50 Most Influential: No. 41 — Mark Emmert
NCAACHANGE FROM 2013: -8
The NCAA’s relevance has never been questioned more, especially at a time when autonomy has made the five power conferences more commanding than ever. Emmert has helped the NCAA survive thus far by essentially ceding control to the five big leagues, but he still has the capital to drive discussions on touchy issues, like whether athletes should get paid for autographs.
NBA writer John Lombardo and Executive Editor Abraham Madkour discuss the reasoning behind Adam Silver being No. 1 on our Most Influential list.