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Forty Under 40

One thing about sports business: There's never a dearth of talent. The lines are long of people clamoring to work where others play. In those lines are the next great idea, the startup we've never thought of, the deal we can't believe could get done.

Nowhere does that show more than in this year's Forty Under 40 class. Thirty newcomers grace the following pages — 75 percent of this year's winners. Thirty young executives who've stepped up — or more accurately, moved right in — and distinguished themselves with marketing genius, sales expertise, deal-making tenacity and entrepreneurial guts. Not since the first year of these awards have so many new names appeared, showing the depth of talent in the industry.

On the list you'll find Randy Bernard's leadership and Zak Brown's persuasion. Mark Shapiro's out-of-the-box thinking, and Jeff Fluhr and Shannon Terry's vision. Michael Yormark's work ethic, and Jon Niemuth and Tom Proebstle's

Street & Smith's SportsBusiness Journal is proud to present its seventh Forty Under 40 list, a tribute to the best and brightest executives under the age of 40. And this year, it seems, a tribute to the overall talent level of the industry itself.

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Randy Bernard, Professional Bull Riders Inc.
John Brody, Major League Baseball
Zak Brown, Just Marketing International
Faust Capobianco IV, Majestic Athletic
Kathy Carter, Soccer United Marketing
Damon Evans, University of Georgia
Jeff Fluhr,
Todd France, France Athlete Management Enterprises Inc.
Frank Gibeau, EA Sports
Wally Hayward, Relay Sponsorship & Event Marketing
Sean Henry, Palace Sports and Entertainment
Paul Johnson, PGA Tour
Dave Katz, Yahoo!
Michael Kelly, South Florida Super Bowl XLI Host Committee
George Kliavkoff, Major League Baseball Advanced Media
Peter Lazarus, NBC Universal
Michael Levine, Van Wagner Sports Group
Ellen Lucey, Coca-Cola Co.
Burke Magnus, ESPNU
Peter Murray, NFL
Jon Niemuth, Ellerbe Becket
Scott O'Neil, NBA
Doug Perlman, NHL
Kevin Plank, Under Armour
Ed Policy, Arena Football League
Tom Proebstle, Crawford Architects
Michael Robichaud, Sprint Nextel
Perry Rogers, Premier Integrated Sports Management
Greg Shaheen, NCAA
Mark Shapiro, Cleveland Indians
Adam Shaw, NFL Network
Peter Stern, Strategic Sports Group
Jim Tanner, Williams & Connolly
Mark Tatum, NBA
Shannon Terry,
Dorothy Whitehouse, ESPN ABC Sports Customer Marketing and Sales
Russell Wolff, ESPN International
Brett Yormark, Nets Sports & Entertainment
Michael Yormark, Sunrise Sports and Entertainment
Alan Zucker, IMG
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