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The 100 Most Powerful People In Sports:

1. Roger Goodell - Commissioner, NFL

2. Tiger Woods - Golfer

3. David Stern - Commissioner, NBA

4. George Bodenheimer - President, ESPN, ABC Sports; co-chairman, Disney Media Networks

5. Bud Selig - Commissioner, MLB

6. Brian France - Chairman, CEO NASCAR

7. Dick Ebersol - Chairman, NBC Universal Sports & Olympics

8. Phil Knight - Chairman, Nike

9. Sean McManus - President, CBS News and Sports

10. Rupert Murdoch - Chairman, CEO, News Corp.

11. Michael Jordan - Managing Member of Basketball Operations, Charlotte Bobcats

12. Scott Boras - President, Boras Corp.

13. Peyton Manning - Quarterback, Indianapolis Colts

14. David Hill - Chairman, CEO, Fox Sports

15. Donald Fehr - Union boss, MLB

16. Myles Brand - President, CEO, NCAA

17. David Beckham - Soccer star

18. Jacques Rogge - President, IOC

19. LeBron James - Forward, Cleveland Cavaliers

20. Tony Ponturo - VP, Global Media and Sports Marketing, Anheuser-Busch

21. Phil Anschutz - Founder, Anschutz Entertainment Group

22. Herbert Hainer - Chairman, CEO, Adidas

23. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. - NASCAR driver

24. Brian Roberts - Chairman, CEO, Comcast

25. George Steinbrenner - Principal Owner, New York Yankees

26. Theodore Forstmann - Chairman, CEO, IMG

27. Gary Bettman - Commissioner, NHL

28. Alex Rodriguez - Third baseman, New York Yankees

29. Joseph S. Blatter - President, FIFA

30. Roger Federer - Tennis player

31. Jim Delany - Commissioner, Big Ten Conference

32. Dick Pound - Chairman, World Anti-Doping Agency

33. Gene Upshaw - Chairman, NFLPA

34. Tim Finchem - Commissioner, PGA

35. Lance Armstrong - Cyclist

36. John Skipper - EVP, content, ESPN

37. Mark Parker - CEO, President, Nike

38. David Levy - President, Turner Sports, Inc.

39. Barry Bonds - Outfielder, San Francisco Giants (NOT ANYMORE!)

40. Daniel Snyder - Owner, Washington Redskins

41. Derek Jeter - Shortstop, New York Yankees

42. Tim Leiweke - President, CEO, Anschutz Entertainment Group

43. Paul Allen - Owner, Seattle Seahawks, Portland TrailBlazers

44. Robert DuPuy - President, COO, MLB

45. LaDainian Tomlinson - Running back, San Diego Chargers

46. Tim Brosnan - EVP for business, MLB

47. Jerry Reinsdorf - Owner, Chicago Bulls, Chicago White Sox

48. Larry Lucchino - President, CEO, Boston Red Sox

49. Ed Goren - President, FOX Sports

50. Mark Cuban - Owner, Dallas Mavericks

51. Mark Ford - President, Sports Illustrated Group

52. Bob Bowman - President, CEO, MLB Advanced Media

53. Jerry Jones - Owner, Dallas Cowboys, Dallas Desperados

54. Roger Penske - Owner, Penske Racing

55. Chase Carey - CEO, president, DirecTV

56. Jeff Gordon - NASCAR driver

57. Bernie Ecclestone - Head of Formula 1

58. Jeff Urban - SVP, sports marketing, Gatorade/PepsiCo.

59. George Pyne - President, IMG Sports and Entertainment

60. Omar Minaya - EVP of Baseball Operations, General Manager, NY Mets

61. Sidney Crosby - Center, Pittsburgh Penguins

62. Jack Roush - Founder, CEO, Roush Fenway Racing

63. Ross Greenburg - CEO, HBO Sports

64. Robert Kraft - Owner, Chairman, CEO New England Patriots

65. John Henry - Principal Owner, Boston Red Sox; Roush Fenway Racing

66. John Walsh - SVP, executive editor, ESPN Internet Group

67. Katie Bayne - Chief Marketing Officer, Coca-Cola North America

68. Eric Grubman - EVP, finance and strategic acquisitions, NFL

69. John Galloway - VP, sports and media, Pepsi North America

70. Tom Brady - Quarterback, New England Patriots

71. Tony Hawk - Skateboarding tycoon

72. Mark Steinberg - SVP and global managing director of golf, IMG

73. Maria Sharapova - Tennis player

74. Tony Stewart - NASCAR driver

75. The Maloof Family - Owners, Sacramento Kings, Sacramento Monarchs

76. Arnold Palmer - PGA legend

77. Randy Levine - President, New York Yankees

78. Shaquille O'Neal - Center, Miami Heat

79. Casey Wasserman - Chairman, CEO, Wasserman Media Group

80. James Dolan - Chairman, MSG; President, CEO Cablevision Systems

81. John Madden - NFL commentator

82. John Kosner - SVP, General Manager, ESPN New Media

83. Arn Tellem - President, WMG Management

84. Bruton Smith - Chairman, CEO, Speedway Motorsports

85. Adam Silver - Deputy commissioner, COO, NBA

86. Charlie Denson - President, Nike Brand

87. Tony Petitti - EVP, executive producer, CBS Sports

88. Kobe Bryant - Point guard, Los Angeles Lakers

89. Yao Ming - Center, Houston Rockets

90. Tom Condon - NFL Agent, CAA

91. Arte Moreno - Owner, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

92. Brian Cashman - General manager, New York Yankees

93. Joe Gibbs - Head Coach, Washington Redskins; NASCAR team owner

94. Heidi Ueberroth - President, Global Marketing Partnerships and International Business Operations, NBA

95. Earvin "Magic" Johnson - NBA legend

96. Billy Beane - Vice-president, general manager, Oakland Athletics

97. Micky Arison - Owner, Miami Heat; chairman of NBA board of governors

98. Lesa France-Kennedy - President International Speedway

99. David Berson - EVP, program planning and strategy, ESPN

100. Donna Orender - President, WNBA

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Because eventhough hockey is seen as relatively marginal in the United States, it's still more relevant than International soccer. Besides, Bettman is more recognizable and he's American. :)

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Why is Lance Armstrong:

A. ...35th on this list?

B. ...on this list to begin with?

Did I miss his un-retiring ceremony or something?

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This list lost all credibility for me when I started seeing players from team sports listed. Players aren't anywhere near as powerful as owners, corporate sponsors, and the like.

It's one thing to play the game.

It's quite another to own it.

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This list lost all credibility for me when I started seeing players from team sports listed. Players aren't anywhere near as powerful as owners, corporate sponsors, and the like.

It's one thing to play the game.

It's quite another to own it.

For me it was Brian France from NASCAR above, Phil Knight, Dick Ebersol and Sean McManus.

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73. Maria Sharapova - Tennis player

74. Tony Stewart - NASCAR driver

Seriously, what was the determining factor that made Maria Sharapova just a tad more powerful than Tony Stewart? That's what kills me about these top 100 lists. What formula do you use to determine these things? The president of the Yankees barely beats out Shaq for # 77 but is behind a skateboard guy and an NFL quarterback? Based on what?

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Define power for me, will ya Business Week? Apparently, it includes endorsement dollars (Peyton Manning) and player salary (Alex Rodriquez). But in terms of actual get :censored: done power, I'd think that Paul Tagliabue still has some clout in the sports world. Certainly more power than Donna F'n Orender, President of the WNBA.

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73. Maria Sharapova - Tennis player

74. Tony Stewart - NASCAR driver

Seriously, what was the determining factor that made Maria Sharapova just a tad more powerful than Tony Stewart?

.... I'm sure it might have been at least two factors....

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Is Michael Jordan really still that important in the current aspect of the NBA? He is a failed exec of the Wizards and is the current exec of a struggling Charlotte franchise. #11 seems high.

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73. Maria Sharapova - Tennis player

74. Tony Stewart - NASCAR driver

Seriously, what was the determining factor that made Maria Sharapova just a tad more powerful than Tony Stewart?

.... I'm sure it might have been at least two factors....

Fair enough. :D

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The lack of Michel Platini, as well as the lack of Roman Abramovich and Malcom Glazer is disturbing.

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I would argue that David Stern should actually be number one on this list. Especially if you are one of those people that believes in all these game-fixing conspiracies.....

But he wasn't the one fixing games.

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This list lost all credibility for me when I started seeing players from team sports listed. Players aren't anywhere near as powerful as owners, corporate sponsors, and the like.

It's one thing to play the game.

It's quite another to own it.

im in complete agreement. commishes and owners and even anti-christ agents should be listed well above players with name recognition.

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I would argue that David Stern should actually be number one on this list. Especially if you are one of those people that believes in all these game-fixing conspiracies.....

But he wasn't the one fixing games.

No, but what about his kneejerk fines to players that question the officials? I'd say he's more power-hungry than Goodell could ever dream to be. Besides, if Goodell really was the top dog in sports, Michael Vick would already be banned for life.

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I would argue that David Stern should actually be number one on this list. Especially if you are one of those people that believes in all these game-fixing conspiracies.....

But he wasn't the one fixing games.

No, but what about his kneejerk fines to players that question the officials? I'd say he's more power-hungry than Goodell could ever dream to be. Besides, if Goodell really was the top dog in sports, Michael Vick would already be banned for life.

well think of it this way, once vick is cleared to return in a few moons down the road, he'll be so out of shape and over the hill that he won't have much productivity left.

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