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Forty Under 40

2008 Winners

Some years just stand out, trumping those leading up to them and often those that follow. The ’27 Yankees. A ’57 Chevy. A ’61 Bordeaux. The ’83 NFL draft.

And for our annual Forty Under 40 list, 2008 is one of those years.

That’s not a knock on previous years, or previous winners. It’s just that 2008 is special by any measure. Not only does it boast the largest contingent (eight) of Forty Under 40 Hall of Famers in the award’s nine-year existence, but it also has as many newcomers to the club (25) as we’ve had since its inaugural year.

The names among this year’s Hall of Fame inductees arguably are sports business’ versions of the ’27 Yankees or that ’83 draft. There’s Michael Levine and Howard Nuchow reshaping the industry, Ed Policy pushing indoor football to the masses, Shannon Terry becoming our Hall of Fame’s first dot-com honoree, and Damon Evans joining him as its first college athletic director. … We could go on.

But that’s the nature of sports business. It’s an industry rich in talent and loaded with accomplishment. Which is why Street & Smith’s SportsBusiness Journal and SportsBusiness Daily are proud to present their ninth Forty Under 40 list, once again a compilation of some of the best and brightest executives under the age of 40.

And, in this case, a year we expect to be remembered for a long time.



  David Abrutyn, IMG Consulting
  Steve Astephen, Wasserman Media Group
  Dan Beckerman, AEG
  David Berson, ESPN
  Greg Busch, GMR Marketing
  Steve Chiang, EA Sports
  Brian Corcoran, NASCAR
  Damon Evans, University of Georgia
  Steve Gaffney, Sprint
  Tony Godsick, IMG
  Derrick Hall, Arizona Diamondbacks
  Wally Hayward, Relay Worldwide
  Chris Heck, NBA
  Sarah Hirshland, Wasserman Media Group
  Jerry Jones Jr., Dallas Cowboys
  Sam Kennedy, Boston Red Sox/
  Fenway Sports Group
  Rick Kloiber, Fox Broadcasting Co.
  Rita Benson LeBlanc, New Orleans Saints
  Michael Levine, CAA Sports
  Warde Manuel, University at Buffalo
  Howard Nuchow, CAA Sports
  Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR
  Jon Oram, Proskauer Rose
  Rohan Oza, Glacéau
  Scott Paddock, Gatorade
  Tim Pernetti, CBS College Sports Network
  Ed Policy, Arena Football League
  Gabby Roe, AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour
  Brian Rolapp, NFL
  Eric Shanks, DirecTV
  John Shea, Octagon
  David Shoemaker, Sony Ericsson WTA
  John Slusher, Nike
  David Sternberg, Fox Cable Networks
  Jennifer Storms, Turner Sports
  Mark Tatum, NBA
  Shannon Terry,
  Peter Zern, Covington & Burling LLP
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