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THE POWER 50
Text by Albert Chen
March 11, 2013
SI RANKED (THEN SHUFFLED, STARTED OVER AND RERANKED) THE 50 MOST POWERFUL PEOPLE IN SPORTS. DON'T LIKE OUR LIST? TRY US AGAIN IN A YEAR WHEN, INEVITABLY, TODAY'S LEADERS WILL BE UNDERPERFORMING OR UNDER ASSAULT. FOR NOW, YOUR LEADER ...
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March 11, 2013

The Power 50

SI RANKED (THEN SHUFFLED, STARTED OVER AND RERANKED) THE 50 MOST POWERFUL PEOPLE IN SPORTS. DON'T LIKE OUR LIST? TRY US AGAIN IN A YEAR WHEN, INEVITABLY, TODAY'S LEADERS WILL BE UNDERPERFORMING OR UNDER ASSAULT. FOR NOW, YOUR LEADER ...

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USADA CEO

[LEAGUE GOVERNANCE][RISING][50 & UNDER]

World Anti-Doping Agency director David Howman is known for his straight talk about drugs in sports, but in 2012 it was Tygart, 41, who became the face of the fight against doping. His agency's investigation of Lance Armstrong—amid character attacks and death threats against Tygart, and despite efforts to remove USADA's funding—proved that no athlete is above the rules.

38 MARK EMMERT

NCAA president

[LEAGUE GOVERNANCE][FALLING]

He hasn't exactly distinguished himself in his three years on the job: Promised reforms have been slow in coming; the botched Miami investigation is a source of embarrassment; and lawsuits threaten the very existence of the organization (see No. 43). Still, the 60-year-old presides—today, anyway—over the governing body for college sports, which remain a growth sector.

39 JOHN RICCITIELLO

Electronic Arts CEO

[TASTEMAKER][WORLD POWER][COMMERCE][TECH-CENTRIC]

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