a strong business turnaround under owner Vinnie Viola and President Matt Caldwell ....

Madkour: Why Lew Sherr is the right choice for USTA

Weekly / Monday, April 25, 2022
A number of people were as pleased as I was that the USTA board of directors named Chief Revenue Officer Lew Sherr as the association’s CEO. The 56-year-old has a lot of respect in the sports industry and will begin his new role May 2....