Sports Illustrated Names Obama One of the Most Powerful People…in Sports


obama-baseballThe media’s adoration of Barack Obama knows no bounds.

This week, Sports Illustrated actually named the current White House resident one the most powerful people in sports.

In case you missed it, SI this week released its list of the 50 Most Powerful People in Sports.

Coming in first was NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.

Makes sense, right? Can’t argue with that.

David Stern, the NBA commissioner was next. Fine.

Then SI got a little bizarre, for one would think the MLB and NHL commissioners should be next.


In third was Denver billionaire Philip Anschutz who’s looking to sell his sports and entertainment division AEG. Does that make him more powerful than the MLB and NHL commissioners? Or how about John Skipper, the President of ESPN who came in fourth?

MLB commissioner Bud Selig came in fifth, but NHL commissioner Gary Bettman came in 27th. I guess SI doesn’t consider hockey very important.

But the real shark jump – hockey fans should get the pun! – was number 44:

Barack Obama

U.S. President

POTUS might be the ultimate global power player, but he also wields significant influence in the Republic of Sports. One relevant riff — on his NCAA tourney picks, on his desire for a college football playoff, on his concern over permitting the sons that he doesn’t have to play football — and the sports world takes notice. Plus, the 51-year-old can shoot the J.

Yes, Obama is so powerful in sports that he failed in his bid to bring the 2016 Olympics to America. I guess the folks at SI forgot that.

And no, we didn’t miss the irony of the 44th President being named 44th most powerful. That was clever, wasn’t it?

We also didn’t miss that SI thinks Obama is more powerful than UFC President Dana White, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, and – wait for it! – likely the greatest basketball player of all time and owner of the Charlotte Bobcats Michael Jordan.

Nah, Barack Obama is far more powerful when it comes to sports than those guys.


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  1. The NHL commissioner has little power. Look at how much influence he had with the recent strike.

    However, I also can’t understand how President Obama would be considered influential in sports. There WAS a very influential President for sports — Theodore Roosevelt. He forced major rules changes to American football that dramatically reduced injury and fatality rates.

  2. Sound familiar? The leaders of Russia.North Korea . Zimbabwe. Etc. All are Glorified and honored as the best in Sports. Peace. Science. Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize before he could even spell it. What a SHAM

  3. What in the WORLD does this have to do with “the Jewish world @ your finger tips” that is Matzav’s motto??
    Guess will have to find Jewish news on another site…

  4. I guess if someone seems “on the ball”
    And gets up after he takes a fall
    Or tells a good joke when he’s “up at bat”
    And verbally “volleys” real well,at that
    And stays on first base(not to over-exert)
    He deserves to win–in sports– a SHIRT!


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