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James Dolan Tops N.Y. Daily News' List Of Most Powerful Sports Figures In Big Apple

The N.Y. DAILY NEWS has deemed MSG Chair JAMES DOLAN the "most powerful" person in N.Y. sports. The Daily News polled several of its staffers, as well as “authorities from around the country,” to determine which area personality “wields the most power, and registers the greatest impact -- economically, socially, politically -- across the New York sports landscape.” Dolan owns Cablevision, as well as the Knicks, Rangers, WNBA Liberty and MSG, and while Nets Owner MIKHAIL PROKHOROV “may have more money than 20 Dolans,” the MSG Chair “still owns the city in pretty much everything else." The paper writes, "Power? Influence? Meddlesome? Controversial? James Dolan is all that and more, and we haven't even gotten to his penchant for smothering the media" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 7/24).

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MSG Chair James Dolan
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Mets GM Sandy Alderson
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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell
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Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez
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Yankees SS Derek Jeter
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Proskauer Rose Chair Joe Leccese
4
Giants co-Owner & President John Mara
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Modell’s Sporting Goods CEO Mitch Modell
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Yankees Managing General Partner Hal Steinbrenner
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Hockey HOFer Mark Messier
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Knicks President Phil Jackson
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Giants coach Tom Coughlin
7
MLB Commissioner Bud Selig
32
N.Y. Road Runners President & CEO Mary Wittenberg
8
WFAN’s Mike Francesa
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MLBPA Exec Dir Tony Clark
9
MLB COO Rob Manfred
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Rangers GM Glen Sather
10
Yankees President Randy Levine
35
WFAN Operations Manager Mark Chernoff
11
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver
36
U.S. Soccer Federation President Sunil Gulati
12
Yankees GM Brian Cashman
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Rangers G Henrik Lundqvist
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Giants QB Eli Manning
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Nets and Barclays Center CEO Brett Yormark
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Jets Owner Woody Johnson
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NHLPA Exec Dir Donald Fehr
15
Knicks F Carmelo Anthony
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Yankees radio analyst Suzyn Waldman
16
Mets Owner Fred Wilpon/COO Jeff Wilpon
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CBS and WFAN’s Boomer Esiason
17
Nets Owner Mikhail Prokhorov
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CBS’ Phil Simms
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Jets coach Rex Ryan
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Sports attorney Don Cornwell
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NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman
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Fox’ Michael Strahan
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NBC Sports Group Chair Mark Lazarus
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MLS Commissioner Don Garber
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N.Y. Daily News columnist Mike Lupica
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MLB Exec VP/Baseball Operations Joe Torre
22
ESPN President John Skipper
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Mets P Matt Harvey
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Roc Nation Sports Owner Jay Z
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Giants VP/Communications Pat Hanlon
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MLBAM President & CEO Bob Bowman
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Real estate mogul Donald Trump
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NFL Exec VP & General Counsel Jeff Pash
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Mets VP/Media Relations Jay Horwitz

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