No. 28 — Michele Roberts
Executive Director, National Basketball Players Association
Change from 2018: +1
Roberts leads the union representing some of the world’s most recognized and highest-paid athletes and has presided over the growth of big-figure contracts in recent years — there were 19 nine-figure contracts signed this year, a record for all sports leagues. The NBA and the union, whose labor deal expires after the 2023-24 season, have recently discussed lowering the draft age to 18.