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The low-key 65-year-old with a Ph.D. in English lit from Cornell holds the most vital role in a sports-marketing empire featuring more than 3,000 employees in 30-some countries and a diverse client roster that ranges from Novak Djokovic to supermodel Kate Upton. IMG is a force in college athletics too—its Collegiate Licensing Co. exercises the rights for nearly 200 schools, conferences and bowl games. Worth watching: The company is up for sale and could fetch more than $2 billion.
15 ERIC SHANKS
Fox Sports copresident
[TASTEMAKER][BROADCAST/MEDIA][WORLD POWER][50 & UNDER]
The network best positioned to challenge ESPN will launch cable channels Fox Sports 1 and 2 in August, broadcasting from a blue-chip inventory that includes the NFL, MLB, NCAA football, NASCAR and international soccer. Heading this up are copresidents Randy Freer and his more visible frontman, 41-year-old Shanks, who last month made the risky move of announcing that popular broadcaster Gus Johnson would be groomed as the voice of the company's newly acquired World Cup 2018. (Here's hoping Gus grows into the gig.)
16 SEPP BLATTER
[LEAGUE GOVERNANCE][WORLD POWER][70-PLUS]
He presides over an outfit widely viewed as corrupt and has a history of tone-deaf comments, but the World Cup remains the crown jewel of global sporting events, and this 76-year-old bestrides it. Bonus points for staying power: The Machiavellian Swiss strongman has been president since 1998, not least because the last two elections have offered just one candidate—Sepp Blatter.
17 MIKE SLIVE