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Tagliabue Ranks No. 1 On Sporting News’ “Power 100” List

Tagliabue Tops Sporting
News’ “Power 100” List

NFL Commissioner PAUL TAGLIABUE has been named the most powerful person in sports by SPORTING NEWS in the magazine’s 15th annual “Power 100” rankings. SPORTING NEWS’ Stuart Miller writes the NFL’s $11.5B TV rights extensions “reminded everyone that the NFL is different from other sports, both in its appeal and in how brilliantly it is run. And that is why Tagliabue, 64, is our most powerful person in sports for 2004.” Tagliabue, on the TV deals: “The most difficult part was to make certain our assessment of the future out into 2011 is reliable. We’re assessing the health of broadcast television. We’re assessing the growth of subscriber-supported mediums, cable and satellite. We’re assessing the evolution of digital technologies, including wireless technologies, interactivity and consumer access to video-on-demand.”

THE RANKINGS: SPORTING NEWS ranks its “Power 100” listing 1-40, with the remaining members divided into categories. The following presents the top 40 in ’04, along with their ’03 rank (SPORTING NEWS, 1/13 issue).

RK NAME ORGANIZATION/TITLE
'03
1) Paul Tagliabue NFL Commissioner
2
2) Brian France NASCAR Chair & CEO
17
3) Bud Selig MLB Commissioner
4
4) David Stern NBA Commissioner
6
5) George Bodenheimer ESPN & ABC Sports President
1
6) Ted Forstmann IMG Chair
NR
7) August Busch IV A-B President
11
Tony Ponturo A-B VP/Global Media & Marketing
8) David Hill Fox Sports TV Group Chair & CEO
10
9) Dick Ebersol NBC Universal Sports & Olympics Chair
24
10) Phil Knight Nike Chair
3
11) Kobe Bryant Lakers G
NR
12) Roger Goodell NFL Exec VP & COO
12
13) Paul Fireman Reebok Chair & CEO
14
14) Curt Schilling Red Sox P
NR
15) George Steinbrenner Yankees Owner
9
16) Scott Boras Agent
^
17) Gene Upshaw NFLPA Exec Dir
^^
18) Mark Shapiro ESPN Exec VP/Programming & Production
15
19) Jacques Rogge IOC President
NR
20) Bob Kain IMG co-CEO
7
21) Bruce McMillan EA Exec VP/Worldwide Studios
20
22) Ed Goren Fox Sports President
18
23) Bill France Jr. NASCAR Vice Chair and ISC Chair
16
24) Yao Ming Rockets C
25
25) Steve Bornstein NFL Network President & CEO
^^^
26) Mark Schweitzer Nextel Senior VP/Marketing
8
Michael Robichaud Nextel Senior Dir of Sports & Event Marketing
8
27) Robert Kraft Patriots Owner
^^^^
28) William Perez Nike President & CEO
NR
29) Bob DuPuy MLB President & COO
19
30) Jerry Jones Cowboys Owner
NR
31) Sean McManus CBS Sports President
37
32) John Galloway PepsiCo Dir of Sports Marketing
NR
Tom Fox Gatorade Senior VP/Sports Marketing
33) Peter Ueberroth USOC Chair
NR
34) Russ Granik NBA Deputy Commissioner
31
35) Tiger Woods Golfer
26
36) Jim Delany Big Ten Conference Commissioner
30
37) Tony Hawk Skateboarder/Entrepreneur
29
38) Janet Jackson's right breast
NR
39) Bob Goodenow NHLPA Exec Dir
^^^^^
40) Gary Bettman NHL Commissioner
13

KEY: ^ = SCOTT BORAS ranked third in the Agents sub-category in ’03. ^^ = GENE UPSHAW ranked first in the Executives sub-category in ’03. ^^^ = STEVE BORNSTEIN ranked third in the Ones To Watch sub-category in ’03. ^^^^ = ROBERT KRAFT ranked fourth in the Owners sub-category in ‘03. ^^^^^ = BOB GOODENOW ranked second in the Executives sub-category in ’03.

REAX: SPORTING NEWS Editorial Dir JOHN RAWLINGS indicated that the Red Sox’ World Series victory “played a big role in pushing” Yankees Owner GEORGE STEINBRENNER to No. 15 in this year's ranking, down from No. 9 last year. Red Sox P CURT SCHILLING debuted ahead of Steinbrenner at No. 14. Rawlings: “There is no scientific equation that you can use to measure power. In Schilling, it was in large part what he accomplished on the field and as a leader on that team. Hey, the Red Sox beat the Yankees, so why not rank him ahead of Steinbrenner?” (BOSTON HERALD, 1/5).

THE BEST OF THE REST: To View SPORTING NEWS’ remaining power categories, see below.

THE SPORTING NEWS' CATEGORIES
Emperors Media Stars Media Executives
Owners Coaches/Managers Jocks
Agents Suits Front Office
Negotiators Behind The Scenes No. 101
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