NFL commissioner Roger Goodell clocked in at number one on the top 50 list, but Jerry Jones and Mark Cuban also made the cut:
Jerry Jones, #19- No owner gets the biz side of sports like Jones, 70, who pushed through construction of the 110,000-capacity Jones Mahal (a.k.a. Cowboys Stadium) and presides over what Forbes deems America’s most valuable sports franchise ($2.1 billion). Despite on-field mediocrity of late, Dallas is by far the league’s most profitable team. Now, if only owner Jones would fire G.M. Jones.
Mark Cuban, #48- Dallas will most likely miss the playoffs for the first time since 2000, when Cuban bought the team. Dismiss the man at your peril. His roster is full of expiring contracts, and he has declared that “the Bank of Cuban” is open. Beyond his team, Cuban, 54, appears here for his force of personality, rare accessibility and willingness to embrace emerging technologies. If one of the many sports-tech ventures he’s backed happens to pop, it could dwarf his Mavs assets.