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Creative Arts Agency Sports cohead of football division
At 60, the unglamorous former NFL guard boasts a dazzling client list that includes Drew Brees, Adrian Peterson, RG3 and both Mannings, to name a few; and he coheads (with Ben Dogra) CAA's football division, which has signed six of the last nine top NFL draft picks. The notoriously tough negotiator also excels at crisis management (see: Te'o, Manti).
48 MARK CUBAN
[BILLIONAIRE][TEAM/LEAGUE OWNER][TASTEMAKER][BROADCAST/MEDIA][TECH-CENTRIC][SOCIAL SAVVY]
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.
49 STEPHEN ESPINOZA
Showtime executive VP of sports and event programming
[BROADCAST/MEDIA][50 & UNDER][RISING]