NBA Commissioner Adam Silver Named Most Influential In Sports

By Staff  |  12/08/2014

Adam Silver

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