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Nike Chair Phil Knight Tops Most Influential People In Oregon Sports List

Nike Chair PHIL KNIGHT ranks first on the list of the Top 25 Most Influential People In Oregon Sports, according to John Canzano of the Portland OREGONIAN. The Nike co-Founder and top Univ. of Oregon donor last year “opened his legacy project (Matthew Knight Arena).” Knight's $100M pledge to UO and “his status as the state's No. 1 fan and booster gives him big-time juice.” Canzano: “Think the Ducks could have reached the national title game without Knight? Would you bet against them getting back someday with Knight around?” MLS Timbers Owner & President MERRITT PAULSON, who owns “not the state’s biggest sports operation, just the one run the best,” is second on the list. Paulson has “raised the profile of the state nationally.” Trail Blazers President LARRY MILLER ranks No. 12 on the list, and Canzano wrote Miller “keeps his head down, and the revenue flowing.” But his “failure" is an "awful Comcast television deal he can’t seem to solve” (Portland OREGONIAN, 7/24).

TOP 25 MOST INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE IN OREGON SPORTS
RANK
PERSON
1
Nike Chair Phil Knight
2
MLS Timbers Owner & President Merritt Paulson
3
Trail Blazers and Seahawks Owner Paul Allen
4
Complete Scouting Services Owner Willie Lyles
5
Univ. of Oregon football coach Chip Kelly
6
Trail Blazers C Greg Oden
7
UO AD Rob Mullens
8
Oregon State AD Bob De Carolis
9
OSU football coach Mike Riley
10
Trail Blazers coach Nate McMillan
11
Timbers COO Mike Golub
12
Trail Blazers President Larry Miller
13
UO QB Darron Thomas and RB LaMichael James
14
UO men's basketball coach Dana Altman
15
Timbers Army fan group
16
Vulcan Sports Vice Chair Bert Kolde
17
OSU men's basketball coach Craig Robinson
18
OSU baseball coach Pat Casey
19
Trail Blazers Senior VP & COO Sarah Mensah
20
Trail Blazers acting GM Chad Buchanan
21
Timbers coach John Spencer
22
Linfield College baseball coach Scott Brosius
23
UO Associate AD Vin Lananna
24
Oregon Tech men's basketball coach Danny Miles
25
Trail Blazers F LaMarcus Aldridge

 

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