Is Barack Obama one of the most powerful people in sports? Sports Illustrated seems to think so.
The magazine has put together “SI’s Power 50 List,” ranking the 44th president at No. 44 — where else? He’s right between retired basketball player Ed O’Bannon (43) and Ultimate Fighting Championship President Dana White (45).
Hey, why shouldn’t Obama be on SI’s list of sports power players? After all, he was elected to the presidency without having run so much as a lemonade stand and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for what the committee thought he was going to do.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell tops the SI list at No. 1, and Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan comes in at No. 5o.
Here’s what Sports Illustrated said of its no. 44 pick:
POTUS might be the ultimate global power player, but he also wields significant influence in the Republic of Sports. One relevant riff-on his NCAA tourney picks, on his desire for a college football playoff, on his concern over permitting the sons that he doesn’t have to play football-and the sports world takes notice. Plus, the 51-year-old can shoot the J
“ ultimate global power player”? I think they may be thinking of another Barack Obama.
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