Sports Illustrated Names Obama One of the Most Powerful People in Sports

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Sports Illustrated this week released its list of the 50 Most Powerful People in Sports

Coming in first is NFL commissioner Roger Goodell which makes sense.

David Stern, the NBA commissioner is next. .

Third is Denver billionaire Philip Anschutz which is a bit odd since he's looking to sell his sports and entertainment division AEG.

John Skipper, the President of ESPN is fourth and MLB commissioner Bud Selig rounds out the top five. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman came in 27th so apparently SI doesn't consider hockey very important.

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One of the big surprises was #44:

Barack Obama
U.S. President
POTUS might be the ultimate global power player, but he also wields significant influence in the Republic of Sports. One relevant riff -- on his NCAA tourney picks, on his desire for a college football playoff, on his concern over permitting the sons that he doesn't have to play football -- and the sports world takes notice. Plus, the 51-year-old can shoot the J.


The 44th President of the United States is named the 44th most powerful person in sports. Just ahead of UFC President Dana White, 

In terms of women on the list, a pair of executives from Coke share the #41 spot. 

Alison Lewis and Sharon Byers

Coca-Cola North America

In commanding the sports-marketing efforts for the world's largest beverage company, Lewis and Byers wage the cola wars on the playing fields of the NCAA, the NBA, the Olympics and NASCAR (among 700-some sports properties), deploying athletes such as Kobe, LeBron and Danica Patrick as


And #46 is:

Cindy Davis

Nike Golf president

By plucking Rory McIlroy from Titleist to partner with longtime swoosh frontman Tiger Woods, Davis gave herself a global one-two marketing punch. Sure, Nike trailed TaylorMade-Adidas, Titleist and Callaway in golf revenue in 2012, but the charismatic McIlroy (up to $250 million over 10 years) gives Nike Golf next-gen status and sets up Davis, 50, for years.


Thoughts on the list? Anyone on there who shouldn't be? Or anyone missing that should be on the list?


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