Thursday, October 2, 2008


No real shock with this news, but I thought it might make for an interesting read. Click on the link below to see the complete listings. There are several people in the Top 100 with Southern California ties.

New York, NY, October 2, 2008—Golfer Tiger Woods, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, and NBA Commissioner David Stern top BusinessWeek’s second annual “The Power 100” ranking of the 100 most powerful people in sports. LeBron James ranks as the top NBA athlete at No. 17, 14-time Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps debuts on the list at No. 42, and Danica Patrick, Indy Racing League driver, is the highest-ranked female on the list at No. 50.

Measuring individual power in a global industry as diverse as sports isn’t easy. But for the second year in a row, a panel of experts has done just that for BusinessWeek, ranking the 100 most powerful Americans in sports. This year, BusinessWeek also asked them to do something else: choose the industry’s 25 most influential people in sports outside the U.S., which includes Joseph Blatter, President of FIFA (No. 1), David Beckham (No. 5), and Roger Federer (No. 9).

The 35 panelists include athletes, executives, marketers, writers, and academics. To get the ball rolling, BusinessWeek supplied the judges with 300 names and asked them for their top 20. They were also given some guidance, suggesting they make their picks based on how each individual rates vs. his or her peers; how much money each controls, generates, or influences; and the breadth and staying power of their impact. Fans were invited to cast votes on and their cumulative vote counted as the final panelist.

“The Power 100” is featured in BusinessWeek’s October 13th issue, available on newsstands Friday, October 3. Expanded content, including profiles, exclusive videos and slideshows, and the full methodology of the ranking, will be available online at

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