NEW YORK - Denver billionaire Philip Anschutz was named the third most powerful person in sports by Sports Illustrated (SI).
Anschutz owns the sports-and-entertainment company AEG. AEG owns a collection of sports teams and arenas, including the Staples Center in Los Angeles, the AT&T Center in San Antonio and the American Airlines Arena in Miami. The company also owns the Los Angeles Kings hockey team and L.A. Galaxy soccer team. And, according to SI, "AEG has the inside track on building the football stadium in downtown L.A. that will house an NFL team (or teams)."
The most powerful person in sports in NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, according to SI. The authors call him "de facto CEO of the King of All Sports Leagues," citing more than $9 billion in annual revenue.
NBA commissioner David Stern is ranked in second place. SI credits Stern with putting the NBA "at the forefront of digital and social media (16 million Facebook likes and seven million Twitter followers.)"
Stan Kroenke, owner of Kroenke Sports Entertainment, took the number six spot. In addition to the Denver Nuggets and Colorado Avalanche, Kroenke owns or controls the St. Louis Rams, Arsenal of the English Premier League, the Colorado Rapids and the Pepsi Center in Denver.
President Barack Obama made the list -- at number 44.
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The list will appear in the Mar. 11, 2013 issue of Sports Illustrated.