15 Most Influential People In Sports


We watch and attend games, talk about our favorite athletes (and how much money they’re making), but we usually forget to mention (or know almost nothing about) the people who operate behind the scenes. Here are 15 most influential people in sports.

Phil Knight

Oregon alum and prominent donor Phil Knight strolled across the sidelines an hour before kickoff. The No. 3 Oregon Ducks play the No. 12 UCLA Bruins at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore. on Oct. 26, 2013. (Michael Arellano/Emerald)

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The American business magnate – and the co-founder and chairman of Nike – is an extremely important person in the world of sport. The 77-year-old is not only running the largest apparel company in the world, but he also donates a lot of money to fund Oregon’s influential athletic program.

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