White named 45th most powerful person in sports, Obama is #44

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

What constitutes power in the 21st century? Where does it come from? And why aren’t our most powerful sportsmen the men who actually play sports? In sports, as in life, power is often inherited (think of Kim Jong Un or Hal Steinbrenner), seized by force (Napoleon, Mike Tyson) or passed peacefully beyond bloodlines (Bush-to-Obama, David Stern-to-deputy Adam Silver). Transfers of power in sports are less bloody than in Game of Thrones but no less intriguing, which is why it’s worth asking who sits atop our Throne of Games?

1. Roger Goodell    NFL commissioner
2. David Stern    NBA commissioner
3. Philip Anschutz     AEG owner
4. John Skipper     ESPN president
5. Bud Selig    MLB commissioner
6. Stan Kroenke     Kroenke Sports Enterprises owner
7. Mark Lazarus    NBC Sports chairman
8. Jacques Rogge    IOC president
9. Phil Knight     Nike chairman
10. Hedge Fund Dude   
11. Mark Walter     Guggenheim Partners CEO & Dodgers owner
12. Robert Kraft     Patriots owner
13. Sean McManus     CBS Sports chairman
14. Michael Dolan     IMG Worldwide CEO
15. Eric Shanks     Fox Sports copresident
16. Sepp Blatter     FIFA president
17. Mike Slive     SEC commissioner
18. Adam Silver     NBA deputy commissioner
19. Jerry Jones     Cowboys owner
20. Larry Ellison     Oracle CEO
21. Richard Scudamore     Barclays Premier League CEO
22. Bernie Ecclestone     Formula One president and CEO
23. Scott Boras    Baseball agent
24. Kevin Plank     Under Armour CEO
25. Tim Finchem     PGA commissioner
26. Jm Delany     Big Ten commissioner
27. Gary Bettman     NHL commissioner
28. David Levy     Turner Broadcasting president of sales, distribution and sports
29. Glazer Family    
30. Carlos Brito     Anheuser-Busch InBev CEO
31. Donald Fehr     NHLPA executive director
32. Herbert Hainer     Adidas Group CEO
33. Bob Bowman     MLB Advanced Media CEO
34. Casey Wasserman     Wasserman Media Group CEO
35. DeMaurice Smith    NFLPA executive director
36. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan     UAE Deputy Prime Minister & Man. City owner
37. Travis Tygart     USADA CEO
38. Mark Emmert     NCAA president
39. John Riccitiello     Electronic Arts CEO
40. Brian France     NASCAR CEO and chairman
41. Alison Lewis and Sharon Byers     Coca-Cola North America
42. Al Haymon     Boxing adviser and promoter
43. Ed O’Bannon     Retired basketball player
44. Barack Obama     U.S. President
45. Dana White     UFC president
46. Cindy Davis     Nike Golf president
47. Tom Condon     CAA Sports cohead of football division
48. Mark Cuban     Mavericks owner
49. Stephen Espinoza     Showtime executive VP of sports and event programming
50. Michael Jordan    Bobcats owner

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Is it unfair that Barack Obama beat Dana White? Are you aghast that Americans think football is bigger than football? Or did you ask yourself ‘What is Formula One?’  Did they put Michael Jordan at 50 because it is true, or just to get people talking?

What do you think UG?