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Mad rush to invest can lead to carnage for sports industry

SBJ Newsletters / Monday, November 28, 2022
I hate to be the harbinger of doom, but I have seen this script before. An industry sees significant potential and tries to monetize the opportunity while it is hot, and in the process hurts the entire industry. I lived this back in the 1980s with the Women’s Professional Basketball League...

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...

Hoop Dreams: A 64-team super conference that doesn’t rely on football

Weekly / Monday, November 28, 2022
I’ve been thinking about all of these college football-driven media negotiations, conference realignments and proposed super conferences and a thought came to me. Why not a basketball super conference for both men’s and women’s teams composed of basketball-driven institutions? Football has been a prime consideration in the...

D&I moves up the agenda for purpose-led brands

SBJ Newsletters / Tuesday, November 22, 2022
Increased investment in purpose drives more equitable approach to the triple bottom line The climate crisis has been, and will remain, a strategic priority for brands, particularly with COP27 climate change conference high on the news agenda. Despite this prominence, the U.N. has warned that time...

Seeing the opportunities in youth sports participation

SBJ Newsletters / Monday, November 21, 2022
How emerging sports can provide an avenue to youth sports’ accessibility Let’s dream. Imagine children waking up in North St. Louis County, central Illinois; Orange County, Calif.; and Durham, N.C., all had equal access and opportunities to participate in sports. Imagine children waking up in South Side Chicago,...

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...

Hockey Canada works on trust issues as the NHL surges

Weekly / Monday, November 14, 2022
North of the U.S. border, Hockey Canada, the organization responsible for the icy game held sacred by so many, is struggling for its very existence. It’s because severe problems within the historic culture of the game, specifically a horrific sexual assault scandal, have erupted...

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...

Vigilance is top priority in wake of Title IX milestone

Weekly / Monday, November 7, 2022
What happens after the Title IX celebrations? At the end of a year spent commemorating the 50th anniversary of the landmark law, it’s a question we need to ask. And we need to ask it with a sense of urgency as court decisions take away women’s rights and reshape...
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