SBJ/Dec. 9-15, 2013/Most Influential

50 Most Influential: No. 1 — Randy Freer and Eric Shanks


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WILLIAM HAUSER / FOX SPORTS 1
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RANDY
FREER

President & COO

Fox Networks Group

Eric
Shanks

President & COO

Fox Sports

CHANGE FROM 2012: +5

The Fox duo seems an unlikely pair to take the top spot. But under the direction of Freer and Shanks, Fox Sports 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 Fox Sports 1 and Fox Sports 2. The nuts and bolts of the three-month-plus life of Fox Sports 1 don’t matter much to us. We’re looking more at a long-term, deeply funded programmer with multiple networks and platforms that will continue to be an aggressive bidder on sports rights — and will help maintain the inflated, lucrative media market that is driving the sports business today.

SBJ Podcast:
Abe Madkour & John Ourand on the selection of Fox's Randy Freer and Eric Shanks as No. 1 and why media executives dominate this year's list.

No. 2: Roger Goodell

Seat At The Top
SportsBusiness Journal’s selections as the most influential people in sports business

2004    Paul Tagliabue
2005    George Bodenheimer
2006    George Bodenheimer
2007    Brian Roberts
2008    George Bodenheimer*
2009    Jacques Rogge
2010    Roger Goodell
2011    Steve Burke
2012    John Skipper
2013    Randy Freer & Eric Shanks

* President-elect Barack Obama was named #1(a).

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