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CAA World Congress of Sports — Big Names in Must-See Events

Two items we are preparing for the CAA World Sports Congress in New York.

First, we will meet in New York the week of October 10th. This is the perfect few days to do business and reconnect with industry colleagues.Our team led by the Conference Director Jim Sullivankicked off with a VIP reception on Monday, October 10th, and wrapped up the CAA World Sports Conference’s incredible agenda for two incredible days of discussion and networking on Tuesday and Wednesday, October 11-12.

After spending a few days in Nashville at the AXS Sports Facility, Franchise and Ticketing Symposium, you’ll find the energy with which people come together, catch up, grab a drink, eat, and negotiate business is off the charts. provides the perfect opportunity to do just that. Taking place at The Times Center on 41st Street, as well as meeting old and new friends, here’s what I’m looking forward to:

I am sitting with the Raiweke brothers. This is what SBJ has wanted to do for a long time. Tim When Todd Leiweke Share your story. This should be fun to watch.

1:1 with Fanatics CEO Michael RubinIt’s a mental tug-of-war whenever you spend time with Rubin. He is so confident in his business strategy that sitting with him tries to predict how he will realize his vast ambitions.

New NWSL Commissioner Jessica Berman She has a lot on her plate, and in a roundtable with Prosakuer’s, one of the mentors she started her career with, we talked about how she handles the opportunities and challenges in the league, Talk about a new investor looking at sports. Joe Reese.

last year, John OrlandoConversation with the MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred Some of the biggest news of the conference came when Manfred opened up about the league’s relationship with Sinclair Broadcasting and Bally Sports. This year, we’d love to hear how baseball’s plans for a nationwide direct-to-consumer business are progressing.

And I’m always grateful to see Dean, the NHL Sports Commissioner. Gary Bettmandirects the story, as he is sure to do in a roundtable with ESPN Emily Kaplan.

There is also Fox Sports Eric Shanks Sit with Ouland. of NASCAR Steve Phelps and motor sports Justin Marks When Jeff Gordon; executives leading the world’s top MMA properties Chatri SityodtongFounder, Chairman and CEO, ONE Championship, and Dana White, SBJ League of the Year, UFC President. And most of it is only on the first day!

The city hosts numerous receptions and dinner parties each week. Only two weeks left to register. SBJ will also host its Esports Rising Conference on Thursday at The Westin Times Square. Attendees can also join Riot Games’ League of Legends competition that evening at the Hulu Theater.

We promise you a productive and inspiring week. I love being there and saying hello and catching up. Register now at you won’t want to miss it.

before this Moon, I was finally able to take a tour of the Lakepoint Sports Complex, located just off Interstate 75 in Emerson, Georgia, about 40 miles north of Atlanta. A year-round youth sports destination that hosts a variety of competitions with state-of-the-art facilities including 8 baseball fields, 3 versatile fields, 10 beach volleyball courts and the Champions Center, which can host up to 12 full-court basketball games. Or 24 volleyball games. Owner Rimrock Capital has ambitious plans to expand the campus, serving more than a million people a year. The complex is impressive and Lakepoint is the headquarters for the national convention, so we were there on a busy Sunday to catch a traveling team baseball game as part of a partnership with Prep Baseball Report. What LakePoint Sports leaders need is vertical integration with wholly owned and operated tournaments. Leaders are also envisioning more playgrounds, additional parking and mixed-use developments, and are seeking more luxury hotels and sit-down dining restaurants in Emerson’s tiny enclave. Yes, youth sports have their challenges. Fragmented by different leagues and operators, they are often expensive and difficult to access. However, looking at the number of young people participating in sports in this issue (watch the story) and then look at facilities like LakePoint Sports, leveraging new technology, data, and content, and discover that the lottery runs 365 days a year, from 7 a.m. to past midnight on the busiest months. I can understand the possibilities.

Abraham Madkour can be reached at