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Abraham Madkour

Sports Business Daily



How did you first get involved in the sports business?

I was working for Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) as a legislative assistant in the early ‘90s while at the same time doing internships with the Washington Bullets and Baltimore Orioles.  I enjoyed politics but knew I wanted to work in sports.  I had heard about a start-up publication launching on the business of sports, and went to interview. I loved the new media feel to the operation and they offered me a writing job to join them.  That was in August of 1994 and we launched SportsBusiness Daily a month later, on Sept. 12 1994.


What advice do you have for an aspiring sports journalist?

Sports is still the ultimate ‘who you know business’ so don’t be afraid to use your contacts and ask for help.  Make yourself available for internships and part time work at any media organization, sports organization or PR department.  The more you are around writing and news, the better you will be prepared.  And, of course, write often.  Never feel a job is below you.


What has been the biggest change in the sports industry over the past 10-15 years?

The business and coverage of the sports business has become so much more sophisticated over the years.  Now, in mainstream news media, there is frequent coverage of the key business issues impacting sports – labor, stadium development, marketing and sponsorship deals, etc.  Much more than a decade ago. In addition, the growth of the Web and the new media platforms that the Internet provides has caused a rapid (and some would argue unhealthy) change in how news is reported and distributed.


What is your career highlight so far?

I just feel very fortunate to be able to work in the sports business and be able to be a part of the two leading publications serving the business of sports.  My “highlight’ is hearing from readers who rely on our news operation to deliver them real time, important information that helps them in their jobs and allows them to make more informed business decisions. Working with dedicated individuals who truly want to make a difference in the sports business is another gratifying part of my job.  Those are truly my career highlight.


What is your favorite quote and why?

“A leader has the ability to create infections enthusiasm” on my desk.  It’s by Ted Turner.  It helps me when I’m overly busy or focused on other things to remember it’s all about the people you work with. A “leader” must constantly work at keeping people engaged and motivated and excited..


What was your favorite subject in school?

I grew up loving social studies and political science and current events.  I was a news junkie.