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  • Fox's Freer, Shanks Top SBJ's List Of Most Influential People In Sports Business

    Fox Networks Group President & COO RANDY FREER and Fox Sports President & COO ERIC SHANKS top SportsBusiness Journal's annual "50 Most Influential People In Sports Business" list. Freer and Shanks might seem like an "unlikely pair to take the top spot," but Fox Sports under their direction "dictated, shaped and in some cases inflated the sports media marketplace in recent years, gobbling up rights in a buildup to the August launches" of FS1 and FS2. Below is the complete list of this year's honorees. (SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL, 12/9 issue).

    RANK
    NAME TITLE
    1
    Randy Freer/
    Eric Shanks
    Fox Networks Group President & COO
    Fox Sports President & COO
    2
    Roger Goodell NFL Commissioner
    3
    John Skipper ESPN President
    4
    David Stern/
    Adam Silver
    NBA Commissioner
    NBA Deputy Commissioner & COO
    5
    Bud Selig
    MLB Commissioner
    6
    Dick Costolo Twitter CEO
    7
    Robert Kraft The Kraft Group Founder Chair & CEO
    8
    David Levy Turner Broadcasting Systems President
    9
    Mark Lazarus NBC Sports Group Chair
    10
    Sean McManus CBS Sports Chair
    11
    Gary Bettman NHL Commissioner
    12
    Brian France NASCAR CEO & Chair
    13
    Phil Anschutz AEG Founder & Owner
    14
    Tim Finchem PGA Tour Commissioner
    15
    Jerry Jones Cowboys Owner
    16
    Mark Walter Dodgers Chair and Guggenheim Partners Founder & CEO
    17
    Mark MacDougall/
    Mike Dolan/
    George Pyne
    Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld Partner
    IMG Chair & CEO
    IMG Sports & Entertainment President
    18
    Mark Parker/
    Trevor Edwards
    Nike President & CEO
    Nike Brand President
    19
    Casey Wasserman Wasserman Media Group Chair & CEO
    20
    Sepp Blatter FIFA President
    21
    Tim Brosnan/
    Rob Manfred
    MLB Exec VP/Business
    MLB COO
    22
    Don Garber MLS Commissioner
    23
    Mike Slive SEC Commissioner
    24
    Jim Delany Big Ten Commissioner
    25
    Melinda Witmer Time Warner Cable Exec VP & Chief Video and Content Officer
    26
    Kevin Plank Under Armour Founder & CEO
    27
    John Henry Fenway Sports Group Owner
    28
    Indra Nooyi PepsiCo Chair & COO
    29
    Larry Probst/
    Scott Blackmun
    USOC Chair
    USOC CEO
    30
    Michael Levine/
    Howard Nuchow
    CAA Sports co-Heads
    31
    Tim Leiweke MLSE President & CEO
    32
    Paul Chibe/
    Blaise D'Sylva
    Anheuser-Busch U.S. CMO
    Anheuser-Busch VP/Media, Sports & Entertainment Marketing
    33
    Mark Emmert NCAA President
    34
    Jeff Pash NFL Exec VP & General Counsel
    35
    Jerry Reinsdorf White Sox & Bulls Chair
    36
    Ed O'Bannon O'Bannon v. NCAA Lead Plaintiff
    37
    Thomas Bach IOC President
    38
    Don Fehr NHLPA Exec Dir
    39
    Herbert Hainer adidas Chair & CEO
    40
    Bob Bowman MLB Advanced Media President & CEO
    41
    Chris Tsakalakis StubHub President
    42
    Tom Long/
    Andy England
    MillerCoors President & Chief Commercial Officer
    MillerCoors CMO
    43
    Sean Bratches ESPN Exec VP/Sales & Marketing
    44
    Jed York 49ers CEO
    45
    Rick Dudley Octagon Worldwide President & CEO
    46
    Alex Rodriguez/
    Fred Horowitz
    Yankees 3B
    Chief Arbitrator
    47
    DeMaurice Smith NFLPA Exec Dir
    48
    Stephen Espinoza Showtime Sports Exec VP & GM
    49
    Asim Pasha Sporting Innovations Managing Partner and Sporting K.C. CIO & Chief Architect
    50
    Vladimir Putin Russia President

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  • Executive Transactions

    La Liga side Málaga has announced that it has hired Sporting Dir MARIO HUSILLOS. He "was hired by the club 18 months ago as sporting director, but was let go from the position during the summer." Husillos's first task "will be to help the club navigate the winter player market" (MARCA, 12/12). ... Former top Italian official ROBERTO ROSETTI "has resigned as head of the Russian referees' department citing family reasons." Rosetti, who was named best referee in Serie A four times in a row between '06-09 and officiated the Euro 2008 final between Spain and Germany, was hired by the Russian Football Union in '11 "in a bid to improve refereeing standards in Russia" (REUTERS, 12/10). ... Former Brazil coach MANO MENEZES "has been confirmed as manager of Brazilian giants Corinthians next season." The 51-year-old replaces TITE to return to the club he coached from '08-10 (XINHUA, 12/12).

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  • Names In The News

    Former cyclist JOSÉ LUIS DE SANTOS will remain president of the Association of Professional Cyclists (ACP) in Spain after "beating out fellow former cyclist SANTOS GONZÁLEZ by a comfortable margin of 78 votes to 18" (AS, 12/12). ... Force India have confirmed that SERGIO PEREZ "will drive for them" in '14, leaving PAUL DI RESTA's future in F1 in doubt (LONDON TIMES, 12/12). ... Former NBA player DENNIS RODMAN, who has struck up a friendship with North Korean leader KIM JONG-UN, "will visit the reclusive state next week to train its basketball team." The former Chicago Bulls star is organizing "a friendship exhibition game between North Korea and a team of mainly ex-NBA players" on Jan. 8, Kim's birthday. Sponsor Paddy Power said that the Dec. 19-23 training sessions and match "are unaffected by the turbulent political events in North Korea," where Kim's uncle and former mentor, JANG SONG-THAEK, "was recently purged in a surprise move" (AFP, 12/12).

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    Reuters' ALAN BALDWIN: "FIA statement also includes details of their bank account with IBAN and SWIFT codes. I'm sure all contributions are welcome."

    Daily Telegraph's PAUL HAYWARD: "Andy Murray won Wimbledon but 39,000 fewer people played tennis this year. The LTA couldn't sell Evian in the Sahara."

    London Guardian's OWEN GIBSON: "Sport England figures underline long term shift from organised sport to cycling, swimming, jogging, going to the gym."

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