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SPHERES OF INFLUENCE
October 18, 2010
Like a binary star, the NFL has dual centers of energy: Roger Goodell's league office and DeMaurice Smith's players association. All else—owners, agents, media, fans—revolves around that mutually reactive core. Now, though, the looming labor dispute threatens to tear the system apart, unless the powers that be can harness the force of this friction to bind themselves together even more strongly. Herewith a sky map of the most powerful elements in the universe of pro football.
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October 18, 2010

Spheres Of Influence

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Tom Benson, Saints, 83

Granddaughter Rita has strong say in team issues; Tom chairs NFL finance committee

Woody Johnson, Jets, 63

Has pushed his franchise to forefront in nation's biggest, rowdiest market

Clark Hunt, Chiefs, 45

Rising star settling into role as influential dad Lamar's heir

COACHES/EXECUTIVES

Art Rooney II, 58

Steelers president carries the gravitas of Art, his grandfather, and Dan, his dad

Bill Belichick, 58

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