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50 Most Influential: Introduction

Published in SportsBusiness Journal on 12 / 07 / 15

Our annual list of the executives who move the needle and determine which direction the sports business industry is heading. From The Executive Editor: Why Bob Iger’s No. 1, and look who’s No. 50 1. Bob Iger, The Walt Disney Co. 2. Adam Silver, NBA 3....

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50 Most Influential: No. 34

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50 Most Influential: No. 25

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50 Most Influential: No. 30

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50 Most Influential: No. 26

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50 Most Influential: No. 8

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50 Most Influential: No. 13

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50 Most Influential: No. 12

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50 Most Influential: No. 47

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50 Most Influential: No. 17

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