NBA commissioner Adam Silver tops this year’s 10 Most Influential in Sports list by SportsBusiness Daily.
Silver tops the list, garnering a status his predecessor David Stern, who retired in February, never achieved.
ESPN president John Skipper lands at the #2 spot, while New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft comes in third — the highest an owner has ever appeared on the list and fifth year in a row he has appeared in the top 10.
At #4 is Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig and his replacement, Rob Manfred, were fourth on the list, followed by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.
See the full list below.
1. Adam Silver – NBA commissioner
2. John Skipper – ESPN president
3. Robert Kraft – New England Patriots owner
4. Bud Selig/Rob Manfred – MLB commissioner
5. Roger Goodell – NFL commissioner
6. Sean McManus – CBS Sports chairman
7. Ari Emanuel/Patrick Whitesell – WME-IMG CEO
8. David Levy – Turner president
9. Gary Bettman – NHL commissioner
10. Brian France – NASCAR CEO