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Volume 21 No. 30
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50 Most Influential: Introduction


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. John Skipper, ESPN
4. Roger Goodell, NFL
5. Rob Manfred, Major League Baseball
6. Mark Lazarus, NBC Sports Group
7. Gary Bettman, NHL
8. David Levy, Turner Broadcasting System
9. Sean McManus, CBS Sports
10. Eric Shanks, Fox Sports
11. Robert Kraft, The Kraft Group
12. Ari Emanuel / Patrick Whitesell, WME-IMG
13. Brian France, NASCAR
14. Jerry Jones, Dallas Cowboys
15. Stan Kroenke, Kroenke Sports Enterprises
16. Trevor Edwards, Nike Brand / Mark Parker, Nike Inc.
17. Tim Finchem, PGA Tour
18. Don Garber, Major League Soccer
19. Thomas Bach, International Olympic Committee
20. Phil Anschutz, AEG
21. Jerry Richardson, Carolina Panthers
22. Casey Wasserman, Wasserman Media Group
23. Kevin Plank, Under Armour
24. Bob Bowman, Major League Baseball
25. Jim Delany, Big Ten Conference
26. Jorn Socquet / Lucas Herscovici, Anheuser-Busch InBev
27. Scott Blackmun / Larry Probst, U.S. Olympic Committee
28. Jason Robins, DraftKings / Nigel Eccles, FanDuel
29. Joe Lacob / Peter Guber, Golden State Warriors
30. Jeffrey Kessler, Winston & Strawn
31. Michael Levine / Howard Nuchow, CAA Sports
32. Indra Nooyi / Adam Harter, PepsiCo
33. Joe Leccese, Proskauer
34. Ted Leonsis, Monumental Sports & Entertainment
35. DeMaurice Smith, NFL Players Association
36. John Mara, New York Giants
37. Don Fehr, NHL Players’ Association
38. Mark Emmert, NCAA
39. Michele Roberts, National Basketball Players Association
40. Sandy Douglas / Ivan Pollard, Coca-Cola North America
41. Jeff Pash / Tod Leiweke, NFL
42. Mark King, Adidas Group North America
43. Steve Greenberg, Allen & Co.
44. Tony Clark, Major League Baseball Players Association
45. Rick Dudley, Octagon Worldwide
46. Al Haymon, Premier Boxing Champions
47. Mark Tatum, NBA
48. Michael Rubin, Fanatics / Kinetic
49. Juan Carlos Rodriguez, Univision Deportes
50. Allen Hershkowitz, Green Sports Alliance