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Roger Goodell Named Most Influential Person In NFL

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell tops SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL's list of the 20 most influential people in the NFL.  Goodell earned the No. 1 spot for, among other things, his "audacious moves against player off-the-field conduct," settling the revenue-sharing dispute among owners and cutting NFL Europa.  The following is the complete list (SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL, 9/3 issue).

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1)
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell
2)
NFLPA Exec Dir Gene Upshaw
3)
ESPN/ABC Sports President George Bodenheimer
4)
Patriots Owner Robert Kraft
5)
Fox Sports TV Group Chair & CEO David Hill
6)
Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones
7)
CBS News & Sports President Sean McManus
8)
Panthers Owner Jerry Richardson
9)
Steelers Chair Dan Rooney
10)
NFL Network President & CEO and NFL Exec VP/New Media Steve Bornstein
11)
NBC Universal Sports & Olympics Chair Dick Ebersol
12)
Anheuser-Busch VP/Global Media & Sports Marketing Tony Ponturo
13)
NFL Exec VP/Finance & Strategic Transactions Eric Grubman
14)
NFLPA outside counsel Jeffrey Kessler
15)
DirecTV President & CEO Chase Carey
16)
CAA agent Tom Condon
17)
NFL Exec VP & CAO Jeff Pash
18)
Comcast Chair & CEO Brian Roberts
19)
EA CEO John Riccitiello
20)
ESPN analyst Mike Ditka
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