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Moderator: Abraham Madkour

Executive Editor, SportsBusiness Daily/Journal

Abraham Madkour brings more than 20 years of experience covering the business of sports and serves as Executive Editor of SportsBusiness Journal, SportsBusiness 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 profile 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. 

Tuesday, April 17

At The Top of the Agenda: Issues, Trends and Opinions That Matter

The opening roundtable at World Congress sets the stage for two days of dialogue and insights from industry thought leaders. And it’s your opportunity to hear the issues and trends that are top-of-mind for a cross-section of leading sports executives and personalities, who will also offer their point of view on the most pressing items in sports business. You will hear from:

Charlotte Jones Anderson, Executive Vice President & Chief Brand Officer, Dallas Cowboys
Amy Brooks, President, Team Marketing and Business Operations & Chief Innovation Officer, NBA
Burke Magnus, Executive Vice President, Programming and Scheduling, ESPN
Larry Scott, Commissioner, Pac-12 Conference
Jared Smith, President, Ticketmaster North America
Amy Trask, Football Analyst, CBS Sports and CBS Sports Network; Chairman, BIG3
Moderator: Abraham Madkour, Executive Editor, SportsBusiness Daily/Journal

Featured Interview

Jay Monahan, Commissioner, PGA Tour
Moderator: Abraham Madkour, Executive Editor, SportsBusiness Daily/Journal

Champions Panel Discussion: Reflecting on a Career in Sports with an Eye on the Future

In one of World Congress’ most popular sessions, the recipients of SportsBusiness Journal’s prestigious honor, “Champions: Pioneers and Innovators in Sports Business,” will reflect on their years in sports. These industry veterans will share stories of their highlights — and challenges — of a career in sports. Offering a mix of anecdotes, humor and advice, while looking toward the future, these executives always give the audience a memorable ride. This year, you will hear from:

Sal Galatioto, President, Galatioto Sports Partners
Howard Ganz, Co-Head, Sports Law Group, Proskauer
Kay Koplovitz, Founder, USA Networks, USA Networks International, and Sci-Fi Channel; Co-Founder & Chairman, Springboard Enterprise; Managing Partner, Springboard Growth Capital; Board Member, CA Technologies, ION Media
Ben C. Sutton, Jr., Founder and Managing Partner, Teall Capital Partners
Moderator: Abraham Madkour, Executive Editor, SportsBusiness Daily/Journal
Wednesday, April 18

Sports Business 2025: Forecasting the Future

Over the past five years, the changes in sports business have been unprecedented. TV viewership is down as a new generation of fans consume sports content on numerous devices and on their terms. The emphasis on the fan experience — both in-venue and at-home — is at a fever pitch level. And a new wave of deep-pocketed companies out of Silicon Valley are moving into the distribution business. In the next five to ten years, the changes will be even more dramatic. In this session a cross-section of senior sports executives will examine these changes.

Dan Beckerman, CEO & President, AEG Worldwide
Kathy Carter, former President, Soccer United Marketing
Jill Krimmel, General Manager, MLB, NCAA + Other Sports (North America), StubHub
Shannon Miller, Digital Strategy and Interactive Experience Practice Lead, Communications Sector, North America, Global Business Services, IBM
Greg Sankey, Commissioner, Southeastern Conference (SEC)
Jimmy Sexton, Co-Head, CAA Football, CAA Sports
Moderator: Abraham Madkour, Executive Editor, SportsBusiness Daily/Journal