Dec 14, 2020

Best Sports City of the Year: Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (December 14, 2020) – Sports Business Journal, the leading voice in sports business, has chosen Los Angeles as Best Sports City as part of its Year-End Awards, marking the conclusion of an unprecedented year for the industry. These awards celebrate achievements and impact in 2020 and supplement SBJ’s longstanding tradition of honoring winners each year with its Sports Business Awards.

 Los Angeles was selected because of the Lakers and Dodgers winning their respective championships; the opening of SoFi Stadium; the launch of Angel City FC team for the National Women’s Soccer League; and LA28 kicking off the road to the 2028 Olympic & Paralympic Games with its official logo reveal.

“This process allowed us to look back at an incredible period of change in sports business,” said SBJ’s publisher and executive editor, Abraham Madkour. “We were certainly challenged to pick just one winner in each category because there were so many outstanding candidates that speak to just how much innovation has taken place in sports during this challenging year.”

Led by Assistant Managing Editor Ted Keith, SBJ’s editorial staff spent several months creating the categories, choosing nominees, reviewing dozens of candidates and then casting multiple rounds of votes before winner were chosen. The selection process included SBJ’s entire editorial operation, as writers and editors offered new perspectives and challenged conventional wisdom.

For more about the winners and the process, check out the Dec. 14 issue of Sports Business Journal; the Dec. 14 edition of the First Look podcast, in which Ted Keith joins host Bill King, SBJ’s senior writer, to discuss the topic; or contact Ted Keith at (917) 843-5772 or

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