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3/6/13 10:17 AM
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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?


3/6/13 10:25 AM
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Can someone tell me what the AEG is and how that guy got to #3? And lol at Obama being more powerful when it comes to sports....seriously?
3/6/13 10:25 AM
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Blatter at 16th seems low. Phone Post
3/6/13 10:26 AM
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lol at Sepp Blatter being ranked 16.
3/6/13 10:28 AM
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Kevin Plank is 24?! But DFW is only 45?!?! These rankings confuse me. Is it just about money? Then why is Hussein Obama on the list? Phone Post
3/6/13 10:29 AM
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List is a joke because of how little soccer representation it has. No way nfl or any other sport on their is higher in terms of sports power than soccer.
3/6/13 10:30 AM
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Devlin -  Blatter at 16th seems low. Phone Post

Yep, fooball = by FAR the biggest sport on earth, and he is the biggest man in football...

=  clearly no1.

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Devlin -  Blatter at 16th seems low. Phone Post

Should be #1. This list was probably made by someone who doesn't watch soccer.
3/6/13 10:48 AM
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"In a room sit three great men, a king, a priest, and a rich man with his gold. Between them stands a sellsword, a little man of common birth and no great mind. Each of the great ones bids him slay the other two. 'Do it,' says the king, 'for I am your lawful ruler.' 'Do it,' says the priest, 'for I command you in the names of the gods.' 'Do it,' says the rich man, 'and all this gold shall be yours.' So tell me- who lives and who dies?"

"Who will the swordsman obey? It's a riddle without an answer, or rather, too many answers. All depends on the man with the sword."

"And yet he is no one. He has neither crown nor gold nor favor of the gods, only a piece of pointed steel."

"That piece of steel is the power of life and death."

"Just so . . . yet if it is the swordsmen who rule us in truth, why do we pretend our kings hold the power? Why should a strong man with a sword ever obey?..."

"Power resides where men believe it resides. No more and no less."

"So power is a mummer's trick?"

"A shadow on the wall, yet shadows can kill. And oft times a very small man can cast a very large shadow."

3/6/13 10:56 AM
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Devlin -  Blatter at 16th seems low. Phone Post

Yep, fooball = by FAR the biggest sport on earth, and he is the biggest man in football...

=  clearly no1.

Lol this. Clearly a strong North American bias there. Phone Post
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ender852 - "In a room sit three great men, a king, a priest, and a rich man with his gold. Between them stands a sellsword, a little man of common birth and no great mind. Each of the great ones bids him slay the other two. 'Do it,' says the king, 'for I am your lawful ruler.' 'Do it,' says the priest, 'for I command you in the names of the gods.' 'Do it,' says the rich man, 'and all this gold shall be yours.' So tell me- who lives and who dies?"

"Who will the swordsman obey? It's a riddle without an answer, or rather, too many answers. All depends on the man with the sword."

"And yet he is no one. He has neither crown nor gold nor favor of the gods, only a piece of pointed steel."

"That piece of steel is the power of life and death."

"Just so . . . yet if it is the swordsmen who rule us in truth, why do we pretend our kings hold the power? Why should a strong man with a sword ever obey?..."

"Power resides where men believe it resides. No more and no less."

"So power is a mummer's trick?"

"A shadow on the wall, yet shadows can kill. And oft times a very small man can cast a very large shadow."


Brilliant post. VTFU
3/6/13 11:01 AM
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Wow, what a ridiculous ranking. You lot really do live in your own little microcosm. America does not equal the world guys, sorry. Phone Post
3/6/13 11:04 AM
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I'm confused why is Obama on the list?
3/6/13 11:05 AM
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Really glad to see Kroenke so high on that list. He's got his hand in so many different sports. Phone Post
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Stupid list. Football and Basketball are not the two biggest sports in the world and therefore those two commissioners should not be on top. I'd also argue that there should be more athletes on this list. How do you define power? By celebrity (the ability to move the needle in pop culture) or by organizational heiarchy?
3/6/13 11:07 AM
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Also, whoever wins King of the Nerds is gonna be the one sitting on the Throne of Games, not these guys.

It'll be Ivan. Mark my words. Phone Post
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Powerful, DFW
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Chris27 - I'm confused why is Obama on the list?

Seriously. I see no reason why he is on this list....unless they are counting his annual bracket and inviting teams to the white house when they win a championship but still that is nowhere near what Dana. Crazy how OBama is 1 spot ahead of him
3/6/13 11:16 AM
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Dana is a mascott... like the leperchaun in lucky charms...  the guy who runs things is Lorenzo Fertitta and he has his horseman (Zelaznik, wright, cook, epstien, fischer etc...).  The guy in charge of strategy and big picture is Lorenzo Fertitta.

It should be him on that list... not Dana.

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America your sports don't matter outside of America.......the rest of the world does not care Phone Post
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Jarvis73 -  America your sports don't matter outside of America.......the rest of the world does not care Phone Post

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Jarvis73 -  America your sports don't matter outside of America.......the rest of the world does not care Phone Post

And nobody here cares about FOOOOOOtball, rugby, darts, and whatever the hell else you all "play" across the pond.

Typical Euro's...inflated opinion of themselves and their culture (and this is coming from someone that lived in Holland for 6 months on business, and has traveled extemsively in Europe).
Nobody cares about football??????? Ok Phone Post
3/6/13 11:25 AM
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Jarvis73 -  America your sports don't matter outside of America.......the rest of the world does not care Phone Post

And nobody here cares about FOOOOOOtball, rugby, darts, and whatever the hell else you all "play" across the pond.

Typical Euro's...inflated opinion of themselves and their culture (and this is coming from someone that lived in Holland for 6 months on business, and has traveled extemsively in Europe).

lol, news flash football is not only played in europe, it is the no1 sport played in pretty much every fucking country on earth.

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Jarvis73 -  America your sports don't matter outside of America.......the rest of the world does not care Phone Post

And nobody here cares about FOOOOOOtball, rugby, darts, and whatever the hell else you all "play" across the pond.

Typical Euro's...inflated opinion of themselves and their culture (and this is coming from someone that lived in Holland for 6 months on business, and has traveled extemsively in Europe).

Why are you going on some anti Euro tirade in response to someone saying that the big 4 US sports arent all that big outside of the US (other than Basketball?)

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I've not looked at the numbers but I can imagine the premier league alone, as having more viewing numbers than all of the American sports combined Phone Post

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