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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).
NAME TITLE1 Randy Freer/
Fox Networks Group President & COO
Fox Sports President & COO2
Roger Goodell NFL Commissioner3 John Skipper ESPN President4 David Stern/
NBA Deputy Commissioner & COO5
MLB Commissioner6 Dick Costolo Twitter CEO7 Robert Kraft The Kraft Group Founder Chair & CEO8 David Levy Turner Broadcasting Systems President9 Mark Lazarus NBC Sports Group Chair10 Sean McManus CBS Sports Chair11 Gary Bettman NHL Commissioner12 Brian France NASCAR CEO & Chair13 Phil Anschutz AEG Founder & Owner14 Tim Finchem PGA Tour Commissioner15 Jerry Jones Cowboys Owner16 Mark Walter Dodgers Chair and Guggenheim Partners Founder & CEO17 Mark MacDougall/
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld Partner
IMG Chair & CEO
IMG Sports & Entertainment President18
Nike President & CEO
Nike Brand President19
Casey Wasserman Wasserman Media Group Chair & CEO20 Sepp Blatter FIFA President21 Tim Brosnan/
MLB Exec VP/Business
Don Garber MLS Commissioner23 Mike Slive SEC Commissioner24 Jim Delany Big Ten Commissioner25 Melinda Witmer Time Warner Cable Exec VP & Chief Video and Content Officer26 Kevin Plank Under Armour Founder & CEO27 John Henry Fenway Sports Group Owner28 Indra Nooyi PepsiCo Chair & COO29 Larry Probst/
CAA Sports co-Heads31 Tim Leiweke MLSE President & CEO32 Paul Chibe/
Anheuser-Busch U.S. CMO
Anheuser-Busch VP/Media, Sports & Entertainment Marketing33
Mark Emmert NCAA President34 Jeff Pash NFL Exec VP & General Counsel35 Jerry Reinsdorf White Sox & Bulls Chair36 Ed O'Bannon O'Bannon v. NCAA Lead Plaintiff37 Thomas Bach IOC President38 Don Fehr NHLPA Exec Dir39 Herbert Hainer adidas Chair & CEO40 Bob Bowman MLB Advanced Media President & CEO41 Chris Tsakalakis StubHub President42 Tom Long/
MillerCoors President & Chief Commercial Officer
Sean Bratches ESPN Exec VP/Sales & Marketing44 Jed York 49ers CEO45 Rick Dudley Octagon Worldwide President & CEO46 Alex Rodriguez/
DeMaurice Smith NFLPA Exec Dir48 Stephen Espinoza Showtime Sports Exec VP & GM49 Asim Pasha Sporting Innovations Managing Partner and Sporting K.C. CIO & Chief Architect50 Vladimir Putin Russia President
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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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).
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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