50 Most Influential: No. 4 — Bud Selig / Rob Manfred
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CHANGE FROM 2013: +17Selig this year capped his powerful 22-year run leading baseball with another key political victory to get his preferred choice, Manfred, to succeed him. But despite broadly healthy industry economics, Manfred immediately inherits a turbulent landscape — including stadium woes in Tampa and Oakland, an upcoming trial over MASN rights fees, and disparate owner priorities — that will sharply test his influence and acumen.
NBA writer John Lombardo and Executive Editor Abraham Madkour discuss the reasoning behind Adam Silver being No. 1 on our Most Influential list.