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7 MARK LAZARUS
NBC Sports chairman
[TASTEMAKER][BROADCAST/MEDIA][WORLD POWER][50 & UNDER]
Lazarus, 49, has earned favored-nation status with Comcast boss Brian Roberts thanks to record viewership for NBC's London Olympic coverage and the continued dominance of Sunday Night Football. Now he has the postlockout NHL and the English Premier League in August. If those improve the NBC Sports Network's weak ratings, he'll move up this list.
8 JACQUES ROGGE
[LEAGUE GOVERNANCE][WORLD POWER][70-PLUS][SOON-TO-RETIRE]
After a dozen years as Overlord of the Rings, this 70-year-old former Olympic sailor is still making headway despite his pokey, tack-upwind style and lame-duck status (he's out in September): the Games in South America (Rio), women representing every country and a $558 million cash reservoir, which means that the Games could go on even after a sponsor-chilling calamity.
9 PHIL KNIGHT