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NFL Commissioner ROGER GOODELL tops SI's list of the 50 most powerful people in sports, and as the “de facto CEO of the King of All Sports Leagues," he wields "considerable influence by dint of job title alone.” But Goodell has “consistently pushed, and sometimes trespassed, the boundaries of that authority.” He is “akin to the boxer who has more than power -- he has reach too.” Either you “approve of him or … you disapprove of him.” But like “his league, his supremacy is unmistakable” (SI, 3/11 issue).RANK
EXEC TITLE1 Roger Goodell NFL Commissioner2 David Stern NBA Commissioner3 Phil Anschutz AEG Owner4 John Skipper ESPN President5 Bud Selig MLB Commissioner6 Stan Kroenke Kroenke Sports Enterprises Owner7 Mark Lazarus NBC Sports Group Chair8 Jacques Rogge IOC President9 Phil Knight Nike Chair10 Hedge Fund Dude11 Mark Walter Dodgers Chair12 Robert Kraft Patriots, MLS Revolution Owner13 Sean McManus CBS Sports Group Chair14 Michael Dolan IMG Chair & CEO15 Eric Shanks Fox Sports co-President & co-COO16 Sepp Blatter FIFA President17 Mike Slive SEC Commissioner18 Adam Silver NBA Deputy Commissioner & COO19 Jerry Jones Cowboys Owner20 Larry Ellison Indian Wells Tennis Garden, Oracle Racing Owner21 Richard Scudamore EPL CEO22 Bernie Ecclestone F1 CEO23 Scott Boras MLB agent24 Kevin Plank Under Armour President, Chair & CEO25 Tim Finchem PGA Commissioner26 Jim Delany Big Ten Commissioner27 Gary Bettman NHL Commissioner28 David Levy Turner Broadcasting President of Sales, Distribution & Sports29 Glazer Family Buccaneers, EPL club Manchester United Owner30 Carlos Brito A-B InBev CEO31 Donald Fehr NHLPA Exec Dir32 Herbert Hainer adidas Chair & CEO33 Bob Bowman MLBAM President & CEO34 Casey Wasserman Wasserman Media Group Chair & CEO35 DeMaurice Smith NFLPA Exec Dir36 Sheikh Mansour bin
Zayed Al Nahyan
EPL club Manchester City Owner37 Travis Tygart USADA CEO38 Mark Emmert NCAA President39 John Riccitiello Electronic Arts CEO40 Brian France NASCAR Chair & CEO41 Alison Lewis,
Coca-Cola Senior VP/Marketing,
Senior VP/Sports & Marketing Partnerships42
Al Haymon Boxing promoter43 Ed O'Bannon Former UCLA basketball player44 Barack Obama U.S. President45 Dana White UFC President46 Cindy Davis Nike Golf President47 Tom Condon CAA Football co-Head48 Mark Cuban Mavericks Owner49 Stephen Espinoza Showtime Sports Exec VP & GM50 Michael Jordan Bobcats Owner
BREAKING IT DOWN: SI’s writers came up with their individual lists of the top 10 in their respective beats. Tom Verducci ranks the 10 most powerful people in baseball, while Don Banks ranks the NFL. Ian Thomsen ranks the NBA, Grant Wahl ranks global soccer, Andy Staples ranks college sports, Stu Hackel ranks the NHL and Richard Deitsch ranks sports media (SI.com, 3/6). ESPN's BILL SIMMONS was named the most powerful media figure, and CBS Sports Network’s Allie La Force said, "He sort of reaches a large platform of people with podcasts, obviously known for his award-winning writing, now he’s on television and he makes appearances. He has his Grantland website and he sort of approaches it from a fan's point of view, a guy covering sports who is also a sports fan.” CBS Sports Net’s Doug Gottlieb said, "I’m going to say it’s MIKE TIRICO, and maybe this is more for TV media and it’s just kind of the world I live in.” Gottlieb listed all of the sporting events Tirico hosts and said, “He’s incredibly well-rounded. I think he’s actually better in-studio as a studio host. ... He’s also good at play-by-play." La Force: "When I think of breaking news right now in multiple different sports, its ADAM SCHEFTER. Not only does he have over 2 million Twitter followers, he’s constantly breaking news on Twitter and he’s constantly on ESPN doing updates, giving reports on multiple teams.” Gottlieb: "I would say he and JAY GLAZER are 1-A and 1-B as far as covering NFL stories” (“Lead Off,” CBSSN, 3/6).
The BCS Presidential Oversight Committee named Univ. of Nebraska Chancellor HARVEY PERLMAN Chair, succeeding Virginia Tech President CHARLES STEGER. The current members of the committee are listed below:BCS PRESIDENTIAL OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE
Tulane President Scott Cowen Northern Illinois President John Peters Notre Dame President Rev. John Jenkins Texas President Bill Powers Florida President Bernie Machen Louisville President James Ramsey USC President Max Nikias Western Kentucky President Gary Ransdell Idaho President Duane Nellis Virginia Tech President Charles Steger Nebraska Chancellor Harvey Perlman Cal State-Fresno President John Welty
EXECS: East Carolina Univ. named Northern Illinois Univ. Associate VP & AD JEFF COMPHER AD, succeeding TERRY HOLLAND. Compher signed a five-year contract worth $415,000 annually, and will begin on May 1 (Raleigh NEWS & OBSERVER, 3/7)....McNeese State Univ. named Univ. of Alabama Associate Dir of Games & Event Management BRYANT CARTER Associate AD/Internal Affairs (McNeese State)....UMass-Boston named Univ. of New Hampshire Athletic Fundraising co-Dir GARIN LEE VERIS External Business Development & Marketing Dir (UMass-Boston)....USA Luge Exec Dir & CEO RON ROSSI has resigned after 28 years in the role (USA Luge). The NGB's BOD said that it "decided to move the organization in a new direction" (AP, 3/6)....The Cardinals named former MLBer WILLIE MCGEE Special Assistant to the GM (Cardinals)....Prince Global Sports promoted MIKE BALLARDIE to CEO. He will remain based in London (Prince)....Chicago-based ping pong equipment maker Killerspin named AFL Rush President KENNETH VALDISERRI VP/Marketing & Strategic Alliances (Killerspin)....Repucom America named IBRAHIM KOESE to the newly created Head of Consumer Insights role. He will transfer to the U.S. from Repucom’s European base in Cologne, Germany (Repucom)….Newton Running named former Li-Ning VP/Marketing, Sales & Product Merchandising CRAIG HEISNER President (Newton Running).
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In N.Y., George Willis notes boxing promoter DON KING "mourned the death" of Venezuelan President HUGO CHAVEZ by "asking a 10-count be held before Saturday night's boxing card at the Barclays Center." It is "unclear whether Chavez qualifies," and "even if he did, a 10-count for the controversial leader would please some and anger others." King said, "Many people may or may not like him or whatever they may do. But I love him. He was my brother" (N.Y. POST, 3/7).
LIKE A MACHINE: In Cincinnati, Paul Daugherty writes Reds Baseball Research & Analysis Manager SAM GROSSMAN is the "most important Cincinnati Red you've never heard of." Every MLB team "works the statistics now," and what the Reds do "very well, judging from the recent results, is find players who fit their small ballpark and their medium budget." With the Reds, "instead of scouts and nerds battling it out over players, the numbers encourage discussion." Grossman said, "It's a balanced approach. [GM WALT JOCKETTY] starts with the scouting reports, then he'll bring in the statistical analysis to support the reports, or refute them. We find the common ground" (CINCINNATI ENQUIRER, 3/7).
BETWEEN THE HEDGES: Univ. of Georgia offensive coordinator MIKE BOBO "got a $240,000 pay raise as all nine of the Bulldogs' assistant coaches received salary increases this week." Offensive line coach WILL FRIEND "got a $90,000 raise to $300,000 a year," while WRs coach TONY BALL "received a $50,000-a-year-raise to $260,000." Other football assistants including defensive coordinator TODD GRANTHAM, "all received $25,000 salary increases." Defensive line coach CHRIS WILSON was "recently hired for $250,000 a year" (ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION, 3/7).
NAMES: Broncos QB PEYTON MANNING from Feb. 25-March 2 went on a USO tour "in what he describes as a life-changing event." Manning kept a detailed journal and wrote, "I am going to tell any athlete I know to go on a USO tour. I will do another one" (ESPN.com, 3/6)....Ravens RB RAY RICE is "throwing his weight behind a Maryland bill that would make cyber-bullying a minor crime." Rice "alerted his online fan base" yesterday that he is supporting Baltimore County Delegate JON CARDIN's proposal (BALTIMORESUN.com, 3/6)....ESPN's "SportsNation" host CHARISSA THOMPSON and actor JOEY LAWRENCE will host ABC's new reality diving show "Splash" (ESPN.com, 3/6)....Jaguars Owner SHAHID KHAN will speak at the Univ. of Illinois' spring commencement on May 12 (AP, 3/7)....MSG Exec Chair JAMES DOLAN is "splitting with" wife KRISTIN after 11 years of marriage. The couple "amicably separated over the holidays" (N.Y. POST, 3/7).