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I really enjoyed your Power Issue, but I was shocked to see that Sidney Crosby did not make your top 10 power players ranking. Crosby's influence on the NHL and on the city of Pittsburgh has been enormous. I doubt the Penguins would still be in Pittsburgh without him. They certainly would not have gotten their new arena in 2010 or have more than 250 consecutive sellouts. Even when he missed the majority of 2010--11 and '11--12 with concussion issues, he was still the face of hockey.
Matt Horvatin, Moon Township, Pa.
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I don't think you should be touting Bud Selig's tough anti-PED policies for MLB or saying that players are lucky to have Donald Fehr as head of their union (The Power 50). The lackadaisical approach to steroids that both men took in the 1990s nearly ruined the sport. I can't help but think that if Roger Goodell had been baseball commissioner then, steroid use would not have run so rampant. I'll take Goodell's hard-line approach over Selig and Fehr's inaction all day long.
Pete Bondesen, Atlanta
I disagree with your ranking of ESPN president John Skipper as the fourth most powerful person in sports, citing that much of his value comes from live sports, the "last DVR-proof broadcasting." Many sports fans enjoy watching live events on their DVR. In addition to having the luxury of skipping commercials and fast-forwarding through wasted game time (player substitutions and timeouts), watching sports on the DVR allows us fans to rewind for our own personal instant replays.
Jim Sankey, Mercer, Pa.
I was surprised that Roger Penske didn't make the cut. In addition to his number 2 car winning NASCAR's Sprint Cup last season with driver Brad Keselowski, Penske Racing has been at the forefront of motorsports across various circuits—NASCAR, IRL and American Le Mans—for more than 40 years.
Olga Houlgate, Carlsbad, Calif.
I can't believe that President Obama is considered a power player in sports simply because he fills out an NCAA bracket and wants a college football playoff. Isn't that considered normal behavior for any sports fan?