Roger Goodell named most influential person in sports by Sporting News

Tuesday September 27th, 2016

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has been voted the most influential person in sports, according to a ranking compiled by Sporting News. 

Twenty-one sports experts, including team executives and media members, cast their votes in Sporting News' poll, which resulted in a ranking of the top 50 most influential sports people of this year.

Among the panelists who cast votes were MLB senior vice president Kim Ng, NFL executive vice president Troy Vincent and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban. Cuban was also voted as the No. 34 most influential sports person on the list.

"There should be no surprise that Roger is most influential," Vincent said.

NBA commissioner Adam Silver is No. 2 on the list, with ESPN president John Skipper, Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James and MLB commissioner Rob Manfred rounding out the top five.

Other notable NFL figures to make the list are Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones (No. 8), New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft (No. 10) and Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (No. 30).

The full list can be viewed here.

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