50 Most Influential: No. 39 — DeMaurice Smith
NFL Players AssociationCHANGE FROM 2013: +8
Smith remains head of the NFLPA at a time when the union and the league are at odds over several issues, most prominently whether a new personal conduct policy needs to be collectively bargained. He is expected to stand for re-election in March against former player Sean Gilbert.
NBA writer John Lombardo and Executive Editor Abraham Madkour discuss the reasoning behind Adam Silver being No. 1 on our Most Influential list.