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Richard Codey Tops Star-Ledger's List Of Top 25 Sports Brokers

New Jersey state Senate President RICHARD CODEY tops the Newark STAR-LEDGER's inaugural list of the New Jersey area's Top 25 most powerful sports brokers because he has "influence on every level in sports," according to the paper's Steve Politi. Codey, who has held a public office in the state since '74, has "provided the funds to start a controversial statewide steroids testing program for high school athletes." Codey also is a "diehard Seton Hall basketball booster," and he was "instrumental in getting a deal done" for the new Giants/Jets Meadowlands stadium. Meanwhile, the paper's top 10 includes four team owners and the "top two politicians in the state" (Newark STAR-LEDGER, 8/23).

NEW JERSEY AREA'S TOP 25 MOST POWERFUL SPORTS BROKERS
RANK
NAME
1
New Jersey state Senate President Richard Codey
2
Giants President & CEO John Mara
3
Devils Owner Jeff Vanderbeek
4
Rutgers Univ. football coach Greg Schiano
5
New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine
6
Nets Owner Bruce Ratner
7
Jets Owner Woody Johnson
8
New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Assoc. Exec Dir Steve Timko
9
Rutgers AD Tim Pernetti
10
Devils CEO, President & GM Lou Lamoriello
11
Rutgers women's basketball coach C. Vivian Stringer
12
St. Anthony High School boy's basketball coach Bob Hurley Sr.
13
Giants GM Jerry Reese
14
New Jersey Sports & Exposition Authority President & CEO Dennis Robinson
15
Newark Mayor Cory Booker
16
Giants coach Tom Coughlin
17
Don Bosco High School football coach Greg Toal
18
Nets President Rod Thorn
19
Giants QB Eli Manning
20
Seton Hall Prep Headmaster Msgr. Michael Kelly
21
Red Bulls Managing Dir Erik Stover
22
Shore Regional High School field hockey coach Nancy Williams
23
Devils G Martin Brodeur
24
Wayne Hills High School football coach Chris Olsen
25
USGA Exec Dir David Fay
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