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50 Most Influential: Introduction

Published in SportsBusiness Journal on 12 / 05 / 16

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver tops our list for the second time in three years. From The Executive Editor: • The whys behind our 50 Most Influential 1. Adam Silver, NBA 2. Bob Iger, The Walt Disney Co. / John Skipper, ESPN 3. Roger Goodell, NFL 4. ...

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